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Demurrage / Detention

Demurrage and Detention - 2019

Effective date:   01/10/2019
Expiry Date:      until further notice
Free time:         Calendar day basis (i.e. including week-ends and holidays)
Currency:          Euro
Invoiced:           Per container, per day, as per container type

Demurrage import

Demurrage starts as from discharge day (included), ends with gate-out day (included) from terminal.

Free time: 

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 5 5 4 4


Note 1: demurrage are EXCLUDING terminal storage in Le Havre and Fos sur Mer, which are charged directly by the Terminal operators to customers
Note 2: demurrage are INCLUDING terminal storage in Dunkerque, Montoir, Brest and Rouen
Note 3: demurrage for reefer are INCLUDING plugging fees on terminal in all French ports


Tariff after free time:

Days after freetime expiration 20’DRY 40’DRY/ FLAT & OPEN TOP 20’REEF 40’HREEF SHIPPER’S OWN 20'IMO 40'IMO/45'IMO
5th to 7th day 250 255
from 8th day 280 280
6th to 10th day 48 68 170 20
As from 11st day 255
11st to 17th day 78 108 60
As from 18th day 118 168 100
5th to 11st day 95 115
12th to 18th day 115 135
As from 19th day 155 175


Detention import

Detention starts as from gate-out day (included) from terminal, ends with gate-in empty day (included) to terminal.

Free time: 


Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Free Days 4 4 3 4



Days after freetime expiration 20’DRY 40’DRY/ FLAT & OPEN TOP 20’REEF 40’HREEF 20'IMO 40'IMO/45'IMO
5th to 10th day 53 63 155 55 60
4th to 5th day 110 110
6th to 10th day 165 165
As from 11st day 83 108 170 215 215 85 105

SSDO - Your online release request for your import BLs

You want to save time and and get your BAD / Release order faster?

This is now possible thanks to our new SSDO tool present on our Website.

This tool replaces the release request usually sent by email on which you mentionned the billing reference and the release request throught AP + or CI5.

Who is concerned ? ALL

  • In possession of an original BL or Seawaybill
  • Consignee or forwarder in charge of import shipment
  • A customer who benefit or not of credit agreement


* The original BL duly endorsed or accompanied by a release letter must be sent to our agency located at 40 Boulevard de Dunkerque, 13002 Marseille / Good address = Les Docks, 10 Place de la Joliette, Atrium 10.8, 13002 Marseille

* if you do not have a credit agreement, go to Myfinance 6 hours after making your SSDO request to collect your invoice and send us the proof of payment by email at

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.