The following advisory serves as notification of a change to our current policy regarding the Vehicle Cutoff for ocean terminals in Houston, Texas. Historically we have communicated a Vehicle Cutoff for used vehicle shipments to encourage delivery of the loaded container in time to meet the US Customs requirements for validation prior to export. Although our intention has been to prevent non-compliant vehicles from loading our vessels, it is clear based on recent customer interviews and vehicle shipment history that our policies around used vehicles are not providing additional value or benefit to our customers or Maersk. We are therefore removing ourselves as an additional checkpoint in the process, and instead we will allow customers and US Customs and Border Protection to maintain the responsibility of regulatory requirements for vehicle shipments exporting from US ports of call.

Our new policy will be based on the assumption that shipments subject to the regulations under 19 CFR will load, unless requested by Customers or US Customs and Border Protection not to load.

How this will affect you

  • We will no longer communicate a cutoff specific to vehicles. Vehicle shipments will continue to receive the full receiving window, as published per vessel/voyage.
  • If you wish to roll your cargo, you must notify us no later than 2 hours prior to port cutoff local port time by e-mailing to request containers to be rolled.

This new policy will be Effective Monday, March 14, 2022, for Maersk shipments loading from Houston terminals we will no longer publish or enforce a cutoff for vehicles.

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If you have any questions, please contact your local Maersk representative. Information for your local Maersk offices can be found at here.

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