Maersk Customs Services in Germany

Our Maersk Customs Services can help you with the complexities of border controls and customs regulations. For import and export cargos. At both - origin and destination.

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Please contact our customer service representative to include one of our Maersk Customs Service products in your supply chain.

Core product

Import customs clearance

Standard Full Customs Declaration, paying Duty & VAT upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of the cargo for onward delivery.

  • Import customs clearance
  • Export customs clearance
  • Transit documents

Export customs clearance

Standard Declaration to Customs to gain permission to load the vessel & be exported outside of the EU.

Port Filing (Hafenanmeldung)

  • BHT (BHV-Terminal)
  • WHT (WHV-Terminal)
  • Z-No. (HAM-Terminal)

Transit documents

A transit document allows the free movement of containers through European territories, suspending the payment of Duty and VAT until the destination.

  • T1
  • T2L (EU origin) issuing + clearance

Additional Maersk Customs Services

  • Customs Quick Health Scan – A high level risk & control assessment of the customers business highlighting potential gaps and providing support and solutions where required.
  • Peak Volume Management Programme – Assistance with daily Maersk Customs Services activities when the customer needs it most.
  • Origin and Free Trade Agreements – Awareness & guidance on FTA’s & preferential origins.
  • Classification Management – An overview of current Classification Databases or a Full End-to-end Reclassification Programme from our trained specialists.

Costs will vary depending on the type of business, size & requirement – please refer enquiries to Maersk.

What is required to complete Maersk Customs Services?

Signed Power of Attorney (POA)

Signed by the buyer & on Company Letter Headed paper. This grant’s permission for Maersk to complete MCS on behalf of the buyer and provides the required details to enable internal account creation.

Mandatory documents required:

  • Signed POA
  • Commercial invoice(s)
  • Packing list(s)
  • Classification Number / HS code

EORI number

The buyer must have a valid EORI and VAT number to hold a solid audit trail with customs authority and tax office & to be eligible to claim back any potential VAT paid.

Additional documents (where applicable)*

  • Copy of the Bill of Lading
  • Licences
  • Health Certificates
  • Preference Certificates

* Originals to be submitted to Maersk where necessary

Product Portfolio Maersk MCS – Germany (under legal entity Maersk Germany GmbH)

  • Import customs clearance
  • T1 / Transit Document (NCTS)
  • T2L Clearance
  • Export customs clearance (MRN)
  • Port Filing / Export Customs Port Release (BHT, WHT, Z-Nr, PortBase, APCS)
  • Fiscal customs clearance
  • Inward + Outward Processing (Aktive + Passive Veredelungen)
  • Veterinary Clearance (for Import and Transshipment)
  • Phytosanitary Clearance
  • BLE Clearance (Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food)
  • Customs physical inspection at warehouse
  • VGM / Container weighing
  • Special clearances as per request
  • Port Services individual for Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven

For Abbreviations & Explanations, please check shipping terms.





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