Procedures to be followed

Marine equipment rental

The customer submits a service request to the Commercial Directorate, which authorizes the Quality Control Directorate to carry out the requested service after registering it in the information management system.

The Captain's Directorate implements the service (renting a tugboat or boat, etc.), prepares an evaluation of the service and expects it, and then sends it to the Directorate of Commerce and Marketing to draw up the corresponding invoice for this service. The customer pays the bill.

Duties on goods

The customer submits to the billing department accompanied by the bill of lading (list of shipped goods) in order to be given the corresponding invoice.

The customer then goes to the Finance Directorate to pay the bill.

A royalty is paid for loading, unloading or transferring goods from one ship to another in the port of Nouakchott, either according to the weight or according to the unit specified according to the NST 2007 code According to the following arrangements:

* The lowest amount payable on a bill of lading for port charges on goods is 50 new ounces.

* If the weight of the goods is not specified according to their classes, the tariff applied to the total shipment is the amount specified for the highest class.

* For materials that are not shipped in a container, the cut of a ton (any part of it) is calculated as a full ton.

*The minimum payment for the container is for 7 tons, according to the tariff of the goods concerned.

* The minimum payment for a 40' container is 3045 new ounces.

* The port has the right at any time to verify the weight of the authorized goods and their nature :

  • In the event of an increase in weight, port fees of twice the increase are applied according to the tariff of the goods concerned. In addition, the customer shall bear the expenses incurred in the weighing process :
  • In the case of a false declaration of the nature of the goods, an increase equal to the tariff rate of the corrected goods shall be applied.

* A reduction is granted to the port fees royalty on the goods in the following cases :


  Discharge Charge 
Materials coming from or destined for Mauritanian ports by sea and not outside the port space 50% 70%
Land transit to or from Mali or to or from neighboring countries 40% 70%
Transit or transfer to a foreign port 60% 100%

* The rates applied in calculating port fees on goods are shown in the following ladder.

* Miscellaneous services :

  • Miscellaneous services are billed according to the order.
  • The following royalties are mandatory and are to be paid without application:
    • Hazardous Substances Royalty: A lump sum billed to the depositor for each shipment or unloading of hazardous materials according to the following categories:
      • Harmful materials: explosive, radioactive, fuel, methanol
      • Other materials: fuel supplies, oil platform waste and other harmful substances (grease, tar, etc.)
    • ISPS royalty : a lump sum billed to the depositor according to the station
    • The cleaning fee, which represents a lump sum billed to the depositor according to the type of shipment :
      • Bagged,
      • Unpacked,
      • Placed in a container.
  • Additional hours for work that takes place outside normal working hours based on a request from the ship's handler according to the following time shares :
    • Working days (from nine in the evening until five in the morning).
    • Holidays (from eight in the morning until nine in the evening).
    • Holidays (from nine in the evening until five in the morning.
  • Any stevedore who abandons his goods on the quay after leaving the ship will be taxed as follows :
    • A rate of 10 MRU/m/calendar day will be applied to an area equal to the length of the berth occupied by the vessel multiplied by twenty meters.
    • This tax will be increased by 50% in the event that the handler does not comply with a written or verbal injunction from the port. The Port Authority will proceed with the removal of these goods, at the expense of the handler.
  • The applied rates for calculating royalties and various services are shown in the following table : 
Code Service Tariff Fee
0410 Rent of floating devices with a capacity of 2000 horsepower 580 euros / hour
0411 Rent of floating devices with a power of 20003000 HP 720 € / hour
0412 Rent of floating devices over 3000 HP 970 € / hour
0420 Additional hours team leader / agent on regular days 09:00 - 05:00 278 A./ 250 A.
0421 Additional hours team leader / agent on holidays 8 o'clock - 9 o'clock at night 365 A./ 329 A
0422 Additional hours team leader / agent on holidays 09:00 - 05:00 420 A./ 376 A
0430 dock occupation (bagging) 8 a/ton 
0431 Occupation of the sidewalk (surface) 9.5 a / m 2 / day
0441 Renting buildings 200  A/M/Day
0442 Renting spaces 150  A/M/Day
0450 Water supply 250 M / ton
0451 Cleaning royalty / unpackaged materials 152.50 a
0462 Truck Entry Card 200 A/truck/year
0441 Persons Entry Card 500 A/person/year
0442 Truck Entry Card  200 A/truck/year
0443 License to enter utility vehicles 1500 A/car/year
0444 Entry permission to load provisions and supplies on board ships 1000 A for operation 
0445 Entry permission to supply ships 150 A for operation
0447 Permission to hunt 3000 a/person/year
0471 Weight Certificate 100 A/TC
0481 Hazardous Substances 
Royalty (Class 1)
4000 A for Operation 
0482 Hazardous Substances 
Royalty (Class 2)
8000 A for Operation
0483 Redevance  ISPS 10000 MRU/opération
0490 Traveler 250 a / person
0491 Permission to replace the ship's crew 250 a / person

