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Container shipping Antwerp to Sharjah

Would you like to ship a container from Antwerp to Sharjah (AESHJ)? Sea freight offers many opportunities: it is suitable to ship large volumes for low prices, it is economical and it has live tracking. Shipping a container with sea freight such as ro-ro or furniture can be outsourced to e.g. Arkas Container Transport. You can book all kind of containers. There is made a difference between (FCL) Full Container Load and (LCL) and partial shipments. Via our transport specialists you will get actual information regarding international transport Sharjah (AE SHJ). We offer extensive information about how to choose a suitable container for your freight. For this we offer a step-by-step import plan. Mail us with your needs and we get you a quote with an attractive price and fast transit time.

  • Ocean shipping is a good, trustworthy and relatively cheap way to ship your goods to the other side of the world.
  • Advantages compared to air freight: you have lower costs and more time for document processing.
  • Sea freight is ideal for international relocations and transporting roll on/roll off or consumer goods.
  • The Port of Sharjah is a frequently chosen port in United Arab Emirates.
  • You can choose from many types and sizes of containers: 20 FT, 40 FT, 40FT HC and Flat Rack, Hard-Top, Dry Van, Tank, Refrigerated, Open-Top containers.

Shipping to Sharjah (AESHJ) from Antwerp (BEANR)

shipping container from port antwerp to port of Sharjah

Ocean freight shipping is the container freight transportation of cargo by shipping lines. Your goods are loaded into the container. The freight forwarder will arrange the container. A shipping vessel will be ready for your goods at the port of origin Sharjah (AE SHJ), and will be shipped by sea to the agent at the port of destination. They provide you options like door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-port. In the next section you can read different kind of info about the port of delivery.

Port of departurePort of Antwerp (BEANR)
Country of departureBelgium
Port of destinationPort of Sharjah
Country of destinationUnited Arab Emirates
Port CodeAESHJ
Transit Time+/- 28 days
Shipping prices$$
Port addressP.O Box 510, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Telephone number971-6-5281666

Freight Forwarder Antwerp – port of Sharjah

  1. Cargo details

    Enter the port of departure and destination of shipment. Also indicate whether you choose full containers (FCL) or a partial filled container (LCL). You can choose from a small or large container (20 ft, 40 ft of 40 ft high cube).

  2. Packing the freight

    To begin, ensure the freight is properly packaged. To transport the cargo in good condition, it is best to pack the freight on pallets. Make sure your cargo is labelled correctly.

  3. Common Export Documents

    In the situations that you export goods to Sharjah (AESHJ), you need to share relevant export documents (for fast customs clearance): export/import customs declaration, bill of lading, certificates of origin, packing declaration, commercial invoice. A Bill of Lading is a document released by a shipping agency or carrier to the shipper to acknowledge that they have received the goods and that they are ready to be shipped.

  4. Agree on the conditions (Incoterms)

    Incoterms are relevant for traders to define obligations, costs, and risks involved in the delivery of goods. The Incoterm states who will pay for things like transit, insurance and customs clearance. These are the most commonly chosen terms in sea freight: Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Free On Board (FOB).

  5. Track your cargo

    Use the track and trace service to check where your freight is at this moment. You can see 24/7 when the vessel is registered at the POO (port of load), arrived at Port of Discharge (POD) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Sharjah (AESHJ) to Antwerp (BEANR): find a suitable container

You need to ship a container from port of Sharjah – (AE SHJ) to port of Antwerp – (BE ANR)? It is necessary to ask an appropriate container. There are different sizes (20 foot, 40 foot) and different terms and conditions (FCL shipment or LCL shipping). Many shipping lines operate on this route. The port has a good connection with surrounding cities. In the following summary we help you choose the right type and provide info about the most popular types in the maritime industry. We are happy to provide you with more information about Container types.

from harbor Sharjah AE SHJ to antwerp BE ANR

Information and benefits of 20ft container

20-foot containers (sometimes also called dry van) is the most versatile container type. They are very efficient, which give you lower handling and shipping costs. Very suitable for the transport of personal effects and movings. Good to know: 1 TEU is equivalent to 1 20 feet long container.

  • A very popular box for transporting goods by means of shipping.
  • A 20-foot container has a surface area of: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • You can use 11 pallets on one tier.
  • You must take into account a maximum permitted weight of +/- 27.000 kg.

Information and benefits of 40 ft container

A 40 foot container is widely used on (standard) ships. You can pack a lot of cargo in this. This makes it an excellent choice for transporting bulk goods by sea. Also, there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ variant. This is one foot taller than a regular 40 ft. This makes them particularly useful for niche applications.

  • They are ideal for big shipments.
  • The format is universal: L – 12.05M · W – 2.35M · H – 2.23M.
  • The 40’ft container can hold up to 24 EU pallets.
  • The max. weight is limited to +/- 28.600 kg.

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Information about FCL containers

When you want to ship large quantities of goods, than you can reserve your own full container. Transport specialists call this Full Container Load (FCL). All cargo space is used exclusively for you. The benefits are great: efficient transit time, less potential for damage and and it is cheaper per unit. Important to mention: it is not suitable for small cargo and it is hard to book during peak season. Another departure port? Also check Rotterdam to Sharjah (AESHJ) or Hamburg to Sharjah (AESHJ).

