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

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Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is detention?
Detention is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s full container inside the marine terminal, railroad facilities or container yard. This charge can also apply while the container is undergoing Spain customs inspections, or while the cargo inside the container is being reworked for safety reasons.   

What is demurrage?
Demurrage is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, inside the terminal for the use of the land.
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 rail ramp or container yard (for the use of the land).
Questions about detention, demurrage, Per Diem or storages charges?
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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?

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Ports and terminals

Ports and terminals

MSC operates services to and from the following Spanish ports and terminals, with local teams in each location to support our customers.

 City Port/Terminal  Pier DTX Port Code   Terminal Code
 Alicante  TMS (Terminales Marítimas del Sureste)  TCA- PALACIOS SERVICIOS PORTUARIOS  ESALC  ESALCTC
Arrecife de Lanzarote  Terminal marítima de Arrecife, S.L.  TERMINAL MARITIMA DE ARRECIFE, S.L  ESACE  ESACEAA
 Almeria  J.Ronco y cia S.L. Terminal   J. RONCO Y CIA SL TERMINAL  ESLEI   ESLEIAA
 Barcelona  BEST- Barcelona Europe South Terminal   TERMINAL BEST  ESBCN  ESBCNAL
 Cadiz  Compañía Gaditana de Contenedores S.A. - CONCASA  REINA SOFIA  ESCAD  ESCADCO
Cartagena   Terminal Marítima Cartagena  TERMINAL MARÍTIMA CARTAGENA  ESCAR  ESCARAB
 Gijón  APM Terminals Gijón  APMT GIJON  ESGIJ ESGIJTC
 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  Operaciones Portuarias Canarias S.A.  OPCSA  ESLPA  LPAES
 Málaga  Noatum Container Terminal Málaga S.A.  NOATUM CONTAINER TERMINAL MALAGA   ESAGP  ESAGPTS
 Puerto del Rosario-Fuerteventura  Estibadora Majonera, S.L  ESTIBADORA MAJORERA S.L.  ESFUE ESFUEAA
 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Boluda Terminal Maritima De Tenerife SLU BOLUDA TERMINAL MARITIMA DE TENERIFE SLU  ESSCT ESSCTCA
 Valencia  M.S.C. Terminal Valencia, S.A.U.  M.S.C. TERMINAL VALENCIA  ESVLC  ESVLCMT


Prohibited cargo

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

  • 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 


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

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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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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: 2022-12-08T21:44:00