Port location Nouadhibou
Name of port Port of Nouadhibou
Port type Seaport
Management Port Autonome de Nouakchott dit Port de l’Amitié (PANPA)
Available equipment Tworailed gantry cranes (70 tons), elevators and container forks.
Port facilities Port warehousing facility and open storage.
Business section Oil and gas, energy, industrial logistics, port projects, renewables, pharmaceutical, hi-tech/telecom, automotive, mining and manufacturing.
Export opportunities Ore, copper, molluscs, non-fillet frozen fish and gold.
Imports opportunities Raw sugar, wheat, refined petroleum, cotton and woven fabric of synthetic staple fibres.
Export destinations China, Switzerland, Spain, Japan and Russia.
Shipping lines Maersk Line, Safmarine, CMA CGM, Delmas, Hartmann Project Lines, Conti Horizon Line, Boluda Lines, MSC and GST Shipping Line.
Borders Mauritania borders Algeria, Western Sahara, Morocco, Mali and Senegal by land and Cape Verde by sea.
The main port of Mauritania is the Friendship Port of Nouakchott, located near the West Africa Atlantic coast and offers competitive storage facilities and welcomes more than 600 vessels per year. The port has a total length of 1485 metres, divided into seven quays, including three quays with a length of 585 metres and a draft of 9.3 metres and four quays with a length of 900 metres with one 12-metre draft, as well as an oil dock. The Port of Nouakchott accounts for 96% of import/export traffic of goods in Mauritania. The port plans to build a container terminal to increase operating capacity. Port handling is carried out by private companies, which can also look after wharf handling.

Cargo clearance is quite straightforward. A bill of lading and a certificate of origin, certified by customs is required before port clearance. It takes approximately three working days, depending on the complexity of the clearance.