Shipping to Switzerland

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Demurrage

For containers which are picked up at seaport, follow seaport tariff of that country



For containers which are moved to Swiss inland terminal, follow below tariff

Effective Date: 01/04/2018

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:

  • Shipper’s Own Container is considered as equivalent to corresponding container type
  • 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
  • Shipper’s owned tank with DRY cargo follows freetime & rate of Dry equipment
  • Shipper’s owned tank with IMO cargo follows freetime & rate of IMO
  • 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) 

Dry Containers (Inland terminals)

20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 5 Free - Day of gate-in full and gate-out full at inland terminal included
Day 6 to 12 60 EUR 75 EUR
Day 13 to 19 75 EUR 120 EUR
Day 20 onwards 130 EUR 180 EUR

Reefer and IMO Containers (Inland terminals)

  20’ 40’ & 45’ 
Day 1 to 4   Free - Day of gate-in full and gate-out full at inland terminal included
Day 5 to 11  120 EUR  140 EUR 
Day 12 to 18  150 EUR  180 EUR 
Day 19 onwards  210 EUR  260 EUR 

Detention

Effective Date: 15/07/2018

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.
  • Detention is invoiced based on tariff of empty return location
  • NOR (non-operating reefer) is considered as Reefer Container
  • D&D product is split demurrage & detention, where demurrage is an all-inclusive rate (storage, plug-in, equipment rent on quay) 

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Dry Containers

  20’ 40’ & 45’
Day 1 to 10 Free - Day of gate-out full and gate-in empty included
Day 11 to 17 45 EUR 55 EUR
Day 18 to 24 65 EUR 85 EUR
Day 25 onwards 75 EUR 95 EUR

Reefer Containers

  20’ 40’
Day 1 to 10 Free - Day of gate-out full and gate-in empty included
Day 11 to 17 85 EUR 105 EUR
Day 18 to 24 105 EUR 130 EUR
Day 25 onwards 115 EUR 140 EUR

For previous demurrage and detention tariff, please click here

Restrictions

Commodity 

No specific restrictions apply

Weight / Measurement 

 

Gross weight is defined as follows: 

Rail: 
- maximum container capacity

Truck: 
- maximum legal road weight: 38 tons total (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 in-house approval procedures

B/l clausing, documentation 
No specific clausing required

Special Customs Requirements 

No specific requirements 
Import licences, permits and other documents to be obtained by importers.

Container drop off

For transports arranged in Merchant Haulage, empty containers must be returned to the Place of Delivery location as stated on the Bill of Lading.

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

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

Valid from 01. January 2020 until 31. March 2020

Depot 20ft DRY 40ft DRY 40ft HIGH 45ft HIGH
Basel -several depots, carriers choice 150 CHF 30 CHF 30 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 100 CHF 100 CHF 100 CHF n/a

Valid from 01 July, 2019 until 31 December, 2019

Depot 20ft DRY 40ft DRY 40ft HIGH 45ft HIGH
Basel -several depots, carriers choice 100 CHF 30 CHF 30 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 100 CHF 100 CHF 100 CHF n/a

Returning empty Reefer equipment to inland depot BASEL/BIRSFELDEN is subject to a drop-off fee of CHF 100 per 20ft/40ft reefer container.

Returning empty special equipment such as Open-Top or Flat-Rack to inland depot BASEL/BIRSFELDEN is subject to a drop-off fee of CHF 300 per 20ft container and CHF 450 per 40ft container.

