Shipping to Costa Rica

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

Cut-off

Route Service Point Service ETA
C2 Caldera feeder 85C Wed 07:00
C3 CRX 15A Sat 08:00
C2 SAE 858 Tue 08:00

Demurrage and Detention

STANDAR FREE TIME - IMPORTS
Operator Maersk
Port/Terminal Names All Ports
Valid to 31st December 2020
Charge Type Import - Combined D&D

Combined Demurrage and Detention – Merchant Haulage (CY)

Our setup in Costa Rica consist of Combined Demurrage & Detention.

This means you will have one combined free time period and compensation fee for utilization of equipment inside and outside of terminals or depots. 

Service Type Free Time DRY Special equipment IMO Reefer
Days CY 7 4 4 4
Tariff per day after free time DRY Special equipment IMO Reefer
Day 8 to 12 90
Day +13th 120
Day 5 to 8 155 155
Day +9th 200 200
Day 5 to 9 155
Day +10 200

Demurrage & Detention: will count from discharge full (included) to empty return (gate-in) of the equipment in terminal or depot
Special equipment: Open tops, flat racks and out of gauge cargo.
Non-Operating Reefer: DnD rules for Reefer equipment will apply to NORs as well.
IMO class: (hazardous) is considered a separate type of cargo.
Merchant Haulage: Warehouse / final leg of transport moves that are not coordinated by Maersk and BL showing container yard (CY) service type.
Note: Free time is granted by equipment type and all sizes are considered, example given DRY free time is applicable for 20, 40 & 45’ equipment. 

Download : Import - Maersk - Costa Rica

Procedures

Import procedures

  • Customers will require Rated Original Bill of Lading for Customs clearance.
  • Once the Arrival Notification has been received, the customer must send an e-mail to our Import department (Cr.import@maersk.com) stating which kind of import procedure will be used. (Redestino, Desalmacenaje en puerto o Anticipado).
  • If customer doesn't have a credit agreement with Maersk, the payment must be done in advance through the bank account # 50203-1 (Local currency) or #50203-2 (USD) in Davivienda Bank, or by transfer to the account: 10400000502030111 (Local currency) or 10400000502030126 (USD).
  • If customer already has a credit agreement with Maersk, no additional procedure is needed at this stage.

"Anticipado"

This is the procedure where customer requests to pay taxes in advance.

  • Once the customer receives the Arrival Notice, customer must contact o our Customer Service department (Cr.import@maersk.com) minimum 6 hours before vessel is formalized. This condition (Anticipado) must be manifested to the Customs authority by the carrier in advance and before vessel arrives.
  • Customer should send an instruction to Cr.import@maersk.com requesting Maersk to manifest the “anticipado” to customs
  • Customer must pay the taxes to customs through a Customs Agency and present all the required documents.
  • Once Customs authorizes the release of the cargo, the customer can then request the haulage of the container, sending an e-mail to our Import department (Cr.import@maersk.com) including information regarding final destination of the cargo. The customer needs to settle collect charges for Maersk to proceed with the haulage.
  • For Carrier Haulage cargo, there is an extra charge of USD100.00 per container as a local charge associated to this handling at port, in case there is a DUA Rojo, there will be a charge of $100/per container to move units to a local depot for inspection.

"Desalmacenaje en puerto"

This is an Internal Transport Document, which allows the movement of the container from the port to a bonded warehouse inside the port jurisdiction.

  • Specify the Bonded Warehouse where the container will be moved to.
  • Customer must pay the taxes to customs through a Customs Agency and present all the required documents.
  • Once Custom authorizes the release of the cargo, the customer can then request the haulage of the container, sending an e-mail to our Import department (Cr.import@maersk.com) including information regarding final destination of the cargo.

"Guias de Redestino"

This is an Internal Transport Document, which allows the movement of the container from the port to a bonded warehouse outside the port locations.

  • Specify the Bonded Warehouse where the container will be moved.
  • For Carrier Haulage cargo, customer must inform us once the DUA is presented at our container yard and confirm by email (Cr.import@maersk.com) the instructions to move the containers to the final destination (bonded warehouse or customer’s facilities)
  • For all import cargo, it is a requirement to present an original set of the BLs into our office so the release of the cargo can be processed. This requirement does not apply for NVOCC's.

To request your empty container pick up for Store Door (SD) positionings please click here.

Restrictions

ACCEPTANCE RESTRICTION IMO 1.0 TO 1.9, no exception handling.
Shark fin/shark meat cannot be imported to Costa Rica.

REQUIREMENT
Telex release figure not feasible in Costa Rica.


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.