Shipping to Germany

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

Customs 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.
Port Filing (Hafenanmeldung)
  • BHT (BHV-Terminal)
  • WHT (WHV-Terminal)
  • Z-No. (HAM-Terminal)
  • 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

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


Product Portfolio Maersk CHB – Germany (under legal entity Damco Germany GmbH)

  • Import Customs Clearance
  • T1 / Transit Document (NCTS)
  • T2L Clearance
  • Export Customs Clearance (MRN)
  • Port Filing / Export Customs Port Release (BHT, WHT, Z-Nr, PortBase, APCS)
  • Fiscal Customs Clearance
  • Inward + Outward Processing (Aktive + Passive Veredelungen)
  • Veterinary Clearance (for Import and Transshipment)
  • Phytosanitary Clearance
  • BLE Clearance (Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food)
  • Customs physical inspection at warehouse
  • VGM / Container weighing
  • Special clearances as per request
  • …Port Services individual for Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven

FAQs

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 a Deferment Account? 
A: A deferment account is an account registered with customs, which allows the customer to make Duty & VAT payments in a secure way. This initiates a smoother, quicker customs clearance, avoiding additional delays.

Q: What if I do not have a Deferment Account?
A: Customer can apply for their own account by contacting the local German customs authority directly or contact Damco at MyCustomsDE@Damco.com to seek approval to use theirs. This is subject to a % transactional charge, and credit checks may be required.

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.zoll.de

Q: What is a classification number / HS Code
A: A classification number is a unique 11-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.  http://auskunft.ezt-online.de/ezto/Welcome.do

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 Damco, who can assist in an advisory capacity only.

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: Our team at MyCustomsDE@Damco.com 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 MyCustomsDE@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

Demurrage

Effective Date: 01/01/2017

Expiry Date: Until further notice

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. Start date and end date are included in the calculation.

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 equal to reefer freetime and tariff
  • 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
  • For special deals: Please bear in mind that the calculation method of charges for special deals (free-time granted > tariff free-time) is ‘progressive’ and the leadoff rate slap(s) will be reduced by the number of days in excess of tariff free-time.
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Dry Container
  • D&D product is split demurrage & detention, where demurrage is an all-inclusive rate (storage, plug-in, equipment rent on quay) 

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Dry Containers

20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 7 Free - Day of gate-in full and load on board included 
Day 8 to 14 60 EUR 75 EUR
Day 15 to 21 75 EUR 120 EUR
Day 22 to 28 120 EUR  170 EUR 
Day 29 onwards 140 EUR 190 EUR

Reefer and IMO Containers

20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 5 Free - Day of gate-in full and load on board included
Day 6 to 12 120 EUR 140 EUR
Day 13 to 19 150 EUR 180 EUR
Day 20 to 26 190 EUR 240 EUR
Day 27 onwards 230 EUR 280 EUR

For previous demurrage and detention tariff, please click here.

Detention

Effective Date: 01/01/2017

Expiry Date: Until further notice

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. Start date and end date are included in the calculation.

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
  • For special deals: Please bear in mind that the calculation method of charges for special deals (free-time granted > tariff free-time) is ‘progressive’ and the leadoff rate slap(s) will be reduced by the number of days in excess of tariff free-time.
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Dry Container
  • D&D product is split demurrage & detention, where demurrage is an all-inclusive rate (storage, plug-in, equipment rent on quay)

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Dry Containers

20’ 40’ & 45’ 
Day 1 to 5 Free - Day of gate-out empty and gate-in full included
Day 6 to 12 45 EUR 55 EUR
Day 13 to 19 55 EUR 70 EUR
Day 20 to 26 65 EUR  85 EUR 
Day 27 onwards 75 EUR 100 EUR

Reefer Containers

20’ 40’
Day 1 to 5 Free - Day of gate-out empty and gate-in full included
Day 6 to 12 85 EUR 105 EUR
Day 13 to 19 95 EUR 115 EUR
Day 20 to 26 105 EUR 125 EUR
Day 27 onwards 125 EUR 150 EUR

For previous demurrage and detention tariff, please click here.

Procedures

General booking procedures

The bookings should be placed either via https://www.maersk.com
If you need assistance please get in contact with your dedicated Customer Service CARE business partner or CARE agent or contact our customer service team mentioned below:

Customer Service Export E-Mail address Phone
DE.EXPORT@maersk.com +49 40 23521 0

If you do not have any chance to submit your booking via the above mentioned electronic channels, we kindly ask you to submit the booking using our Maersk booking template. » ML booking template

Please make sure that you fill out all the mandatory items enabling us to proceed with your booking: container size and type, amount of containers, service contract number, contractual customer/ contract owner (if different from booking party), place of receipt and place of delivery, complete haulage details, empty pick up depot wishes and time of pick-up, sailing date and/or vessel/voyage, as well as other relevant details.  

