Due to this development, TCI Africa highlights that a precautionary tally survey is necessary to ensure the discharged quantity and protect the ship's interests against customs fines.

What is more, Senegal plans to be less tolerant and has adopted a new stance on the level of fines, which have significantly increased the last weeks.

For this reason, operators calling at the Port of Dakar, are recommended to:

  • Prepare their Dakar Custom's declaration before berthing;
  • Receive the Customs officers on board for formalities, in company with the ship agent;
  • Ensure that all consumables on board, including bunkers, lube oil, and stores, are accurately declared;
  • Properly declare the cargo manifest by Dakar;
  • Place all the Customs papers in a separate file to be counter-checked by the ship agent before their presentation to the Customs' boarding officer.