Shipping to Kuwait

Demurrage and Detention

Import Demurrage/Detention Charges and Free-Time

Notes:

  • Demurrage/Detention Freetime and Charges are same, meaning there is no separate Detention Freetime and Charges.
  • Freetime is INCLUSIVE of date of return empty to Maersk Line stack in Port.
  • Net Freetime and Chargeable days are INCLUSIVE of public holidays, and COUNTS from 0800 hours the day following discharge.

Demurrage/Detention Freetime & Charges

Kuwait Dinars PER container Unit PER DAY payable by Merchant for Imports to Kuwait effective Discharge Date on or after 1st September 2012

Import

Line Demurrage/Detention Charges and Free-Time

Equipment Type Detention Charge 20'/day (KWD) 40'/day (KWD)
DC / HC 1-8 days Free Free
9-13 days 6 12
14-18 days 12 24
19-23 days 24 48
Thereafter  36 
72 
REEFER 1-4 days Free Free
5-8 days 20 40
9-13 days 40 80
14-18 days 60 120
Thereafter 80 160
SPECIAL 1-8 days Free Free
9-13 days 10 20
14-18 days 20 40
19-23 days 40 80
Thereafter 80 160

Note:

  • Freetime is INCLUSIVE of date of return empty to Maersk Line stack in port.
  • Net Freetime is INCLUSIVE of public holidays from the day of discharge.
  • Chargeable Days are INCLUSIVE of public holidays.
  • SPECIAL = FLAT ROCK/OPEN TOP/COLLAPSIBLE/FLAT RACK/ARTIFICIAL TWEEN DECK/TANK/45 Containers.
  • DRY = Standard and High cubes, including 45 Containers.
  • REEFER = Refrigerated Containers

Import Process & Amendment cutoffs

  • Documentation fee will be increased from KWD 40 to KWD 45 for all import shipments, effective from 1st June 2018 for all NON-FMC shipments and from 1st July 2018 for FMC shipments.
  • Effective 1st June 2018 all FORWARDER shipment requiring consignee name change from forwarder name to final consignee will be charged a fee of KD 3 prior to manifest. Amendment requests after manifest filing will be charged with a regular fee of KD 10.

 

Delivery Order

To collect Delivery order, below documents are necessary:

  • Endorsed OBL/Seaway Bill
  • Civil ID copy

Over weight charges:

Charges applicable as per below table if cargo is overweight:

Weight more than (in MT) Charge (KD)
20 FT 24 22
40 FT 30 38
45 FT 30 50

Manifest Amendment:

Timelines:

TRANSHIPMENTS Amendment to be submitted at least 6 days prior vessel arrival
JEBEL ALI Amendment to be submitted at least 3 days prior vessel arrival

* If the amendment is not submitted timely, same needs be requested at counter with the necessary documents. KD 10 charge applicable per amendment.

Consignee name amendment

  • Amendment request letter should be submitted by authorized party (Shipper), mentioning: a) the exact change (From/To). b) Maersk indemnity of any chargers/delays that may occur as a result of this request and requester to take full liability.
  • Old customer endorsement letter signed by authorised representative of the company (and certified by the bank if bank is the party on the Bill of Lading)
  • Old delivery order if issued.
  • 3 Original Bill of Ladings or release.

Change Packages No or Weight

  • Amendment request letter should be submitted by authorized party (Shipper or Consignee), mentioning: a) the exact change (From/To). b) Maersk indemnity of any chargers/delays that may occur as a result of this request and requester to take full liability.
  • Old delivery order if issued.
  • 3 Original Bill of Ladings or release.

Final destination amendment

  • Amendment request letter should be submitted by authorized party (Shipper), mentioning: a) the exact change (From/To). b) Maersk indemnity of any chargers/delays that may occur as a result of this request and requester to take full liability.
  • Old delivery order if issued.
  • 3 Original Bill of Ladings or release.

Split booking

  • Amendment request letter should be submitted by authorized party, mentioning: a) the exact change (From/To). b) Maersk indemnity of any chargers/delays that may occur as a result of this request and requester to take full liability.
  • Additional charge for 2nd delivery order will be applicable.
  • Old delivery order if issued.
  • 3 Original Bill of Ladings or release.

Restrictions

Routing: 

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 Kw.import@maersk.com

 

Commodity: 

The Kuwaiti authorities have banned the import of alcoholic beverages, gambling machines and pornographic materials. Pork and pork products are also strictly prohibited to be imported into the country. 

Weight / Measurement: 

There is no weight limitation other than the maximum weight as stipulated on the Container Safety Convention (CSC) plate of the container. 

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'). 

