Shipping to Bulgaria

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Demurrage and Detention

IMPORT: Storage and Combined Demurrage & Detention

Pricing structure in Bulgaria will consist of two elements; Storage and Combined Demurrage & Detention. This means you will have one combined free time period and charges for utilisation of equipment inside and outside of terminals or depots, referred to as Combined Demurrage & Detention. Storage fees for use of terminal or depot space will be charged separately.

Storage: 
From Full container is discharged from vessel
To Full container is moved outside terminal or depot

Combined Demurrage & Detention: 
From Full container is discharged from vessel 
To Empty container is returned

Combined Demurage & Detention 20' 40'/45' 20' 40'/45' 20' 40' Storage 20' 40'/45' 20' 40'/45' 20' 40' Storage 20' 40'/45' 20' 40'/45' 20' 40'
DRY DRY REEF REEF SPEC SPEC VARNA DRY DRY REEF REEF IMO IMO BURGAS DRY DRY REEF REEF IMO IMO
Days EUR EUR EUR EUR EUR EUR Days EUR EUR EUR EUR EUR EUR Days EUR EUR EUR EUR EUR EUR
0-5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-4 0 0 0 0 4.5 9 0-4 0 0 0 0 4.5 9
6-10 0 0 80 100 0 0 5-7 0 0 30 50 4.5 9 5-7 0 0 30 50 4.5 9
11-12 15 25 80 100 30 50 8-20 3 6 30 50 4.5 9 8-20 3 6 30 50 4.5 9
13-17 15 25 100 150 30 50 21-30 6 12 30 50 9 18 21-30 6 12 30 50 9 18
>18 25 45 100 150 50 90 >31 12 24 30 50 18 36 >31 12 24 30 50 18 36

Procedures

Varna/Burgas

Import services and release procedure

Import services

In order to make it easy for our clients to plan and prepare all needed documentation for timely cargo release we provide following services:

1. Arrival notification - we send arrival notifications to our customers couple of days before arrival of their cargo to final discharge port (Port of Varna West). Arrival notifications are distributed via email or fax to consignees and first notify parties as mentioned on the  Bill of Lading for every given cargo. Customers who don't receive our arrival notices or would like to change the email address or fax number we are distributing the arrival notices to are kindly requested to contact our Customer Service Import agents. We strongly recommend that customers also use our web site www.maerskline.com  to trace and track their cargo on line. The information published at our web site is available 24/7.

2. Invoices - we send invoices to our customers couple of days before arrival of their cargo to final discharge port (Port of Varna West/Burgas port). Invoices are distributed via email or fax to the paying parties. Customers who don't receive our invoices or would like to change the email address or fax number we are distributing the invoices to are kindly requested to contact our Customer Service Import agents. We strongly recommend that customers also use our web site www.maerskline.com where they can find the invoices we issue for their shipments. In order to be able to access the issued invoices, clients are kindly requested to subscribe for our web site services. 

3. Import customs manifest - information about customs manifest number and manifest articles is available on www.mbg.bg.

4. Longstanding container notification - we send this kind of notification to customers whose cargoes await release at Varna west port/Burgas port premises for more than 14 days for dry cargo and more than 7 days for refrigerated cargo.

  As per Bulgarian customs law importers have maximum 45 days to apply for approved customs treatment of their cargo to Customs Authorities. After the expiration of this period cargo becomes subject to confiscation.

5. Additional services

We can help customers in completing their customs formalities with the customs office at Varna West port/Burgas port. For more information, please, contact out Customer Service Import Agents.
Release procedure

In order for our Customers to receive release order for cargo discharged in port Varna without delay they should:

1.    Present / mail duly endorsed original bill of lading to Maersk Line office in Sofia accompanied by a written request for release.

2.    Detailed instructions for date / time pickup readiness, exact delivery address, delivery time and contact person at delivery place.

3.    Please find attached » release order template

4.    Effectively pay all transport, demurrage and documentation charges due.

Import customs procedure can be initiated only in case above requirements are met by 16:00 hrs of the day preceding the release date.

