Agency Documentation Fee
ADF
This service covers the creation and processing of documents necessary at destination to complete a shipment, i.e. Bill of Lading (B/L), Delivery Order.
 
Transport Document Amendment Fee
AMF
A fee that covers the additional cost when the carrier is requested to make changes to the Transport Document (B/L). 

These changes could include: 
- Consignee Details 
- Address 
- Cargo Description. 

Please note that there might be restrictions on how late in the shipment process the carrier is able to arrange for an amendment, e.g. after the containers related to the Transport Documents (TPDoc) are loaded, or if the import procedures have begun. Not all amendment requests may be feasible.

 

 
Bunker Adjustment Factor
BAF
This charge covers the fluctuations in global bunker (vessel fuel) costs, and is invoiced as a separate charge to provide transparency to our customers.

A special formula is used to calculate this charge and it can be found here

We will automatically apply this charge to all bookings.
 
Basic Ocean Freight
BAS
This covers the service of transportation of cargo from the first port of loading to the last port of discharge.

It is applicable to all shipments.
 
Transport Document Issuance Service
BLF
A service provided by the carrier to issue a Bill of Lading (B/L)/Transport Document (TPdoc) in a location that is not the:

- Place of Receipt
            or
- Place of Delivery of the shipment.

This service is applicable upon customer request and will be applied in addition to the standard:
ODF - Origin Documentation Fee and/or
DDF - Destination Documentation Fee.

 

 
Currency Adjustment Factor
CAF
This is a compensatory cost-sharing measure to remove the carrier’s risks associated with currency fluctuations.

The charge will apply to all bookings that are taken on these trade lanes.

It is applicable primarily, but not limited, to European trades, e.g.:
Europe - Far East
Europe - Middle East/Red Sea/Indian Sub-Continent
US to/from Europe
 
Cargo Declaration Amendment Fee
CAM
A fee that covers re-submission of necessary information required by Customs due to an amendment request that is made by the customer after the carrier has submitted the documentation to local customs authorities.

Import countries where this is applicable:
- European Union
- Norway
- Switzerland
- United States
- Canada
- Puerto Rico
- Mexico
 
Controlled Atmosphere Service
CAS
Controlled Atmosphere (CA) charge covers the additional costs associated with providing a special atmosphere controlled refrigerated container for transportation.

These types of containers ensure the gas mixture of oxygen and carbon dioxide is regulated and are offered in two different products:

1) Star Fresh: Active CA

2) Star Care: Passive CA

Applicable when the carrier receives a request for this type of container.
 
Container Cleaning Fee
CCL
This fee covers the additional costs for extra or special cleaning and is applicable when the container does not meet the standard cleanliness criteria (inside and outside) upon empty return from the customer.

This service of additional cleaning of the container may also be triggered by a customer request.

This charge is not applicable to shipper-owned containers.
 
Submission of Cargo Declaration - Import
CDD
A fee that covers administrative, IT and 3rd party interface costs incurred when the carrier arranges the submission of necessary documents within the specified time frame.

Import countries where cargo declaration is applicable:
- European Union
- Norway
- Switzerland
- United States
- Canada
- Puerto Rico
- Mexico
- Turkey

CDD is not applicable to transit cargo, transhipment cargo or freight remaining on board (FROB), even though the carrier is still required to submit a manifest to local authorities.
 
Government Agency Certification Service
CER
The service offered by the carrier to issue certificates to the customer based upon request.

Certificates are typically used to support Letters of Credit, but they can also be issued for other reasons.

For example:
- Freight Certificates
- Vessel Certificates

This service is applicable based upon the customer's request and is subject to the carriers’ acceptance.
 
Customs Fine Service
CFI
A 'pass through' service by the carrier to cover a Customs’ penalty paid on behalf of the customer.

A customs fine is incurred when the customs formalities are not followed. Example: the shipment is incorrectly manifested.

The service will be applicable to the shipment once the carrier, or the customer, has been advised by Customs that a fine is due and the customer requests the carrier to pay on their behalf.

Example: Applicable when Customs apply a fine due to discrepancy on the Bill of Lading (B/L) level and the actual total gross weight, total volume etc. The charge applies per Bill of Lading.
 
