Shipping to Venezuela

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

Demurrage and Detention

Effective Date       : April 6, 2018

Expiry Date           : December 31, 2018

Free time               : Calendar day basis (i.e. including week-ends and holidays)

Currency               : USD

Combined Demurrage & Detention

Start Event: Discharge Full (Same Day)

End Event: Gate-in Empty in depot. 

Free time: 

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 7 7 7 7

Note 1: NOR’s are considered under Reefer Freetime (7 days).

Tariff after free time: 

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF 20’s and 40’ IMO
8th to 30th day 125 USD 125 USD 250 USD 250 USD 250 USD 125 USD
As from 31st day 180 USD 180 USD 300 USD 300 USD 300 USD 180 USD

Note 2 : NOR’s will be charged as reefer containers corresponding to size of equipment.


Requirements for Original BL release

  • Bill of lading number
  • Container number
  • Name and ID number of the authorized person
  • Letterhead
  • Address and phone number
  • Sign and stamp of the consignee/customs agent

Release of the cargo

An Original Bill of Lading must be presented by the consignee in any of our Venezuelan offices, another must be presented to the Venezuela Customs in order to clear the cargo and a third Original Bill of Lading is for consignee.

Requirements for the import cargo gate-out

  • Original and a copy of the Bill of lading signed by the consignee or the custom agent with the Tax references: RIF, NIT, Address, Phone, Fax and contact person.
  • Demurrage Invoice and/or "Delivery Order" paid.
  • Freight Invoice paid.
  • If the case:
    • Consolidated cargo: copy of the release letter from the consignee
    • Renounce letter for FLC cargo
    • If the consignee shows "TO THE ORDER" the Bill of lading must be signed by the shipper
  • Copy of the ID of the authorized person to claim the cargo
  • Phone number of the customs agent
  • Local charges paid

Shipper's Amendments in BLS

Corrections in BLS from the shipper must be made before manifest is presented to Venezuelan customs of the cargo (before of the arrival of the vessel); otherwise won’t be processed due to local law restrictions.

Collect Charges

Since 1st of February, 2013 any collect charges are not accepted for Venezuela shipments.

WFC: Was decommissioned since March 1st, 2013

DDF Destination Document Fee: Since February 1st, 2013 DDF has to be set mandatory under prepaid terms and must be paid at origin for all Venezuela shipments.

THC payable abroad: Since February 1st, 2012 THC is no longer payable in Venezuela, thus for imports needs to be prepaid.

Cargo Transshipped

When cargo has a different final destination to the discharge port or if the cargo will be transshipped to another port should be placed a clause in the body of the BL indicating the final destination. All import is manifest to Customs in an informatics system. Ordinary Imports are manifested with the Acronyms USO 23, the import cargo with Inland transport are manifested with the acronyms USO 24 and the cargo with transshipment are manifested with the acronyms USO 28. If the cargo is manifested with the incorrect Acronyms, the customer will fail to release the cargo.


Non-Operating Reefers 

No acceptance of Non-Operating Reefer into Venezuela. This concept is based on an operation where 1 or 2 cars are driven into the reefer container and parked on the T-Floor, lashed through hooks in the car’s front and rear bumper and the lashing bars in the T-floor. It is then shipped to the destination where it is stripped. 

Not all car manufacturers accept transport in non-operating reefers, as there is less interior space in a reefer container (due to the thermal protection) than in a dry container. Sufficient ventilation to avoid condensation is also an issue. 
In general same rules should be followed as for conventional carriage in standard containers. 

The things that differ are: 

  • Lashing in the floor: Rope is lashed around a lashing bar instead of a ring and the wood piece is fastened between the T-floor bars instead of nailed to the wooden floor. An alternative lashing eye can be fastened to the T-Floor by using two small steel plates, a bolt and a nut.
  • Ventilation: The ventilation openings should be kept open during voyage to ensure sufficient airflow and to avoid condensation. Cars should never be loaded when they are wet.

Dry Cargo

No allocation restrictions for acceptance of dry import cargo to any Venezuelan ports. 

Reefer Cargo 

No allocation restrictions for cargo to Guanta.

Split Cargo Restriction 

Document Group Restrictions (BLS)

The Seaway Bills, Dummy BLS, Telex release and containers without documents are not acceptable in Venezuela ONLY is accepted Negotiable Shipped Bill type. All cargo without documentation is not allowed to discharge at our port as per local regulations. This means that cargo must be correctly manifested in system showing complete information. 

Parties Specification Restriction 

  • DO NOT USE "CUSTOMER UNKNOWN" as consignee
  • For confirmed bookings with final destination Venezuela, is MANDATORY that Origin Country indicates the following information of Consignee and First Notify in the shipping instructions: 2 Local Telephones numbers / emails and Tax Reference.
  • Shipments MUST not be consigned to "MAERSKVENEZUELA S.A." except those cargoes destined to be used by MAERSK i.e. Chassis; Gen Sets; Spare Parts; Provisions; etc.
  • Foreign consignees are not allowed
  • TO ORDER Bls are not allowed

Email your local office

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.