  • What we mean by FCL is that an exporter is fully booking one or more shipping containers.
  • Very suitable for goods with a large dimension.
  • It is cheaper when the shipment uses more than 10 pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. ONE, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, Maersk, MSC.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of LCL containers?

With a small freight, aks our freight forwarders to possibilities for a shared container. Logistics experts treat that as a LCL (Less Than Container Load) agreement. The concept of LCL is that you pay per m3 or per metric ton for space inside a complete container. There are many benefits like: for smaller loads, it is way cheaper than a full container, the handling and insurance costs are limited and it offers consistent weekly sailing schedules for sea freight. Pay attention: once you have more than half a container worth of goods, then FCL is probably a more favorable choice. The shipping rates are based on number of pieces, weight, volume, packaging.

  • The premise of LCL is that your cargo will be placed into a partial container.
  • For low-volume shipments of between 2,5 m3 and 14,5 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you are using.
  • There is always sufficient availability (every season).
  • Available at: e.g. Evergreen, Yang Ming, ZIM, POL, Wan Hai.

Alternative container types

There exist a lot of box-types for ocean transport. There is a suitable solution for every type of cargo. The most popular version is of course the Dry van. But there are also specific options for oil or petroleum, grain, flour, or very exclusive stuff. We give a short explanation below. You can also look further at transport options in Fujairah (AEFJR), port of Riyadh (SARUH), Sokhna (EGSOK) harbor and terminal Alexandria (EGALY).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transport of foodstuffs or bulk such as like grain and ore.
  • Flat Rack Containers: it is flat and cargo can be loaded either from the sides or from the top.
  • Hard-Top Containers: the latter has a removable roof due to which the door header can be pivoted outside.
  • High-Cube Containers: perfect when some extra height is required.
  • Insulated Containers: for transporting goods with the need of low temperature for a short distance.
  • Open-Top Containers: the top is open and is covered with a strong rubber tarpaulin rather than a solid roof.
  • Palletwide Containers: ideal for transporting euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are used for goods which need to be transported at a constant temperature.
  • Tank Containers: ideal for transport and distribution of bulk liquids.
  • Ventilated Containers: used to transport cargo with good moisture contents which requires ventilation while transit.

Freight types: what do you want to transport by sea?

Exporting load by ocean from Antwerp (BEANR) to Sharjah (AESHJ) has lots of advantages: attractive prices, high sea vessel load capacity and very flexible. The most important ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: break bulk, containerized, dry bulk, liquid bulk, roll on/roll off. Below we tell you everything about it.

  • Car shipping: it saves money and time to to have your vehicle shipped.
  • House Moving: have your personal items sent for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): have your household effects transported with great care.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. hydrogen, kerosene, gasoline, biofuels, petroleum, diesel.
  • Dry Bulk: iron ore, coal, grain and things like sand, plates, lumber, coils.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessel type used for the transportation of cars and other automobiles.
  • Breakbulk: common method used to successfully transport cargo or goods that cannot fit in standard-size shipping.
  • Retail & other: cargo like sports equipment, clothes, medical/pharmacy, electronic goods, art and antiques & food, shoes, drinks, fashion, machines.

FAQ: frequently asked questions and answers regarding international transport

How long does it take for a container ship to go from Antwerp to Sharjah?

Shipping a container from Antwerp (BE) to Sharjah takes around 28 days. The total distance is about 6800 nautical miles (nmi). Converted that is 12594 kilometers. In case of sea freight, you will receive updates about the ETD and ETA. ETD means the Expected or Estimated Time of Departure. ETA It is the date and time that the vessel has been scheduled to arrive into port. The exact shipping time has several factors: displacement of the vessel, sea weather condition and port inspection.

How much does it cost to ship a container to Sharjah (AESHJ)?

Shipping rates from Antwerp (Belgium) to Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) are average. The total cost is determined by various features such as type of goods transported, period of the year and exchange rates. We invite you to contact us for the best rates and current transit times.

Which customs documents do I need for a shipment?

When shipping goods to Sharjah, then you should also think about customs clearance. The following documents should be provided: Import/export Licenses, Commercial Invoice, Packing List, Insurance Certificate, Letter of Credit, Certificate of Origin. If you are not sure whether you will be charged extra or not, you can contact the customs of United Arab Emirates or check the official website for more info (

What Incoterm should i use?

Incoterms are a widely used system to define, simplify and clarify transactions between an exporter and an importer. The two most popular Incoterms rules in maritime shipping are FOB and CIF. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the exporting party bears responsibility for the transportation to the destination port of the buyer’s choosing. Content of a Free on Board (FOB) contract: the seller is responsible for the entire logistics process for delivering and loading the product onto the ship. Other commonly used Incoterms 2000 are e.g. Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Free Carrier (FCA), Ex Works (EXW), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) & Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Delivered At Place (DAP), Cost and Freight (CFR).

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