Shipping in Costa Rica

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Procedure / Requirements

  • Customers will require Rated Original Bill of Lading for Customs clearance. 
  • Once Customs authorizes the release of the cargo, the customer can then request the haulage of the container, sending an e-mail to our Customer Service department including information regarding final destination of the cargo. The customer needs to settle collect charges for Sealand to proceed with the haulage. 
  • For Carrier Haulage cargo, there is an extra charge of USD100.00 per container as a local charge associated to this handling at port, in case there is a DUA Rojo, there will be a charge of $100/per container to move units to a local depot for inspection. 
  • For Carrier Haulage cargo, customer must inform us once the DUA is presented at our container yard and confirm by email ( the instructions to move the containers to the final destination (bonded warehouse or customer’s facilities) 
  • For all import cargo, it is a requirement to present an original set of the BLs into our office so the release of the cargo can be processed. This requirement does not apply for NVOCC's.
  • Please click here for monthly vessel schedules and cut-offs .


  • Oversized cargo subject to approval. 
  • IMO cargo subject to approval. 
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  • For all container types and as per government regulation, the maximum weight accepted is 21.5 tons for cargo in chassis of 2 axles, overweight should be moved in chassis of 3 axles.


Demurrage / Detention / Free time

To view the detailed information for Demurrage and Detention in Costa Rica, please click here.

Email your local office

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online or contact us by phone.