Shipping to Ghana
|Service Point: Takoradi|
|W3A||US, Europe||Mon 17:00||Tue 17:00||Wed 18:00|
|Service Point: Tema|
|FW3||Far East, China, East India||Mon 14:00||Tue 08:00||Thu 19:00|
|W1A||US, Europe||Tue 17:00||Thu 17:00||Wed 18:00|
Demurrage and Detention
Tariff for demurrage and detention are in same rates in Ghana. Demurrage is calculated from the day after discharge date up to and including the day of empty return to the terminal.
Please note shipping line demurrage and detention charges exclude port storage charges. Storage charges are billed by the port and paid directly to the Port Authority.
The standard free-time for all shipments discharged in Ghanaian ports is:
- 7 days for dry and 5 days for reefer containers - if containers delivery within Ghana
- 21 days for dry - if containers are in transit to other West African coastal countries
- 28 days for dry containers - if containers are in transit to inland countries, like Burkina Faso; Mali and Niger.
Demurrage and detention
The standard demurrage tariffs, effective from 1st June 2011, are as follows :
- 7 days free from day of discharge
- Day 8 to day 16 = USD 20 per twenty foot equivalent unit (teu) per day
- Day 17 to 21 days = USD 25 per twenty foot equivalent (teu) per day
- Day 22 to stripping/gate-in = USD 50 per twenty foot equivalent (teu) per day
- 5 days free from day of discharge
- Day 6 to stripping date = USD 100 per twenty foot equivalent per day.
For a 40' reefer container that is discharged on April, 5 and returned empty to the terminal on April,12 demurrage will be USD 600 (3 days at USD 200 per day - total time is 8 days from day after discharge to date of empty return and 5 days free-time is applied).
General booking procedures
Export bookings can be made via maerskline.com
Customs releases must be processed and submitted at the export desk within cut-off times, normally 5 days to vessel ETA.
Shipping instructions may be sent online soon after container gate-in at maerskline.com
For any cargo destined to USA, shippers are required to submit completed shipping instructions at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival. This is to enable Maersk Line to comply with U.S Customs requirements. The regulations require all lines with direct call into any U.S port to lodge a manifest with U.S Customs 24 hours prior to vessel's arrival in the loading port. If any containers are not manifested within this time frame they may not be loaded complete and accurate under threat of significant fines or rejection of the vessel's permit to discharge cargo in the U.S.
This regulation became effective on 2 December 2002. Maersk Line has fully complied with the U.S Customs regulations from this date.
The maximum safe working load (SWL) acceptable for Ghana is 32 metric tons, i.e cargo plus tare weight of container.
Neither 45 ft containers nor aluminium containers are accepted.
Out of gauge (OOG), break bulk (B/B) and IMO cargo are subject to standard Maersk Line approval procedures.
Bill of lading clausing, documentation
No through bills of lading from inland points.
Bill of lading restrictions
As part of the U.S Customs 24 Hour Rule regulations, ' To the order of ' bills of lading are not accepted for shipments destined to the U.S or routed via U.S. Customs in U.S also does not accept commodity descriptions ' Freight all kinds' and 'General merchandise' nor the package type 'Pallets'.
Reefer equipment acceptance to U.S
Reefer shipments to U.S and Canada can only be accepted in 40' reefer containers. Maersk Line does not accept shipments in 20' reefers to the U.S and Canada.