Shipping to Czech Republic
Custom House Brokerage
|Import Customs Clearance||Transit Documents|
|Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of the cargo for onward delivery.||A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.|
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
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
- 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: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/eos/eos_home.jsp?Lang=pl
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 MyCustomsCZ@damco.com
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
|Payer Amendment Destination||40 EUR/ BL||Payer-amendment fee in case of changes to payment terms or destination payers on or after last vessel arrival date|
|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.|
|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|
|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
|Import Service Charge||50 EUR / BL||Import release for M/H, CIF and To order shipments (consignee is not CZ customer)|
|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|
|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)|
|Inland Haulage Cancellation Fee||75 EUR/B/L||Charged for change of destination from SD locations in Czech Republic to port of discharge (Bremerhaven, Koper) which is requested by customer.|
|Merchant Haulage Imports||150 EUR per container||Charged for every container booked to Melnik CY (inland terminal) only.|
|Inlands Campaign Destination||-150 EUR per container||Invoiced for every container where customer extends the original booking to Melnik CY (hence Merchant Haulage Imports was applied) to any SD destination within Czech Republic.|
For Intermodal Surcharges and Drop-off rates please visit our Inland Magazine by clicking here
Demurrage and Detention
Freetime starts with the 1st day as day when container arrives at the terminal and last day as day when container leaves the terminal. Both days included.
|Calendar days||DRY||Calendar days||REEFER/ OT&FR / IMO|
|20'||40' / 45'||20'||40'|
|From||To||EUR per day||EUR per day||From||To||EUR per day||EUR per day|
Detention from 1st April 2018
Freetime Free days (calendar days) starting with the day when container leaves the terminal gate. And last day is day when empty container is accepted on the terminal. Both days included.
|20'||40' / 45'||20'||40'||20'||40'|
|From||To||EUR per day||EUR per day||EUR per day||EUR per day||EUR per day||EUR per day|
As of 15th December 2018 national holidays will be exempted from Demurrage in free and chargeable period for all import cargo.
List of national holidays for 2019:
|Holiday Date||Name of the day|
|01 January 2019||New year's Day|
|19 April 2019||Good Friday|
|22 April 2019||Easter Monday|
|01 May 2019||Labour Day|
|08 May 2019||Liberation Day|
|05 July 2019||St.Cyril and Methodius Day|
|06 July 2019||Jan Hus Day|
|28 September 2019||St.Wenceslas Day|
|28 October 2019||Independence Day|
|17 November 2019||Freedom and Democracy Day|
|24 December 2019||Christmas Eve|
|25 December 2019||Christmas Day|
|26 December 2019||St. Stephen's Day|
List of national holidays for 2020:
|Holiday Date||Name of the day|
|01 January2020||New year's Day|
|10 April2020||Good Friday|
|13 April2020||Easter Monday|
|01 May2020||Labour Day|
|08 May2020||Liberation Day|
|05 July2020||St.Cyril and Methodius Day|
|06 July2020||Jan Hus Day|
|28 September2020||St.Wenceslas Day|
|28 October2020||Independence Day|
|17 November2020||Freedom and Democracy Day|
|24 December2020||Christmas Eve|
|25 December2020||Christmas Day|
|26 December2020||St. Stephen's Day|
For your delivery/release order please use the form available here. Send the filled form to CZ.IMPORT@MAERSK.COM ideally one week prior vessel arrival.
If you need specific information regarding import procedures, please contact our Customer service department email@example.com.
It happens sometimes that customer does not return the container clean, or the container is damaged. These are cost which neither we nor the customer is happy to see. Therefore we recommend to check the manual which will show you how the container should not look like.
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).
If containers supplied by or on behalf of the carrier are unpacked at the Merchant’s premises, the Merchant is responsible for returning the empty containers with interiors clean, odour free and in the same condition as received to the point or place designated by the Carrier, within the time prescribed. Should a Container not be returned in the condition required and/or within the time prescribed in the Tariff, the Merchant shall be liable for any detention, loss or expense incurred as a result thereof.
If the cargo in the container needs veterinary/phyto check in the port, please contact customer service import team before the container is discharged.
When final delivery arranged in CH, driver is carrying T1 document together with commercial invoices of the cargo. In case you wish not to have invoices attached please contact our Customer service department on: +420257182300.
|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,
- dangerous cargo,
- out-of-gauge cargo.
Print of oB/L at destination Czech Republic not allowed.
IMO Class 1 & 7 NOT accepted for inland transportation to Czech Republic. The rest IMO Classes are acceptable for inland haulage transport from discharge port Bremerhaven up to SD location in Czech Republic. Transport mode: RR + TRK or RR+ RR
Personal Effects/Household goods are accepted for delivery to Czech republic only if shipper and consignee/notify shown in Transport Document is International Moving or Forwarding company, not a private person. We do accept also wording e.g. “Person XY C/O international moving / forwarding company“. Shipments showing only private person as consignee are NOT accepted for SD bookings to Czech Republic.
Vehicles, cars, lorries, motorcycles and any other motor vehicles are not accepted in Carrier's Haulage, to any destination in Czech Republic. Shipments booked to Bremerhaven CY, Hamburg CY or Koper CY are accepted.
Complete and accurate cargo description along with HS 6 digit code for shipments destined to Czech Republic is needed. As per the requirement, a 6-digit HS code must be submitted along with all shipping instructions as a mandatory information starting from 1st of September 2015. In case of multiple commodities HS codes for all the commodities need to be submitted.
Veterinary check for veterinary cargo via Bremerhaven in c/h, can be arranged only by Damco Bremerhaven. Charges are available upon request from customer service. In case you wish to arrange veterinary check by different agency, container must be released to m/h.