The Port will levy a fine of Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD) 150 per container if its weight exceeds gantry weight limit or Container Safety Convention (CSC) plate limit. 

Break Bulk and Out of Gauge cargo need prior confirmation from Maersk Kuwait Kw.import@maersk.com prior loading at origins, and has to be direct delivery upon arrival into Kuwait. Additional discharge cost for Out of Gauge cargo is based on unitized amount of Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD) 15 per container and subject to all other charges.

For cargo over 29 metric tones, request via mail to Kw.import@maersk.com is mandatory prior acceptance and loading of cargo at origin 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 onboard or will incur claims fine.

Import Documentations: 

No amendments to be made on transport documents (Bills of Lading/Seaway Bill) 96 hours prior vessel arrival at destination (Kuwait) without destination office approval. For Local Exports from U.A.E. due to short transit time, deadline will be 48 hours prior vessel arrival at destination. Also any amendments prior deadline but after BL manifestation in GCSS would require mandatory approval from destination office. 

In the case of switch bills of lading and foreign consignee's (consignee out of Kuwait), details of the cargo receiver in Kuwait must be updated 96 hours prior cargo discharge at Kuwait, Amendments after deadline would require mandatory approval from destination Kw.import@maersk.com

Acceptance of split B/L manifested with multiple consignee's under one container is not permitted. 

For commodities cars shipment, as per Kuwaiti customs regulations multiple cars under one bill of lading on single person name is not allowed (i.e. each person is allowed to import one (1) car only). In case of non-adherence all related customs penalties and charges will be on the responsibility of the origin shipper. 

Special note for shipment in transit to Iraq, a clause needed to be added in the transportation document (Bill of Lading). 

i.e. in description part to read 'CARGO IN TRANSIT TO IRAQ'.

Special cargoes: 

  • Hazardous (IMO) cargo is subject to approval from Kw.import@maersk.com prior acceptance and loading.
  • No Less Container Load (LCL) or Container Freight Station (CFS) delivery is acceptable.

Transshipment of IMO Cargo via Jebel Ali: 

For transshipment at Jebel Ali, if approval is provided then a transport cost to/from safety area of USD 225 will be applicable, plus USD 25 per hour for a fire guard from the time of discharge to the time of loading. 

IMO class 1 in transit needs an approval too and must be obtained before the container is loaded from the origin country. 

Documentation requirements for transshipment cargo: 

1. Original letter from the Ministry of Interiors of the importing Country stating clearly that "the Ministry of Interiors has no objection if the consignee (Company as mentioned in the BL) imports the following items..." (Items listed should be complete and similar to the B/L description).
2. The Import License of the Consignee. 

Documents 1 and 2 have to be attested by the UAE Consulate in the importing Country. In the absence of a Consulate, the above documents have to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the importing Country. 

The above attested copies have to be counter attested in Dubai by:

  • The Consulate of the importing country in the UAE
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE       

The following documents have to be submitted to the UAE Police for an NOC along with the above mentioned 2 attested documents:

  • Manifest
  • Packing List
  • DCR Manifest
  • Invoice (Clearly mentioning the Consignee's full name & address)

Discrepancy in the documents is strictly prohibited. 

3. Deadlines Documents to be presented to dxbopsgen@maersk.com 12 days prior to arrival 
4. Charges 

In case consignee decide to do this exercise via Maersk Logistics, then uaedamchb@damco.com  can assist based on above documentation procedure being followed and fee towards Maersk Logistics will amount to USD 900/BL + official receipted payments if any. Without these approvals, the vessel carrying the cargo onboard and arriving in UAE waters will not be granted entrance to the port.

Vehicle Restrictions:

  • Cars over 40 years old (classic cars) are allowed to import only on a PERSONAL name.
  • As per Kuwait customs regulations multiple cars under one bill of lading on single person name is not permitted.
  • One person can import ONLY 1 car on his personal name.
  • Since we do not provide LCL or CFS related services ONLY 1 car per person is allowed under direct ML B/L in a container (1 Car / 1 Person per bill of Lading/Container).
  • 2 or more cars in a container ONLY permitted if booked on a Forwarder’s house B/L.
  • Cars over 5 years old are not allowed to be imported into Kuwait (i.e. cars should not be older than 5 years when land/discharged in Kuwait)

All vehicles require to be manifested with Chassis Number, Model and Year of Manufacture details. 

ALL vehicle shipments or personal effects with vehicle require destination approval prior place a quotation or booking. Party requesting a quote/booking must send to their local office the approval attained by the consignee from Kuwait custom/Traffic Dept for the vehicle in question, else the request will be rejected.

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