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Connecting Spain to the world

MSC has been helping customers to ship their cargo to and from Spain since 1982. Today, with more than 14 offices spread throughout the country, we are present in the main Spanish ports but also in major inland hubs such as Madrid, Zaragoza and Seville. In addition, we offer ro-ro services to and from Ceuta and Melilla.

  • 19 terminals
  • 14 offices
  • 625 employees
LOCAL OFFICES INFORMATION

Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is detention?

EXPORT 

Detentions is a charge applicable on containers once free time period expires, the detentions period starts from pick up of the empty unit from terminal or designated depot until the container enters full into terminal for further shipment. This charge covers the use of the container unit.
 
What is demurrage?

EXPORT

Demurrage is the charge applicable on containers once free time period expires, the demurrage period starts as from when full unit enters port until actual ETA of designated vessel. This charge covers the use of the container unit.

IMPORT

Demurrage is the charge applicable on containers once free time period expires, the demurrage period starts as from vessel arrival at port until unit has been taken out of the premises to be delivered and unstuffed and returned empty to the designated depot or terminal. This charge covers the use of the container unit.

What are storage charges?

EXPORT

Storage is the charge applicable on containers once free time period expires, the storage period starts as from unit arrival at port until unit vessel sailing date. 

IMPORT

Storage is the charge applicable on containers once free time period expires, the storage period starts as from vessel arrival at port until unit has been taken out of the premises to be delivered and unstuffed.

 

Questions about detention, demurrage, Per Diem or storages charges?

Contact our Spain team.

 

SOLAS VGM: a new regulation for a safer supply chain 

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, since 1 July 2016, Shippers are obliged to obtain and submit in a timely manner the VGM of each shipment to the carrier. Weighing at terminal through MSC has proven to be the most agile and secure formula to comply with this law’s requirements, a service we have put at our customers’ disposal to avoid shipment rejections and/or penalties due to the lack and/or discrepancy of the VGM.

 How can I submit my VGMs?

You must include the following on all VGM instructions:

  • myMSC (Free of Charge)
  • EDI (via INTTRA; GT NEXUS; Cargo Smart)

 Questions about VGM?

Contact our Spain team.

Prohibited cargo

It is illegal to ship the following items into or out of Spain.
 
Imports

  • Brazilian pork
  • Some hazardous cargo
  • Products subject to administrative import authorizations and quota allocated by the EU: specific chemical products, radioactive materials and military material 

Exports 

  • As per guidelines of IMDG code, provisions in force & MSC Policy

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Ready to get started?

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

Call: +34 963359100
Email: ESP-info@msc.com

Customs Clearance Information

Every importer and exporter needs to have customs clearance. MSC works proactively to simplify the customs clearance process and provides you visibility on all the information needed to fullfin the import and exports documentation. 

The Spain Customs Clearance is a quick tool to find information like manifest information, manifest date, closing time, folder information, BLs date, etc., about shipments from/to Spain. 



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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Good on Hanger

If you ship clothing or textiles, you'll know that garment racks help to keep items in top condition and avoid creasing during transit. These specially designed hangers can also help to reduce packaging. At MSC, we offer an efficient and competitive garment rack installation and removal service. Contact us to find out more.
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Liquid Cargo

Streamline your liquid supply chain with MSC's complete fit & supply flexi-bag solution for door-to-door deliveries. Flexi-bags allow you to fill dry containers with up to 24,000 litres of liquid or non-hazardous chemicals, offering a safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to traditional liquid transportation methods, such as ISO tank containers.
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Fumigation

Our team of in-house forestry experts enables us to provide dedicated cargo fumigation services for the seamless shipment of wood. As a specialist in log shipments, including a long track record of shipping wood to the Far East, we provide tailored support for all of our customers, including those with specific requirements due to the bark beetle infestation in Northern Europe.
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Cargo Loading

MSC's cargo handling facilities are strategically located to ensure the efficient and timely loading of goods for export and import. We also provide cargo consolidation, loading and re-loading, packing, unpacking and cross-loading services from containers to trucks.
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Last update: 2024-05-22T20:39:00

Information for suppliers

The Company has had in 2022 an average payment period of 48 days with a payment volume of 65,599 thousand euros. The payment of 28,789 invoices for an amount of 52,196 thousand euros has been made in a period shorter than the maximum established, which represents 82% of the total invoices and 80% of the total payments made to suppliers.