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Sending a shipment of goods to the port of Luanda, in Angola Africa is not as easy as it may sound….

We arranged a delivery of 23 pallets of goods last week for one of our clients in Luanda – busy shipping port capital of Angola on the West Coast of Africa.

The order is first packed in our warehouse, where we have been storing the goods for our client.    Once this is done, we have to raise a packing list pro forma for our client in Angola, who in turn go to their local BIVAC or BUREAU VERITAS offices to get their import licence opened.

BIVAC will then come to our premises and inspect the goods we are proposing to ship, ensuring they are not hazardous and are suitable for shipping.

Final shipping documents are then sent to BIVAC office in France who in turn issue a certificate allowing the job to continue.

Once the client in Angola has paid the necessary import duties, we can hand over the goods to them!

Phew!  It’s quite a task!

We did a shipment to Nairobi in Kenya last week as well, following the same procedure.

Luanda made headlines last year for being one of the most expensive cities in the world.  But St Tropez it is not. Newly purchased yachts moored in Luanda’s harbour must navigate rubbish and rusting car parts as they head into the bay.  There is a huge problem with poverty and the coast  is plagued by shack-like cafes with broken awnings, litter-strewn stretches of beach where gangs roam and street kids beg for food or commit crimes.

Yet Angola boasts a fabulous £15.3  billion worth of international oil reserves – its ‘Ouro Negro’ or black gold. Oil exports from here make it Africa’s second-largest after Nigeria and foreigners are flocking here to work.

Offices and accommodation are in short supply and the expats are overloading the city with their demands. What they find when they get here is a city officially recognised as the most mind- bogglingly expensive in the world.

  • Paying £290 a night for a room at the Epic Sana hotel, tourists are still suprised to pay £32 for a room-service hamburger!
  • At a street market you can buy fake brand name trainers for £58, (and they’re on a stall next to a woman killing chickens with her bare hands.)
  • A one-bedroom apartment  in the city centre costs £7,500  a month to rent.
  • A pizza is £16,
  • Tomatoes sell for £7.33 per pound
  • Gym membership will set them back a staggering £5,000 a year

For a worldwide shipping service, warehouse storage or European haulage requirement – why not give us a call on 0800 915 2323.  Or email us at

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