Shipping to Kuwait

Booking Process & Cut-offs

Deadline to place new booking 10 days prior vessel arrival
Dry booking confirmation Within 2 hours
Dangerous cargo booking confirmation Within 24-48 hours
Dangerous good declaration submission 48 hours prior vessel arrival
Shipping Instructions submission 48 hours prior vessel arrival
FULL Container Gate-In cut off 24 Hours Prior vessel hours
Verify Copy issuance 8 working hours if Shipping Instruction submitted online
12 working hours if Shipping Instruction submitted manually
Original Bill of Lading /Sea Way BL issuance After Vessel sailing and payment settlement.

Equipment release

Once you receive the “Container Release Order”, you can arrange to pick the empty container along with the Carrier Seals from CTS control depot, Shuwaikh as per your convenience.

You may collect below forms from our office:

  • Empty container release note- To collect empty container
  • Export shipping note – To gate in container full

For containers collected from Shuaiba terminal, an e-mail containing the number of containers needs to be sent to to inform the terminal to release the empties.

Demurrage and Detention

Combined Export Detention & Demurrage Charges and freetime

Calculation Timeline Gateout - Vsl Cut off Date

(Amount per day per container)

Equipment Type Detention charges 20ft 40/45
Dry 1-14days Free Free
Next 10 days KWD3 KWD6
Next 10 days KWD6 KWD12
Thereafter KWD12 KWD24
Reefer 1-7days Free Free
Next 10 days KWD16 KWD32
Next 10 days KWD32 KWD64
Thereafter KWD64 KWD128
Specialized Container 1-10days Free Free
Next 10 days KWD6 KWD12
Next 10 days KWD12 KWD24
Thereafter KWD24 KWD48



At present we have Container Yard (CY) acceptance at Shuwaikh and Shuaiba Terminal. Both ports are served by US flagged vessels only. In case of any exception required, please check with our operations department

Weight / Measurement: 

There is no weight limitation other than the maximum weight as stipulated on the Container Safety Convention (CSC) plate of the container, failure to abide will result the container not to be loaded. 

Shuwaikh and Shuaiba port’s gantry crane has maximum weight limitation of 40 metric tons. For over weight containers discharged, double handling charges are imposed (i.e. containers in excess of 24 mts/20' and 30 mts/40' & 45'; an additional cost of KWD 22/20', KWD 38/40', and KWD 50/45'). 

Break Bulk and Out of Gauge cargo need prior confirmation from Maersk Kuwait  and has to be delivered directly to the shipside. 

For cargo over 29 metric tones , request via mail to is mandatory prior acceptance and loading of cargo in order to arrange special cranes.  Failing in sending request prior loading of container will be concluded as erroneous declaration and container will be either kept on board or will incur claims/fine. 

Special Cargoes : 

Hazardous (IMO) cargo is subject to approval from prior acceptance and loading. Below specific IMO class cargo has to be arranged as mentioned: 

  • IMO class 6.1 must be delivered at shipside, to be loaded directly on vessel.
  • IMO class 7 is not acceptable to be loaded on our vessel.
  • During the summer months(June to August), IMO class 1 and 3 must be delivered at ship side, to be loaded directly on vessel.

No Less Container Load (LCL) or Container Freight Station (CFS) delivery is acceptable.

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.