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: 01 January 20128
Valid to: 31 December 2018
Charge Type: Import - Combined D&D

Freetime DAYS
DRY 11


From (Days) To (Days) Rate for 20 DRY Rate for 40/45 DRY Rate for 20 REEF Rate for 40 REEF Rate for 20' Flat & Open Top Rate for 40' Flat & Open Top IMO 20' IMO 40'
Tier 1 12 20 USD 120 USD 120
Tier 2 21 Thereafter USD 175 USD 175
Tier 1 6 14 USD 150 USD 150 USD 150 USD 150 USD 120 USD 120
Tier 2 15 Thereafter USD 225 USD 225 USD 225 USD 225 USD 175 USD 175

NOR's are considered under REEF freetime (5 days) and will have a chargeable amount equal to REEF cargo.


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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