Senegal has put in place a ban on the import of plastic waste, with the authorities taking tough action on fines, the North P&I Club warned.
he import ban entered into force on 8 August 2020, but the Club’s correspondents McLeans-WAMS issued a reminder highlighting a firm stance adopted by the Senegalese customs authorities.
Violations of the ban can lead to the vessel facing large fines and an order to return the prohibited cargo to its country of origin.
McLeans-WAM further advise that the financial penalties may exceed those stated in the Act by the application of any local customs regulations in place.
There are various types of fines that could be levied against a ship in Senegal, including an alleged incorrect declaration onboard, excess and/or shortage of cargo, as well as fines by the immigration authorities.