Local Charges

Code Name and description Charge
ASE Additional Export Service Fee - Fumigation
A service offered at the request of the customer and invoiced to the customer. Fee on request.
Case by case
ASI Additional Import Service Fee - Fumigation
A service offered at the request of the customer and invoiced to the customer. Fee on request.
Case by case
CCE Container Cleaning Export
Shipper or consignee is charged with cleaning/repair cost if container is damaged or returned dirty/with residue material.
Case by case
CCI Container Cleaning Import
Shipper or consignee is charged with cleaning/repair cost if container is damaged or returned dirty/with residue material.
Case by case
CLL Cancellation Fee - Amendment Fee
Invoiced to booking party, in case a booking is amended within 7 calendar days prior ETD of vessel.
50 EUR per container
COD Change of Destination Service
At the request of the customer, subject to acceptance by Maersk. This is the minimum cost, knowing that the cost of shifting can be induced and will be passed in full to the goods.
300 USD per container + possible shifting costs
DCG Destination Certificate Charge
Cost per Maersk Certificate at Destination as per request of the customer (e.g. Certifacte issued regarding vessel age, vessel conditions etc.). Charge per document for B/L delivery countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Charges for other delivery countries are different.
45 EUR per document
DDC Destination Dangerous Cargo Service Inland Haulage
Dangerous cargo additional for Inland haulage
30 EUR per container
DGS Genset Service Destination
Reefer add-on if active cooling is required during Inland haulage
275 EUR (GenSet for Rail/Road)
175 EUR (Plug-In for Barge/Road)
95 EUR (Cooling chassis for direct Truck)
DIT Detention in Transit Service
At the request of the customer. This is a minimum tariff (an administrative tariff), assessed at the time of the request. An additional charge of 75 USD/Dry or 125 USD/Reefer is applicable per detention day. DIT is subject to carrier approval.
according to the port where service is requested
EME Equipment Management Export
This fee applies in case a container is delivered to the terminal without a proper high security seal.
according to the port of loading
EME Equipment Management Export
A service offered on request of the customer to check the container seal. Valid for German ports. Foreign ports on request.
German ports: 190 EUR per container
EMI Equipment Management Import
A service offered on request of the customer to check the container seal. Valid for German ports. Foreign ports on request.
German ports: 190 EUR per container
ESC Extra Seal charge
The surcharge covers the extra service of providing/attaching extra seals to containers in the terminals.
according to the port where service is requested
HBL House Transport Document
Upon customer's request, carrier will issue an Original Bill of Lading (B/L)/Transport Document (TPDOC) based on the House Bill of Lading documentation provided by the forwarder.
30 USD per document
HDE Lift on Lift Off Service Export
A service provided by the carrier in which the container is lifted on or off the trailer/chassis at the port or at the carriers controlled storage yard.
90 EUR per container
HDI Lift on Lift Off Service Import
A service provided by the carrier in which the container is lifted on or off the trailer/chassis at the port or at the carriers controlled storage yard.
90 EUR per container
ILD IMO label removal Destination
Extra service of adding/removing IMO stickers to/of a container in the terminals at import end.
according to the port of discharge where service is requested
ILO IMO label add/removal Origin
Extra service of adding/removing IMO stickers to/of a container in the terminals at export end.
according to the port of loading where service is requested
IMO Dangerous Cargo Service
The services a carrier needs to perform to ensure the proper transportation of dangerous cargo (as classified by the International Maritime Organization - IMO) such as arranging for the appropriate vessel stowage, permissions from authorities, and compliance to country restrictions.
30 EUR per container
INE Inspection Fee - Scanning Export
A service offered if customs or other authorities request a container to be scanned. Fee is valid for German ports. Foreign ports on request.
Wilhelmshaven (inside terminal): 250 EUR per container
Bremerhaven (inside terminal): 250 EUR per container
Bremerhaven (outside terminal): 280 EUR per container
Hamburg: 280 EUR per container
INI Inspection Fee - Scanning Import and Transshipment
A service offered if customs or other authorities request a container to be scanned. Fee is valid for German ports. Foreign ports on request.
Wilhelmshaven (inside terminal): 250 EUR per container
Bremerhaven (inside terminal): 250 EUR per container
Bremerhaven (outside terminal): 280 EUR per container
Hamburg: 280 EUR per container
LDE Late Documentation Fee Export
Invoiced in addition to our standard export documentation fee, in case the Bill of lading instruction is submitted to Maersk after vessel sailing.
50 EUR per B/L
LDI Late Documentation Fee Import
Invoiced in addition to our standard export documentation fee, in case the Bill of lading instruction is submitted to Maersk after vessel sailing.
50 EUR per B/L
LGE Late Gate Service Export
The service of allowing containers to be gated in after the cut-off time (CY closing) and loaded on the scheduled vessel/voyage. The charge will not apply if the late gate is arranged for the carrier's convenience. This service is subject to the carrier's operational feasibility.
according to the port of loading where service is requested
MBF Manual Booking Fee
Invoiced for all non e-commerce bookings, such as bookings by fax, e-mail etc.
50 EUR per booking
MDF Manual Documentation Processing Fee
Invoiced in addition to our standard export documentation fee, applicable to all non e-BL instructions without template.
75 EUR per B/L
OCG Origin Certificate Charge
Cost per Maersk Certificate at Origin as per request of the customer (e.g. Certifacte issued regarding vessel age, vessel conditions etc.). Charge per document for B/L delivery countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Charges for other delivery countries are different.
45 EUR per document
ODC Origin Dangerous Cargo Service Inland Haulage
Dangerous cargo additional for Inland haulage
30 EUR per container
OGS/DGS Genset Service Origin
Reefer add-on if active cooling is required during Inland haulage
275 EUR (GenSet for Rail/Road)
175 EUR (Plug-In for Barge/Road)
95 EUR (Cooling chassis for direct Truck)
EUR 100 (TRK), EUR 200 (BCO) und EUR 300 (RCO), effective 1st July
PAD Payer Amendment Fee Destination
Charge applicable for change of collect payer after the ETA of the final vessel.
40 EUR per B/L
PAO Payer Amendment Fee Origin
Charge applicable for change of prepaid payer or payment terms after the first prepaid invoice is issued by Carrier.
40 EUR per B/L
PQC Premium Quality Container
Upon customer's request, carrier's service of providing a container of a specific quality. E.g. food grade containers, containers of a specific age, containers for specific commodities (such as electronics).
120 EUR per container
SWC Switch Transport Document Service
Upon customer’s request, this service is provided by the carrier to 'switch' transport documents (B/L's) to show new parties by issuing a 2nd set of documents.
75 EUR per B/L
TLE Electronic Cargo Release Service - Export
Telex release fee upon to customer's request. Applicable on top of the standard documentation fees.
30 USD per document
TLI Electronic Cargo Release Service - Import
Telex release fee upon to customer's request. Applicable on top of the standard documentation fees.
30 USD per document
WTO/WTI Waiting Time Destination/Waiting Time Origin
Waiting time for Inland haulage after thefree waiting time of 2 hours
EUR 50 per half hour, effective 1stMay 2019

Local Release Requirements

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