Shipping to Colombia

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

Demurrage and Detention


Valid from: November 1, 2018
Valid to: December 31, 2019
Charge Type: Import - Combined D&D

Combined Demurrage & Detention
Start Event: Discharge Full (Same Day)
End Event: Gate-in Empty in depot.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 10 5 5 5

Note 1: NOR’s are considered under REEF Freetime (5 days) and will have a chargeable amount equal to REEF cargo

Tariff after free time: 

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF 20’s and 40’ IMO
As from 11th day USD120 USD120
As from 15th day USD150 USD150
As from 19th day USD175 USD175
As from 6th day USD150 USD150 USD150 USD120
As from 15th day USD225 USD225 USD225 USD175

Note 2 : NOR’s will be charged as REEF containers corresponding to size of equipment.


Import services procedures

  • Freight currency payment: For payment in Colombian pesos, use the "Tasa Representativa del Mercado (T.R.M)" of the payment day plus COP 15.00 (Colombian pesos).
  • For dry cargo, prepaid and collect payment both are acceptable, except household, which must be prepaid. 

Local Surcharges:

 Surcharge  Description  20'  40'std-hc 40'reef   Basis Comments 
THC Terminal Handling charge Destination usd100 usd100  usd100  per container  
DDF Destination Documentation Fee usd30 usd30  usd30  per BL  
CLF Collection fee usd40 usd40  usd40  per BL If freight is pay via transfer in our account in NY, it doesn’t apply
BLF OBL issuance usd30 usd30  usd30 per BL  If OBL is issued through our web page, it does not apply
Amendment usd0 usd0  usd0 per amendment

Freetime  10 days  10 days  10 days   calendar days / 10 days for special equipment
Drop off Bogota - Medellin  usd200  usd400 n/a  per container subject to monthly information
  Drop off Cali  usd100  usd200  n/a  per container subject to monthly informat\ion
 CER  Certification  usd25  usd25  usd25  per BL  if certification is issued through our web page, it doesn’t apply

Import Drop off Process

For import drop off please follow the indications of below document.



  • Local Consignee and Notify Party is required in Colombia.
  • Commodities acceptance: Car and motorcycle used spare parts and used cars cannot be imported to Colombia.
  • Weight / Measurement: Weight must be in kilos and measurement limited according capacity of container. Cargo manifested in pounds (libras) cannot be discharged.
  • Bills of Lading clausing, documentation: Seaway bill/ Telex release is not acceptable by local customs.
  • No dummy Bills of Lading (there is information that is not complete: shipper / consignee, telephone, fax, contact) are accepted by authority (customs) for any purpose.
  • Original Bills of Lading is necessary to release cargo before customs authorities, cargo cannot be released without an original bill of lading. If bill printed at origin shipper must send to consignee at least one (1) Original Bills of Lading in order to release import cargo.
  • Customs regulation: Description of the commodity (no commercial names), weight, measurement, marks, also all information in the Bills of Lading presented by the consignee and the manifest presented by Maersk Line to customs, must be precise and there must be not differences between these documents. Discrepancies means fines.
  • Foreign consignees are not allowed, for those documents consigned TO THE ORDER, Bills of Lading must be printed at origin and duly endorsed by shipper, also must be notified to the  Maersk   Origin.
  • Amendments CAN’T be done once cargo has been manifested because it is not allowed by local customs. If the ETA of cargo is less than 48  hours import desk must authorize any amendment request.
  • No collect charges accepted by destination for humanitarian help and diplomatic cargo.
  • Shortshipments are not allowed for cargo to Colombian ports.

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