Loading Certificate (LC) is a necessary document since 28/01/1994 (Decree nr. 19/94) for all maritime shipments with final destination Angola.

Each B/L covering goods destined in Angola must be follow by an LC for the correct completion of the formalities at destination.

Documents required for issuing the Loading Certificate:

  • Copy of bill of lading;
  • Copy of commercial invoice;
  • Copy of sea freight invoice if the commercial invoice is FOB or Ex-Works;
  • Copy of packing list if the commercial invoice is not enough detailed;
  • Copy of DU (Documento Unico # Import Licence):
    • A valid DU must be provided ( 120 days from date of DU issuance);
    • This document is compulsorily as from the 10/02/2015;
  • Copy of ARCCLA application form in PDF format, stamped and signed;

Additional documents for used vehicles shipment:

  • Copy of purchase invoice of the used vehicle;
  • Copy of title certificate showing the first registration date;
  • Copy of the last attestation of the technical control;

Restrictions used vehicles

With reference to ARCCLA circulars:

  • Ref. 0328.11.01.2011 del 22/03/2011
  • Ref. 0965.11.01.2014 DEL 28/07/2014

With the entry in force of the Presidential Decree Nr. 62/14 of 12/03/2014, with the Presidential Decree Nr. 161/18 of 05/07/2018 and Presidential Decree 155/20 of 01/07/2021 he following is defined:

It is forbidden to import in Angola the following used vehicles:

  • Used vehicles older than 5 years from the date of first registration;
  • Used heavy vehicles older than 5 years from the date of first registration, for the exclusive use of passenger transport;
  • Used heavy vehicles older than 8 years from the date of first registration;
  • Used motorcycles older than 3 years from the date of first registration;
  • Used spare parts from used vehicles;
  • Vehicles with right side drive;
  • Used engines;
  • Used tires;
  • Used batteries.

Exception is made for imports of the following used Vehicles:

  • Used vehicles of properties or used vehicles destinated to diplomats and to International organizations accredited in Angola;
  • Used vehicles for collection or exhibition;
  • Used vehicles over 30 years, imported for cultural purposes;
  • Used vehicles donated,  with no profit, to institutions duly  accredited in Angola or acquired by inheritance;
  • Used vehicles as property of an Angolan citizen resident abroad, in   case of return to Angola (diplomatic, student or employee into the public or private sector of an Angolan company abroad);
  • Special equipment for public works, maintenance, agricultural and forestry;

The exceptions must be accompanied by the relevant certificates.For anything that is not above mentioned, refer to DecreeNr. 155/20 of 01/07/2020.

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