Shipping to Denmark

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

Customs House Brokerage

Local contact options

Book directly through or contact to include one of our Customs House Brokerage products in your supply chain.

Our Customs Team are always happy to answer any query you may have in relation to customs clearance, one of our licenced customs brokers can be contacted on

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.
  • Export declarations
  • Certificates
  • Persishable cargo
  • European border controls & transit movements
  • Reimbursements
  • T1
  • T2L (EU origin) issuing + 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 CHB Activities when the customer needs it most.
  • Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End to End Reclassification Programme from our trained specialists.
  • Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & Guidance on FTA’s & Preferential Origins
  • Auditing and KPI reports – Tailored Auditing & Customs Reporting specific to their business requirements.

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

Signed Direct Representation Letter / PoA

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

Mandatory documents Required:

  • Signed Direct Representation Authorisation / PoA
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Classification Number (Tariff Heading)
  • Copy of the Bill of Lading

Additional documents (where applicable)

  • Licences
  • Health Certificates
  • Preference Certificates

EORI Number

The trader must have a valid EORI and/or VAT number to hold a solid audit trail with the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) and the Danish Customs Agency (Toldstyrelsen) and & to be eligible to claim back any potential VAT paid.


  • HS code provided by Customer
  • Not included: Phyto documentation/inspections; Health Certificate; Scanning; Physical inspections; drayage, port charges, demurrage and detention, port transit documentation, classification or additional consultancy services
  • Subject to Damco Trading Conditions
  • Use of Damco deferment Account is subject of capital advance fees


Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: Please refer to the pricing page above

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, more information can be found upon

Q: What is a classification number(Tariff heading)?
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 (Tariff heading)?
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 Damco, who can assist in an advisory capacity only.

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: Our team will email the customer with clearance paperwork as soon as the shipment has been released from customs and is free to leave the port.

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

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: Depending on shipment terms, either ML or Damco 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 Damco’s 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


Copenhagen container terminal

L49 service

Empty Container gate-out deadline: Fri 10:00
Container gate-in Deadline: Fri 17:00
VGM deadline: Fri 16:00

L40 service

Empty Container gate-out deadline: Wed 12:00
Container gate-in Deadline: Wed 17:00
VGM deadline: Wed 16:00

Aarhus container terminal

AE5 service

Empty Container gate-out deadline: Tue 10:00
Container gate-in deadline: Tue 13:00
SI and Customs deadline: Tue 13:00
VGM deadline: Tue 10:00*

Z63 service

Empty gate-out deadline: Mon 10:00
Container gate-in Deadline: Mon 13:00
SI and Customs deadline: Mon 13:00
VGM deadline: Mon 10:00**

* Above mentioned VGM closing is applicable only for E-channel submission. If you submit VGM manually please ensure that the same is received by Maersk 10 hrs prior to above VGM closing. Weighing of the container done by the terminal and sent directly to Maersk : 12:00

** Above mentioned VGM closing is applicable only for E-channel submission. If you submit VGM manually please ensure that the same is received by Maersk 10 hrs prior to above VGM closing. Weighing of the container done by the terminal and sent directly to Maersk : Fri 12:00

Demurrage and Detention

  • Demurrage = container rental inside the terminal + terminal storage.
  • Detention = container rental outside the terminal.
  • Calculations are based on calendar days, and the amount is per day.
  • Non-operating reefers (NORs) are charged as DRY containers.
  • Reefer demurrage includes plug-in/electricity charges.


Demurrage starts the same day as container is gated in (full). It ends the same day as container is loaded on the vessel.

Detention starts the same day as container is gated out (empty). It ends the same day as container is gated in (full).

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The following tariffs are valid as of 1st of June 2019.


DEMURRAGE 20' 40'/45' DETENTION 20' 40'/45'
1-7 0 0 1-7 0 0
8-14 300 600 8-14 300 600
15+ 500 1000 15+ 500 1000
1-5 0 0 1-5 0 0
6-10 800 1200 6-10 800 1200
11+ 1200 1800 11+ 1200 1800


Bill of lading clausing, documentation: 

No special clauses / restrictions apply.

Shipping instruction: 

Shipping instruction is required latest 24 hours before vessel arrival (weekends excluded).

Special customs requirements: 

An export declaration must be filed with customs and this is done by the shipper/exporter themselves. Export declaration (MRN) is required latest 24 hours before vessel arrival (weekends excluded).



 There are no restrictions in place

Weight / Measurement:

For general information on weight / measurement restrictions please contact your local Maersk office.

The general road limitations is 48 mt for truck, chassis, cargo and tare weight of container, which in reality means that you in most containers can load to the max payload of the container.

Special cargoes:

No restrictions in general though for trucking to inland points special permits might be needed (depends on the actual oversize, wherefore please inquire). For dangerous cargo the dangerous cargo papers must be provided and approved at the time the booking is placed. Please inquire for exact details with our Customer Service.

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.