Libreville, Gabon

Port Overview

Libreville is the capital and largest city of Gabon, in western central Africa. The city is a port on the Komo River, near the Gulf of Guinea. Libreville provides import and export services of various kinds of goods, both domestically, as well as abroad. It is the principal port of both the city and the country. Libreville is along the Gabon River in South America. It has strong trade, but also a thriving shipyard, brewing and sawmill industry. The city exports wood, rubber, cocoa.

Vessel operators serving Libreville

Currently there are 5 carriers with service to Libreville from Singapore. We have about 2 sailings a week to Libreville. There is no direct vessels from Singapore to Libreville. Most of the carriers use Pointe Noire, Congo as the transit port.

Latest Development News

The SDNI (Schéma Directeur National d’Infrastructures) aims to improve connectivity between the country’s main cities, notably Libreville and Port-Gentil, with the goal of bringing infrastructure up to international norms. It also intends to increase rail capacity for transporting both passengers and minerals out of the country’s interior. The plan outlines 21 key projects to be carried out by 2025 in various sectors including energy, telecoms, transport and tourism. However, due to budgetary constraints, there is now an increasing emphasis on private sector involvement.

Increasing the quality and efficiency of transport infrastructure is a top priority for the government. Especially so as it tries to improve connectivity to more remote regions where it is seeking to promote both agro-industrial and mining activity. The government is also working on developing air transport by expanding the airport in Libreville in the coming years. The airport in Port-Gentil, the country’s second-largest city and economic hub, is also being revamped to accommodate international air transport.

As for maritime transport, the government continues to work on upgrading river ports and improving sea ports to increase efficiency. Upgrades to the country’s railway are also under way. However, with capital expenditure down, Gabon have to rely increasingly on external financing to advance major infrastructure projects.

Substantial expansion of Gabon’s road network and improvements to existing roads will help open up the interior of the country and connect provincial capitals to major transport systems in the Libreville area. Meanwhile, expansion projects at the Port of Owendo and the Port-Gentil airport as well as the development of a public transport system in Libreville will help reduce congestion and expand economic development opportunities.

AD&K Logistics have been assisting our customers for their shipments to Libreville for the past 2 years. Our experience with the documents required as well as BIETC Certificate application is pretty established.

More information on Libreville:-

Expanding infrastructure helps Gabon’s economy growth

China helps fill Africa port infrastructure vacuum

African ports race to be regional logistics hubs

4 thoughts on “Libreville, Gabon

  • August 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Sea Export shipment . When do you get a provisional BIETEC and do we need to submit this provisional BIETEC to shipping company prior to loading of the container on vessel.

    • August 8, 2020 at 1:54 am

      Depends on the carrier’s requirement for loading. Common practice is that a provisional BIETC certificate has to be submitted prior to loading. What is BIETC Certificate? Feel free to check out our write up on BIETC certificate. Feel free to contact us for more information.

  • December 31, 2018 at 10:16 am

    whose issuing this certificate ???
    i need to issue for export shipment, kindly provide contact details

    • January 2, 2019 at 12:57 am

      We can assist to apply depending on where the port of origin of the shipment.
      Have sent you an email for more information.


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