Shipping to Italy

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 T1 - transit customs clerance
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.
  • 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

Demurrage and Detention

Applicable from 1/1/2017

Our setup in Italy consists of two elements: Combined Detention and Demurrage and Storage

This means you will have one combined free time period and compensation for utilization of equipment inside and outside of terminals or depots, referred to as Combined Demurrage & Detention (presently named Detention), Compensation related, but not limited to the utilization of the port, terminal or depot facilities will be charged separately as Storage (presently named Demurrage)

Storage start to apply as from GATE IN to SAME DAY of LOAD. Reefer include Electricity and Monitoring.

Combined Detention and Demurrage starts to apply as from GATE OUT EMPTY to SAME DAY of LOAD,

Calculation is based on CALENDAR days.

Export Storage (Dry)
From Gate in full day to Load day included
Port Days 20' 40'
Genoa 0 to 9 0 0
Vado Ligure 10 to 14 15 30
15 to 21 20 40
22 onward 30 60
Leghorn 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 14 15 30
15 to 21 20 40
22 onward 30 60
Civitavecchia 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 21 15 30
22 onward 30 60
La Spezia 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 12 15 30
13 to 21 25 50
22 onward 30 60
Napoli 0 to 7 0 0
Flavio Gioia Terminal 8 to 21 15 30
22 onward 30 60
Salerno 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 21 15 30
22 onward 30 60
Gioia Tauro 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 14 15 30
15 to 21 25 45
22 onward 30 60
Catania 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 21 15 30
22 onward 30 60
Ancona 0 to 14 0 0
15 to 21 15 30
22 onward 30 60
Ravenna 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 14 15 30
15 to 21 20 45
22 onward 30 60
Trieste 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 21 10 20
21 onward 30 60
Venice 0 to 7 0 0
8 to 14 8 16
15 to 21 10 20
22 onward 30 60
Export Combined Demurrage&Detention (Dry)
From Empty pick day to Load day included
Port Days 20' 40'
All ports 0 to 12 0 0
13 to 15 30 40
16 onward 60 80
Export Storage (Reefer/Dangerous)
From Gate in full day to Load day included
Port Days 20' 40'
All ports (except Genoa, Vado, Napoli, Catania) 0 to 3 0 0
4 onward 100 150
Genoa / Vado Ligure 0 to 5 0 0
6 onward 100 150
Catania 0 to 4 0 0
5 onward 100 150
Napoli(ONLY REEFER). 0 to 4 0 0
5 onward 100 150
Napoli Dangerous. IMO Storage fees at Naples are invoiced by terminal Soteco directly toCustomers
Export Combined Demurrage & Detention (Reefer/Dangerous)
From Empty pick day to Load day included
Port Days 20' 40'
All ports (except Genoa, Vado, Napoli, Catania) 0-6 0 0
7-onward 100 150
Genoa / Vado Ligure 0-8 0 0
9-onward 100 150
Napoli / Catania 8-onward 100 150


Sanitary check: not possible in Catania. 
Military Cargo and Ammunition: shipments via Gioia Tauro require clearance by Italian Authorities (6 days before vessel arrival).

Weight / Measurement 
Gross weight limitation is defined as follows:

  • container + truck + chassis + cargo: max kgs 44,000
  • 20ft: max net weight 21.6 tons (i.e. cargo weight)
  • 20ft omologated 30 tons: max net weight 27.5 tons (i.e. cargo weight)
  • 40ft or 40hc: max net weight 26.48 tons (i.e. cargo weight)
  • 45ft: max net weight 25.6 tons (i.e. cargo weight)
  • Max height over the road: 4.3 metres

