Important charges to the RORO receiving Modalities - effective for cargo delivered from the 1st April 2019
 3/22/2019 3:22:42 PM

Please be advised that after reviewing cargo intakes, the line have made the following key change to the cargo modalities presently in force related to the acceptance of RORO units on the Grimaldi deep-sea service, these changes are in line with rules and practices already in force in other used vehicle trades around the world.

We would remind all parties that the present modalities are available on our website, and the below should be read in conjunction with these:

Key change:

Grimaldi will no longer receive/accept stuffed vehicles on or after 1st April 2019.

Vehicles must be presented in 'clean / empty ' condition and the only items inside can be the original manufacturer items such as spare wheel, tools etc.

No vehicles inside vehicles, i.e. no vehicles in box trailers/trucks/Tipper bodies, etc even if has curtains.

Only vehicles can be stacked on a flatbed truck/trailers, on the basis the secondary unit being open, accessible and visible, (Loaded vehicle MUST be empty) for inspection. Used Spare parts, axles, tyres, effects, etc cannot be loaded in conjunction to the vehicle. Heavily damage or dismantles vehicles will considered spares and not be accepted.

No vehicle loaded on truck/ trailers can be loaded on compressible items, all cargo must be loaded in profile and on designed load bearing points. No cargo can over hang or rest on the Drivers cabin.
(see our standard modalities)

Terminal staff must have free/easy access to all areas of the car/truck
Failure to provide safe access, free and easy will result in the unit being refused entry to the terminal. Any units found to have been subsequently tampered with and cargo placed inside after receiving will be block for shipment and the unit will be required to be removed at cost to the shipper/Forwarder.

In addition to the above, we take the opportunity to remind customers that:

Units will only be accepted / shipped against the presentation of an authenticated gas free certificate. Any costs involved in the authentication of presented certificates or because of the rejection of units due to the non-authentication of a presented certificate will be for the account of the shipper/Forwarder.

We remind all shippers that no weight tolerance is allowed, and all units must be within their plated weight / axle limits.
Cargo stacked on trucks / trailers must remain within the plated weight of the base vehicle, and in the case of a third-tier unit the second-tier carrying unit as well.

We appreciate that this is a significant change to current practice in the Europe to WAF trade. The change is in response to growing pressure from terminals, authorities and stevedores to change the current practice, due to a growing quantity of undeclared and un-manifested cargo being stuffed into used vehicles and transported from Europe to Africa in an unregulated manner. We are however confident that it’s the most appropriate and correct policy to implement in the circumstances and we look forwarder to a cleaner, more sustainable and safer trade in the future. The policy is being modelled on the successful USA-WAF trade which has very high standards of cargo modalities and has grown to become that largest source of Cotonou/Lagos vehicles.