History Maersk Guinée S.A. (MGSA) became a registered company on 17 February 1994. Our agency licence was obtained December 1993. MGSA was registered on 15 July 1995 with a share capital of 100 million Guinean Francs.
Today, MGSA is employing 40 people in the office.
Agency MGSA holds an exclusive agency agreement, to be Maersk Line's representative in Guinea. MGSA is today having a market share of about 74 % of the import market and 80 % of the export market.
BIVAC Inspection for Conakry /Guinea:
The Ministry of Finance released a white paper to implement compulsory Bureau VERITAS Inspection for all cargo to Guinea. But due to short notice the Customs and ministry of finance have agreed to postpone the date to 20 June 08. However all cargoes to Guinea as from now on are subject to this inspection prior to loading.Maersk Line will not reject bookings due to lack of BIVAC number as this is entirely an issue between the custumer and the customs, however, we must inform clients of the rules.
Please be well informed for below information:
5 important points to note from the government white paper
1. Any importation of goods into Guinea, whatever the value is subject to Request for Inspection Form before loading by importer or anyone acting on their behalf. Request must be sent to Bureau VERITAS BIVAC Conakry.
2. Customs clearance will depend on the value of the goods as indicated in the Certificates of Inspection issued by Bureau VERITAS BIVAC, BV and accepted by the customs.
3. From 20 June 2008, no importation of goods can be received by Customs if there is no Inspection Request Form delivered by Bureau VERITAS BIVAC CKY, cargo inspection at origin and without cargo Inspection Certificate delivered by Bureau VERITAS BIVAC BV. Failing to comply with this rule, the cargo will be inspected at destination (Conakry) and the importer will be liable to a fine at destination plus the normal import duty levied on the imported goods.
4. Under the terms of article 14 of Customs code, the goods laden on board bound for the Republic of Guinea and for the which dates of the transport documents (bill of lading and airway bill) are prior to 20 June 2008, could however be cleared according to the procedures and regulatory provisions in Customs without Inspection Request Form and Certificate of Inspection issued by Bureau VERITAS BIVAC, BV.
5. All cargoes/goods laden on board from Friday 20 June 2008 must be cleared according to the new procedures of the PVI program for which Bureau VERITAS BIVAC, BV is the service provider according to the contract No: 2008/076/1/5/3/2/G of 31 March 2008.
There are however some exemptions to the rule:
Cargoes whose FOB value is below 1,100usd
Precious metals and stones
Explosives and other pyrotechnical devices
Weapons and ammunition
Newspapers and magazines
Personal and household effects (including secondhand cars as personal effect)
Donations from foreign governments or international organizations
Donations or supplies to embassies and consulates in Guinea, as well as UNagencies representations in Guinea - Perishable chilled or frozen foodstuff
Please do not hesitate to contact your Maersk Line sales representative if you have any comments or questions