Freight Collection Fee
CLF
The fee applied when the carrier:
- Collects freight charges locally
- Collects freight charges in a local currency

The fee is applied to all shipments and is set by local authorities which means this fee may apply to both import or export shipments.

Since this fee is mandated by local authorities, the charge may take the form of a fixed fee or a percentage of the total freight.
 
Cancellation Fee
CLL
This fee applies to each container in a confirmed booking that does not show for loading, irrespective of deadlines.
 
This fee is also applicable when a customer
1) reduces the number of containers in a booking,
2) moves or transfers containers to another vessel,
3) cancels the booking,
4) does not take any action and the container simply does not show for the vessel.
 
Container Nomination Service
CNS
This service is offered by the carrier to provide equipment that meets specific guidelines from the customer.

The customer can nominate their requirements, for example:
- Food grade container
- Age of container
- Quality of container

This service will be applicable upon the customer’s request.
Change of Destination Service
COD
This is a service provided by carrier upon the customer’s request to amend the destination/delivery after a container is gated in at the port of origin, but prior to the arrival at the port of discharge.

This service will not apply in the following scenarios:
- Return shipment
- Re-export
- Inland change request
- Extending inland haulage (Imports process)

Maersk Line may refuse this service if it is not operationally possible, or if any regulatory limitations exist.
Congestion Fee
CON
This is a fee applicable when the carrier continues to offer services to a congested port, despite operational difficulties.
The fee covers additional vessel costs associated with delayed berthing in the congested port.

The fee will be applied to cargo that is booked to a congested port.
Container Service Charge
CSC
This fee covers miscellaneous expenses for equipment and may be used for container deposit charges.
Container Shifting Fee
CSH
A fee to recover additional actual operational costs which the carrier incurs when requested to move containers within the terminal, i.e. moves which go beyond the normal operational requirements.
These are typically:
- Affixing or Replacing Seals
- Request to Detain cargo in Transit (DIT)
- Veterinary or other required inspections (VET)
- Container not loaded due to missing documentation (LDS), etc.

The fee is applicable based on customer or local authority request and it will be applied in addition to OHC/DHC
Container Terminal Order Service
CTO
A service offered by the carrier to stamp a customer provided container terminal order (CTO) documentation, which is subsequently lodged with the port operator and allows the movement of the container to take place.

A container terminal order (CTO) document is required to move cargo inland between the countries of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

This service will be applicable upon the customer's request.
Cold Treatment Service
CTS
This service exterminates fruit flies and larvae by maintaining a low temperature for a pre-determined length of time, as defined by import regulations.

It enables exporters to sell commodities to countries that would not otherwise accept the goods.

This is applicable upon the customer’s request subject to the carrier’s acceptance.
*Mandatory to some locations and commodities.
Customs Clearance Service
CUS
A service offered by the carrier to prepare customs clearance documents and handle formalities on behalf of the customer. The carrier may use 3rd party agents in some locations.

On Intra-European cargo the service is applicable upon the customer's request and when the customer provides T2L documents.

 

 
Arbitrary - Destination
DPA
Service of providing carrier transport of cargo from a Primary port (Base port) to a secondary port (Arbitrary port / destination port) by feeder or barge.

Applicable to all destination ports defined as 'Arbitrary Ports' in a Base Rate tariff (BRT).
 
Dangerous Cargo Documentation Fee
DCF
This charge covers the additional documentation requirements of moving cargo classed as hazardous by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.

We will apply this charge automatically to all bookings that are classed as Dangerous Cargo, according to the current IMDG codes.
 
Dangerous Cargo Service (Inland Haulage)
DCI
This fee covers the additional costs incurred by the carrier in the movement of Dangerous cargo from or to an inland location.

Additional costs consist of licenses, permits, and the carrier has to use specialized vendors with certifications that cost more.

This fee will be applicable to dangerous bookings where carrier inland haulage (export or import) has been requested by the customer.
 
Demurrage Fee
DMR
This fee is applicable when the customer holds carrier equipment in the terminal for longer than the agreed amount of free time.

