Shipping to Switzerland

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Demurrage

Please refer to the country of the loading port:

Detention

Effective Date: 01/01/2017

Expiry Date: Until further notice

Freetime and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. Start date and end date are included in the calculation.

Notes:

  • 40´ High and 45´ High containers are considered equal to 40´
  • Special equipment/cargo, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment, is considered equal to reefer freetime and tariff
  • For special deals: Please bear in mind that the calculation method of charges for special deals (free-time granted > tariff free-time) is ‘progressive’ and the leadoff rate slap(s) will be reduced by the number of days in excess of tariff free-time.
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Dry Container
  • D&D product is split demurrage & detention, where demurrage is an all-inclusive rate (storage, plug-in, equipment rent on quay)

Visit the surcharge definition glossary

Dry Containers

  20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 10 Free - Day of gate-out empty and gate-in full included
Day 11 to 17 45 EUR 55 EUR
Day 18 onwards 65 EUR 85 EUR

Reefer Containers

  20’ 40’
Day 1 to 10 Free - Day of gate-out empty and gate-in full included
Day 11 to 17 85 EUR 105 EUR
Day 18 onwards 105 EUR 130 EUR

Procedures

Dangerous cargo 

Bookings are only accepted together with a readable Dangerous Cargo Declaration and a packing certificate in English. Both documents must be signed. 

For further information please go to International Maritime Organization 

 

Carrier haulage bookings 

Minimum two days notice prior to positioning date. All bookings are subject to availability of equipment, space and positioning possibilities.

Shipping Instructions 

Instructions should be received one day after container loading, at the latest at the time of shipment. Any fines arising due to late receipt of shipping instructions are passed on to the shipper / forwarder.

Final destination / transhipment USA 
All containers have to be sealed after loading by the shipper/supplier with a fixed seal. 
Shipping instructions have to be available at Maersk Line at the latest 48 hours prior to the loading of the vessel. 
For further information please go to: 
US customs 
Transportation Security

Restrictions

Commodity 

No specific restrictions apply

Weight / Measurement 

Gross weight is defined as follows: 

Rail:

  • maximum container capacity

Truck:

  • maximum legal road weight: total 38 tons (including truck, chassis, container and cargo)
  • maximum payload: 21 tons for 20' containers - 19 tons for 40' containers
  • permits for special chassis are subject to approval by respective customer service desk

Special Cargoes 

OOG, breakbulk and IMO cargo subject to Maersk Line in-house approval procedures 
B/l clausing, documentation 
No specific clausing required 
Special Customs Requirements 
No specific requirements

Container pick-up

For transports arranged in Merchant Haulage, empty containers will be provided at the Place of Receipt location as stated on the Bill of Lading.

In exceptional cases and after confirmation by the carrier, empty containers may be supplied at an alternate location against payment of a pick-up fee as per tariff below.

The trigger for the validity period is the first load date at origin (Price Calculation Date).

Valid from 01. October 2018 until 31. December 2018

Depot 20ft DRY 40ft DRY 40ft HIGH 45ft HIGH
Basel -several depots, carriers choice 0 CHF 60 CHF 60 CHF 450 CHF
Chavornay -SwissTeminal Chavornay 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Geneve -SwissTeminal Geneva 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Zurich -SwissTeminal Niederglatt 60 CHF 60 CHF 60 CHF n/a

Valid from 01. July 2018 until 30September 2018

Depot 20ft DRY 40ft DRY 40ft HIGH 45ft HIGH
Basel -several depots, carriers choice 0 CHF 60 CHF 60 CHF 450 CHF
Chavornay -SwissTeminal Chavornay 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Geneve -SwissTeminal Geneva 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Zurich -SwissTeminal Niederglatt 60 CHF 60 CHF 60 CHF n/a

The release of special equipment such as Reefer, Open-Top or Flat-Rack from inland depot BASEL/BIRSFELDEN is subject to a pick-up fee of CHF 300 per 20ft container and CHF 450 per 40ft container and is subject to availability.

Local Charges

Code Name and description Charge
DCG  Destination Certificate Charge 45 EUR per certificate 
CAM Cargo Declaration Amendment Fee 20 USD per B/L
CER Certificate Fee 45 EUR per certificate
CLL Cancellation Fee 100 EUR per container
COD Change of Destination 300 USD per container
DIT Detention in Transit 250 USD per container, plus 75 USD per day
DIT Detention in Transit (Reefer only) 250 USD per container, plus 125 USD per day
FUM Fumigation 180 EUR per container
LAT Late Arrival Fee 50 EUR per container
LGC Late Gate Fee 50 EUR per container
MDF Manual Doc Fee 20 EUR per B/L
OGS Origin Genset Fee 350 EUR per container
T1D T1 Documentation 100 EUR per document
TLX Electronic Cargo Release 30 USD per B/L
WDF Weight Discrepancy Fee 50 EUR per container

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