Offering reliable and efficient shipping services to and from Bolivia since 2000, we give our clients the most complete experience and connect their cargo to the world.
Below you can find information on our logistics, Documentation and intermodal procedures:
Format Letter to Release Original BLs to a third party
Delivery BLs to a third-party format letter
Ocean Freight Certificates
Bolivian Customs requests freighted Original BLs for import taxes payment. In case of un-freighted BLs, consignee could request a freight certificate.
The requirement must be sent to email@example.com with the following information:
Clause for “Cargo in Transit to Bolivia”
The clause “Cargo in transit to Bolivia” should be included in the cargo description field of the BL. This clause indicates that cargo is allowed to get into Bolivian territory.
FOR POD ARICA:
FOR POD IQUIQUE:
The arrival notice is sent to the emails registered by the client on our internal system MSCGo (https://mscgo.mscbolivia.com.bo/Authentication/Default.aspx).
For missing arrival notifications, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Print Original BLs at Destination
Import Original BLs are accepted to be printed in Bolivia. Shipper must request the Port of Loading Agency to include this instruction in the manifest.
Once the instruction is received, MSC BOLIVIA will automatically print rated Original BLs for the consignee (Bolivian Customs requests 1/3 freighted Original BL to clear the cargo).
Note: Import BLs are printed 48hrs before cargo’s arrival at Port of Discharge
Telex Release is accepted. Once this instruction is received, MSC BOLIVIA will automatically print Original BLs for the consignee. (Bolivian Customs requests the consignee to submit 1 Original freighted BL to clear the cargo).
Bolivian Customs requests Original BLs; therefore, Seaway Bills are not accepted. Shipper must request to print Original BLs at destination (MSC BOLIVIA and MSC CHILE share the same system, therefore BLs are printed automatically by Bolivia's agency)
To Order BL
Only accepted if Original BL is duly endorsed by the shipper.
Collect Payment Terms
If the customer requests payment at destination, the correct condition for Bolivian cargo is Elsewhere La Paz, Bolivia instead of Collect.
The deadline to receive amendments is 72 hours prior to the vessel's arrival at port of discharge. After that, Customs and local amendment fines will apply.
RELEASE OF THE CARGO PROCEDURE
All customers must request the release of the cargo through MSC BOLIVIA’s platform MSCGo (https://mscgo.mscbolivia.com.bo/Authentication/Default.aspx).
To request the release of the cargo, the consignee must be previously registered on the platform by submitting the requested information.
Original Bill of Lading: the submission of 1 Original Master BL is required for cargo’s release. It must be sent to any of our agencies in La Paz or Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Reception of documents at MSC Bolivia offices:
LA PAZ - 730, Julio Patiño #730, Calacoto
SANTA CRUZ – Cuarto Anillo #4200 Torre Duo Off. 19A, Equipetrol Norte
Monday to Friday
From 09:00 to 13:00 - 14:00 to 17:00
Container Reception / Depots in Bolivia
The following depots are available in Bolivia for the return of empty containers:
Authorized containers must be inspected at a Bolivian depot according to the container requirements. The container entrance to the depot will be defined after the physical inspection.
To check the availability of empty unit returns in Bolivia, please contact our agents through following channels:
For more information, please contact email@example.com
MEDLOG Bolivia offers trucking services from Arica and Iquique to different destinations in Bolivia (La Paz, Oruro, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz).
Requirements for Inland transportation assignment
Customers must complete the following requirements to fulfill the inland service:
Please contact our Intermodal staff for any have special enquires (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Print BL in Bolivia
At the request of the shipper, it is possible to print the BL in Bolivia. This can be printed only 48 working hours after the sailing date.
Bill of lading clauses
Shipper load and count, container sealed by the shipper which is said to contain what is expressly declared (only if the cargo is FCL). Clause imposed by MSC Geneva.
Express Release / Telex Release / Issuance at destination
You can proceed with as follows:
Express Release (Sea Waybill): This option allows for releasing the cargo without the OBLs presentation. This instruction must be included in the manifest and requested before the vessel’s departure, with confirmed payments and by presenting the Express Release request letter from the shipper.
The copy of the Sea Waybill can be issued as a record of this instruction.
Express Release request letter
Telex Release: This instruction is sent to POD to allow for cargo release without OBLs presentation as follows:
Telex Release request letter
Issuance at destination: This instruction is sent to POD for the issuance of 3 original BLs. Subject to costs at destination port.
