The Republic of South Sudan – The Newest Nation in the World

The Republic of South Sudan – The World’s Newest Nation

The world’s newest nation South Sudan (officially recognised as the Republic of South Sudan) is a country in East Africa. Its capital and largest city with a last estimated population in 2006 of 250,000 is Juba, South Sudan which sites on the White Nile. The landlocked country is bordered by Ethiopia to the east; Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south; the Central African Republic to the west; and Sudan to the north.

As of 9 July 2011, the day of independence, the process of official international recognition (including United Nations) has commenced.

Abels Moving Service will continue to work with customers wishing to relocate to Sudan.

A Shipping line Abels Moving Services work regularly with for African shipments – Maersk AP Moeller – have advised that they continue to accept to South Sudan as before the independence on two key matters:
– The only location with Through Bill of Lading acceptance is Juba, South Sudan. (so as Abels, we can only ship to this location)
– The shipment travels via Mombasa, Kenya.

Juba is one of the fastest growing cities in East Africa and is located only a few hundred kilometers from the Ugandan border. Due to its geographical location, all cargo is routed via the port of Mombasa (Kenya) from where it is trucked via Uganda to Juba.

The transit time from Felixstowe, UK to Mombasa Kenya is 39 days. Then from Mombasa and through Uganda to Juba terminal, South Sudan is approximately 12 days.

The normal general containers can be obtained 20ft GP, 40ft GP, 40ft High Cube. Currently no reefer containers are available due to lack of reefer infrastructure.

Should you wish to discuss moving to Sudan, shipping to Sudan or your company is relocating to Sudan, please call Abels head office on +44 1842 816600 or email shipping@abels.co.uk

Shipping Information

Documents Required to Undertake Customs Clearance- Packing list
– Copy of valid passport with entry visa
– Original Bill of Lading / AWB
– Detailed inventory in English or Arabic, dated, valued and signed by the shipper
– Invoices with values for the electrical appliances

DIPLOMATS
– A1 form to be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Shipper’s Diplomatic Mission in collaboration with our local agents

NON DIPLOMATS
– Copy of work contract from Employer
– Import taxes will be claimed on electrical appliances

RETURNING RESIDENTS
– Import taxes will be claimed on all items, special authorization from Ministry of Communications to be obtained if satellite dish imported

Customs Regulations
Diplomatic shipment

– Goods will not be shipped without the Green Light of our local agents.
– We will advise the name of client and contact details at destination or their employer’s. Our local agents will then contact them and check on import documentation.
– When all papers are confirmed in place we will arrange the shipment
– Abels will provide copies of documents (passport, packing list and AWB / OBL) at least 3 weeks before arrival of the shipment.
– Our agents, in connection with the diplomatic mission need this delay to apply for and receive the Form 1 (diplomatic exemption from Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– All diplomatic shipments are subject to a tax called Quays Dues, 2.75 % of the value declared by the diplomat on the exemption certificate. (Form 1)
– Due to heavy port congestions, clearance delay is average 3 weeks, demurrage will have to be paid. Please make provision for 1 week demurrage.

Non Diplomatic Shipment
– Goods will not be shipped without the Green Light of our local agents.
– We will advise the name of client and contact details at destination or their employer’s. Our local agents will then contact them and check on import documentation.
– When all papers are confirmed in place we will arrange the shipment
– Abels will provide copies of documents (passport, packing list and AWB / OBL) at least 3 weeks before arrival of the shipment.
– CD, DVD, printers included in the shipment will delay considerably the import customs clearance, as customs are screening all the material.
– Customs taxes and duties will be levied by Sudanese Customs, according to their own evaluation of the values and their daily rate.
– Thorough physical inspection is performed on each and every non diplomatic shipment.
– Everything is opened by customs.
– Inspection fees as well as several taxes will occur, and will be charged to client or agent. Please allow a provision approx 250 USD.
– Due to heavy port congestions, clearance delay is average 3 weeks, demurrage will have to be paid. Please make provision for 1 week demurrage.

Prohibited Items
-Second hand cars for non diplomatic shipments.
-Unlawful drugs
-Alcohol is strictly forbidden
-Pornography
-Firearms and ammunition are permitted subject to obtaining a permit issued by the -Ministry of Interior
-Live animals are permitted subject to veterinary certificate and a permit from the Ministry of Animal Resources