Trading Across Borders in Mozambique

This topic measures the time and cost (excluding tariffs) associated with the logistical process of exporting and importing goods. It assesses three sets of procedures –documentary compliance, border compliance and domestic transport—within the overall process of exporting or importing a shipment of goods.

The information appearing on this page was collected as part of the subnational Doing Business project in Mozambique, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small to medium-sized domestic business in provinces.

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Port of Beira | Port of Maputo | Port of Nacala | Ressano Garcia

PORT OF BEIRA

INDICATOR  SNAPSHOT

Trading across borders score (0-100)68.40
Time to export 
Documentary compliance (hours)40
Border compliance (hours)52
Cost to export 
Documentary compliance (USD)170
Border compliance (USD)335
Time to import  
Documentary compliance (hours)36
Border compliance (hours)84
Cost to import 
Documentary compliance (USD)140
Border compliance (USD)710

PORT DETAILS

CharacteristicsExport Import
ProductHS 38: Miscellaneous chemical products (coal)HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles (auto parts)
Trade partnerIndiaChina
BorderPort of BeiraPort of Beira
Distance (km)1010
Domestic transport time (hours)44
Domestic transport cost (USD)185185

COMPONENTS OF BORDER COMPLIANCE

ExportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities6160
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs00
Port or border handling48175
ImportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities29440
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs00
Port or border handling84270

TRADE DOCUMENTS

Export Import
Commercial invoiceCommercial invoice
Packing listPacking list
Certificate of originBill of lading
Bill of ladingDelivery order
Customs release orderCustoms release order
"Nota de Embarque"Customs import declaration
Bank commitment termInspection report from scanner
Customs export declarationTerminal handling receipts
Terminal handling receiptsVGM SOLAS certificate
VGM SOLAS certificate 

 

PORT OF MAPUTO

INDICATOR  SNAPSHOT

Trading across borders score (0-100)62.92
Time to export 
Documentary compliance (hours)36
Border compliance (hours)130
Cost to export 
Documentary compliance (USD)160
Border compliance (USD)500
Time to import  
Documentary compliance (hours)25
Border compliance (hours)34
Cost to import 
Documentary compliance (USD)125
Border compliance (USD)815

PORT DETAILS

CharacteristicsExport Import
ProductHS 17: Sugars and sugar confectionery (sugar)HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles (auto parts)
Trade partnerPortugalChina
BorderPort of MaputoPort of Maputo
Distance (km)1010
Domestic transport time (hours)44
Domestic transport cost (USD)300300

COMPONENTS OF BORDER COMPLIANCE

ExportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities38285
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs4820
Port or border handling48195
ImportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities12440
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs00
Port or border handling34375

TRADE DOCUMENTS

Export Import
Commercial invoiceCommercial invoice
Packing listPacking list
Phytosanitary certificateBill of lading
Certificate of originDelivery order
Bill of ladingCustoms release order
Bank commitment termCustoms import declaration
Supervision of packing reportInspection report from scanner
Customs release orderTerminal handling receipts
Customs export declarationVGM SOLAS certificate
Inspection report from scanner 
Terminal handling receipts 
VGM SOLAS certificate 

 

PORT OF NACALA

INDICATOR  SNAPSHOT

Trading across borders score (0-100)60.85
Time to export 
Documentary compliance (hours)48
Border compliance (hours)140
Cost to export 
Documentary compliance (USD)140
Border compliance (USD)685
Time to import  
Documentary compliance (hours)30
Border compliance (hours)36
Cost to import 
Documentary compliance (USD)125
Border compliance (USD)670

PORT DETAILS

CharacteristicsExport Import
ProductHS 07: Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (pigeon peas)HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles (auto parts)
Trade partnerIndiaChina
BorderPort of NacalaPort of Nacala
Distance (km)1010
Domestic transport time (hours)44
Domestic transport cost (USD)350350

COMPONENTS OF BORDER COMPLIANCE

ExportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities48310
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs2420
Port or border handling72355
ImportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities14280
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs00
Port or border handling36390

TRADE DOCUMENTS

Export Import
Commercial invoiceCommercial invoice
Packing listPacking list
Phytosanitary certificateBill of lading
Certificate of originDelivery order
Bill of ladingCustoms release order
Bank commitment termCustoms import declaration
Supervision of packing reportMC1 Exit Model
Customs release orderInspection report from scanner
Customs export declarationTerminal handling receipts
Inspection report from scannerVGM SOLAS certificate
Terminal handling receipts 
Mate's receipt 
VGM SOLAS certificate 

RESSANO GARCIA

INDICATOR  SNAPSHOT

Trading across borders score (0-100)81.31
Time to export 
Documentary compliance (hours)16
Border compliance (hours)79
Cost to export 
Documentary compliance (USD)70
Border compliance (USD)245
Time to import  
Documentary compliance (hours)16
Border compliance (hours)9
Cost to import 
Documentary compliance (USD)60
Border compliance (USD)399

LAND BORDER CROSSING DETAILS

CharacteristicsExport Import
ProductHS 17: Sugars and sugar confectionery (sugar molasses)HS 8708: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles (auto parts)
Trade partnerSouth AfricaSouth Africa
BorderBorder crossing of Ressano GarciaBorder crossing of Ressano Garcia
Distance (km)8585
Domestic transport time (hours)3.73.7
Domestic transport cost (USD)400400

COMPONENTS OF BORDER COMPLIANCE

ExportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities28190
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs4820
Port or border handling535
ImportTime to Complete (hours)Associated Costs (USD)
Clearance and inspections required by customs authorities6285
Clearance and inspections required by agencies other than customs00
Port or border handling7114

TRADE DOCUMENTS

Export Import
Commercial invoiceCommercial invoice
Packing listPacking list
Phytosanitary certificateSADC Certificate of origin
Certificate of originRoad cargo manifest
Road cargo manifestBill of entry
Bank commitment termCustoms release order
Supervision of packing reportCustoms import declaration
Customs release orderInspection report from scanner
Customs export declarationTerminal handling receipts
Inspection report from scanner 
Terminal handling receipts 
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