Shipping to El Salvador

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

Demurrage and Detention

Combined Demurrage and Detention (IMPORT)

Types Dry Flat & Open top   REEF  IMO 
All modes 10  10 
Days after free time expiration  20’ DRY   40’ / 40’hc
45’ DRY 
Flat & Open top  20’ REEF  40’ REEF  IMO  Shipper’s owned  
As from 11th day to 14th day  150 150  200  200  150  150   
As from 15th day to 21th day 160 160 160 200 200 160  
As from 22th day onwards 170  170  170  200  200  170   


Arrival notice

  • Arrival notices are faxed to consignees no later than 24 hours prior to vessel arrival at port.
  • After an arrival notice is received by the customer, it is kindly requested that the following documentation is provided to our local import department for dispatch arrangements:
    1. Original bill of lading.
    2. Complete request in the form provided locally.
    3. For food products, reefer and hazardous cargo, it is also required that the customer provides the proper permits additional to the above documentation.
    4. Fumigation payment for discharge in Acajutla

The above mentioned documentation must be delivered personally at our offices.


Restriction Remarks
Seaway bills are not accepted by local customs. Unless it includes an endorsement stamp that certifies the document as an original for customs clearance.
Collect freight is not accepted. Unless the origin offices request approval prior to load the cargo. This allows the local office to contact the consignee and document the approval ahead of time.
Local customs does not allow cargo clearance in Acajutla if the discharge port manifested is not Acajutla. To avoid unnecessary cost and delays to import cargo, it is important that discharge ports are used properly:
  • Cargo routed via Atlantic ports - Discharge in Puerto Cortes, Honduras
  • Cargo routed via pacific ports - Discharge in Acajutla, El Salvador
Special Cargoes: Out of Gauge (OOG) and Hazardous cargo are not accepted. Unless it is subject to standard MaerskLine approval procedure prior to loading.
Dummy BL’s are not allowed in the country In the case of Acajutla, container will remain on board, if manifest is not completed 24hrs prior to vessel arrival to port. In the case of Santo Tomas, port authorities allow for discharge but BL must be updated within 72 working hours after vessel arrival. Otherwise, cargo is declared abandon.
Weight restrictions For cargo discharged in Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala,please refer to Guatemala’s local website for information on weight control


As per the local regulation, a container is considered as abandoned by the local authority when it reaches below amount of days after arriving at terminal as per below:

Country Export Import
El Salvador 20 days 21 days

Freight Transport Document

“All TPdoc have to be freighted as per El Salvador Customs  request.” in case only Freighted Bill of ladings are to be released which would not leave any ambiguity on the documentation requirements.

Email your local office

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.