Release orders are available to our customers at our port agent's office - Damco Logistics Bulgaria EOOD at Varna West port/Burgas port.

List of additional import charges

Charge name Amount Charge base When is the charge applied?
Late payment fee EUR 35
per invoice Applied to all invoices which are payble immediately after the 7th day of delay of payment.
Transit declaration (T1) EUR 70
per document, Up to 5 tariff codes Customer has requested help with transit declaration
Customs clearance import EUR 50
per document, Up to 5 tariff codes Customer has requested help with import declaration
Customs clearance T2L EUR 25
per document Customer has requested help with import clearance for cargo originating in EU
Inland haulage waiting time EUR 100 for the first day EUR 200 for days 2 to 9999
per container Customer detains container at discharge premises over one working day
Scan charge
EUR 25
per container Customs has marked container for scanning
Manifest correction letter
EUR 50  per BL Customer has requested correction to manifest after manifestation to customs
Late inland haulage cancellation fee
EUR 60  per container Customer cancels an inland haulage after 16:00 on the day preceding the delivery
Container weighing
EUR 50
per container Customer/customs has requested container weighing
COD fee  USD 300
per container  Customer has requested change of destination
Pick up/dropp off fee
EUR 25
per container  
BL amendment fee
EUR 20 per BL  Applicable to every amendment requested by customer to a given BL, except the first one (first amendment is free of charge).

Import procedures via Thessaloniki

In order for our Customers to receive release order for cargo discharged in port Thessaloniki without delay they should:

1. Present duly endorsed original bill of lading to a Maersk Line office either in Thessaloniki or Sofia accompanied by a written request for release including detailed instructions for date / time pick up readiness, exact delivery address, delivery time and contact person at delivery place. Please allow us at least 24 hours between the release instructions and the scheduled pick up from Port Terminal. Please find attached release order template.

2.  Effectively pay all transport and documentation charges due.

3. Maersk Bulgaria ensures that all customers receive their invoices still before vessel arrival. Not received invoices cannot be a reason for Maersk Bulgaria to release container without payment. Customers are kindly requested to contact Maersk Bulgaria if for any reason invoices are not received.

4. All our Customers receive arrival notices one day prior vessel arrival or later at the day of vessel arrival via email or fax. This is done to help them plan and prepare all needed documentation for a timely cargo release; however we strongly recommend that our Customers trace their cargo also at www.maerskline.com. The tracing information available there is updated live and available 24 / 7 days a week.

It is important to be noted that Maersk Bulgaria cannot release an import cargo before payment of all outstanding amounts is received and duly endorsed original bill of lading is presented.

Special customs requirements:

The Customs transit for containers discharged in Thessaloniki with final destination Bulgaria is arranged by Maersk Line, however this can be done only if / when consignee presents full set of cargo documents including commercial invoice, packing list, veterinary or phytosanitary certificate (where and if relevant) and written instruction for preparation of the TIR and CMR. Containers discharged at Thessaloniki port will be moved from port terminal for delivery to Bulgaria only after consignee (1) has presented duly endorsed bill of lading, (2) filled a release/pick-up order and (3) has submitted all cargo documents needed for the customs clearance.

 

Restrictions

It is officially  prohibited to import meat, minced meat, mechanical in separated meat, poultry and eggs to European Union , with origin in Brazil, Brazilian country code BR-1 and covered by health certificates marked with BR-1 issued after 25 April 2007.

No such goods will therefore be allowed for entry in Bulgaria (European Union).

Varna and Burgas

Cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, high value, out of gauge goods and goods classified as dangerous as per IMO code (dangerous cargo code), booked on through bill of lading for final delivery in Bulgaria and also export / reexport of cigarettes from Bulgaria are subject to prior approval by Maersk Bulgaria Ltd.

Dangerous cargo of IMO class 1 is not accepted for transportation by Maersk Line. Delivery of dangerous cargo of IMO classes 2 and 3 have to be effectueted immediately after discharge from carrying vessel as per specific requirements of port authorities at port of Varna West/Burgas West. 

Thessaloniki

To see the restrictions for port of Thessaloniki, please visit Maersk Hellas local page by clicking here.

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.