Shipping to France

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

Container Drop off

For transports arranged in Merchant Haulage

Drop off tariff: From 01/10/2019 to 31/12/2019
Tariff in EURO

Ville Drop-off fees
20dc 40dc 40hc
Bordeaux (33) 0 0 0
Clermont Ferrand * 100 100 100
Genevilliers (92) 100 150 150
Nogent sur Seine 0 75 75
Ottmarsheim (68) 75 75 100
Toulouse 50 50 50
Vierzon ** 75 125 125
Strasbourg (67) 50 50 50
Dourges * 150 150 150
Lyon (69) 75 100 100

* No drop off without prior agreement. 
** 20’dc drop off accepted. No drop for 40’dc/hc without prior agreement. 
The applicable pricing date for all surcharges, VAS, inland haulage, pick up and drop off, is the same as the ocean freight PCD. (with the exception of Demurrage and Detention, please refer to the import and export tabs for information about demurrage and detention and their price calculation date)

For transports arranged in Merchant Haulage

Drop off tariff: Pick-up tariff: From 01/07/2019 to 30/09/2019
Tariff in EURO

Ville Drop-off fees
20dc 40dc 40hc
Bordeaux (33) 0 0 0
Clermont Ferrand * 100 100 100
Genevilliers (92) 100 150 150
Ottmarsheim (68) 75 75 100
Toulouse 50 50 50
Vierzon ** 75 125 125
Strasbourg (67) 100 100 100
Dourges * 150 150 150
Lyon (69) 75 100 100

* No drop off without prior agreement.
** 20’dc drop off accepted. No drop for 40’dc/hc without prior agreement.
The applicable pricing date for all surcharges, VAS, inland haulage, pick up and drop off, is the same as the ocean freight PCD. (with the exception of Demurrage and Detention, please refer to the import and export tabs for information about demurrage and detention and their price calculation date)

For transports arranged in Merchant Haulage

Drop off tariff: From 01/04/2019 to 30/06/2019
Tariff in EURO

Ville Nom du dépôt Drop-off fees
20dc 40dc 40hc
Bordeaux (33) Stac Bruges CNC Naviland 0 0 0
Clermont Ferrand * Prestalog 75 75 75
Genevilliers (92) Paris terminal 100 150 150
Ottmarsheim (68) Port de Mulhouse 75 75 100
Toulouse Décor Toulouse 50 50 50
Vierzon ** Prestalog vierzon 75 125 125
Strasbourg (67) Strasbourg CFNR 50 75 75
Dourges 150 150 150
Lyon (69) Star Container 75 100 100

* No drop off without prior agreement.
**  20’dc drop off accepted.  No drop for 40’dc/hc without prior agreement.
The applicable pricing date for all surcharges, VAS, inland haulage, pick up and drop off, is the same as the ocean freight PCD. ( with the exception of Demurrage and Detention, please refer to the import and export tabs for information about demurrage and detention and their price calculation date)

Customs House Brokerage

Local contact options

Book directly through Maersk.com or contact DouaneGatewayLeh@damco.com 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 DouaneGatewayLeh@damco.com.


Core product

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.
  • Final import customs clearance
  • Simplified customs procedures
  • First time importers of exporters
  • Vat exemption under auroliquidation process
  • Help on HS code request to french customs ( RTC)
  • Delivery arrangement
  • 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 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
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Classification Number / HS code
  • European EORI number

EORI Number

The buyer must have a valid European EORI. For European Customer, he should be informed with local customs how to get back French VAT amount.

Additional documents (where applicable)

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

* Originals to be submitted to Transamar where necessary


FAQs

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: 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 http://www.douane.gouv.fr/articles/a10901-numero-eori-economic-operator-registration-and-identification

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 Transamar, 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 MyCustomsFR@Maersk.com

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 payables.france@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

Maersk Flow - Empty Restitution

Import Le Havre Import Fos Sur mer Comment
20DRY APMT Terminal Le Havre APMT Depot – Fos sur Mer
20OPEN APMT Terminal Le Havre APMT Depot – Fos sur Mer
20REEF APMT Terminal Le Havre APMT Depot – Fos sur Mer
40CARF* Terminal (TN MSC 2000) Terminal (Seayard 2XL) MCHU & MCAU Prefix
40CASC* Terminal (TN MSC 2000) Terminal (Seayard 2XL) MMAU Prefix
40COZU* Terminal (TN MSC 2000)  Terminal (Seayard 2XL)  COZU Prefix 
40DRY APMT Terminal Le Havre APMT Depot – Fos sur Mer
40FLAT Terminal (TN MSC 2000) Terminal (Seayard 2XL)
40HCRF* APMT Terminal Le Havre APMT Depot - Fos sur Mer ** GESU prefix has to be returned directly to Seayard terminal if it is an OFFHIRE container.
40HIGH APMT Terminal Le Havre APMT Depot - Fos sur Mer
40OPEN APMT Terminal Le Havre APMT Depot - Fos sur Mer
40SFRF* Terminal (TN MSC 2000) Terminal (Seayard 2XL) MSFU Prefix
45HIGH Terminal (TN MSC 2000) Terminal (Seayard 2XL)