It can be incurred for both exports (early drop-off) and imports (late pick-up).
 
Export: Demurrage days are counted from gate-in (full) to container loading minus free days.

Import: Demurrage days are counted from container discharge to gate-out (full) minus free days.

Applicable to all containers that remain at a terminal location longer than agreed free time.

*Applicable calculation methods may vary by country. Please refer to our ‘local country website’ for more information.
 
Detention Fee - Export
DTS
This fee is applicable when the customer holds carrier equipment longer than the agreed amount of free time.

Export: Detention days are counted from pick-up empty to gate-in full minus free days.

This fee is applicable to all containers that remain in the customer’s possession longer than the agreed free time.

Not applicable for shipper owned containers.

*Applicable calculation methods may vary by country. Please refer to our ‘local country website’ for more information.
 
Detention Fee - Import
DET
This fee is applicable when the customer holds carrier equipment longer than the agreed free time.

Import: Detention days are counted from gate-out full to gate-in empty minus free days.*

This fee is applicable to all containers that remain in the customer’s possession longer than the agreed free time.

*Applicable calculation methods may vary by country. Please refer to our ‘local country website’ for more information.
 
Detention in Transit Service
DIT
The carrier has the ability to hold shipments at transhipment ports until further instructions are received from the customer.

This gives the customers the flexibility to delay the cargo arrival, when it assists them in their business.

Note: the carrier is unable to hold containers longer than 14 days unless the customer submits a written letter of indemnity to the carrier which states that the carrier will not be liable for any cargo damage not covered by Insurance during the extra detention period.

The DIT charge is applicable based on the request by the customer and subject to the carrier’s acceptance.
Documentation Fee- Destination
DDF
This service covers the creation and processing of all standard transport documents (Delivery Order).
 
Genset Service- Destination
DGS
Service provided by the carrier to supply a generator set to power reefer containers during inland moves (merchant and carrier haulage).

The genset provides a constant power supply to regulate the temperature of the reefer container.

The carrier may refuse to provide this service if the carrier is unable to meet the requirements, or if the correct equipment is not available, or if it is not operationally feasible.

This service is applied based upon the customer's request.
Terminal Handling Service- Destination
DHC
 This service covers the cost of the handling of a container at the destination port or terminal.

This service is applicable to all shipments.

 

 
Submission of Cargo Declaration - Export
EDD
A service of submitting Export Data Declaration (EDD) services to local Customs on behalf of the customer.

The carrier liaises between Customs and the customer to arrange submission of necessary documents within the specified time frame.

EDD is not applicable to transit cargo, transhipment cargo, or freight remaining on board (FROB), even though the carrier is still required to submit a manifest to local authorities.
 
Electronic Data Interchange Fee
EDI
This fee is generated when the carrier arranges submission of electronic data, on behalf of the customer, to ports / Customs or other Government entities.

The fee is applied based upon the customer’s request.

Exception:
In Greece and Israel, this fee is mandatory and will be applied to all shipments.
 
Export Intermodal Fuel Fee
EFS
This covers the additional fuel cost associated with inland haulage provided by the carrier.

Fuel prices can fluctuate significantly in short periods of time and do not allow for the inland tariffs to be re-priced. This charge is then shown separately to provide visibility of the cost increases.

This charge is applicable for shipments where carrier inland haulage has been requested.

This can include truck, barge or rail movements.
 
Equipment Management Service
EMF
This service covers extra services provided by the carrier relating to the equipment.

These extra services may cover, but are not limited to delivery of high-security container seals, provision of Equipment Interchange Receipts (EIR) to truckers, and / or other local services and expenses.

This service is applicable upon the customer's request.
 
Ecological and Radiological Service
ERI
Service of arranging an ecological and/or radiological inspection based on customer request and/or regulatory requirements in some countries.

This service is applicable based on the customer’s request for the service, however, in some locations it could be a mandatory charge.

More information can be found on the Local country pages for import/export regulations.
 
Emergency Risk Surcharge
ERS
This fee covers additional costs faced by the carrier when moving cargo in dangerous regions including those that are threatened by hazards, violence or piracy.

The charge covers extra bunker cost (due to longer routing and/or faster sailing), insurance coverage, and additional security measures.

