Shipping to Guatemala

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

Combined Demurrage and Detention combined starts as from discharge day (included), ends with gate-in empty day (included) to terminal.

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
All modes 10 4 4 10


Tariff after free time:

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 150 150 150 200 200 150  
As from 15th day to 21th day 160 160 160 200 200 160  
As from 22th day onwards 170 170 170 200 200 170  


Special cargoes

 OOG, B/B and IMO cargo are subject to standard Maersk Line approval procedures. 
Please contact for detailed information.

Special customs requirements

  • Customer must present 2 OBL's (1 to customs and 1 to Maersk Line for cargo release) and commercial invoice. 
  • Customer must present a customs fiscal document that states weight, quantity of pieces,  cargo description, name of the truck driver and license plates of the truck that is to take the container to the bonded warehouse as well as duties information.

Freight collect approval 

Imports on collect base are not accepted. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis, which must be consulted before loading (email to:


Weight restrictions

Overall weight measurement

Before leaving the port facilities, containers are weighed in order to establish conformance with the overall weight restriction norm of 24,000 kgs.

All indicated weights with the exception of the grand total (which indicates the weight restriction) may differ according to individual equipment characteristics. Please take into account that the Maximum Cargo Weight indications are merely suggestions, and do not warrant compliance with the Overall Weight Restriction as planted by the government, as too many variables come into the equation. All the tare numbers have been taken on the high side in order to leave a safe margin.

Weight restriction is determined for overall weight put on road surface, meaning: weight truck + weight truck driver + tare chassis + tare chassis/flatbed + weight genset + weight container + weight cargo, which must not go over 37,000 kgs (81,400 lbs).

Authorities grant a 5% tolerance, not included in the numbers. However, also distribution of the cargo inside the container is a determinating factor, as additionally per-axle limitations exist and are enforced.

Per-axle weight measurement

There is also a weight check at a point along the highway. Here, weight is measured per axle (of truck & of chassis) in order to establish conformance with per-axle specifications (which are specified below).

Conformance with these norms implies an even distribution of the cargo inside the container. An unevenly stowed shipment may be inside the overall weight limit, but be overweight on a specific axle. Non-conformance results unequivocally in fines and the forced transload of overweight cargo into a second unit. All related costs will have to be covered by the consignee before delivery can take place.

Following tables specify the maximum per axle weights (weights in kgs):

T3S2 Axle 1 Axle 2-3 Axle 4-5 T3S3 Axle 1 Axle 2-3 Axle 4-5-6
Limit 5,000 16,000 16,000 Limit 5,000 16,000 20,000
5% tolerance 250 800 800 5% tolerance 250 800 1000
Max. allowed 5,250 16,800 16,800 Max. allowed 5,250 16,800 21,000
Max. overall --- 37,000 --- Max. overall --- 41,000 ---


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
Guatemala 10 days 21 days

Freight Transport Document

“All TPdoc have to be freighted as per Guatemala 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.