Shipping to Sweden

Customs House Brokerage

Core product

Export Customs Clearance Transit Documents
Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to load the vessel & be exported outside of the EU. A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.
  • PEX – A / EU – A documents
  • Certificates of origin / EUR.1 *
  • T2L (EU origin) issuing + clearance
  • T1

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

  • Customs Quick Health Scan – A high level risk & control assessment of the customers business highlighting potential gaps and providing support and solutions where required.
  • Peak Volume Management Programme – Assistance with daily CHB Activities when the customer needs it most.
  • Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & Guidance on FTA’s & Preferential Origins
  • Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End to End Reclassification Programme from our trained specialists.

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

Signed Power of Attorney (POA)

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

Mandatory documents required:

  • Signed POA
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Classification Number / HS code

EORI Number

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

Additional documents (where applicable)

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

* Originals to be submitted  where necessary


Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: The Cost of these services can be found under out local charges tariff page

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 an EORI Number and how do I get one?
A: An EORI (Economic Operators Registration & Identification System) Number is a unique reference number issued by Customs to Trader and is required to import or export goods. This is a one-time application. You can apply for an EORI number here:

Q: What is a classification number HS Code?
A: A classification number is a unique 10-digit code that relates to a specific product and determines the amount of Duty payable. The Trade Tariff link can provide help and useful tips to enable the customer to classify their products.!/taric/nomenclature/sbn?sd=2019-03-11&d=I&cc=&l=sv&ql=sv&ea=false

Q: Why do I need to provide a classification number HS Code?
A: It is the importers/Exporters legal responsibility to ensure the classification of their products are correct. However, if they are unsure please advise to contact one of our CHB experts, who can assist in an advisory capacity only. 

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A: Our team will email the customer with clearance paperwork as soon as the shipment has been released from customs and is free to leave the port.

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
A: Please contact

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: Depending on shipment terms, either ML or Damco will raise an invoice for all Customs and Port entry related costs.

Q: I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?
A: Please send your customs related queries to  

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 = container rental inside the terminal + terminal storage.
  • Detention = container rental outside the terminal.
  • Calculations are based on calendar days, and the amount is per day.
  • Non-operating reefers (NORs) are charged as DRY containers.
  • Reefer demurrage includes plug-in/electricity charges.
  • Shipper’s Own Containers (SOC) are not subject to detention.


Demurrage starts the same day as container is gated in (full). It ends the same day as container is loaded on the vessel.

Detention starts the same day as container is gated out (empty). It ends the same day as container is gated in (full).

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The following tariffs are valid as of 1st of April 2020.


DEMURRAGE 20' 40'/45' DETENTION 20' 40'/45'
1-7 0 0 1-7 0 0
8-14 300 600 8-14 300 600
15+ 500 1000 15+ 500 1000
1-5 0 0 1-5 0 0
6-10 800 1200 6-10 800 1200
11+ 1200 1800 11+ 1200 1800

For Gothenburg only

DANGEROUS CARGO (IMO) - All container types
DEMURRAGE 20' 40'/45' DETENTION 20' 40'/45'
1-7 270 270 1-7 0 0
8-14 570 870 8-14 300 600
15+ 770 1270 15+ 500 1000

For previous demurrage and detention tariffs, please click here.



The freight rate (price for transport) must be agreed before any shipment. Please contact our sales department at or  +46 31 7511000 with your freight request. In your request, please indicate the following information:

  • Your company’s name, contact person, telephone, email or fax number
  • Commodity
  • Cargo pick-up point
  • Cargo delivery point (if volumes split on different destinations, please specify the split)
  • Container size and type
  • Volume of cargo
  • Rate indications
  • Special requirements if any

For dangerous cargo, please indicate full commodity name, IMO class and UN number. For temperature controlled cargo, please advice required temperature and humidity.


Please place your booking:

  • Via Maersk or INTTRA
  • By EDI link if you have this facility
  • By email to your customer service agent (assigned to you after the freight request)

In order for us to process your booking smoothly, we appreciate if you provide the following information in written form at the time of booking:

  • Your company’s name, contact person, telephone, e-mail or fax number
  • Container size and type
  • Commodity
  • Weight, volume and quantity
  • Shipper
  • Destination
  • Payment terms
  • Any other information relevant to the shipment

In case of carrier haulage, please allow at least 24 hours to coordinate pick-up. Please also ensure information about stuffing date, time and address is submitted when placing your booking. 

For dangerous cargo, please indicate full commodity name, IMO class, UN number, and special requirements (temperature etc). 

We can arrange customs clearance upon your request; however customer clearance is not included in freight and is not performed by default.


The timely receipt of the shipping instruction (SI) ensures that we can process your shipment as planned. If you do not provide this information, the original transport plan that you have received may have to be changed. Consequently, your shipment might be shortshipped. In addition, if already loaded, the shipment may be left on board due to legal requirements in the destination country.

In order for us to process your booking efficiently, we appreciate if you provide the following information in the SI:

  1. Booking number
  2. Shipper
  3. Consignee
  4. Port of load
  5. Port of discharge
  6. Container number
  7. No of packages
  8. Cargo description (incl. package description)
  9. Gross weight
  10. Payment terms: prepaid/collect (please specify for ocean freight/origin charges/destination charges)

SI should be submitted at least 24 hours prior to loading of your container onto the vessel at first load port. Exception: USA/Canada utilizes the 24hrs rule – SI must be received at least 24 hours prior to vessel arrival at load port.

You can submit your SI:

If you book at, our online SI service provides you a secure place to complete and submit your transport document instructions. All the details that you submit at the time of booking may be reused, making the process even quicker and easier. 

We appreciate your cooperation as it assists us in ensuring that we can manage your shipments effectively.


Weight and measurement 

Maximum allowed cargo weight for road transportation is 30 tons. For more information on weight and measurement restrictions please contact your local Maersk office.

Special cargo 

Out of gauge, break bulk and dangerous cargo subject to standard Maersk approval procedures.

Custom clearance 

All export cargo must be custom cleared before arrival to port. This is due to increased security from the Swedish Customs Authority. The exporter is always responsible for the cargo being customs cleared in due time but Maersk can assist if requested. 

As from the 1st of June 2013 the possibility to mark an export booking with Q will cease to exist. As a carrier, we are responsible to report the customs status, MRN, to the Swedish Customs for all export containers that we load. MRN must be reported on container level. Late received or incomplete shipping instruction will mean that the container cannot be loaded on the vessel. The MRN number must be provided to local office no later than the time specified in your the booking confirmation.

Learn more here: Swedish Customs

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.