Please note if you send a booking via E-Mail channel we debit a Manual Booking Fee of EUR 50.00 per booking.

If you want to send a booking via E-Mail booking has to contain all valid details like Container size, amount of containers to be booked, rate agreed for this transport, vessel to ship on, haulage details, any empty pick up depot wishes, as well as any other important info.

For Dangerous cargo, no bookings will be accepted, unless we are in possession of a readable dangerous cargo declaration in English. Prior loading it has to contain the container number and has to be signed for the container-packing certificate. Alternatively a separate packing certificate can be issued. It has also to be in English and readable.

For carrier haulage bookings within Germay we need minimum a two day‘s notice prior to the positining date. Otherwise we cannot guarantee you to arrange your positioning as booked.

All bookings are received on conditionally basis only until we have checked equipment availability, vessel space availability, positioning possibilities etc. After all checks have been performed from our side, you will get a booking confirmation.

We are not able to perform any export customs declarations such as B-number or BHT-number. We can however, based on the export customs docs you have to provide, ask DAMCO to perform this service for us for a handling fee.

For all shipments via Rotterdam, it is important to have the export docs together with the container. A container that has no export documents will not be shipped. The best solution is to issue one export doc per container. This guarantees a smooth handling in Rotterdam.

All containers with final discharge destination USA or are on a vessel that is in transit touching USA (FROB (foreign cargo remain on board) cargo), have to be sealed after loading by the shipper/supplier with a fixed seal.

All bookings are based on the Maersk B/L conditions. For inner German transports we are working on the ADSP newest version.

Documentation procedures

Shipping instructions have to be sent to Maersk on the following ways:

Either (best option): via our homepage maersk.com or via Dakosy and DBH. These instructions are taken over as they are and are not changed in any ways.
Or via E-mail to following address:bomgscidx@maersk.com. These instructions are copy and pasted into our manifest system.
Or via fax to +49 40 23 52 19 53. These instructions are completely retyped.

All instructions have to be given best possible one day after container loading, however latest at time of shipment. We will not be responsible for any fines that rise due to late submission of shipping instructions. These fines will be passed over to the shipper or involved forwarder.

For any cargo hitting or destinated for the USA, the shipping instructions have to be available our end latest 48 hours prior to the vessel arrival in the respective port. The detailed deadlines per service can be found on our homepage under Services & cut-offs.

Bs/L will only be issued based on proper shipping instructions. Any export customs docs will not be accepted as such.

Restrictions

Commodity No restrictions
Weight limits For road limits max 40 tons including Truck and chassis
Special Cargo OOG, BB and IMO cargo is subject to MaerskLinein-house approval procedure
Special Customs requirement The export customs procedure in Germany requires a Customs reference, which has to be requested with local customs authorities at cost of Euro18 (Euro 43 for Dangerous Cargo) per container in the case that Maersk Logistics is performing this service.
B/l clausing No specific clausing required

Container pick up

For transports arranged in Merchant Haulage, empty containers will be provided at the Place of Receipt location as stated on the Bill of Lading.

In exceptional cases and after confirmation by the carrier, empty containers may be supplied at an alternate location against payment of a pick-up fee as per tariff below.

The trigger for the validity period is the first load date at origin (Price Calculation Date).

