Shipping to Latvia

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Local Charges


Local import tariffs

Charge Charge type Amount
Change of destination fee (COD)  per container  USD 300 
Change of destination fee – Administrative Cost (CAD) – effective as of 15th January 2018. Applies if T/S port remains the same, amendment related to the final port of discharge. Must be requested 96hrs before the arrival to the T/S port  per b/l  USD 300 
Change of destination fee – Extra Restows (CED) – effective as of 15th January 2018. Acceptance of the extra costs associated is must.  per container  USD 300 + extra costs associated 
Import Service (IMP) per DRY/REEF in case port-port delivery 85 EUR / 110 EUR
Container Weighing – Destination per container 30 EUR
Customs Clearance per container 60 EUR
Genset per container 300 EUR**
Weight discrepancy fee (WDF) per correction 20 USD
Reissuance of release per pin code 10 EUR
Inland haulage charge (IHI)* delivery within Riga 120 EUR (<24 t)/140 EUR (>24 t)**
Multistop(within city limits) per container 50 EUR per stop
Inland haulage waiting time (WTI) hours free EUR 120 per 24 hours
Dangerous Cargo Service (Inland Haulage) per container 60 EUR
Payer-amendment fee in case of changes to payment terms or destination payers after import invoice issuance per B/L EUR 40
Out of Service charge for DRY / REEF containers 150 USD / 350 USD
Container cleaning / 3rd party damage repair recovery (for damaged containers) Subject to container condition
Sideloader add-on (DSC) within Riga limits  per container  EUR 330 
Release fee in case of Drop Off outside Latvia (to be charged on top of Drop off fee at requested location)  Per container EUR 50 for 40’HC 
Fee for container non-pre-advising for export after import gate-out  per container EUR 100 
Fee for mistaken dropping SO / ONE WAY containers to MAERSK stock  per container  EUR 80 

Note: European customs has the right to stop cargo for documents check, x-ray or physical inspection. X ray costs in case arranged by Maersk as follows:

  • Bremerhaven 250 EUR
  • Gdansk 75 EUR
  • Hamburg 280 EUR

Costs for physical inspection will be provided after inspection takes place.

* subject to delivery place 
** as of 1st of April 2017

Demurrage and Detention

Name Start End
Storage day when laden container has been discharged from the vessel to the terminal day when laden container has been picked up (gate out date)
Combined Demurrage and Detention day when laden container has been discharged from the vessel to the terminal day when empty container has been delivered to the Agent (gate in date)

Current Demurrage and Detention tariff

Riga effective as of 1st March 2019 discharge date


1.      containers returned to depots differ from POD location will follow Detention (Combined Detention) tariff of location where empties dropped (subj to Drop off fee and OPS acceptance). Storage will remain unchanged based on POD location tariff;
2.      in case of COD, Demurrage and Detention will apply as per POD location tariff

Archived tariff

Latvia effective from 1st April 2018 till 28th February 2019 discharge date


This topic is split into two sections. The first section concerns those who receive containers from overseas partners. Second section concerns those who wish to place bookings at Maersk office in Riga.

Container release procedures

If your company is listed on bill of lading as notify party, Maersk will send a fax or e-mail with container arrival notice several days prior to the arrival of the container to Riga port.

Please note that arrival notices are distributed automatically. Maersk keeps track of undelivered arrival notices, however cannot guarantee that arrival notice is sent to actual consignee. For example, if your trading partner put himself as notify party in bill of lading, respectively he will receive arrival notice.

Upon container arrival to Riga port, please contact our import customer service by email or by phone +371 67084940. Please be ready to advise container or bill of lading number.

Customer service will find out whether there are any charges to be paid and issue respective invoice. If bill of lading originals were released, you will be asked to surrender them. The following set of documents is required to release the container:

  • Maersk's bills of lading originals (if originals were released);
  • power of attorney (POA) for the person/company authorized to receive containers on behalf of Consignee. You can use provided POA templates and select/add points which are suitable for particular case:
  • copy of payment order as a proof of payment;

Local authorities may ask for additional documents.

Upon DRY container arrival to the port, customer has 7 calendar free days (including discharge date) to pick up his cargo and return empty container. Days exceeding free time are subject to storage (demurrage)/detention charge.

Carrier and merchant haulage

Carrier haulage - inland transport from the port to the place of delivery is provided by Maersk. Maersk's responsibility ends when cargo is unstuffed from container. Customer has 12 hours to empty the container.

pending on agreement. If container is returned later, container detention is applicable.

Import booking procedures


Freight rate (transportation price) must be agreed prior to any shipment. Please contact Sales with all freight requests. In your request, please indicate the following information:

  • your company's name, contact person, telephone, fax or email
  • commodity
  • cargo pick-up point
  • cargo delivery point
  • container size and type
  • special requirements, if any or your comments.

Any additional information about your future shipment is welcome. For dangerous cargo, please indicate full commodity name, IMO class and UN number. For temperature-controlled cargo, please advise required temperature and humidity.

Please note we can assist you only with FCL (full container load) shipments. Minimal tare size is 20-foot container.


Please place your booking by sending an email message to Sales Alternatively you can use our website at Sending of bookings by EDI or desktop application can be discussed with Sales

Booking must be in written form and contain the following information in order to be processed smoothly:

  • container size, type and quantity
  • contact person and phone number
  • destination (delivery address is not required at this stage)
  • any other information relevant to the shipment
  • expected stuffing date

For import bookings, please allow 2 working days for pick-up coordination.

For dangerous cargo, please indicate full commodity name, IMO class, UN number.


Shipping instructions have to be sent to Maersk to e-mail to Sending of shipping instructions by EDI or desktop application can be discussed with Sales

Shipping instructions should contain:

  • shipper's name and address
  • consignee's name and address
  • notify party (if required)
  • commodity description, weight and piece count
  • Container number(s) and seal number(s).

You can request Shipping Instructions form from

Please provide shipping instructions before container leaves origin port. Although it is possible to submit shipping instructions later, we will not be responsible for any fines that arise due to late submission of shipping instructions. These fines will be passed over on to the shipper or forwarder concerned. 

Cross Trade booking procedures

Dangerous good declaration (scan copy) on Cross bookings should be sent to just after container stuffing will be finished.

In case this will be missed – all fines occurred will be passed on to the shipper or forwarder concerned.

All the deadlines on cargo, Shipping Instructions cut-off’s should be coordinated with shipper directly.

Bills of lading originals

The bill of lading will be issued as per proper shipping instructions. 

Bills of lading originals can be released after vessel departure from the port and only against full freight payment. 


Import service restrictions

Maximum allowed cargo weight for road transportation: 26 tons

Dangerous goods

  • IMO class 1 (except fireworks) and 7.1 not acceptable;
  • acceptance of other dangerous and excise commodities is subject approval from Riga office (
  • No shipment is allowed to enter Riga without proper manifest details. If no shipping information placed in time for updating Customs Authority with the information 48 hours before vessels arrival - the container will be returned for costs of the cargo

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.