Shipping to Senegal

Customs House Brokerage

Core product

Export Customs Clearance Bonded transit movement
Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to load the vessel & be exported outside of the EU. Hinterland services for cargo in transit to land locked countries
  • Customs formalities
  • Trucking
  • Customs formalities at port, at the border and potentially at destination

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

  • Our services cover all aspects of customs procedures:
  • Full customs clearance
  • Bonded warehousing
  • Bonded transit movements
  • Commodity classification
  • Intrastat and extrastat
  • Limited fiscal representation
  • Aggregated declarations
  • Classification and validation investigation
  • Regulatory reporting
  • Complex entry preparation
  • Bonded transfers and transshipments

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

Mandatory documents required: 

  • Signed POA
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Exemption documents for exempted projects
  • Import license (COTECNA report)

Additional documents (where applicable) *

  • Copy of the Bill of Lading
  • Licences
  • Health Certificates
  • Phytosanitary Certificates

* originals to be submitted to Maersk where necessary

Signed Power of Attorney (POA):

Signed by the buyer & on Company Letter Headed paper. This grant’s permission for Maersk to complete CHB on behalf of the buyer and provides the required details to enable internal account creation

NINEA Number & PPM Code

The buyer must have a valid Ninea and VAT number and PPM code to hold a solid audit trail ith customs authority and tax office & to be eligible to claim back any potential VAT paid.

Deferment Account Number

A deferment account is an account registered with customs which allows the customer to make Duty & VAT payments in a secure way .  This initiates a smoother, quicker customs clearance, avoiding additional delays . Customer can apply for their own account by contacting the local Senegalese public customs authority directly  or request a  credit agreement protocol with Maersk which is subject to a % transnational charge, and credit checks may be required .


Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: Cf. quotation

Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A: A variety of reasons can hold up a clearance, to name a few but not limited to, would be awaiting mandatory documents, awaiting payment, customs holds, Port Authority holds and vessel delays.

Q: What is a Deferment Account? 
A: A deferment account is an account registered with customs, which allows the customer to make Duty & VAT payments in a secure way. This initiates a smoother, quicker customs clearance, avoiding additional delays.

Q: Can Maersk use its deferment account to pay for customs clearance and re-invoice it after to us?
A: Yes, but subject to client financial stability and capability to pay in time.

Q: Is Maersk a certified Customs house broker?
A: Yes

Q: What is the lead time for customs clearance?
A: 4 to 5 days subject to documents reception at least 10 days before vessel arrival.

Q: What are the needed documents for customs clearance?


  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing list
  • Bill of lading
  • Power of attorney

Q: Who will be my point of contact at Maersk?
A: Every customer has a dedicated agent as focal point of contact to handle his files, that person will be permanently in touch with him regarding the processing of his clearance but also for his overall operation.

Q: What is the deadline for payment of Maersk invoices?
A: Cash for certain clients and on 15 to 30 days credit for some others regarding different criteria.

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

Demurrage valid as from 01 July 2016


Dry cargo 10 days Same Date
Reefer cargo 2 days Same Date

Charges per calendar day after free-time

Day Amount (XOF)
20' dry 0 > 10  days XOF 15800/day
40' dry
0 > 10  days XOF 31500/day

20'Opentop > 10 days XOF 65600/day
40'Opentop > 10 days XOF 132200/day
20' flat  > 10 days XOF 65600/day
40'Flat > 10 days XOF 132200/day
20' reefer > 2 days  XOF 65600/day 
40' reefer > 2 days  XOF 132200/day 



All equipment/cargo types Truck 1 calendar daysl

Charges per calendar day after free-time

Amount (XOF)
20' dry
XOF 29659
40' dry
XOF 29659
20' reefer
XOF 29659
40' reefer
XOF 29659


Bookings are placed via one of the below channels:

*email to Export Customer Service (

*E-booking application on

*Fax to Maersk Senegal Export Customer Service  +221 33 859 11 80

Bookings should contain all mandatory information such as container size, number of equipment, vessel and voyage, date, time and location for positioning.


Shipping instructions should be sent in one of the following ways:

*email to Export Customer Service (

*E-booking application on

*Fax to Maersk Senegal Export Customer Service: +221 33 859 11 80

For fax and email, the standard template should be used. Instructions should be sent latest 24 hours before vessel arrival



No restrictions

Weight / Measurement: 

For general information on weight / measurement restrictions please contact your local Maersk office. 

weight limit per container as follows:

Container Type/Size Weight limit
20 Dry 25 MT
40 Dry/High Cube 30 MT
45 Dry No Acceptance
20 Reefer 25 MT
40 Reefer/High Cube 30 MT
 45 Reefer  No Acceptance

B/l clausing, documentation: 


Split Partial Tp Doc (when a customer requests that the same container needs to be in two or more Tp Doc's with diffrent shipper/consignee) , Split Full Tp Doc (when a shipment has two containers or more, and the customer requests that each container should have a different Tp Doc's), Combine Tp Doc (when customer requests two or more shipments in same Tp Doc) are all acceptable upon shipper's request. 

Special Customs Requirements: 

No restrictions


  • Maersk Senegal S.A uses inland depots in Senegal for storage of empty containers. This enables Maersk to release empty containers throughout Senegal in the shortest possible time.
  • The government has decided to ban scrap metal export until further notice

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.