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Container shipping Hamburg to Busan

You are planning to ship a container from Hamburg to Busan (KRPUS)? Sea freight offers many opportunities: it’s perfect for heavy and bulky items, it is great for bulk goods and it is eco-friendly. Shipping a container with sea freight such as liquids or cars is very easy with e.g. Sinokor Merchant Marine. Freight forwarders offer many different types of shipping containers. There is made a difference between Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Container Load (LCL). Via our freight forwarders we provide actual information regarding international transport Busan (KR PUS). You can read practical information about the different types of sea containers. You can make use of our step-by-step export plan. Describe what you want to transport and we get you a quote with extensive pricing details.

  • Ocean shipping is a fast, sure and cost-effective way to ship heavy and bulky goods.
  • When you compare it with air shipments, you have lower costs and more time for document processing.
  • Sea freight is perfect for international relocations and importing vegetables or semi-finished goods.
  • The Port of Busan is one of the most important ports in Korea.
  • You can choose from the following containers: 20 FT, 40 FT, 40FT HC and Dry Van, Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Tank, Open-Top, Refrigerated containers.

Shipping to Busan (KRPUS) from Hamburg (DEHAM)

shipping container from port hamburg to port of Busan

Ocean freight shipping is a cost-effective option to ship goods internationally. Your products are stored in shipping containers. The freight forwarder sends the location details to you. Your goods are loaded into the shipping vessel at the departing port Busan (KR PUS), and will be shipped overseas to the consignee at the POD. You can choose for: port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door. In the attached table we share facts about the POD (Port Of Destination).

Port of departurePort of Hamburg (DEHAM)
Country of departureGermany
Port of destinationPort of Busan
Country of destinationKorea
Port CodeKRPUS
Transit Time+/- 54 days
Shipping costs$$$
Office address122, Daegyo-ro, Jung-gu, Busan 48943, Republic of Korea
Telephone number82-51-999-3000

Freight Forwarder Hamburg – port of Busan

  1. Details of your shipping

    Enter the departure port and destination of shipment. Determine your container terms: (FCL) Full Container Load or LCL (Less than Container Load). Find a container size that fits your goods (20-foot, 40-foot, or a 40-foot high cube).

  2. Pack you load

    To start with, make sure your goods are tightly packaged. To limit damage, it is best to pack the freight on pallets. Tip: make sure you have recognizable labels on the freight.

  3. Customs Documentation for Exporters

    If you ship goods to Busan (KRPUS), you will have to provide relevant export documents (for fast customs clearance): packing declaration, bill of lading, packing list, certificates of origin, commercial invoice. A Bill of Lading is a required document issued by a Carrier to a Shipper, to confirm the goods have been received in good order and that everything is ready to ship.

  4. Agree on the conditions (Incoterms)

    An incoterm is a set of rules to agree on the most important contractual terms and obligations for global trade. The Incoterm determines who is responsible for, for example, insurance, transport and all documents. Frequently used incoterms are Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Free On Board (FOB), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Follow your cargo live

    Use the Ocean Shipment Tracking to check where your shipment is right now. You can check easily when the freight has been departed from POL (Port of loading), arrived at Port of Destination (POD) and when the cargo has reached its desired final destination.

Sea freight from Busan (KRPUS) to Hamburg (DEHAM): match your cargo with container type

Would you like to ship a container from port of Busan – (KR PUS) to port of Hamburg – (DE HAM)? The first step is to pick the right container type. They are available in different sizes (20-ft, 40-ft) and different terms and conditions (LCL shipment or FCL shipment). Well-known shipping lines are APL, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen, FESCO, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, Maersk, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL, ZIM. The port offers an excellent connection to Seoul. In the section below you will find extensive information and advice about the most common sizes and types. Also click further for information about Container Insurance.

from harbor Busan KR PUS to hamburg DE HAM

Details of a 20 foot container

20 foot containers (some people call it dry van) is the most popular container size. It’s a very common and efficient size, that means they are quite cheap. Particularly suitable for the transport of household goods or international movings. Some extra info: The term “TEU” stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit.

  • This box is widely used for sending goods with transport ships.
  • A 20-foot container know the following size description: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • The container can be loaded with 11 pallets.
  • You can load it with maximum +/- 27.000 kilogram.

Explanation of the forty foot container

In addition to the small one, there is also a larger 40 foot container. Many types of goods can be shipped within these boxes. All this makes it a very effective means for shipping large sea freight. Moreover, there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ edition. You’ve got just a little extra height. Ideal for tall items.

  • The ideal means of transport for large loads.
  • The dimensions are standard: L – 12.05M · W – 2.35M · H – 2.23M.
  • It can carry between 23 and 24 Europallets in one tier.
  • The max. weight is limited to +/- 28.300 kg.

