Shipping to Greece

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

Customs House Brokerage

Core products

Export Customs Clearance T1 - transit customs clerance Fiscal clearance
Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to board an outbound vessel. A customs declarations allowing to move goods between two or more different customs territories. Import customs clearance done in the country of entry to EU while we guarantee that the VAT will be paid in the country of final destination that is a different EU country.
  • Export declarations.
  • Creating T2L for intra EU shipments.
  • Regular T1.
  • Simplified procedure (we do not have it yet but are in the process of obtaining one).

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

  • EUR1  
  • Sanitary / Phytosanitary / Soivre (quality) Certificates  
  • Veterinary certificates  
  • ECS – Declaring already custom cleared cargo to European customs system.
  • Security declarations – Not included in simplified procedure but must be done before loading a vessel.
  • Scanner Assistance  
  • Inspections Assistance  

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

  • Commercial Invoice (s)
  • Packing List (s)
  • HS codes of the cargo
  • Bill Of Lading


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:  Late submission of POA or any other certificate, late payment when no credit, Authorities feedback.

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.

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.  

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: You will get either an automatic or self generated e.mail announcement

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

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: Maersk will raise your invoice for all CHB activities

Q: I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?
A: Please contact - export shippments

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


Service Point Service Route Vessel Arrival Vessel Departure Document Cutoff
Neon Ikonion terminal Aegean Sea North Europe Sat Sun 1 working day before first vessel eta
Neon Ikonion terminal Greece Feeder East Mediterranean Wed Thu 1 working day before first vessel eta
Thessaloniki port terminal Greece Feeder East Mediterranean Mon Tue 1 working day before first vessel eta


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Reefer export charges

Piraeus & Thessaloniki

Pre trip inspection : 44 Eur per container

  • Per 20Reef : 30 Eur per day reefer monitoring
  • Per 40Hreef : 40 Eur per day reefer monitoring
  • Genset : 100 Eur per day, per container



No special restrictions

Weight / Measurement:

Weight of container via Greek ports must not exceed 26 metrics tons including tare.

Special cargoes:

OOG, B/B and IMO cargo subject to standard Maersk approval procedures.   IMO containers will not be accepted by Piraeus terminal neither for stripping nor for stuffing at port warehouses as from 1 April 2003.  CFS bs/l of IMO cargo to/from Piraeus port not to be accepted.

B/l clausing, documentation:

Following sentence must be inserted in all bills of lading:  "Where the container has not been stuffed by carrier, carrier has no access to the cargo and cannot verify the current condition, quantity and quality of same, as described by shipper."

Special customs requirements:

No specific requirements


LCL shipments not acceptable.

Vessel Deadline Information

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.