Find Freight, Shipping and Logistics expertise in Sierra Leone

Freight, shipping and logistics services in Sierra Leone via road, rail, air and water are all available in the country. Most on land transportation of goods takes place on roads pending a major overhaul of the country’s rail network.

The European Commission estimates that Sierra Leones imports of foodstuffs, Machinery and equipment, fuels and lubricants and chemicals from EU, Malaysia and US were worth €0.8 in 2010. Exports of diamonds, rutile, cocoa, coffee and fish to EU, US and Ivory Coast had a value of €0.2 in the same year.

Transport infrastructure in the country consists of, for airfreight services, eight airports, of which one has a paved runway and two heliports. The largest airport is Lungi airport in Freetown. There are also 11,300 km of roadway of which the majority is unpaved. The railway infrastructure is in a state of redevelopment and therefore does not currently play an important role in overland freighting. In addition, there are 800km of waterway, of which 600km are navigable all year round. More than 200 merchant marine vessels are connected with Sierra Leone of which just under half are foreign owned. They consist of bulk carriers, cargo vessels, chemical tankers, containers, liquefied gas containers, passenger/cargo vessels, refrigerated cargo and roll on/roll off vessels, amongst others.

Companies that ship to and from Sierra Leone include, amongst others, the Brunswick Shipping Company, FreightCare and the Cargo Expert Corporation. Sierra Leone has the third largest natural harbour in the world and the government is converting the Port from a Service Port to a Landlord Port. The Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) is a semi-autonomous enterprise, established by the Ports Act that regulates the ports within the country. The Sierra Leone Maritime Administration Act of 2000 is the primary legislation set up to regulate the freight and shipping sector to ensure an efficient, cost-effective and orderly provision of shippingservices, which includes the determination of rates for freight services. The three largest ports are Freetown, Pepel and Sherbro Islands Ports. Pepel and Sherbro Islands offer dry bulk facilities and Freetown offers this and bunkers, containers, general cargo bulk handling facilities, petroleum and liquid handling facilities as well as towage.

The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) scores countries on various aspects involved with shipping and logistics on a scale of one to five with five being the highest. Sierra Leone scores 2.08 for LPI (2012), this put it slightly below both regional and income group averages with 2.46 for sub-Saharan Africa and 2.37 for low income countries. Overall Sierra Leone ranked 150th out of 155 countries worldwide.

Leading global logistics firms DHL and TNT have a presence in the Sierra Leone. UPS is represented in the country by Redcoat Express Ldt. They offer freight forwarding and courier services. Consultancy services are available within Sierra Leone from a variety of local and international firms including global player PWC.

The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) scores countries on various aspects involved with shipping and logistics on a scale of one to five with five being the highest. Sierra Leone ranks in the top 100 out of 155 for infrastructure (88th) but below that in terms of customs (153rd), shipment (152nd), tracking (141st), logistics (151st) and timeliness (150th).

Freight, Shipping and Logistics organisations in Sierra Leone
Adjones International Ltd
Ashtar Marine Agencies (SL) Ltd

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