Shipping to Somalia

Get up-to-date local information about holiday periods, charges, payment services, inland transport procedures and restrictions, and more.

Local Charges


Please note that all the import and export local charges are invoiced and paid locally in Mogadishu.

The following are the applicable mandatory charges. Other charges maybe applicable based on additional services offered.

Mandatory Imports Surcharges;

  • Documentation Fee USD84/Container
  • Terminal Handling – USD400/20’Dry & Reefer Non IMO, USD 650/20’Special Non IMO, USD 520/20’IMO, USD600/40’Dry & Reefer Non IMO, USD650/40’Special,  USD 780/40’IMO

*Heavy Weight Surcharge will be applied for containers above 35 tons up to 38 tons.

The terminal does not allow any containers above 38 tons.

Mandatory Exports  Surcharges ;

  • Documentation Fee  - USD70/Bill of lading
  • Verified Gross Mass – USD20/Container
  • Export Service – USD5/Container
  • Port Security Service – USD12/Container
  • Terminal Handling – USD170/20’Non IMO, USD210/40’Non IMO, USD200/20’IMO, USD248/40’IMO.

Container Deposit


The following are the payable container deposit amounts in Mogadishu;

20Dry – USD 2,500
40Dry – USD 5,000
20Reefer - USD 7,500
40Reefer - USD 15,000

Payment Terms

Recovering for Handling (RHI) charge for Berbera, Somalia  MUST be settled by the Freight payer. If Freight is Prepaid, RHI must be Prepaid.

If Freight is Collect, then RHI can be Collect.

Container Cleaning Imports (CCI) and Terminal Handling Service at Destination (DHC) for Berbera, Somalia MUST be settled at Origin.

Inland Haulage

Inland haulage in Somali is performed on merchant basis only - Maersk is not involved in this activity. All import containers are stripped in the terminal, and export containers are stuffed in the terminal. The majority of cargo moves to and from the port on local flat bed trucks arranged by the party to the shipment in Somalia. It is also possible to move cargo, but not containers, across the Somalia and Ethiopia borders. 

For more details about this service, please contact:
Email: Inland haulage services
( for Berbera and for Mogadishu.
Phone: Mogadishu- +252 61 3672382
Berbera-+2522 740128
Hargeisa +252 2523138

Customs House Brokerage

For information regarding customs clearance in Somalia please refer to our agents, Integrated Shipping Services in Berbera at:

For more details about our services, please contact us: 
Email: Customer service (
Phone: Hargeisa +252 2523138 
Berbera-+2522 740128 

For Mogadishu contact:

For more details about our services, please contact us: 
Email: Customer service (
Phone: +252 61 3672382 

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.