Connecting Belarus to the world

MSC has been helping customers to ship cargo to and from Belarus since 2007.

With its excellent intermodal network, MSC Belarus offers unique, direct connections across the region and moves more than 10,000 TEU of cargo per year via the ports of Klaipeda (LT), Riga (LV) and Odessa (UA).  

Contact our  team to request a quote, book or find out more about our local services


Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is demurrage? 
Demurrage is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, from discharge date until empty return at port terminal or nominated by MSC local inland depot.  

What is Per Diem? 
Per Diem is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s container (full or empty) outside the marine terminal, rail ramp or container yard.   

What are storage charges? 
A storage charge is applicable, after the free time expires, for containers left inside the POL/POD terminal. 

SOLAS VGM information for Belarus

 What is VGM?
Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified. 

In line with SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) regulations, all marine terminals are now allowed to use their certified scales to record Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of shipments.  

How can I submit my VGM instructions? 
- myMSC (Free of Charge)  
- EDI (via INTTRA)  
- Manually (via INTTRA)  
- Email: (note: the email will only be monitored for VGM declarations) 

Guidelines for submitting your VGM instructions 
Shipper - Verified Gross Mass (VGM) must be received before vessel cut-off in POL.  

MSC admin fees and costs  
- Manual VGM Submission Fee (applies in form of official letter or weighting act from Shipper/FWD): 30 EURO per container.  
- VGM Misdeclaration Fee: as per POL/POD, transshipment ports tariffs. 

Prohibited cargo

- Used tyres 
- Designated ozone-depleting substances (ODS) 
- Certain hazardous wastes and pesticides 
- Special fishing tools 
- Harp seal products 
- Certain arms and ammunition 
- Printed and audiovisual material threatening the political and economic interests of the member states of the Customs Union and their citizens 

Though the above items are the only ones prohibited, there are a number of goods that are heavily restricted. For more information, see the links below. 

- Illegal drugs 
- Guns, explosives and ammunition - unless permitted 
- Knives and deadly weapons 
- Radioactive or hazardous materials 
- Plant or plant products - unless permitted 
- Pets and animals - unless permitted 
- Counterfeit money and goods 
- Pornographic material 

For full details of prohibited cargo in Belarus please visit the following sites: 

Import and export regulations:  

List of terminals 

Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from the following ports and terminals

 Port of Loading  Terminal
 Klaipeda   SMELTE


What we offer in Belarus

We are an active member of the Belarusian Association of International Freight Forwarders (BAIF), and we confirm this status from year to year for a high degree of professionalism in the international freight forwarding market. 

We have a valid ISO 9001 certificate, which is a guarantee of high-quality forwarding and logistics services for our agency's clients.  

We follow the principles and international standards of environmental protection, we save paper and think about whether it is necessary to print this or that document before printing. We try to use digital document management as much as possible. 

We rationally use electricity and water, we use office equipment with maximum energy efficiency ratings of A +++. 

We provide our employees with favorable working conditions, this allows us to achieve the highest performance indicators.  

Container Weighing (VGM)

All MSC local offices provide certified scales to record and verify container weight (verified gross mass or VGM) in line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. VGM instructions are mandatory for all shipments for safety reasons and vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been appropriately verified. Contact your local MSC team for more information and support. 
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