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 from 1st January 2019
Valid to 31st December 2019
Charge Type Import - Combined D&D
Commodity Codes
Transport Mode All transport modes
Service Mode All service modes
Freetime DAYS Calendar / Working Same / Next day if after
DRY 7 Calendar Same_Day
REEF 5 Calendar Same_Day
IMO 5 Calendar Same_Day
OTHER 7 Calendar Same_Day
STANDARD RATES APPLICABLE AFTER FREE TIME*
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
Tier 1 8 12 USD 90 USD 90 USD 155
Tier 2 13 Thereafter USD 120 USD 120 USD 200
Tier 1 6 10 USD 155 USD 155
Tier 2 11 Thereafter USD 200 USD 200

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

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.

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.