The steps to be followed to obtain the services of the Port Security Directorate

* Supplying the ship with foodstuffs, drinking water, and fuel, and loading and unloading it :

  • The customer sends a request indicating the nature of the operation to the Access Control Authority.
  • The Port Security Directorate marks the request to prepare an invoice for it. Then the customer takes it to the Directorate of Commerce and Marketing to hand over the invoice.
  • The customer pays the invoice given to him by the Commercial Directorate and obtains a payment receipt. The customer brings this receipt to the Port Entry Authority, which keeps a copy of it and the list of equipment that was delivered to the customer.
  • The Port Entry Authority authorizes the required operation.

* Preparing entry badges for heavy and light vehicles (for companies and individuals) : 

  • Heavy vehicle (company) :
    • Request for a badge attached to the list of trucks and their gray cards.
    • The Port Security Directorate refers the request to the Commercial Directorate to prepare the invoice that the customer receives and pays against a receipt.
    • Returns to the Port Security Directorate a copy of the application and the gray cards along with the original invoice.
    • This directorate records the number of the truck, its badge number, the name of the gentleman who received the badge, the phone of the person in charge of the truck, the invoice number, and the payment receipt number and date.
    • The Port Security Directorate receives the required badges.      
  • Single Carrier :
    • He signs a commitment prepared by the Port Security Directorate to respect the conditions of movement within the port of Nouakchott.
    • The Port Security Directorate shall refer his request to the Commercial Directorate to prepare an invoice for it. 
  • Véhicule léger :
    • Open light vehicles (yellow stripe) for warehouse and handling personnel.
    • Companies request badges and bring the gray cards of the respective cars.
    • The Port Security Directorate forwards the requests to the Commercial Directorate for preparing invoices, and the original invoices and payment receipts are returned to it.
    • The Port Security Directorate records the numbers and hands over the badges (entry cards) to those concerned.
  • Closed cars (green bar) :
    • Two cars for each company, and the application must be signed by the general manager of the company.
    • Cars do not cross the barriers of the bridge.
  • Closed cars with a yellow stripe are only granted with a license from the Director General.

* Entry of trucks:

  • There are two modes of entry.
  • Direct evacuation (wheat, bricks, sugar in sacks, vegetables, hazardous materials).The customer expresses his need, and presents the list of trucks with their badges and the list of persons in charge of unloading, in addition to the port bill, payment receipt, and the total exit card. The Port Security Directorate marks the request as a sign of permission to enter.
  • Evacuation from the reinforced floor
    The Port Security Directorate receives a loading or unloading permit with the truck's number, badge, and TC number assigned to the transfer or evacuation.
    The Port Security Directorate puts a stamp on the authorization for loading or unloading.
    TC exit requires a port bill, payment receipt, and exit card.
  • For export  :
    There is the authorization for shipment and the export card which is signed by the Directorate of Trade and Marketing certifying the export of the articles in question (depending mostly on a stamped TC issued by the customs).
    The permit to unload for entry to the truck carrying the TC for export is stamped.

The steps to be followed to obtain the services of the Technical Directorate

  • Water supply
    • The concerned person submits a request expressing his needs. 
    • If he is not subscribed to the service, he must come to the Technical.