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Details about Full Container (FCL)

If you have enough goods to fill an entire container, then a full container is often worth it. Within the logistics sector this is called FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t need to share your container with anyone else. The advantages are great: Usually a faster transit time, less risk of damage during the logistics process and the rates are more favorable. There are also disadvantages: it is unsuitable for Small Packages and it can be a financial risk with a larger inventory. Transporting cargo from another port? Also see Antwerp to Busan (KRPUS) or Rotterdam to Busan (KRPUS).

  • FCL Means that means that you have the entire container space to yourself.
  • Suitable for as many small items on pallets as large goods.
  • It is cheaper when the shipment uses more than 10 pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. COSCO, ONE, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, MSC.

What is the meaning of LCL container?

If your cargo does not fill a whole ocean freight container, it is often a good idea to pick a shared container. 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 will share all costs with the other suppliers, less inventory costs & management and easy time-management and scheduling. Important: when you ship enough volume to fill more than half a container, then FCL is probably a more favorable choice. The cost of LCL is based on volume, usually in cubic meters (CBM).

  • The premise of LCL is that you make use of a partial container for the transportation.
  • For low-volume shipments of between 3 m3 & 16,5 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you are using.
  • Can be booked via practical all shipping lines.
  • Available at: e.g. Evergreen, Yang Ming, ZIM, Wan Hai, POL.

Information about other types of containers

There is a wide range of boxes for the international transport of your cargo by sea. There is a suitable solution for every type of cargo. The most common type is the Dry van. But there are also specific options for oils, wheat, barley and cocoa or other special goods. You can read all about it in the section below. We also provide more information about sea transportation to Vizag (INVIZ), port of Sharjah (AESHJ), The Ghent (BEGNE) harbor and terminal Dar es Salaam (TZDAR).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transport of foodstuffs or bulk such as grain and coal.
  • Flat Rack Containers: internationally used when the cargo cannot fit inside a standard box.
  • Hard-Top Containers: a specialized version of general dry van (with special roof).
  • High-Cube Containers: perfect for carrying larger sized cargo and storing bigger items.
  • Insulated Containers: ideal for bulk shipping and temporary storage of mixed products.
  • Open-Top Containers: e.g. for Machinery require space for their tops to stick out.
  • Palletwide Containers: specially designed for stowing large quantities of Euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: a reefer is capable of refrigeration for the transportation of temperature-sensitive and perishable cargo.
  • Tank Containers: for the transport of liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: ventilation is provided by openings in the top and bottom side rails.

Load types: What do you want to ship?

Importing load by sea from Hamburg (DEHAM) to Busan (KRPUS) is very popular because of attractive prices, best for Bulky Goods and it is much more environmentally friendly than air freight. Relevant ocean cargo categories shipped via sea routes are: dry bulk, neo bulk, liquid bulk, containerized, roll on/roll off. Below we explain some goods/cargo.

  • Car shipping: shipping your vehicle to another part of a country or the other side of the world.
  • House Moving: affordable and reliable way for international relocations.
  • Removals (Household Goods): quickly and easily ship your household effects to another city.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. gasoline, kerosene, petroleum, chemicals, hydrogen, diesel.
  • Dry Bulk: iron ore, coal, grain and things like coils, lumber, rods, sugar.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessel has facilities to enable road or rail vehicles to roll on and roll off.
  • Breakbulk: small containers of freight are unloaded from pallets and packed into the ship’s hold.
  • Retail & other: cargo like sports equipment, electronic goods, art and antiques, medical/pharmacy, clothes & machines, drinks, furniture, fashion, shoes.

All about international transport (FAQ)

What is the estimated transit time from Hamburg to Busan?

Shipping a container from Hamburg (DE) to Busan takes approximately 54 days. The total distance is about 12600 nautical miles. Converted that is 23335 km. If you choose transport by sea, you have to pay close attention to ETD and ETA. Estimated time of departure (ETD) is when the ship is estimated to leave the port. ETA is the date that the shipment arrives in the destination country. Shipping time varies from case to case and depends on factors such as: displacement of the vessel, the sea conditions and possible maintenance.

How expensive is shipping a container to Busan (KRPUS)?

Shipping rates from Hamburg (Germany) to Busan (Korea) are slightly above average. The total cost depends on various features such as cargo dimension, shipping route and the Incoterms you have agreed on. Send us a message for current rates and transit times.

Which customs documents are required for my shipment?

When you send goods to Busan, then the customs clearance will also pass. Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods: Letter of Credit, Insurance Certificate, Packing List, Import/export Licenses, Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice. For more information, please contact the customs of Korea or view the website of the port/government (

What Incoterm should i use?

Incoterms describe the commercial arrangement between the buyer and the seller. The most common terms for sea transport are FOB and CIF. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the seller pays for the cost and freight of bringing the goods to the agreed port. The meaning of Free on Board (FOB) is the selling party is fully liable for the goods until the goods are loaded on board the ship. In addition, there are other Incoterms 2000 like e.g. Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Free Carrier (FCA), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Alongside Ship (FAS) + Delivered At Place (DAP), Cost and Freight (CFR), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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