Special Cargo 

- OOG, B/B and IMO cargo subject to standard Maersk approval procedures


Ancona, Catania, Palermo: IMO 1 and IMO 7 are not accepted 
Trieste: IMO 1 and IMO 7 are accepted after approval 
Genoa: IMO 1, IMO 6.2 and IMO 7 are not accepted 
Ravenna and Gioia Tauro: IMO 1, IMO 6.2 e IMO 7 are not accepted - IMO 1.4G - 1.4S are accepted after approval 
Salerno: IMO 1, IMO 1.4S, IMO 5.2 , IMO 6.2 and IMO 7 are not accepted 
Venice: IMO 1, IMO 5.2  IMO 6.2 and IMO 7 are not accepted -  IMO 1.4G and 1.4S can be accepted after approval 
Leghorn: No limits 
Civitavecchia: Only IMO 3.2, IMO 3.3, IMO 4.1, IMO 5.2, IMO 6.1, IMO 8 and IMO 9 are accepted 
Naples: No IMO are accepted 
Milan depot: IMO 1, IMO 2, IMO 7 are not accepted and IMO 3, IMO 4, IMO 5, IMO 6 are acceptable only "in transit" i.e. units must leave depot same day of trains arrival/departure. 


  • Positioning of IMO cargo subject 48 hrs pre-advice;
  • Railing of IMO cargo to be accepted on case by case basis;
  • IMO cargo for loading must be at terminals 4 hrs before vessel arrival;
  • IMO cargo discharged must leave terminals not later than 24 hrs after vessel arrival.
  • TANK containers with IMO cargo not accepted due to Rina regulation;

No Acceptance

Cargo to/from Cagliari (Sardinia island) not accepted as insurance coverage offered by ferry company not in line with Maersk requirements.

Small guide to our certificates policy

 Due to the increase in certificate requests, we would like to share with you a brief description of general clauses acceptance and feasibility* In case you do not find below the case that potentially reflects your situation, or you still have some concerns, please contact your usual Custom Service contact.

Here is a brief list of clauses which are usually acceptable:

  • Cold treatment execution, if this treatment has been requested form Customer and execution has been confirmed from Maersk Line
  • Vessel flag details or statement declaring vessel has or does not have a specific flag
  • Statement declaring vessel will call or will not call specific ports, unless in distress or subject to force majeure or upon request of competent authorities
  • Free time applied. This is usually acceptable if related to the booking. Certain destinations do not authorize to insert the free time on Bill of lading or certificates. In any case, if the free time is valid as per service contract/destination/booking, it will be granted.
  • Reefer container type with indication of set temperature
  • Port of loading or discharge name if that exact name is reflected on our list of port aliases 

Here is a brief list of clause types which are generally not acceptable:

  • Not specific or measurable
  • In conflict with pre-printed terms and conditions of the bill of lading
  • Apply burdens on Maersk Line which cannot be measured, prevented or fulfilled.

For example:

  • Clean on Board
  • Handling clauses like handle with care, glass with care
  • Use no Hooks
  • Stating the origin of goods (made, manufactured, growth in…)
  • Stating the quality of packing (i.e. packed on strong, dry, seaworthy cases or boxes)
  • Stating a specific container position on ship (i.e. stored under deck, away from boiler and engine)
  • Stating a specific transshipment port or absence of transshipment port

* Please note this list is general and indicative. It is subject to change and it cannot constitute a confirmation of certificate or bill of lading feasibility related to a specific booking or booking request. The acceptance of a clause can be influenced by specific booking parameters.



USA and Canada standard TDI cut off

TA5 Gioia Tauro Thursday 19:00 Tuesday 13:00
TA5 Naples Sunday 12:00 Thursday 17:00
TA5 Leghorn Wednesday 07:30 Monday 10:00
TA5 Genoa Friday 18:00 Thursday 10:00
TA6 Gioia Tauro Wednesday 13:00 Monday 12:00
TA6 Naples Friday 08:00 Wednesday 10:00
TA6 La Spezia Monday 13:00 Friday 12:00
MMX Salerno Monday 08:00 Friday 12:00
MMX La Spezia Tuesday 19:00 Monday 10:00


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.