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Customs Fines and Immigration Controls in Senegal

24/02/23 Customs Fines In recent years, Customs fines in Dakar have become both more frequent and more expensive.  Fines of several hundred thousand US dollars are commonplace and in one case, a fine of one million US dollars was levied....

Guinea: Civil Unrest in Conakry

The Capital of Conakry has been under high political tension/instability since yesterday evening due to conflict between the Government which first came to power as a result of a military coup in 2021, and the FNDC (Front National pour la Défense...

Happy Lunar New Year

A special thought for all our clients and colleagues who are celebrating the Lunar New Year

DR Congo: Kinshasa Floods

It was a relief to learn that our colleagues in Kinshasa are all safe and sound despite the floods in Kinshasa (DR Congo) which have killed more than 120 people. [video width="640" height="368"...

China: Port Covid Rules Modified

China's Ministry of Transport has very recently updated the Covid Prevention Guidelines in sea ports (see the official announcement in Mandarin here). Inbound vessels are no longer required to provide their crew’s Covid test results before the...

Abidjan: Sludge Sanctions in Sight

Earlier this month, the Port of Abidjan reminded ship agents that in accordance with 21 April 1999 decree no. 99-318 on Abidjan's Port Police regulations, the so-called "awareness period" regarding waste, waste oil and sludge disposal ends on 31...

Sierra Leone: Curfew Imposed

Violent protests throughout Sierra Leone, including in Freetown, led to the imposition of a nationwide curfew from 15:00 on Wednesday, 10 August 2022. In a television broadcast, Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh claimed that the protests are...

Myanmar Today

Following the extension of emergency Military rule up to 2023 and last week's execution of four pro-democracy activists, Budd Myanmar reports on the country's situation. There are accounts of explosions in Yangoon and of gunfire in some districts...