Remarks:

Le Havre : Please fill in the CRV when flow is on TNMSC
Fos sur Mer : The depot inspects the container, in case damaged
/bad state it will be redirected to the Seayard Terminal

CARF* : Contrôle Atmosphère (REEFER)
CASC* : Contrôle Atmosphère (REEFER)

COZU* : Carrier NaturaLINE Co2/R744 (REEFER)

HCRF* : High Cube (REEFER)

SFRF* : Super Freezer (REEFER)

 









Demurrage

WARNING :  Those freetime conditions described below are not applicable for booking done through Maersk Spot.

WARNING: Demurrage applicable tariff after combined

If you want more details about Maersk spot, please click here: https://www.maersk.com/local-information/france/maersk-spot

Effective date: 01/10/2019
Expiry Date: until further notice

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires.  

Demurrage starts as from discharge day, ends with gate-out day from terminal

Currency: EUR

Notes:

  • Shipper’s Own Container is considered as equivalent to corresponding container type
  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered Shipper’s owned tank with DRY cargo follows freetime & rate of Dry equipment
  • Shipper’s owned tank with IMO cargo follows freetime & rate of IMO
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Dry Container
  • Demurrage are EXCLUDING terminal storage in Le Havre and Fos sur Mer, which are charged directly by the Terminal operators to customers
  • Demurrage are INCLUDING terminal storage in Dunkerque, Montoir de Bretagne, Brest and Rouen
  • Demurrage for reefer are INCLUDING plugging fees on terminal in all French ports

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Type DRY FLAT & OPEN TOP REEF IMO
Days 5 5 4 4
Days after freetime expiration 20’DRY 40’DRY/
40'HDRY/
45'DRY
FLAT & OPEN TOP 20’REEF 40’HREEF SHIPPER’S OWN 20'IMO 40'IMO/45'IMO
5th to 7th day 250 255
from 8th day 280 280
6thto 10thday 48 68 170 20
As from 11st day 255
11st to 17thday 78 108 60
As from 18th day 118 168 100
5th to 11st day 95 115
12th to 18th day 115 135
As from 19th day 155 175

Effective Date: 01/04/2019
Expiry Date: 30/09/2019

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires.  

Demurrage starts as from discharge day, ends with gate-out day from terminal

Currency: EUR

Notes:

  • Shipper’s Own Container is considered as equivalent to corresponding container type
  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered Shipper’s owned tank with DRY cargo follows freetime & rate of Dry equipment
  • Shipper’s owned tank with IMO cargo follows freetime & rate of IMO
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Dry Container
  • Demurrage are EXCLUDING terminal storage in Le Havre and Fos sur Mer, which are charged directly by the Terminal operators to customers
  • Demurrage are INCLUDING terminal storage in Dunkerque, Montoir de Bretagne, Brest and Rouen
  • Demurrage for reefer are INCLUDING plugging fees on terminal in all French ports

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Type DRY FLAT & OPEN TOP REEF IMO
Days 5 5 4 4

Tariff after free time: 

Days after freetime expiration 20’DRY 40’DRY/
40'HDRY/
45'DRY
FLAT & OPEN TOP 20’REEF 40’HREEF SHIPPER’S OWN 20'IMO 40'IMO/45'IMO
5th to 7th day 250 250
from 8th day 275 275
6th to 10th day 45 65 165 20
As from 11st day 250
11st to 17th day 75 105 60
As from 18th day 115 165 100
5th to 11st day 90 110
12th to 18th day 110 130
As from 19th day 150 170

Effective Date: 01/11/2018
Expiry Date: 31/03/2019

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires.  

Demurrage starts as from discharge day, ends with gate-out day from terminal

Currency: EUR

Notes:

  • Shipper’s Own Container is considered as equivalent to corresponding container type
  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered Shipper’s owned tank with DRY cargo follows freetime & rate of Dry equipment
  • Shipper’s owned tank with IMO cargo follows freetime & rate of IMO
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Dry Container
  • Demurrage are EXCLUDING terminal storage in Le Havre and Fos sur Mer, which are charged directly by the Terminal operators to customers
  • Demurrage are INCLUDING terminal storage in Dunkerque, Montoir de Bretagne, Brest and Rouen
  • Demurrage for reefer are INCLUDING plugging fees on terminal in all French ports

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 5 5 4 4 days

Tariff after free time:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF Shipper’s own
5th day to 7thday       250 250  
From 8thday       275 275  
6th to 10th day 45 65 165     20
11th to 17th day 75 105 250     60
As from 18th day 115 165 250     100
 
Days after free time expiration 20’ IMO 40’ 45’ IMO
5th day to 11thday 90 110
12thto 18thday 110 130
As from 19th day 150 170

Valid until 31st October 2018

Demurrage is calculated per calendar day

Demurrage starts as from discharge day, ends with gate-out day from terminal.

