Shipping to Argentina

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Demurrage and Detention

The following information was last updated on 1 January 2017 and is valid until further notice.

Charges per container per calendar day (including weekends and holidays) after freetime expires. Terminal storage charges may apply, nevertheless, those are charged directly by Terminal Operator.

NOR and IMO are the same as DRY. High Cube and 9' 6 containers shall be considered same as 8'6.

What is Demurrage and detention?

Freetime & Per Diem 20’ DRY 40’ / 45’ DRY 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
FREETIME 7 days 7 days 7 days 7 days 3 days 3 days
next 10 Days after freetime USD 40 USD 80 USD 60 USD 120 USD 80 USD 150
Thereafter USD 60 USD 120 USD80 USD 160 USD 100 USD 190

Note 1: Amount charged per day after freetime.
Note 2: NOR same as DRY.
Note 3: Cordoba has 14 days freetime.

 

Procedures

Documentation

  • It is a legal requirement that all Bills of lading must have a notify party in Argentina.
  • It´s only acceptable “Negotiable BL Shipped on board” or “ Negotiable BL Receipt for Shipment”  document type for Argentina and Paraguay imports.  
  • To order BLs must be endorsed by Shipper and then by Consignee also to get documentation release
  • Originals must be submitted at Customs (one at Buenos Aires Customs, and another one at our office properly endorsed for cargo release). 
  • Weight on the bills of lading must be shown in kilograms. 
  • Argentina Customs will not release containers under one Bill of lading unless the whole lot arrives in the same vessel. Cargo under same bill, covered by one commercial invoice and one certificate of origin must arrive to Argentina in the same vessel, otherwise first lot will be held by Customs until rest of the lot arrives
  • Issuance fee at Buenos Aires is usd 55 per BL

Special Customs requirements

As it is stated in AFIP’s General Resolution 2744 and 2879, CUIT and NCM must be declared in imports manifest (SIM) for each shipment, as long as the consignee is not a forwarder.

  • As from August 23rd 2010, it is mandatory to manifest CUIT information.
  • As from September 15th 2010, it will be mandatory to also manifest NCM.

This must be the one related to the cargo with the highest value and its first 6 digits must be written on body of bill of ladings without exception. 

It is mandatory to submit this information, therefore if not presented cargo will not be discharged at the mentioned port and will remain on board.

Shipments with personal effects cargo must submit the same information.

In case of consignees being forwarders which proceed with a deconsolidation manifest, NCM information will not be manifested but bills of lading must include the legend “consolidated cargo” on body of bills.

  • Seaway Bills not accepted to clear Customs.
  • Originals must be submitted for any cargo with final delivery in Argentina, one of them to Customs and other to our office properly endorsed for cargo release, except for Ushuaia port where Customs requires 2 originals.
  • Originals must be submitted at Customs if cargo is in transit (one at Buenos Aires Customs, one at Customs in final destination and the last one at our office properly endorsed for cargo release).
  • It is possible to issue four or more originals for cargo in Argentina when the commodity is in transit.
  • One container manifested in more than one bill must show exactly same consignee if delivery service is CY.
  • Weight on the bills of lading must be shown in kilograms.
  • Argentina Customs will not release containers under one Bill of lading unless the whole lot arrives in the same vessel. Cargo under same bill, covered by one commercial invoice and one certificate of origin must arrive to Argentina in the same vessel, otherwise first lot will be held by Customs until rest of the lot arrives.

Restrictions

Commodities

Humanitarian help and diplomatic cargo: No collect charges accepted in destination. All destination charges must be prepaid in origin.

Used tyres: shipments containing this type of cargo are not accepted at any port of Argentina.

Explosives: shipments containing this type of cargo are not accepted at any port of Argentina.

IMO 1 (all ranges): shipments containing this type of cargo are not accepted using Buenos Aires as a transhipment port for Paraguay, Uruguay and Patagonia final destinations.

Personal effects: Due to  the complexity of business and local cargo release procedures, personal effects and/or household goods shipments with final destination Argentina can only be accepted if the consignee is a company (for example a freight forwarder or an international moving company) and not a physical person.

Container types

45´foot containers: Customer must obtain special permission from authorities to pick up this type of containers, otherwise units must be stripped at port terminal.

Others

For CY/CFS cargo, Seaway bills and split bills, please look into Import Procedures. 

Maersk Line offers FLC (full containers) service only. If you require LCL (less than one container) service, please kindly contact  www.damco.com

Several bills of ladings for one (1) container are not allowed when each bill of lading shows a different consignee. 

Guaranty letter for the current year certified by notary public must be sent/presented to our local offices in order to get cargo release.

 For more information, please kindly contact: arcsigen@maersk.com

Depots

WEEK 46

PLEASE NOTE NEW SET UP :

REDELIVERY

CONTAINER TYPE DISCHARGE FROM:
EXOLGAN TERMINAL 4 TRP
Service ASAS ASIA 2 NEO BOSSA NEO SAMBA
20DC EXOLGAN GAMMA MUJICA TRP TRP
40STD EXOLGAN GAMMA LIBERT TRP TRP
40HC EXOLGAN GAMMA LIBERT TRP TRP
40REEF GAMMA MUJICA GAMMA MUJICA TRP TRP
20 REEF GAMMA MUJICA GAMMA MUJICA TRP TRP
Specials EXOLGAN GAMMA LIBERT TRP TRP

All DRY units in HUXLEY:
Newsan Group
Kuehne & Nagel
DHL Global Forwarding Argentina
Arcos Dorados

All DRY units in GAMMA LIBERTADOR:
Toyota

Email your local office

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