Shipping to Czech Republic

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Custom House Brokerage

Core product

Export Customs Clearance Transit Documents
Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to load the vessel & be exported outside of the EU. A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.
  • PEX – A / EU – A documents
  • Certificates of origin / EUR.1*
  • T2L (EU origin) issuing + clearance
  • T1
* Only with customs clearance

Additional Custom House Brokerage services 

  • Customs Quick Health Scan – A high level risk & control assessment of the customers business highlighting potential gaps and providing support and solutions where required.
  • Peak Volume Management Programme – Assistance with daily Customs House Brokerage activities when the customer needs it most.
  • Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & guidance on FTA’s & preferential origins.
  • Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End-to-end Reclassification Programme from our trained specialists.

    * Costs will vary depending on the type of business, size & requirement – please refer enquiries to Damco.

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

Signed Power of Attorney (POA)

Signed by the buyer & on Company Letter Headed paper. This grant’s permission for Damco to complete CHB on behalf of the buyer and provides the required details to enable internal account creation.

Mandatory documents required:

  • Signed POA
  • EORI Number
  • Trading conditions
  • CZ VAT registration
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Framework contract
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Classification Number / HS code

EORI Number

The buyer must have a valid EORI and VAT number to hold a solid audit trail with customs authority and tax office & to be eligible to claim back any potential VAT paid.

Additional documents (where applicable) *

  • Copy of the Bill of Lading
  • Licences
  • Health Certificates
  • Preference Certificates

*Originals to be submitted to Damco where necessary


Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: Please refer to the pricing schedule presented to you  or contact with the local Maersk Sales Representative

Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A: A variety of reasons can hold up a clearance, to name a few but not limited to, would be awaiting mandatory documents, awaiting payment, customs holds, Port Authority holds and vessel delays.

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. This is a one-time application. You can check if EORI no is valid on:

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. However, if they are unsure please advise to contact our CHB Department, who can assist in an advisory capacity only.

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: Please contact with your local CHB Department

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
A: Please contact with your local CHB Department or Maersk Sales Representative

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: CHB Department will raise an invoice for all Customs and Port entry related costs.

Q: I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?
A: For CHB invoice, please contact

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

Local charges

Surcharge amount Details
Change of destination fee (COD)  300 USD / per container   
Change of destination fee – Administrative Cost (CAD) – effective as of 15th January 2018. 300 USD / per b/l Applies if T/S port remains the same, amendment related to the final port of discharge. Must be requested 96hrs before the arrival to the T/S port  
Change of destination fee – Extra Restows (CED) – effective as of 15th January 2018. 300 USD + extra costs associated / per container   Acceptance of the extra costs associated is must. 
Container weighing – origin 45 EUR / container Weighing service at inland depot in Czech republic
Late Documentation Fee 25 EUR / BL Shipping instructions sent more than 2 working days after loading
Late Payment Fee 50 EUR / invoice Invoice not paid 7 days afterloading
Late Payment Fee 150 EUR / invoice Invoice not paid 3 days prior arrival to destination
Certificate issuance 30 EUR / certificate Certificate issuance
BL Amendment Fee 75 EUR / BL Change of B/L after issuance (locally or by customer from
Weight Discrepancy Fee 100 EUR / container / Ton above the limit Exceeding of weight category (against rate offer)
Multi Stop Service 0 - 25 km / 0 EUR
26 - 40 km / 40 EUR
41 - 60 km / 60 EUR
61 - 80 km / 80 EUR
81 - 100 km / 100 EUR
above 100 km / individual rate
Multi-stop charge
Late Cancellation Fee (1-9 containers)  175 EUR / container Late truck cancellation (day A after 10.00 for day B) in case truck did not leave the terminal yet. Compensation for lost job. 
Late Cancellation Fee (10 containers and more)  50 EUR / container Late truck cancellation (day A after 10.00 for day C). Resp. 175 EUR/container if cancelled after day A 10.00 for day B trucking 
Waiting time 25 EUR / hour Waiting of truck during stuffing/unstuffing/customs clearance above 4 hours
Manual Booking Fee 50 EUR/BKG Charge for bookings not received via our e-channels
Examination Service 250 EUR / container Scan arranged on terminal in Bremerhaven (standard procedure)
Examination Service 275 EUR / container Scan arranged by Damco in Bremerhaven (exceptional procedure)
Container nomination service  50 EUR/ Container  Container nomination 
Payer Amendment Origin  40 EUR/ BL  Payer-amendment fee in case of changes to payment terms or origin payers after export invoice issuance 

For Intermodal Surcharges and Pick-up rates please visit our Inland Magazine by clicking here

Demurrage and Detention


Name of the period Start End
Export Detention period day when empty container has been picked up from the Agent (gate out date) day when laden container has been delivered to the port of loading (gate in date)
Export Demurrage period day when laden container has been delivered to the port of loading (gate in date) day when laden container has been loaded from the terminal to the vessel

Export Demurrage

Please refer to the country of the loading port:

The Netherlands

Export Detention

Effective Date: 22nd October 2018 pick up empties date

Calendar days DRY & IMO REEF and OT&FR
From To 20' 40' & 45' 20' 40' & 45'
EUR per day EUR per day EUR per day EUR per day
1 10 0 0 0 0
11 15 45 55 85 105
16 20 55 70 95 115
21 25 65 85 105 125
26+ 75 100 125 150

Note: Below given tariff will be applied addtionally on top of export demurrage of port of loading contry if export containers are kept at inland terminal as per customer request or due to customer caused reason

Calendar days DRY & IMO Calendar days REEF and OT&FR
From To 20' 40'/ 45' From To 20' 40'
EUR per day EUR per day EUR per day EUR per day
1 7 0 0 1 5 0 0
8 14 48 68 6 12 118 133
15+ 63 93 13+ 143 163


For standard booking requests you may use the Rate and Booking links under » Maersk or contact us directly.

Preferred loading port is Bremerhaven.

If you would like us to arrange carrier's haulage of special equipment  (e.g. reefers, open top containers) we need information about the required loading date one week prior to the actual stuffing in order to arrange availability of empty equipment.

As per B/L conditions it is responsibility of every shipper to check condition of the container before stuffing (B/L Clause 11.4). When container is fully loaded, shipper agrees and accepts that the container is in a good condition – which means no damage from inside, is clean etc. (B/L Clause 15.4).

Clause 11.4

The Shipper shall inspect Containers before packing them and the use of Containers shall be prima facie evidence of their being sound and suitable for use.

If you need specific information regarding export procedures, please contact our Customer service department


Weight restrictions
20-foot dry container 27.0 tons cargo weight
40-foot dry container 27.0 tons cargo weight
45-foot dry container 27.0 tons cargo weight
20-foot reefer container 24.0 tons cargo weight
40-foot reefer container 25.0 tons cargo weight

If you would like to place bookings for one of the following, please make sure to contact our customer service team prior to booking in order to check acceptance:

  • cargo exceeding the above weight limits,
  • wines or spirits,
  • cigarettes,
  • dangerous cargo,
  • out-of-gauge cargo.

The same applies to any certificates you may require us to issue and letter of credit requirements you need to have inserted in the bill of lading.

Used Tyres and MILITARY CARGO not allowed for export from Czech Republic.

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.