Shipping to Brazil

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

Demurrage and Detention


BR: Freetime & Per Diem 20 DRY 40 DRY 20 SPEC 40 SPEC BR: Freetime & Per Diem 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
FREETIME 5 5 5 5 Freetime 5 5
1st slab: Next 6 days after freetime 33 66 41 99 1st slab: Next 10 days after freetime 97 194
2nd slab: Next 11 days after slab 1 47 95 61 149 2nd slab: Next 10 days after slab 1 145 290
Thereafter 69 140 82 198 Thereafter 194 388

Note 1: NOR same as DRY / DRY = 8'6 & 9'6 / SPEC = Flat Rack and Open Top.

Note 2: Charges in USD per calendar day (including weekends and holidays) after freetime expires

Note 3: Terminal storage charges may apply, nevertheless, those are charged directly by Terminal Operator

Note 4: Import Combined Demurrage and Detention | from discharge full at terminal to empty return in our depot.

Note 5: From Manaus we apply 15 DAYS free time;

Note 6: Codfish: 25 running days on Import;

Note 7: Fruit: 15 running days on Import;

Note 8: Container demurrage tariffs and conditions applicable for the port of discharge located in Brazil, including the free time, are registered in the Documents Registry Notary Office in the city of Santos, under number


Siscarga Implementation

Siscarga is the new automated system for Brazilian Customs and its implementation has the objective of controlling the entrance and exit of vessels on bonded ports, foreign cargo for imports, exports or in transit and empty containers transported by sea, since its manifest up to its delivery to the importer or exit of bonded territory, as well as plan customs inspection prior to cargo arrival, through risk analysis over informed data.

Payment Process and Receipts: Details here


Sticking to Brazil’s legislation (ANTAQ RES 2239 15/09/2011) that requires below listed documents for IMO Cargo, as from February 01st , 2016 Maersk will require below dangerous cargo documents at origin for all bookings with destination Brazil.

  1. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
  2. Multimodal Dangerous Goods Form (MDGF)

The content you provide will remain the same as today, you just need to populate in the attached form.

Remarks (items B,C and D)
In case that customs’ deadline has expired, to amend Consignee,  customer will be exposed to fine of BRL 5,000.
Fill form attached + BRL 700,00 (amendment cost)

MSDS form, will be required for all IMO bookings.

This requirement is in force by law and Maersk along with other carriers want to follow all legal requirements. Valid for all bookings requested as from February 1st, 2016. Dangerous cargo bookings without necessary documentation at origin will not be loaded.

In case of doubts please contact your customer service agent.



BL Clause - Documentation: the manifests must state weight in kilos. 

Received for Shipment is not accepted by any Brazilian port by the local authorities. Please do not use it.

Inland: It is acceptable but 25% tax apply on all charges (including inland). Any doubt please contact our customer service department.

NCM (harmonized cargo code): mandatory information in all import BLs. NCM number must be inserted on cargo description field.

A) CNEE must be a Brazilian Company with full address, telephone number and e-mail address; We do not accept shipments with a person as Consignee.

B) If the cnee is "To the order", First Notify information must be updated with a Brazilian company, including all details (address, phone, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address and Complete company name) .

C) If the cnee is "To Order of a Bank " or "In name of a Bank ", CNPJ of the bank will be required as Mandatory and also the First Notify information must be updated with a Brazilian company, including all details (address,   phone, zip code,telephone number and e-mail address and Complete company name).

D) If  the Cnee is "To the order of a foreign Bank", the First Notify information must be updated with a Brazilian company, including all details (address, phone, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address and Complete company name).                                               

E) Foreign Consignee is not allowed.

Freight and Charges: mandatory information in all import bls to Brazil. 
As per Merchant Marine law nr 10.833 the AFRMM (Merchant Marine Tax) is applied in the total amount of freight and charges incurred in the transport including port expenses declared in the transport document (including Terminal handling charge destination - CAPATAZIA). Original Bl without these information are not accepted by local authorities and consignee as well as carrier will face problems with authorities.

Date of issuance of the original BL: the same date must appear in the printed copy at final destination.

Freigh as per agreement: it is not acceptable.

Cargo House / Pier (CFS): it is not accepted.

Cargo from Uruguay or Argentina with final destination Brazil: It is a must to use the Mercosul Countries flag's BL. Maersk is no longer doing such kind of transport. Mercosul Line is our Brazilian flag available for that.

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