Procedures for releasing cargo in Colombia - Imports
1- Release Certificate
In Colombia, cargo is released by customs and terminals under the presentation of an original bill of lading and the release certificate from the liner or agent.
In order to get the release certificate, please present to MSC Colombia port office the following documents:
- Original + copy of bill of lading.
- If a customs broker is going to perform all customs clearance and release process (customary in Colombia) a Notarized letter of authorization is required. This document must be written in the consignee's letterhead and signed by the legal representative of the company authorizing the customs broker to represent consignee in all matters related to the clearance and release of the cargo.
2- Equipment Interchange (Report) Receipt- EIR (Comodato)
EIR or "Comodato" is a document that establishes the rules and conditions of the use of MSC containers by the importers after the discharge of the cargo. It establishes the place, condition and time for the return of the units which are the property of the line.
This document is issued by the MSC office at the port of Buenaventura or Cartagena and must be signed by the consignee or authorized party before taking delivery of the cargo and the containers.
For a quicker procedure we ask you to request EIR document as soon as you have information of the arrival of the cargo (do not wait until cargo is customs cleared to request it). All you need to do is present a letter to the MSC port office requesting the EIR(s) and providing BL and container(s) number(s).
If the information originally presented changes or is wrong causing a new EIR document to be required the EIR fee has to be paid again.
Requirements of the letter request to issue the EIR document:
- Vessel and voyage
- BL number
- Name and identificacion of importer
- Port of loading, container number and place where it will be redelivered empty (city).
The EIR will be issued by MSC upon request. To pick up this document at port offices please submit the following documents:
- Copy of original BL duly endorsed (HBL if there if any, too)
- Copy of payment for all cost involved
- Copy of notarized authorization letter mentioned above from importer if a customs broker is acting on their behalf.
Pre-calculation of demurrage can be done automatically via email@example.com. Or via web on Demurrage Liquidation module
This pre-calculation will have a validity of 48 hours.
3- Printing of Original Import BLs
Please be sure your shipper have requested on MSC Origen to print originales of bl in Colombia. You can check if we have received instruction on this web.
Please note that we can only deliver OBLs at the port offices and not in other MSC local offices.
- Paid charge of USD 61 + VAT (19%) at the valid Rate of Exchange COP/USD of the day of payment
- Present notarized letter from importer authorizing a customs broker to take delivery of the the OBL
Original - Delivery Obls
Specific - Delivery Obls
When importer is not a company but a person same letter above is required with copy of ID or passport.
Official authorization sent by the MSC port of loading office requesting the issuance of the OBL.
We kindly ask you to follow all steps of the procedure to avoid delays.
4 - Exports
Exports Local Charges
- Mounting USD 24 + VAT (19%) per container.
- Late Cut off USD 125
- Doc Transfer Fee USD 61 + VAT (19%) per bl.
Printing of Original Export BLS
Please present an original notarized letter from shipper authorizing customs broker to take delivery of full set of documents.
5- Reefers conditioning
- As from April 2012 there is a charge for conditioning Reefer containers. This charge replaces presentation of Guarantee. Please pay this ammount at time of cargo release. Ammount USD 125 + VAT (19%) per container.
- Please note that as from day 4th of discharge a monitoring charge will be generated .