The fee will be applied to bookings that are from, to or transited through the affected areas.
 
Examination Service
EXA
A service where the carrier arranges a relevant examination of a container, e.g. VACIS/X-ray/scanner.

The service is applied based on:
- Customer request;
- Customs/security and/or Government regulations;
- The type of cargo where certain commodities are required to be examined;
- Country regulations that require examination.

The carrier liaises with the correct authority (e.g. US Customs) to arrange for the examinations if and when they are required and obtains costs for same.
Export Service
EXP
This service covers the provision and administration of export services such as, but not limited to, equipment release, arrangement of pick-up and drop-off, and handling notifications.

 

 
Forwarder Commission - Origin
FFC
Payment by the carrier to the export freight forwarder and/or the custom's house broker for doing business with the carrier.

Applicable where outward forwarder compensation is market practice and when a freight forwarder has been used for a shipment to perform forwarding services on behalf of the customer.
 
Forwarder Commission - Destination
FOC
Payment from carrier to the import freight forwarder and/or the custom's house broker for doing business with the carrier.

Applicable where inward forwarder compensation is market practice and when an inward freight forwarder has been used for a shipment to perform forwarding services on behalf of the customer.
 
Free In Service
FRI
This service covers the cost of the handling of a container at the origin ports or terminals.

This service is applicable to shipments originating from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
 
Free Out Service
FRO
This service covers the cost of the handling of a container at the destination ports or terminals.

This service is applicable to shipments destined to Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
 
Freight Tax Service
FTS
A pass through service of paying government imposed freight taxes on the customer's behalf, to the relevant port authority and then collecting the charges from the customer.

This is mainly applicable for shipments to African countries and allows the customer to settle one invoice instead of many.

The service is applicable when cargo is shipped to countries where freight tax is applicable.
 
Fumigation Service
FUM
The service of fumigating /de-fumigating cargo when requested by the customer or when it is a legal requirement.

Written confirmation that fumigation/de-fumigation has been performed is provided to the customer via their preferred communication method.

 

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House Transport Document Service
HBL
A service provided by the carrier to perform additional administration when a forwarder issues a House Bill of Lading.

More specifically, the 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. In addition, if applicable the carrier will file the actual details with the US Customs.
 
Lift On Lift Off Service
HDL
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. This then allows our customers to perform their own container haulage.

This service is applicable based upon the customer's request and dependent on the carrier's operational feasibility to perform the service.
 
Garments on Hangers Service
HEC
The service of providing and/or installing hanger beams inside a container to enable garments to be hung. This ensures ease of transport of the apparel.

This service is applicable based upon the customer's request for transportation of apparel with the need for hanger beams.
 
Heavy Weight Service
HWS
This service covers the additional operational expenses incurred for handling heavy cargo that weighs more than the standard limit for a shipment.

The carrier can provide this service as long as the cargo does not weigh more than the legal safety limit.

This service is applicable to heavy weight shipments that are within legal limits allowed for transport. These limits may vary among the countries.

For additional information please see individual country information found  here.

 

 
Transfer to Bonded Warehouse Service
IBC
A service that covers the administration costs to arrange for the transfer of the container to a bonded warehouse requested by the customer.

Please note there will also be carrier haulage (IHE or IHI) charges applicable in addition to this fee.

This fee is applied based upon the customer's request.
 
Inland Haulage Cancellation Fee
ICF
The fee applicable when a requested haulage is cancelled. If the cargo is not ready on time, a wasted journey charge is invoiced by the carrier’s haulage providers and charged back to the customer.

This fee is applicable to all shipments where a wasted inland haulage journey has been performed.
 
Inspection Empty Container Service
IEC
The service of allowing the customer to physically inspect the empty containers prior to accepting them.

This service covers the operational movement of the equipment to an inspection area.
The amount is based on additional operational and administration costs incurred.

This service is applicable upon request of the customer and the customer must confirm the price before the carrier performs the service.
 
Import Intermodal Fuel Fee
IFS
This covers the additional fuel cost associated with inland haulage provided by the carrier.