This instruction will be sent as soon as all payments are received and after MSC has been provided with a letter by the shipper requesting for OBLs to be printed at destination .
Issuance at Destination request letter
Format letter for delivery of BLs to a third-party
The authorization letter should be duly completed with full details of the natural person / legal entity who will collect the BLs and signed by the consignee of the cargo.
In case of legal entity: the letter should be printed on letterhead and signed by the legal representative.
In case of natural person: the letter should be signed by the client along with the third-party client. In case of pickup or delivery authorization of BLs to foreigners, the passport number must be included in the letter, along with its copy.
The authorization letter will not be accepted if it does not fulfill the above-mentioned requirements.
Delivery of BLs to a third party
Import Local Requirements
CONTAINER RENTAL – DEMURRAGE TARIFFS
Demurrage starts the same day container is discharged.
*Demurrage is the additional charge imposed for exceeding the free time, at the discharging port's terminal. Cargo in transit to Bolivia is granted with 21 free days.
If you have any queries relating to this information, please contact your local MSC BOLIVIA agency: email@example.com
|Local Charges||Rates (USD)|
|BL Printing Fee of Original BLs at Destination||USD 65 x BL|
|Amendment Fee (after Documental Deadline)||USD 46 x BL|
|Collection fee (applies only if Ocean Freight is paid in Bolivia)||USD 25 x Cntr.|
|Delivery Order Fee (DOF - SAMC)||USD 81 x 20’ Cntr.
USD 90 x 40’ Cntr.
|GATE IN (applies only for containers to be returned in Bolivia depots)||USD 90 x 20’ Cntr.
USD 104 x 40’ Cntr.
|Additional Non-negotiable copy of BL||USD 15 x BL|
|Freight Certificate||USD 30 x BL|
|Account Re-Activation||USD 55|
Export Local Requirements
*Detention is the additional charge associated to the use of containers beyond the free time granted by the Shipping Line. All export cargo is benefited with 21 free days at origin.
Detention with client starts the day after the empty container gate out (delivered to shipper) and ends once container is delivered either to stacking, pre stacking or TPA container yard. 21 free days granted by the Carrier | Public holidays are included | Conditions apply to NOR: DV/HC conditions.
Detention at port starts the day after the container is delivered either to stacking, pre stacking or TPA container yard and ends when stacking cutoff date comes to an end. 14 free days granted by the Carrier | Public holidays are included | Conditions apply to NOR: DV/HC conditions.
Detention starts the day after the empty container gate out (delivered to shipper) and ends 2 days before the vessel´s arrival date in which the container will be loaded. 21 free days granted by the Carrier | Public holidays are included | Conditions apply to NOR: DV/HC.
NOTE: If you have any queries relating to this information, please contact your local MSC BOLIVIA agency: firstname.lastname@example.org
DOCUMENTATION CHARGES - (EFFECTIVE FROM SEP 1ST, 2021)
|Local Charges||Rate (USD)|
|Manifest Corrector Fee||USD45|
|COD Administration Fee||USD 100|
|Inspection Fee||USD 25|
|Withdrawal of Export BL||USD 55|
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.
Government approval status
The relevant authority has not issued any regulation. In case of receiving information, it will be transmitted immediately.
What to include in your VGM transmission
The following items are mandatory and must be registered for each container of every shipment:
The VGM information could be submitted by the shipper, FFWW or Port Agent.
How to submit your VGM instructions
Deadlines for sending your VGM instructions
Consider the same deadline of the stacking / Cut-off.
Administrative Fees and Costs
These fees and costs apply if any fine, local fee and/or penalties are charged to MSC. If there is any change, the booking client will be informed accordingly.
The VGM weight registered must be issued by a certified and calibrated balance, otherwise it will not be valid, and the unit would not be shipped.
We suggest coordinating the on-time delivery of VGM to both shipping line and terminal with your Port Agent.
All costs regarding the need to comply with SOLAS regulations are responsibility of the shipper.
Export Customer Service: email@example.com
IMPORTANT: client must check with Bolivian Customs and Port Authorities about import regulations and restrictions for any kind of cargo.
For full details of prohibited cargo in Bolivia please visit the following sites:
European Commission site
Import and export regulations
Tool designed for our import and export clients to self-manage:
To access the platform click here.
Information regarding cut-off time for:
Get easy access to Bill of Lading Number information to complete ISF filings with US Customs.
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Last update: 2023-03-24T21:38:00