Shipping in Switzerland

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

Container drop-off

For transports arranged in Merchant Haulage, empty containers must be returned to the Place of Delivery location as stated on the Bill of Lading.

In exceptional cases and after confirmation by the carrier, empty containers may be returned at an alternate location against payment of a drop-off fee as per tariff below.

The trigger for the validity period is the first load date at origin (Price Calculation Date).

Valid from 01. January 2020 until 31. March 2020

Depot 20ft DRY 40ft DRY 40ft HIGH 45ft HIGH
Basel -several depots, carriers choice 150 CHF 30 CHF 30 CHF 450 CHF
Chavornay -SwissTeminal Chavornay 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Geneve -SwissTeminal Geneva 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Zurich -SwissTeminal Niederglatt 100 CHF 100 CHF 100 CHF n/a

Valid from 01. July 2019 until 31 December 2019

Depot 20ft DRY 40ft DRY 40ft HIGH 45ft HIGH
Basel -several depots, carriers choice 100 CHF 30 CHF 30 CHF 450 CHF
Chavornay -SwissTeminal Chavornay 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Geneve -SwissTeminal Geneva 120 CHF 140 CHF 140 CHF n/a
Zurich -SwissTeminal Niederglatt 100 CHF 100 CHF 100 CHF n/a

Returning empty Reefer equipment to inland depot BASEL/BIRSFELDEN is subject to a drop-off fee of CHF 100 per 20ft/40ft reefer container.

Returning empty special equipment such as Open-Top or Flat-Rack to inland depot BASEL/BIRSFELDEN is subject to a drop-off fee of CHF 300 per 20ft container and CHF 450 per 40ft container.

Imports

For import rates at discharge ports, such as Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, please check the respective country sites.

 

Import procedures:

  • Customs clearance details - According to requirements from Dutch Customs Authorities all containers are blocked at all terminals. Proper customs documentation needs to be in place before a container can be collected from terminal. This being full customs clearance or T1 transit document. In case of goods with European origin the T2L needs to be presented to Dutch customs. For electronic documents a copy will be sufficient. In case of an “old fashioned” T2L, the original needs to be presented to customs.

 

Import restrictions:

  • Commodity – There are no restrictions in place. Special certificates are needed for plants/seeds (phyto-sanitary certificate), and meat or fish (Veterinary and Origin certificates). Please ask our Customer Service team for more details.
  • Weight and measurement – For general information on weight and measurement restrictions please contact your local Seago Line office. The general road limitations are 40 mt for truck, chassis, cargo and tare weight of container.
  • Special Cargoes – There are generally no restrictions, though for trucking to inland points special permits may be needed (dependent on the actual oversize, so please inquire). For dangerous cargo the dangerous cargo papers must be provided and approved at the time the booking is placed. Please ask our Customer Service team for exact details.

In addition, the following local surcharges may apply to both import and exports:

Local surcharges- Switzerland Currency Amount Application basis
Cancellation Fee EUR 150 BoL
Certificate EUR 35 BoL
Change of Destination USD 300 Container
Detention in Transit (admin fee - not incl. day rent) USD 250 Container
Late Arrival Fee EUR 50 BoL
Manual Documentation Processing Fee EUR 20 BoL
Multi stop EUR 50
Container
Pick-Up/Drop-Off EUR Differs per depot Container
Telex release EUR 35 BoL
Transport Documentation Amendment Fee EUR
Depends on POD and status import manifest BoL

 

Manual Documentation Fee

From November 1st 2016, all shipping instruction submissions for your shipments must be submitted through My.Seagoline.com or any other online platform (EDI, INTTRA etc.).

In case that you still wish to submit the shipping instructions manually, a Manual Documentation Fee (MDF) is applied.

The Manual Documentation Fee will be: 25 USD / bill of lading

Demurrage / Detention / Free time

Demurrage Import

Demurrage starts with gate-in date (included) and ends with gate-out day (included) from terminal.

Free time and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. Start date and end date are included in the calculation.

Notes:

  • Demurrage is including terminal storage costs and plug-in fees.
  • Demurrage is invoiced based on cargo type.
  • Special equipment, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment will always follow reefer free time and tariff.
  • IMO cargo in DRY container follows IMO rates. IMO cargo in active REEF or special equipment follows rate of REEF or special equipment respectively.
  • Shipper’s Own Container is considered as equivalent to corresponding container type.
  • NOR equipment follows rate of DRY equipment.
  • High cube and 9’6’’ equipment is considered equal to 8’6’’ equipment.
  • For special deals: Please bear in mind that the calculation method of charges for special deals (free time granted > tariff free time) is ‘progressive’ and the leadoff rate slap(s) will be reduced by the number of days in excess of tariff free time.

 

Dry containers (inland terminal)

20' DRY 40'DRY
Day 1-5 Free Free
Day 6-12 60 EUR 75 EUR
Day 13-19 75 EUR 120 EUR
Day 20 onwards 130 EUR 180 EUR

 

Refrigerated containers and special equipment (inland terminal)

20' REEF AND SPECIAL 40'REEF AND SPECIAL
Day 1-4 Free Free
Day 5-11 120 EUR 140 EUR
Day 12-18 150 EUR 180 EUR
Day 19 onwards 210 EUR 260 EUR

 

IMO containers (inland terminal)

20' IMO 40'IMO
Day 1-4 Free Free
Day 5-11 120 EUR 140 EUR
Day 12-18 150 EUR 180 EUR
Day 19 onwards 210 EUR 260 EUR

 

Detention import

Detention starts with gate-out full day (included) and ends with gate-in empty day (included) at terminal.

Free time and charges per container per calendar day (i.e. including week-ends and holidays) after freetime expires. Start date and end date are included in the calculation.

 

Notes:

  • Detention is invoiced based on equipment type. Detention for IMO : Please check DRY, REEF or SPECIAL charge table below.
  • Special equipment, such as Flat Racks and Open Top equipment will always follow reefer free time and tariff.
  • Detention is invoiced based on tariff of empty return country.
  • High cube and 9’6’’ equipment is considered equal to 8’6’’ equipment.
  • For special deals: Please bear in mind that the calculation method of charges for special deals (free time granted > tariff free time) is ‘progressive’ and the leadoff rate slap(s) will be reduced by the number of days in excess of tariff free time.

 

Dry containers

Pick-up per Truck

20' DRY 40'DRY
Day 1-4 Free Free
Day 5-11 45 EUR 55 EUR
Day 12-18 65 EUR 85 EUR
Day 19 onwards 75 EUR 95 EUR

 

Pick-up per Rail/Barge

 

20' DRY 40'DRY
Day 1-10 Free Free
Day 11-17 45 EUR 55 EUR
Day 18-24 65 EUR 85 EUR
Day 25 onwards 75 EUR 95 EUR

 

Refrigerated containers and special equipment

Pick-up per Truck

20' REEF and SPECIAL 40'REEF and SPECIAL
Day 1-4 Free Free
Day 5-11 85 EUR 105 EUR
Day 12-18 105 EUR 130 EUR
Day 19 onwards 115 EUR 140 EUR

 

Pick-up per Rail/Barge

20' REEF and SPECIAL 40'REEF and SPECIAL
Day 1-10 Free Free
Day 11-17 85 EUR 105 EUR
Day 18-24 100 EUR 130 EUR
Day 25 onwards 115 EUR 140 EUR

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