Shipping to Bangladesh

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

Demurrage and Detention

DRY CONTAINER (PER DAY): (CHITTAGONG)

Day Range 20 40 40H 45H
1st-4th NIL NIL NIL NIL
5th-9th USD 9 USD 18 USD 21 USD 21
10th-14th USD 18 USD 36 USD 42 USD 42
Thereafter USD 36 USD 72 USD 84 USD 84

SPECIAL TYPE (OPEN TOP/FLAT RACK) OF CONTAINER (PER DAY): (CHITTAGONG)

Day Range 20 40 & 40HC
1st-4th NIL NIL
5th-9th USD 18 USD 36
10th-14th USD 36 USD 72
Thereafter USD 72 USD 144

REEFER CONTAINER (PER DAY): (CHITTAGONG)

Day Range 20 40 40H
1st-2nd NIL NIL NIL
3th-7th USD 20 USD 30 USD 35
8th-12th USD 30 USD 45 USD 53
Thereafter USD 50 USD 90 USD 105
  • Plug-in/monitoring charge for reefer container is $9.00 per day per container, applicable from the date of discharge.
  • 15% VAT on plug-in/monitoring charge applicable i.e. TK.115.00per day per container.

DRY CONTAINER (PER DAY): (DHAKA)

Day Range 20 40 40H
1st-4th NIL NIL NIL
5th-9th USD 15 USD 18 USD 21
10th-14th USD 30 USD 36 USD 42
Thereafter USD 50 USD 72 USD 84

For any container enjoying free time beyond the standard tariff : detention charge would start incurring as stated in the rate slab from the day next to last day of the approved free time and onward in case container is not returned within approved time. 

For any container to be taken outside of the port: 5 days refundable advance detention need to be deposited on top of approved free time date or container delivery date (whichever is greater). Advance detention deposit will be refunded within fifteen working days of receiving refund request with survey reports, after returning the container to the nominated depot.

Port Demurrage/Store Rent: These charges should be settled by the consignee himself to port authority directly as we carrier is not involved with these charges.

Restrictions

Service Point : Restriction

Chittagong (BDCGP): SD delivery

Dhaka (BDDAC) : CFS and SD delivery

Pangaon (BDSAA): CFS and SD delivery

**Reefer container not acceptable for Dhaka & Pangaon delivery location. Also in Chittagong port reefer containers delivery mode only allows as CY.

Delivery Mode:

  • One/more container(s) tied up with one BL must be CY delivery (Exceptional only if consignee/notify party under forwarder agent).
  • One/more container(s) tied up with more than one BL must be CFS delivery (Exceptional only if consignee/notify party under forwarder agent).
  • There is no SD delivery location in Bangladesh.
  • BDCGP accepts both CY and CFS delivery. And BDDAC accepts CY delivery only.

Freight Type:

Imports on freight collect basis are not accepted. All charges should be settled by freight payer.

Commodity:

Dangerous and hazardous firearms and ammunitions including sport guns and air pistols, any explosive items, police tear gas canisters, currency and currency paper, non-judicial stamps, security printing paper and ink, banknote paper, cheque printing paper, passports, any army items, Cars Knocked Down (CKD) goods, cement, fertilizer, rapeseeds, loose scrap, C.I. sheets, G.P. sheets, B.P. sheets, tin plates or similar type of iron material, alcohol and alcoholic beverage - are accepted subject to prior approval from Import Customer Service Manager. ‘IMO in Reefer Container' is not acceptable.

Fish Meal/Fish Feed:

No acceptance unless approved by BANCSIMNG, we can only accept the booking after getting the confirmation from the shipper/consignee that below documents must be submitted at ours/destination prior 72 hours of vessel arriving.

01. Analysis Certificate ("The goods are free from Chloramphenicol and Nitro-furan", must have written on the report of analysis.)
02. Radiation Certificate
03. Veterinary Certificate
04. Fumigation Certificate
05. Invoice
06. Packing List 

Below commodities are not accepted:

As a general policy Maersk Bangladesh does not accept IMO Class 1 and 7 for import. Must contact Import Customer Service Team prior accepting any kind of IMCO booking for Chittagong port discharge also ‘IMCO CARGO’ in Reefer container is not acceptable. But please follow below guideline of IMO cargo acceptance:

IMO: Any kind of RED PHOSPHORUS, PEROXIDE, GAS or LIQUID GAS, CHILLER, FIRE EXTINGUISHER, CALCIUM CARBIDE, NITRATE, NITROCELLOUS, PROPANE & SULPHUR under IMCO: 4.1, 5.2, 2.2, 2.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1 not accepted booking for Chittagong port discharge & delivery. Also don’t accept SODIUM SALT which is prohibited item as per country rules.

List of restricted commodities to Bangladesh

Restricted commodities

Non Licensed Forwarders:

Bookings cannot be accepted for non-licensed freight forwarders in Bangladesh (consignee or notify).

Please click here for the licensed forwarders updated by the Bangladesh Customs. Any forwarder who is not in the list will be treated as "non-licensed".

