General Information | Information for Shipping Companies

The current conflict in Yemen has resulted in a widespread humanitarian crisis , and has left 80 per cent of the population (21.1 million people) in need of some form of assistance. The impediments on commercial imports to Yemen have led to a severe lack of basic services and goods

The United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM) was instituted by the United Nations at the request of the Government of Yemen to ensure compliance with Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015) for vessels sailing to ports of Yemen not under its control. UNVIM is managed and operated by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and is located in Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti.

How UNVIM Works

Complete clearance requests should be submitted no later than five (05) days prior to the vessel’s arrival in the outer limits of these ports and preferably before the departure of the vessel from its port of loading, depending on the availability of the vessel’s documents. Any clearance request received after this period will incur delays in the clearance process.

Once the required documents are reviewed, UNVIM will inform the requester of its decision:

a. Provided no inspection of the cargo or containers on board the vessel is required, UNVIM will grant the vessel clearance.

b. Provided there are any suspicions of the vessel’s movements; crew; documents; or prohibited cargo under UNSCR 2216 (2015), UNVIM will conduct a primary inspection of the vessel in territorial or international waters accordingly. Secondary inspections may also be conducted if suspicions persist after the primary inspection.