Angola’s ports, airports and land borders remain open for cargo.
That’s according to Marc Smulders, president of the Angolan Association of Shipping Agents (AASA).
In reaction to information received on Friday that Angola had taken the decision to seal itself off in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Smulders said it was contrary to a “Provisional Presidential Legislative Decree”.
In information Smulders passed onto to FTW Online, the decree states that it “suspends all commercial and private passenger flights from Angola to abroad and vice versa, extendable for an equal period of time, due to the global behaviour of the Covid-19 pandemic, banning the movement of people on the land borders, berthing and disembarkation of passenger ships and their crews, coming from outside the country, in all national ports, for 15 days, starting at 0:00am on March 20”.
Smulders said “all cargo vessels and cargo planes are still allowed to enter”.
He said the same applied to “all cargo crossing the land border.
“It only concerns the movement of people, not cargo.”