Fuel prices can fluctuate significantly in short periods of time and do not allow for the inland tariffs to be re-priced. This charge is then shown separately to provide visibility of the cost increases.

This charge is applicable for shipments where carrier inland haulage has been requested.

This can include truck, barge or rail movements.
 
Inland Haulage-Export
IHE
Service of providing inland export transportation from our customer’s premises to the port of loading. This offers the customer the flexibility of door to door transportation.

This service is applicable when the carrier provides inland transportation from the desired inland location, based on the request of the customer.
 
Inland Haulage- Import
IHI
 Service of providing inland import transportation to our customer’s premises from the port of discharge. This offers the customer flexibility of door to door transportation.

This service is applicable when the carrier provides inland transportation to the desired inland location, based on the request of the customer.
 
Inland Haulage Container Weighing
IHW
The service of moving a container to a weigh station to establish the weight of the container upon the customer’s request.

This service is applied in various reasons:
- upon the request of the customer;
- operational necessity to verify the actual weight of the container to meet Health, Safety and Legal requirements;
- the carrier spot checks the weight of containers to verify the declared cargo weight on a Transport Document (B/L).
 
Dangerous Cargo Service
IMO
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.

This is applicable for all shipments where the cargo is declared as “Dangerous Cargo” as defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The amount will vary depending on the type of Dangerous Cargo.
Import Service
IMP
This service covers the provision and administration of import services such as, but not limited to, equipment release, arrangement of pick-up, drop-off and handling notifications.

 

 
Probe Service
JTC
The carrier Installs probes to monitor and record the temperature of the commodity inside the reefer container during transport.

This service is applied upon the request of the customer however some commodities require this service in order to be accepted for transport, i.e. commodities that require Cold Treatment.

 

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Liner Bag Service
LBC
The service of preparing the containers for the carriage of cargo like for e.g. hides and skins.

Services are performed at a container yard (CY) and include manual lining of the container with plastic or moisture absorbent material, or insulation, and/or the installation or removal of liner bags.

This service is applied upon the customer's request.

The carrier has the right to refuse to provide this service if the correct material is not available, or if it is not operationally feasible.
 
Late Documentation Fee
LDS
This fee is to cover additional administration costs when the customer submits relevant Shipping Instructions (SI) and/or mandatory Bill of Lading (B/L)/Transport Documentation (TPdoc) after the specified cut-off time for the shipment.

This fee is applied upon receipt of late SI/documents.
 
Legalization of Documents Service
LEG
The service is to facilitate the legalization of the documents on behalf of the shipper.

This service is applied based upon the customer's request for legalization of certain documents or certificates.
 
Late Gate Service
LGC
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;
- the containers are not loaded on the scheduled vessel/voyage and are transferred to another vessel/voyage; instead CSH (Container Shifting Charge) will be applied;


This service is subject to the Carrier’s operational feasibility.
 
Liner Out Fee
LOC
This fee covers the cost of handling of container at the destination port or terminal. In addition it includes a consolidation of various port charges including yard and gate charges not covered.

This fee is applicable to all cargo destined to African countries and is mandatory in West Africa.
 
Late Payment Fee
LPF
Late payment fee will be applicable when payment has not been remitted within 7 days from the invoice due date, or later than otherwise agreed payment terms.

 

 
Manual Booking Fee
MBF
A fee which covers the additional administration required by the carrier to process booking instructions received via non e-channel. These are known as manual bookings.

Manual bookings are: fax, e-mail, posted mail, and telephone.

This fee will be applied in addition to the standard ODF/DDF charges when a customer makes a booking via manual booking channels.
 
Manual Documentation Processing Fee
MDF
This fee covers the additional administration required to process shipping instructions received via non e-channel. These are known as manual booking channels.

Manual booking channels are: fax, e-mail, posted mail, and telephone.

The fee is applicable when documentation is received by the carrier via manual booking channels.

This will be in addition to the MBF charge if the shipment is also booked via manual booking channels.
 
Merchant Haulage Service
MHH
Service of coordinating 3rd party logistics services (Merchant Haulage arrangements) on behalf of the customer.

This service is applied based upon the customer's request for the carrier to coordinate inland haulage on a merchant haulage Bill of Lading. The customer holds the contract with the haulage provider.