Free time:
Currency: EUR

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 5 5 4 No free time

Note 1: demurrage are EXCLUDING terminal storage in Le Havre and Fos sur Mer, which are charged directly by the Terminal operators to customers
Note 2: demurrage are INCLUDING terminal storage in Dunkerque, Montoir, Brest and Rouen
Note 3: demurrage for reefer are INCLUDING plugging fees on terminal in all French ports

Tariff after free time:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF IMO Shipper’s own
Discharge day              
1st to 4th day           250  
5th day to 7thday       250 250 275  
From 8thday       275 275 300  
6th to 10th day 45 65 165       20
11th to 17th day 75 105 250       60
As from 18th day 115 165 250       100

Detention

WARNING :  Those freetime conditions described below are not applicable for booking done through Maersk Spot.

WARNING: Demurrage applicable tariff after combined

If you want more details about Maersk spot, please click here: https://www.maersk.com/local-information/france/maersk-spot

Effective date: 01/10/2019
Expiry Date: until further notice

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. 

Detention starts as from gate-out day from terminal, ends with gate-in empty day to terminal

Currency: EUR

Notes:

  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered equal to reefer freetime and tariff
  • Detention is invoiced based on tariff of empty return location
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Reefer Container

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Type DRY FLAT & OPEN TOP REEF IMO
Days 4 4 3 4
Days after freetime expiration 20’DRY 40’DRY/
40'HDRY/
45'DRY
FLAT & OPEN TOP 20’REEF 40’HREEF 20'IMO 40'IMO/45'IMO
5th to 10th day 53 63 155 55 60
4th to 5th day 110 110
6th to 10th day 165 165
As from 11st day 83 108 170 215 215 85 105

Effective Date: 01/04/2019
Expiry Date: 30/09/2019

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. 

Detention starts as from gate-out day from terminal, ends with gate-in empty day to terminal

Currency: EUR

Notes:

  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered equal to reefer freetime and tariff
  • Detention is invoiced based on tariff of empty return location
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Reefer Container

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Type DRY FLAT & OPEN TOP REEF IMO
Days 4 4 3 4

Tariff after free time: 

Days after freetime expiration 20’DRY 40’DRY/
40'HDRY/
45'DRY
FLAT & OPEN TOP 20’REEF 40’HREEF 20'IMO 40'IMO/45'IMO
5th to 10th day 50 60 150 50 60
4th to 5th day 105 105
6th to 10th day 160 160
As from 11st day 80 105 165 210 210 80 105

 

Effective Date: 01/10/2018
Expiry Date: 31/03/2019

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. 

Detention starts as from gate-out day from terminal, ends with gate-in empty day to terminal

Currency: EUR

Notes:

  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered equal to reefer freetime and tariff
  • Detention is invoiced based on tariff of empty return location
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Reefer Container

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 4 4 3 4

Tariff after free time:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF IMO Shipper’s own
4th to 5th day       95 95 As per dry container  
6th to 10th day       150 150  
As from 11th day       200 200  
5th to 9th day 40 50 150      
As from 10th day 70 95 200    

Restrictions

Routing:

For general routing guidelines please contact your local Maersk office.

Commodity:

No restrictions

Weight / Measurement:

For Heavy Cargo: 
Fos sur Mer trucking: only license 40 tons 
Other ports: License 44 tons upon request 

Cargo weight per container as follows:

Container type Tare Cargo Weight / License 40 Tons Cargo Weight / License 44 Tons
20' DRY 2T 280 22T 720 26T 720
40' DRY 3T 700 21T 300 25T 300
40' HC 3T 880 21T 120 25T 120
45' HC 4T 800 20T 200 24T 200
20' Reefer 2T 990 19T 400 23T 400
40' Reefer 4T 500 19T 655 23T 700
45' Reefer 4T 670 19T 530 23T 530
Genset Weight = 0T 800

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

Special Cargo:

No restrictions 

Bill of lading clausing, documentation: 

No restrictions

Special Customs Requirements: 

 No restrictions 

Others: 

No acceptance to/from Corsica 
No acceptance to/from French Guyana 
No acceptance to/from Cuba

Maersk France S.A.S. uses inland depots in France for storage of empty containers. This enables Maersk to accept empty containers throughout France. Drop-off of empty containers in our inland depots applies in accordance with our inland depot tariff & policy and can be found on our Inland Haulage page or by clicking here.

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.