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Shipping a container from Hamburg (DEHAM)

Are you interested in a way to ship container sea freight from Hamburg to the rest of the world? Sea freight has many advantages: you can ship heavy cargo for a good price, you have low maintenance costs and it is trustworthy. Transporting containers with freight like refrigerated cargo or vehicles is easy with shippinglines like MSC or Evergreen. Freight forwarders offer all kind of containers. An important point of attention is (FCL) Full Container Load and Less Container Load (LCL). Via our transport agents we provide accurate information about ocean freight from Hamburg (Germany). We share up-to-date information about the ways in which you can transport cargo by sea. For this we offer a step-by-step export plan. Provide us with your transport details and get a quote with a competitive rate.

  • Ocean shipping is a good, secure and inexpensive way to ship your goods to anywhere in the world.
  • Compared to air freight, there are fewer restrictions and it is far cheaper.
  • Sea freight is excellent for international relocations and shipping dry bulk or bikes.
  • The Port of Hamburg is an important port in Germany and also a big player within Europe Sea Freight Market. 
  • Commonly container types are: standaard 20 ft, 40 ft and 40 HC and Hard-Top, Insulated, Flat Rack, Open-Top, Refrigerated, Tank containers.

Sea Freight shipping Hamburg (Germany)

Ocean freight shipping is a reliable way of large-volume transportation. Your articles are loaded into the container. The middleman (freight forwarder) ensures that a container is ready. The freight goes by truck to the shipping vessel at the port of departure Hamburg, and will be transported by sea to the terminal at the destination harbor. You need to make a choose out of: port-to-door, door-to-door, port-to-port, door-to-port. In the next section you will find practical information about the POD (Port Of Destination).

PortnamePort of Hamburg
Port CodeDEHAM
Phone+49-40 / 37 709 -0
AddressMattentwiete 2, Hamburg D – 20457, Germany
Annual Cargo Tonnage150 million tonnes
Annual Container Volume9.000.000 TEU

Popular Destination Ports

Do you want to send sea freight from Hamburg? Here we show some populair ocean sea freight routes starting from Hamburg to the rest of the world. Please select one of the routes for more information and an indication of shipping time and costs. 

Sending Sea Freight From Hamburg

  1. Freight Details

    Enter the departing port and the POD (port of destination). Determine your container terms: (FCL) Full Container Load or a container with combined cargo (LCL). You can also choose the size of the container (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Cargo preparations

    Primarily, make sure your goods are tightly packaged. To ensure that the cargo remains in good condition, it is a good idea to use pallets. Your cargo must also be easily recognizable with labels.

  3. Customs documents and procedures

    In the situations that you export goods from Hamburg, you should organize several export documents (on behalf of national customs): packing list, commercial invoice, export/import customs declaration, packing declaration, bill of lading. A Bill of Lading is a document or electronic invoice issued by a Carrier to a 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 agree on the most important contractual terms and obligations for global trade. The Incoterm defines who is responsible for e.g transport, insurance and duty related matters. Frequently used incoterms are Ex Works (EXW), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Online Container & Freight Tracking System

    Use cargo tracking to check where your load is right now. You can get a sms or mail when the load is departed from POL (Port of loading), has been transferred to the POD (port of destination) and when it has arrived at the final destination.

LCL and FCL Shipping From Hamburg, Germany

FCL Shipping from Hamburg

If your cargo is so large that you can fill an entire container, then you can book your own full container. Transport specialists call this Full Container Load (FCL). There is no need to share it with other shippers. There are many pluses: faster transit time, less potential for damage and the rates are more favorable. Pay attention to the disadvantages: it is expensive for small loads and insurance is more expensive. 

  • FCL means that the whole container is intended for one shipper.
  • Used by all major manufacturers and shipping companies.
  • Relevant when you are sending more than 15 m3.

LCL Container shipping from Hamburg

If your cargo does not fill a whole ocean freight container, then your cargo will be combined with other cargo. You choose a LCL (Less Than Container Load) contract. LCL Means that means that you only pay for the space you need in a shipping container. There are multiple advantages: you’re only charged for the space you are using, storage and insurance is advantageous and lower sourcing risk. Notable: once you have more than half a container worth of goods, then FCL is probably your best bet. The shipping costs are calculated on the basis of the volume in m3 and the weight of the freight.

  • The concept of LCL is that you make use of a partial container for the transportation.
  • A suitable choice for transport with a size between 4 m3 – 15 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you need in a shipping.
  • Can be booked via practical all shipping lines.

FAQ: current topics around international transport

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container from Hamburg?

Shipping rates from Hamburg (Germany) to International ports are between $400 and $6.000. The total price tag is determined by various components as type of goods transported, season and the Incoterms you have agreed on. Feel free to contact us for additional information, transit time and current rates.

Which customs documents do I need to provide?

When you are sending goods from Hamburg, then there are some important customs clearance documents. The following documents need to be in place for effective and easy customs clearance. Letter of Credit, Insurance Certificate, Commercial Invoice, Import/export Licenses, Packing List, Certificate of Origin. For more substantive information and tips then we advise you to contact the locals customs.

Which Incoterm is the best to choose for?

The incoterms define the role between seller and buyer at an international transaction. For sea transportation, we usually use FOB and CIF. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the exporter bears responsibility for the cost and freight of bringing the goods to the named port of destination. The meaning of Free on Board (FOB) is the seller takes care of the goods until they are loaded on a shipping vessel. Other Incoterms 2000 you can choose from are: Ex Works (EXW), Free Carrier (FCA), Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) & Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Cost and Freight (CFR).