The carrier can refuse to offer this service.
 
Multi Stop Service
MST
The service of stopping one or more times to load/unload additional cargo during a carrier haulage movement.

This service is applicable when the customer has requested one or more stops en route during inland haulage.

 

 
No Show Fee
NSF
This fee applies to each container in a confirmed booking that does not show for loading at the agreed deadline.
 
This fee is also applicable when a customer
1) reduces the number of containers in a booking,
2) moves or transfers containers to another vessel,
3) cancels booking,
4) does not take any action and the container simply does not show for the vessel.

 

Documentation Fee- Origin
ODF
 This service covers the creation and processing of all standard transport documents (e.g. Bill of Lading).
 
Genset Service- Origin
OGS
 Service provided by the carrier to supply a generator set to power reefer containers during inland moves (merchant and carrier haulage).

The genset provides a constant power supply to regulate the temperature of the reefer container.

The carrier may refuse to provide this service if the carrier is unable to meet the requirements, or if the correct equipment is not available or if it is not operationally feasible.

This service is applied based upon the customer's request.
Terminal Handling Service- Origin
OHC
 This service covers the cost of handling a container at the origin port or terminal.

This service is applicable to all shipments.
 
Out of Gauge Service
OOG
 The service is to handle and ship cargo that is "out-of-gauge". This is to provide the ability to ship cargo which exceeds the dimensions of standard containers by length, width, height and/or weight, but which still remains feasible for the carrier to handle as 'containerized cargo'.

This fee is applicable to out of gauge shipments.
 
Arbitrary - Origin
OPA
 Cargo pre-carriage by feeder or barge to an ocean port at origin.

This service assists in simplification of the ocean freight calculation for multiple port combinations from a base port rate by adding the arbitrary.

Applicable to all origin ports defined as 'Arbitrary Ports' in a Base Rate tariff (BRT).

 

 
Port Additionals / Port Dues - Export
PAE
A pass through service that covers miscellaneous port expenses paid by the carrier and then billed to the customer.

The carrier is familiar with the port authorities requirements, which can save the customer both time and inconvenience, if they should arrange payment themselves.

This service is applies to all shipments as part of standard procedures.
 
Port Additionals / Port Dues - Import
PAI
A pass through service that covers miscellaneous port expenses paid by the carrier and then billed to the customer.

The carrier is familiar with the port authorities requirements, which can save the customer both time and inconvenience if they should arrange payment themselves.

This service applies to all shipments as part of standard procedures.
 
Panama Canal Fee
PCC
A fee to cover the costs associated with transit of the Panama Canal.

This fee is applicable to all shipments moving through the Panama Canal.
 
Government Agency Inspection Service
PHI
The service applies when the carrier arranges government agency inspections on behalf of the customer.

The service includes liaising between the authorities and the customer and arranges all necessary documents on behalf of the customer.

Some examples are:
- VACIS Exam (X-ray)
- U.S.D.A (United States Department of Agriculture)

The service is applied based upon the customer's request.
 
Phytosanitary Certificate Service
PHY
A service whereby the Carrier facilitates the government authenticated certification on behalf of the customer upon request.

The certification confirms that the transported fruit and/or vegetables comply with specific health requirements.

This service is applied based upon the customer's request.
 
Pick-Up/Drop-Off Service
PIO
 A service provided by the carrier to allow the pick-up or drop-off of empty containers at an alternate container depot than the one stated on the Bill of Lading is Place of Receipt / Place of Delivery, where merchant haulage is involved.

The service is applied upon request from the customer and when it is operationally feasible for the carrier.
 
Equipment Positioning Service
POS
The service provided by the carrier to position equipment to make it available at inland container or depot locations to support Carrier Haulage booking requests.

This service will be applicable upon the customer’s request and is only available, when it is operationally feasible for the carrier
 
Port Security Service - Export
PSE
A service to maintain port security compliant to the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) which is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities.

The service is applied to origin/export as well as destination/import shipments.

The ISPS Code is a global initiative and part of SOLAS (the international convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) and constitutes a legal obligation for the contracting parties to follow.
 
