Shipping to Benin

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.


VGM: As from 1st July 2016 , NO export container will be accepted for loading without VGM; and as per rules set by Benin Government, shipper should submit VGM 48 Hours before Vessel Arrival in Cotonou port.

Demurrage and Detention

Demurrage Calculation starts from gate-out date till full loading.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF
Days 21 21 21

Tariff after free time:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ Flat & Open top 40’ 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
Day 1 - 10 7,210 14,420 14,420 7,210 14,420 7,210 14,420
Day 11 Onwards 13,390 26,780 26,780 13,390 26,780 13,390 26,780


A. Submit Shipping Instructions

Five step wizard is introduced to make sending shipping instructions easier.

Automatic copy of data for multiple containers avoids re-typing. Selection of parties is optimized by enabling of recent parties used. Charges are displayed to specify payment terms by group or separately with detailed breakdown. Indicative preview of final document is presented to check if everything is entered correctly.

B. Documentation Overview

Documentation Overview has separate views designed to help you manage your documentation through the process from submit shipping instructions, to approve or amend verify copies , and finally for those shipments ready for print. Maersk also has a view called “Awaiting Maersk” that shows all your shipments with Maersk, the action that is pending and the expectation as to when Maersk will have it complete.

C. Shipment Binder - Every detail of a shipment located in a single place!

Search for a single shipment, bill number or container number to find all the relevant shipment details including booking and documentation details, container information, transport plan, price information, and links to related documents. The shipment binder also contains all relevant actions related to the shipment lifecycle.

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Contact us

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.