Shipping in El Salvador

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

Procedure / Requirements

  • After arrival, it is kindly requested that the following documentation is provided to our local import department for dispatch arrangements: 
    • Original bill of lading. 
    • Complete request in the form provided locally. 
    • For food products, reefer and hazardous cargo, it is also required that the customer provides the proper permits additional to the above documentation. 
  • Documentation Requirements: 
    • Original Bill of Lading (B/L) is mandatory to release cargo. If B/L is printed at origin, shipper must send to consignee at least one (1) original B/L in order to release import cargo.
    • Bill of Lading Clause: Seaway bill, Telex release, and a dummy of the Bill of Lading are not acceptable
    • Weight must be in kilos and measurement in cubic meters (CBM).
    • Local Consignee or Notify Party is required in El Salvador. One container cannot have two B/L with different consignees. If the consignee is a freight forwarder, the NIT should be included



  • No amendments to weight and/or quantities after cargo has been manifested. Weights and quantity must be amended at least 3 working days before vessel arrival. Any special request please contact
  • Maximum allowed weight if 21.5 Metric tons.


Demurrage / Detention / Free time

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