Shipping to Nicaragua

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  


1) Consignee must make the proper payment of the collect charges, release 2 originals bill of landing at Maersk de Nicaragua office, and sent the proper documentation with the dispatch instructions to the release desk:

2) In order to move cargo under transit from one Central American country to the next, a document called "Declaracion de Transito Internacional" (DTI) must be presented to customs at discharge.

3) Central American customs require, along with DTI, packing list, commercial invoice, and Maersk Line's original Bill of lading. DTI will not be stamped and cargo will not be authorized to leave port unless all documents are duly presented to authorities. Suggest that consignee's forward all needed documents to our local Nicaraguan office prior to vessel's arrival at port of destination.

It is not acceptable shipments with multiple consignees, the shipment may have multiple BLs, with one direct consignee, not multiple consignees. At least, shipper confirms in writing to both export and import desk of Maersk Line, who should be responsible for demurrage and detention charges.

4) As cargo needs to move from one country to another, chassis and head truck will be dispatched from Nicaragua to port of discharge after all needed documents are given to our local office in Nicaragua.

5) Original bill of lading from Maersk Line duly endorsed, must be surrendered to our local Nicaraguan office prior to moving cargo from port of discharge to Nicaragua. House Bill of lading, forwarder's Bill of lading, or Seaway bills are not accepted. 

6) Cargo will then be dispatched following all Maersk Line's security procedures in order to minimize risk of theft.

7) Consignee must inform our local Nicaraguan office the name of the warehouse he/she would like the cargo delivered to in Nicaragua. Please note that there are no centralized customs in Nicaragua, but, several private warehouses in which there is a Nicaraguan Customs delegation.

8) When crossing the border(s), governmental authorities may decide to inspect cargo. Inspections and any other action taken by authorities are not Maersk Line's responsibility. Any charges due to these circumstances are to be paid by consignee.

9) Consignee clears customs at either warehouse or at border crossing and at port.

10) For further information, please contact our Import Department at: /


  • Maersk Line in Nicaragua does not offer service to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua or Bluefields, Nicaragua.
  • Weight restrictions, border crossing charges, customs (or other authority) charges may apply. Please contact us for up-to-date information.
  • No Container Freight Station for cargo de-consolidation available at Maersk Line-Nicaragua
  • Weight Restrictions 
    Maximum weight allowed is 21 tons for dry cargo and 21 tons for reefer cargo on carrier haulage or store door delivery, for CY delivery order, the Maximum weight allowed is 23.5 tons. Overweight fines might be applied for exceeding these weights. Scales in Nicaragua weigh tare and cargo on a per axle basis. A fine may be imposed by authorities if cargo is not weight balanced correctly, even if total cargo does not exceed the maximum. allowance of 21 tons
  • Special Cargoes: 
    OOG, B/B and IMO cargo subject to standard Maersk Line approval procedures. Over dimensioned cargoes need to be coordinated with Nicaragua office prior to shipment in order to verify whether or not cargo can be handled locally.
  • Bill of lading clausing and documentation:
    1. Maersk Line's original Bill of lading (duly endorsed) must be surrendered to local office prior to container moving from discharge port to Nicaragua as there are no "Centralized" customs in Nicaragua. Release of cargo is between private warehouses and consignee. No house Bill of lading, forwarder's Bill of lading, or Seaway bills are accepted.
    2. Due to custom requirements, freighted BL's are mandatory for Nicaragua. Penalty is USD 100.00 payable by customer in case of non-compliance requirements.
    3. Prior to moving container from port of discharge to destination following documents are required for foreign ports:packing list, commercial invoice, and original Maersk Line's bill of lading duly endorsed by consignee in case of OBL consigned "to the order of", "to order of". 
    4. Maersk Line's bill of lading, commercial invoice, and DTI (in-transit document issued by customs at port of discharge) must all match in descriptions, piece counts, weights, measures, and consignee's/shpper's name and address. If Nicaraguan Customs finds a discrepancy, a fine may be imposed by Nicaraguan Customs. This fine must be paid by the shipper directly to Customs.
    5. Description on bills of lading must be detailed. No description of freight all kinds(FAK)/general department store merchandise(GDSM)/personal effects allowed. If bill of lading is described as freight all kinds (FAK)/general strore merchandise (GDSM)/personal effects or any other vague description, consignee’s custom broker must arrange a detailed breakdown of cargo with local Nicaraguan customs. Local Maersk Line office will not be responsible for any delays/fines arising from this situation.
    6. Package description needs to be specified (i.e. cartons, pallets, bags, etc) 
    7. Piece count and description need to be specified on a per container basis on bill of lading and on cargo manifest (example: 500 cartons of  cardboard  for container X, 300 cartons of  bond paper  for container Y)
    8. Commodities must be clearly and precisely described (example: if customer has bond paper, notebooks and cardboard, this must be specified, and not just described as ‘paper’).
  • Cargo that may need phytosanitary inspection and treatment for any sanitary alert, or as per authorities request, must be arrange by the customer himself or his broker if the container is at the border or in a Nicaraguan Port, if the requirement is made in a foreign port, consignee will be notify and the charges involved will be invoiced by Maersk to the consignee. Any delay caused by the process is not Maersk Line responsibility.

For more information about equipment dimensions and capacity go to: 
Dry Equipment (Nicaraguan weight restrictions apply as per above) 
Reefer Equipment (Nicaraguan weight restrictions apply as per above) 
Special Equipment (Nicaraguan weight restrictions apply as per above)


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
Nicaragua 7 days 21 days

Freight Transport Document

“All TPdoc have to be freighted as per Nicaragua Customs  request.” in case only Freighted Bill of ladings are to be released which would not leave any ambiguity on the documentation requirements.

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