Port Security Service - Import
PSI
A service to maintain port security compliant to the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) which is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities.

The service is applied to origin/export as well as destination/import shipment.

The ISPS Code is a global initiative and part of SOLAS (the international convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) and constitutes a legal obligation for the contracting parties to follow.
 
Peak Season Surcharge
PSS
This is a seasonal fee applied during high volume shipping periods in certain trades.

The fee is applicable to all shipments that move in these trades during the high volume periods.
 
Pre-Trip Inspection Service
PTI
A service arranged by the carrier to have a technician perform an extra check on temperature controlled containers to ensure that the unit is functional and ready to transport commodities at the required temperature settings.

The inspection is performed before release of the empty container.

This service is applied upon the customer’s request and/or to certain types of commodities where it is mandatory to be applied in order to permit transport of the shipment.

 

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Reefer Monitoring / Plug-in Service
RFM
A service provided by the carrier to monitor temperature controlled shipments, including verification of temperature settings and checking for equipment malfunctions.

This service is applied whenever an operating reefer is in use for a temperature controlled shipment.
Recovery Handling Cost - Export
RHE
Surcharge applicable in Saudi Arabia for recovery of handling cost in terminal.
Recovery Handling Cost - Import
RHI
Surcharge applicable in Saudi Arabia for recovery of handling cost in terminal.
River Toll Fee
RPS
Rio De la Plata - a fee to recover the costs levied on all cargo loading/discharging in the Rio de la Plata ports of Zarate, Buenos Aires, Rosario, or Bahia Blanca.

Congo River - a fee to cover additional costs when the Congo River water level decreases below normal levels between Pointe Noire and Matadi.
 
Rhine River and Weser River - this fee is a ‘pass through’ charge for low/high water on the river Rhine. Applicable to cargo moving inland by barge to/from German Ports as well as Rotterdam Port.

 

 
Standard Bunker Adjustment Factor
SBF
This charge covers the fluctuations in global bunker costs, and is invoiced as a separate charge to provide transparency to our customers.

A specific formula is used to calculate this charge and can be found here.

The carrier will automatically apply this charge to all bookings.
 
Cargo Protection Service
SCU
Service by the carrier to arrange additional security for cargo protection during inland transportation when requested by the customer.

This service is usually requested in areas where inland transport is prone to increased dangers such as hi-jacking or robbery.

Examples of additional security are; additional convoy vehicles and/or insurance and/or armed guards.

This service is applied based upon the customer's request.
 
Special Equipment Service
SEP
The service of providing a non-standard container to the customer.

This service is applied based upon the customer’s request and is subject to equipment availability.

Special equipment types:
Flat Rack
Bulk
Open Top
Open Side
Collapsible Flat Rack

Please note:
1) Not applicable to shipper owned equipment.
2) This charge is often included in the price for Out-Of-Gauge cargo or specifically priced as part of the Basic Freight. Therefore this charge may not show as a separate item.
 
Carrier Security Service
SER
A service provided by the carrier to perform due diligence in maintaining vessel security compliant to the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) which is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities.

This service is applicable to all shipments.
 
Shipper-Owned/Leased Equipment Fee
SOC
This charge covers the additional administration required by the carrier and evens out the equipment costs if the container is provided by the shipper.
 
Container Stuffing / Stripping Service
SPC
A service offered to the customer in which the carrier performs stripping (cargo unloading) or stuffing (cargo loading) of the customer’s container at the port area.

This service is applied based upon the customer request.
 
Suez Canal Fee
STT
A fee to cover the costs associated with transiting the Suez Canal.

This fee is applicable to all shipments moving through the Suez Canal.
 
Switch Transport Document Service
SWC
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.

A 'switch' is used to prevent the shipper from being visible to the buyer and protects the interests of the cargo intermediary.

The service is applicable upon the customer’s request for this service.

 

 
T1 Documentation Fee
T1D
This fee is applied to cover the costs related to issuing T1 documents.

T1 documents are required for European Union tax regulations when transporting non-community goods between two locations in the EU Customs area.

This fee is applicable for all European Union shipments and allows taxes to be suspended until the cargo reaches its final destination.
 
