Shipping to Cyprus

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

Customs House Brokerage

Core product

Import Customs Clearance T1 - transit customs clerance Fiscal clearance
Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of cargo. A customs declarations allowing to move goods between two or more different customs territories. Import customs clearance done in the country of entry to EU while we guarantee that the VAT will be paid in the country of final destination that is a different EU country.
  • Import declarations.
  • Declaring T2L (intra EU shipments).
  • Regular T1.
  • Simplified procedure (we do not have it yet but are in the process of obtaining one).

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

  • EUR1  
  • Sanitary / Phytosanitary / Soivre (quality) Certificates  
  • Veterinary certificates  
  • ECS – Declaring already custom cleared cargo to European customs system.
  • Security declarations – Not included in simplified procedure but must be done before loading a vessel.
  • Scanner Assistance  
  • Inspections Assistance  

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

  • Commercial Invoice (s)
  • Packing List (s)
  • HS codes of the cargo
  • Bill Of Lading


Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: Please refer to the pricing schedule shared with you.

Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A:  Late submission of POA or any other certificate, late payment when no credit, Authorities feedback.

Q: What is an EORI Number and how do I get one?
A: An EORI (Economic Operators Registration & Identification System) Number is a unique reference number issued by Customs to Trader and is required to import or export goods.

Q: What is a classification number HS Code?
A: A classification number is a unique 10-digit code that relates to a specific product and determines the amount of Duty payable. The Trade Tariff link can provide help and useful tips to enable the customer to classify their products.

Q: Why do I need to provide a classification number HS Code?
A: It is the importers/Exporters legal responsibility to ensure the classification of their products are correct.  

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: You will get either an automatic or self generated e.mail announcement

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
A: Please contact – import shippments

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: Maersk will raise your invoice for all CHB activities

Q: I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?
A: Please contact – import shippments

Abbreviations & Explanations

CHB = Customs House Brokerage
VAT = Value Added Tax
EORI = Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
AEO = Authorized Economic Operator
POA = Power of Attorney
T1 = Transit Document which allows the movement of non-EU commodity between two customs offices (EU)
T2L = Document which proofs the EU status

Demurrage and Detention

Applicable from 1st April 2018

Our setup in Cyprus consists of one element: Combined Detention and Demurrage.

This means you will have one combined free time-period and compensation for utilization of equipment inside and outside of terminals or depots, referred to as Combined Demurrage & Detention.  

Combined Detention and Demurrage starts to apply as from SAME DAY of DISCHARGE until GATE IN EMPTY. 

Calculation is based on CALENDAR days


Import Combined Demurrage & Detention
DRY (IMO Dry same as Dry)

From Discharge day to Gate In Empty day included (Calendar) 

  Eur per Day 
Port  Days  20'  40' 
Limassol  0 to 10 
11 to 17  20  40 
18 onward  40  80 

Import Combined Demurrage & Detention
REEFER (IMO Reefer same as Reefer)

From Discharge day to Gate In Empty day included (Calendar)

  Eur per Day 
Port  Days  20'  40' 
Limassol  0 to 5
6 to 12  70  120 
18 onward  90 160 

Import Combined Demurrage & Detention

From Discharge day to Gate In Empty day included (Calendar) 

  Eur per Day 
Port  Days  20'  40' 
Limassol  0 to 10
11 to 17  40  80
18 onward  80 160 


Demurrages are always charged to consignees who delay the return of the empty containers to the port terminal. When consignees arrange by themselves the road transportation of the containers to their warehouse, it is their responsibility to liaise with their hauliers for the timely return of the containers.

Maersk Cyprus Limited will undertake Road Transportation and Customs Clearance if requested.

For further import queries please contact the following: Sales ( or Customer Service (


Service inquiry - Cyprus:

Please note that Famagusta and other places in the Northern part of the island are not under the administration of the Republic of Cyprus. No cargo movements can take place to/from the Northern part via the port of Limassol. However, some areas in the Famagusta province can indeed be served via Limassol. It is suggested that you find out the exact location and telephone number of your customer and let us know at (

Maersk Cyprus Limited is the sole agent of Maersk Line in the Republic of Cyprus and can only take responsibility for cargo movements in the Republic.


No acceptance of IMO Class 1.

Weight / Measurement:

Weight cargo acceptance in Cyprus roads: maximum gross weight of 30 Tons (tare + payload).

Special Cargo:

OOG, B/B and IMO cargo subject to standard Maersk approval procedures.

Bill of lading clausing, documentation:

No specific clausing required.

Seal is mandatory for Cyprus imports

Special Customs requirements:

No specific clausing required.

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.