The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) was established in 1972 as a statutory public corporation with the mandate to operate such port facilities best deemed expedient to the public interest.
The Port of Banjul is located on the estuary of the River Gambia 13° 27 minutes north and 16° 34 minutes west, 26 nautical miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and its area of jurisdiction covers north from Buniadu Point to the extreme of Cape Point, to the south from the western extreme of Dog Island to the northern extreme of the South Bank of Madina Creek.
The GPA provides facilities and services for the berthing of vessels, discharging, and loading operations using cargo handling equipment for both containerized and non-containerized cargo. The GPA, due to its business, manages assets such as container terminals, land, bonded and conventional warehouses, office buildings, tugboats for berthing assistance, dredgers for maintenance dredging, cargo handling equipment such as reach stackers, forklift trucks, and tractors and trailers and maintenance workshop.
Over the years, the Port of Banjul has been internationally recognized as one of the safest and most efficient ports in West Africa. It offers reliable and value-for-money services to its numerous customers. Its strategic location along the major shipping route linking Europe, the far east and Africa makes Banjul a regular port of call for well-established conferences and independent shipping lines. A long-established system of close cooperation with Customs, immigration, health, and shipping agents, coupled with a competitive tariff and competent human resources, ensures that customers are always provided with quality service. With deep sheltered anchorage and no known piracy incidents, Banjul is one of the safest Ports in the sub-region.
The Port of Banjul is unrivalled in Africa in terms of its simplified customs and administrative formalities, and Customs operating on a fully-fledged IT platform, ASYCUDA A*, ensures that trade facilitation is accorded priority.
The project aims to improve the capacity and efficiency of the port of Banjul, to transform the Port of Banjul into one of the best ports in the sub-region with fast turnaround of vessels, fast handling and customs clearance, easy documentation and overall ISP’s compliance.
Banjul Port Offers:
- 24 hours pilotage and Port Operations
- A competitive and flexible tariff
- State-of-the-art aids to navigation
- Fast ship turnaround time
- One-stop-shop documentary process
- Fast customs clearance
- Flexible working practices and harmonious industrial relations
- Computerized port operations
- Direct delivery to consignees’ premises
- Adequate and appropriate cargo handling equipment
- Entrepot storage and transshipment facilities
To excel as a leading maritime center for trade, logistics and distribution
The Gambia Ports Authority will strive to provide first-class services in a safe and efficient environment, while continuing to upgrade and expand it's facilities in all areas to ensure it's customers are satisfied, as well as establishing the necessary infrastructure to transform the Banjul Port into an important hub.