Valid from 01. April 2019 until 30. June 2019

Location –Depot 20' Dry 40' Dry 40' High 45' High
Augsburg - Augsburg,Kloiber 100 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Berlin -Großbeeren, DBI 50EUR 125 EUR 125 EUR n/a
Bielefeld -Bobe, Bad Salzuflen 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Bonn -Am Zehnhoff-Söns GmbH 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Bremen -Roland 25EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Dortmund -CTD - Cont. Terminal 50 EUR 50EUR 50EUR n/a
Düsseldorf - DCH 75 EUR 50EUR 50EUR n/a
Duisburg -DeCeTe 50EUR 25 EUR 25 EUR n/a
Frankfurt/Main -Frankfurt, DBI 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Germersheim -DP World 75EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Ginsheim-Gustavsburg - Contargo 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Hof/Saale -Containerterminal Hof GmbH 50 EUR 175EUR 175EUR n/a
Karlsruhe - Contargo 25EUR 100EUR 225 EUR n/a
Köln -CTS Koeln Niehl Hafen 50 EUR 100EUR 100EUR n/a
Leipzig -Leipzig, DBI 75 EUR 175 EUR 175EUR n/a
Ludwigshafen-Contargo GmbH 75 EUR 100EUR 100EUR n/a
Mannheim -Contargo GmbH 75 EUR 100EUR 100EUR n/a
Mainz -Frankenbach Container Service 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
München -CDM - Cont. Depo 75 EUR 175 EUR 175EUR n/a
Nürnberg -CDN - Cont. Depot 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Neuss -NIT - Neuss Intermodal Terminal 75 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Regensburg -CDN GmbH 0 EUR 100EUR 375 EUR n/a
Stuttgart -Kornwestheim, DBI 50 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Ulm -Dornstadt, DBI 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Wörth am Rhein -Contargo GmbH 25EUR 100EUR 225 EUR n/a

Valid from 01. January 2019 until 31March 2019 

Location –Depot 20' Dry 40' Dry 40' High 45' High
Augsburg - Augsburg, Kloiber 100 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Berlin -Großbeeren, DBI 50 EUR 125 EUR 125 EUR n/a
Bielefeld -Bobe, Bad Salzuflen 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Bonn -Am Zehnhoff-Söns GmbH 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Bremen -Roland 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Dortmund -CTD - Cont. Terminal 50 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Düsseldorf - DCH 75 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Duisburg -DeCeTe 50 EUR 25 EUR 25 EUR n/a
Frankfurt/Main -Frankfurt, DBI 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Germersheim -DP World 75 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Ginsheim-Gustavsburg - Contargo 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Hof/Saale -Containerterminal Hof GmbH 50 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Karlsruhe - Contargo 25 EUR 100 EUR 225 EUR n/a
Köln -CTS Koeln Niehl Hafen 50 EUR 100 EUR 100 EUR n/a
Leipzig -Leipzig, DBI 75 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Ludwigshafen-Contargo GmbH 75 EUR 100 EUR 100 EUR n/a
Mannheim -Contargo GmbH 75 EUR 100 EUR 100 EUR n/a
Mainz -Frankenbach Container Service 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
München -CDM - Cont. Depo 75 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Nürnberg -CDN - Cont. Depot 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Neuss -NIT - Neuss Intermodal Terminal 75 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Regensburg -CDN GmbH 0 EUR 100 EUR 375 EUR n/a
Stuttgart -Kornwestheim, DBI 50 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Ulm -Dornstadt, DBI 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Wörth am Rhein -Contargo GmbH 25 EUR 100 EUR 225 EUR n/a

 

Valid from 01. October 2018 until 31. December 2018

Location –Depot 20' Dry 40' Dry 40' High 45' High
Augsburg - Augsburg, DBI 100 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Berlin -Großbeeren, DBI 50 EUR 125 EUR 125 EUR n/a
Bielefeld -Bobe, Bad Salzuflen 25 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Bonn -Am Zehnhoff-Söns GmbH 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Bremen -Roland 0 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Dortmund -CTD - Cont. Terminal 50 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Düsseldorf - DCH 75 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Duisburg -DeCeTe 50 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Frankfurt/Main -Frankfurt, DBI 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Germersheim -DP World 75 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Ginsheim-Gustavsburg - Contargo 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Hof/Saale -Containerterminal Hof GmbH 50 EUR 125 EUR 125 EUR n/a
Karlsruhe - Contargo 25 EUR 100 EUR 225 EUR n/a
Köln -CTS Koeln Niehl Hafen 50 EUR 100 EUR 100 EUR n/a
Leipzig -Leipzig, DBI 75 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Mannheim -Contargo GmbH 75 EUR 100 EUR 100 EUR n/a
Mainz -Frankenbach Container Service 50 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
München -CDM - Cont. Depo 75 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Nürnberg -CDN - Cont. Depot 25 EUR 75 EUR 75 EUR n/a
Neuss -NIT - Neuss Intermodal Terminal 75 EUR 50 EUR 50 EUR n/a
Regensburg -CDN GmbH 0 EUR 100 EUR 375 EUR n/a
Stuttgart -Kornwestheim, DBI 50 EUR 175 EUR 175 EUR n/a
Ulm -Dornstadt, DBI 25 EUR 125 EUR 125 EUR n/a
Wörth am Rhein -Contargo GmbH 25 EUR 100 EUR 225 EUR n/a

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.