Documentation requirements:

1. Shippers’ Details: B/L body must contain valid shippers’ name with address in the respective fields.

2. Consignee: 

  • In case of a bank consigned B/L, a Bangladeshi bank name and address with valid BIN/VAT in respective field must be inserted in respective BL field. 
  • If consignee as direct customer and no bank involved, B/L must contain Bangladeshi consignee/importer name and address with valid BIN/VAT in respective field.
  • If consignee as local freight forwarder, B/L must contain Government approved freight forwarder name and address with valid AIN number. AIN number should contain 9digit. (Please find Government approved Forwarder list using the following link https://customs.gov.bd/content.jsf )
  •  Foreign party/bank name or address is NOT allowable as consignee.
  • Only “TO ORDER” or “TO THE ORDER OF SHIPPER” is NOT allowable as consignee
  • Consignee as direct customer/importer but notify party as local freight forwarder agent is NOT allowed.
  • BIN/VAT number should contain 11digit. BIN/VAT starts with “0”or alpha numeric is not allowed.

3. Notify: 

  • If notify as direct customer, B/L must contain Bangladeshi notify party/importer name and address with valid BIN/VAT in respective field. 
  • If notify as local freight forwarder, B/L must contain Government approved freight forwarder name and address with valid AIN number. AIN number should contain 09 digit. (Please find Government approved Forwarder list using the following link http://customs.gov.bd/content.jsf)
  • Foreign notify or address is NOT allowable as notify party.
  • 1st notify party as local bank is NOT allowed. 
  • Notify party as “SAME AS CONSIGNEE” is NOT allowed. Must be mentioned consignee details in notify field.
  • Notify as direct customer/importer but consignee as local freight forwarder agent is NOT allowed.
  • BIN/VAT number should contain 11digit. BIN/VAT starts with “0”or alpha numeric is not allowed. 

4. Cargo description: For smooth and faster documentation, B/L must be updated with accurate and actual commodity/cargo descriptions with HS CODE. If commodity falls under any kind of chemical or raw materials, in cargo description body of B/L, it should be clearly mentioned the technical name of chemical or raw materials. Bangladesh Customs and Port authority will not allow discharging any cargo with incomplete or unclear commodity name/description.

5. Dangerous cargo Documentation: IMO Classification, UN Number and Technical Name of the HAZ cargo must be mentioned on the BL cargo description body. Consignee must have submitted HAZ cargo related documents at Maersk Bangladesh Chittagong office prior 72 hours arrival of feeder vessel.

6. Kind of Package: It is mandatory to mention valid & standard kind of package type in the B/L body.

7. Cargo Gross Weight:

 Cargo gross weight must be mentioned accurately in B/L which MUST be matched with the packing list and physical stuffing. Any incompliance of such will be treated as violation of Customs licensing rules and regulation

8. Volume per Cubic Meter (CBM): CBM must be mentioned accurately in B/L which MUST be matched with the packing list and physical stuffing. Any incompliance of such will be treated as violation of Customs licensing rules and regulation.

 9. Seal Number: B/L must be issued with valid/physical container seal number. Repeated seal number will not be allowable.

Off Docks / Depot Delivery:

As per NBR (National Board of Revenue) and CPA (Chittagong Port Authority) circular, consignee should take delivery of 29 selected commodities from private off dock. Maersk Line Operations Team will select off dock. In case any preference on off dock by the consignee, Maersk Line Import Customer Service Team should be notified prior 7 days of submitting import customs manifest.

RAW COTTON MUSTARD SEEDS CARBON BLACK
METAL SCRAP WASTE PAPER MARBLE CHIPS
WHEAT CHICK PEAS BALL CLAY (BULK)
RICE ANIMAL FEEDS ONION (DRY CONTAINER)
LENTILS HARD COKE GINGER (DRY CONTAINER)
GARLIC (DRY CONTAINER) FERTILIZER SODA ASH
PVC RESIN STAPLE FIBER DATES
CONTAINERIZED SQUARE / ROUND LOG SUGAR BITUMEN
EMPTY BEVERAGE CAN MARBLE STONE SODIUM SULFATE
WOOD PULP GLOBAL SALT

Weight / Measurement:

Weight limitation is maximum Gross Weight (cargo weight plus tare weight) of 24,000 kgs and 30,400 kgs for 20' and 40'/45' containers respectively.

Special Cargoes 

Reefer, OOG cargo and 45' containers are not accepted to Dhaka. Dangerous cargo can be imported in 20', 40' and 40'hc dry containers only. Reefer cargo is not accepted for CFS delivery.

Customs Requirements

1. Goods fully exempted from customs duty.

2. Goods imported by a government, semi-government, sector corporation or autonomous organization (import of raw materials or intermediate goods for commercial manufacturing or production are included in the PSI program)

3. Import consignment is of a value equal to or less than US$ 5000 (whether imported against L/C or not)

4. Perishable goods including fresh fruits, live animals, living plants, fish and meat.

5. Goods for export oriented industries imported under bonded warehouse facilities.

6. Goods imported as relief under authority of the govt.

7. Goods imported by privileged persons as per entitlements laid out by the government.

8. Goods imported by a diplomat or under the coverage of a diplomatic facility as per the Vienna convention.

9. 1961 duly certified by the ministry of foreign affairs of the people’s republic of Bangladesh. 

10. Machinery and equipment imported for the rehabilitation of deaf, dumb, blind and physically and mentally handicapped persons.

11. Defence stores as described in the NBR memo no 9(41)nbr/cus-iv/72/246 dated 10 April 1981.

12. Goods imported under non tourist baggage rules, 1999.

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