Government and Port Tax Service
TAX
The carrier pays tax on behalf of the customer to the local authorities and the related cost is charged to the customer.

This charge is controlled by the local regulations and will be added to the booking in the relevant ports according to the market practice.
 
Temporary Customs Service- Export
TCE
A service in which the carrier pays the charges for temporary customs clearance of the container (not cargo) on the customer’s behalf and the related costs are then passed onto the customer.

This service is applicable upon the customer’s request.
 
Temporary Customs Service- Import
TCI
A service in which the carrier pays the charges for temporary customs clearance of the container (not cargo) on the customer’s behalf and the related costs are then passed onto the customer.

This service is applicable upon the customer’s request.
 
Electronic Cargo Release Service
TLX
This service is also known as a 'Telex' or 'Express' release and allows the cargo to be released at destination upon proof of identity of the receiver as consignee, provided all 3 original B/L's have been surrendered by the consignee, or an authorized agent of the consignee, at another carrier’s office location.

In order to allow this all 3 original B/L's must be surrendered at another carrier’s office location (not the discharge port).

The carrier will add this service to the shipment, once the B/L's have been surrendered.

This service is applied upon the customer's request.
 
Triaxle Chassis Service
TRS
The carrier can arrange to provide tri-axle chassis for the customer to use. These chassis allow more cargo to be loaded into the container than would otherwise be legally possible.

This service is applicable in 2 ways:

1) Customer’s can request for the tri-axle, in which case the carrier will manually add the charge to the shipment.

2) When the weight of the cargo makes it a legal requirement that a tri-axle chassis be used on a shipment, the charge will be added.

 

 
Priority Product Service
UG0-9
A service offered by the carrier in which the customer can upgrade a booking to ensure the cargo is loaded, when the vessel’s space is constrained, or when the customer’s planned allocation has been exceeded.

This service is applicable upon the customer’s request and acceptance of the upgrade service, and it is subject to the carrier's booking acceptance policy.
 
Agency Logistics Fee
ULF
A port agency fee that covers work within the port, including, but not limited to: vessel clearance, filing of documents with Customs, work with other authorities, survey reports, terminal fees, etc.

The fee is paid by the carrier on behalf of the customer, and the related fee is passed on to the customer.

 

 
Value Added Tax
VAT
The carrier pays Value Added Tax (VAT) to local authorities, and this cost is charged to the customer.

Applicable to all shipments where VAT payment is a market practice
 
Veterinary Certificate Service
VET
A service of the carrier to facilitate veterinary inspection on behalf of the customer upon request, for containers that move to inland destinations and contain cargo of animal origin.

Due to frequency of this standard procedure, Maersk Line is familiar with the requirements, and this can save the customer both time and inconvenience.

The VET inspection is applicable in all European ports and is a regulatory requirement for import cargo to the European Union.

 

 
Weight Discrepancy Fee
WDF
This fee is applied when the actual weight of a container gated into the terminal differs from the declared weight in the documentation.

The charge covers administrative amendments, as well as changes in handling and chassis requirements.

The fee will be applied retroactively, once the carrier has been advised by either the terminal or the intermodal service provider that a discrepancy has been identified.
 
Wharfage Fee
WFC
This fee is assessed by a port authority or port operator to the carrier for the usage of a port's wharf. The fee is then charged back to the customer in order to provide transparency and to share the costs.

This fee will be applicable to shipments moving to/from port terminals that charge wharfage fees.
 
Winter Fee
WSC
The fee is associated with the carrier's increased operational costs for transport during the winter season.

Applicable to all shipments.
Inland Haulage Waiting Time Fee
WTI
This fee is applied to shipments when trucks have to wait due to customer delays.

This fee is applicable whenever trucks are not able to depart from a customer’s depot at the planned time.

 

 
Cross Booking Service
XTR
This is a service applicable whenever the customer requests the carrier to process a booking at a different office than the Place of Receipt or Place of Delivery for the shipment.

If documentation is also requested to be processed in a location that is not the Place of Receipt or Place of Delivery of the shipment, then a BLF (Transport Document Issuance fee) will be applied.

 

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