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Container shipping Hamburg to Guangzhou

Are you looking for ways to ship a container from Hamburg to Guangzhou (CNCAN)? Sea freight offers many opportunities: you can ship large volumes at low costs, it is flexible much more environmental friendly than air freight. Transporting a container by sea with dry bulk or machinery can be arranged by shipping companies such as Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation. There are many different sizes and types of shipping containers. You have to choose between (FCL) Full Container Load and (LCL) Less Container Load. Via this website we give dedicated information for international transport Guangzhou (CN CAN). We provide you with useful information about the different types and ways of sea freight. Further on you can read a step-by-step import plan. Describe what you want to transport and you will get a competitive quote with market prices.

  • Ocean shipping is a quick, trustworthy and affordable way to ship heavy and bulky goods.
  • Compared to air transport, you have lower costs and more time for document processing.
  • Sea freight provides services for international movings and importing container cargo or cars.
  • The Port of Guangzhou is one of the biggest ports of China.
  • Frequently used containers types are: twenty footers, forty footers and Insulated, Dry Van, Flat Rack, Open-Top, Ventilated, Tank containers.

Shipping to Guangzhou (CNCAN) from Hamburg (DEHAM)

shipping container from port hamburg to port of Guangzhou

Ocean freight shipping is the most economical mode of global transportation. Your articles are packed tightly in a container. The freight forwarder (the middleman) sends the location details to you. Your goods are loaded into the shipping vessel at the port of departure Guangzhou (CN CAN), and will be shipped overseas to the customs at the arrival harbour. They offer solutions like port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door. In the next section we share important information about the port of discharge.

Port of departurePort of Hamburg (DEHAM)
Country of departureGermany
Port of destinationPort of Guangzhou
Country of destinationChina
Port CodeCNCAN
Transit Time+/- 48 days
Shipping rates$
Port address531 Gangqian Road Huangpu District Guangzhou, Guangdong 510000 China
Phone– not available –

Freight Forwarder Hamburg – port of Guangzhou

  1. Information about your freight

    Enter the origin of shipment and the arrival port. Also indicate whether you prefer (FCL) full containers or a partial filled container (LCL). You can also choose the size of the container (20-ft, 40-ft of a high cube).

  2. Preparing the cargo

    Firstly, your load need to be prepared in the right way. To ensure that the cargo remains in good condition, we advise you to use pallets. For correct handling you must also label all goods.

  3. Customs documents and procedures

    If you are going to transport cargo to Guangzhou (CNCAN), you will need up-to-date export documents (on behalf of national customs): certificates of origin, bill of lading, packing declaration, packing list, commercial invoice. A Bill of Lading is a document or contract provided by a carrier to a shipper confirming goods were received in an acceptable condition and that the load is prepared for shipping.

  4. Determine the desired Incoterm

    Incoterms are the terms used in international shipping to define the seller’s and buyer’s responsibilities. The Incoterm defines who is responsible for, for example, the cost and risk of transportation, insurance, duties payable and clearing customs. These are the most commonly chosen terms in sea freight: Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Live tracking of the shipment

    Use the Ocean Shipment Tracking to see where your shipment is right now. You will get a notification when the freight has been departed from Port of Loading, has been transferred to the POD (port of destination) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Guangzhou (CNCAN) to Hamburg (DEHAM): find a container that suits your cargo

You received an order and want to ship a container from port of Guangzhou – (CN CAN) to port of Hamburg – (DE HAM)? It is important to find the right container type. They are available in different sizes (20ft & 40ft) and all kind of container conditions (FCL shipment or LCL shipment). Well-known shipping lines are China Shipping, Evergreen, MOL. Well-known cities around the harbor are Guangzhou, Foshan, Daliang, Huangpu, Xiaolan, Humen, Jiangmen, Shilong, Licheng, Zhongshan, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Shaping, Lubu, Zhuhai, Sanbu, Taicheng, Luoyang, Shenzhen, Huizhou. In the paragraph below you will find useful information about the most common sizes and types. Also click further for information about Ocean Freight.

from harbor Guangzhou CN CAN to hamburg DE HAM

Advantages of a 20 FT container

20 FT containers (also known as dry van) are one of the most used container types. They are relatively easy to ship, that means they are quite cheap. Suitable for different kinds of storage including personal effects and removals. Pro tip: TEU is equal to 1 20 Foot container.

  • This box is a very suitable choice for sending goods with transport ships.
  • A 20-foot container know the following size description: 6,06 x 2,44 x 2,59.
  • Usually, 9-11 pallets are able to fit in one TEU.
  • In terms of weight load, the following applies: +/- 27.800 kilogram.

Details of a 40 ft container

The 40 foot container is the big brother of the 20 foot model. Many types of goods can be shipped within these boxes. All this makes it a very effective means for shipping large sea freight. Tip: there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ version. This is one foot taller than a regular 40 ft. This ensures that your cargo/goods can be loaded higher.

  • They are ideal for big shipments.
  • It has the following dimensions: 12,2 x 2,44 x 2,59 meter.
  • 1 FEU fit up to 20 Standard Pallets, and 24 Euro Pallets.
  • Maximum load is about +/- 28.200 kilogram.

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Details about Full Container (FCL)

If your goods don’t fit in a small (shared) container, then a full container is often worth it. Freight forwarders then refer to it as FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t need to share your container with anyone else. The benefits are great: optimal transit time, limited chance of damage and it’s more cost-effective. There are of course also drawbacks: it is not efficient for small cargo types and it is harder to unload the FCL shipment. Sending the sea freight from another port? Also see Antwerp to Guangzhou (CNCAN) and Rotterdam to Guangzhou (CNCAN).

  • The premise of FCL is that the whole container is intended for one shipper.
  • Ideal for cargo with tight delivery schedules.
  • Economically viable when the shipment occupies 15 m3 or more.
  • Available at: e.g. CMA CGM, ONE, COSCO, MSC, Maersk.

When do i need a Less than container Load (LCL)?

If your cargo does not fill a whole ocean freight container, you can ship it in a shared container with other shipments. Transport specialists call this Less Than Container Load (LCL). The concept of LCL is that shipments from various parties are combined to fill up one container. There are many positive aspects to mention like: you will share all costs with the other suppliers, you spend less on inventory warehousing space and it is faster during peak-season. Notable: if you can fill more than half of a container, then it is usually more interesting to opt for FCL. LCL cost is calculated by number of pieces, weight, volume, packaging.

  • What we mean by LCL is that you reserve space in a partial container.
  • An excellent choice for cargo volumes between 2 m3 – 13,5 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you need in a shipping.
  • Easier to book during peak season.
  • Available at: e.g. HMM, Wan Hai, Evergreen, ZIM, POL.

Special containers for special freight

The range of boxes is very diverse for transporting your cargo. Each type of cargo needs a different solution. The Dry van is suitable for many common goods. There are specially developed transport options for oil, petroleum, and freshwater, wheat, barley and cocoa or other special goods. You can read all about it in the section below. You can also look further at transport options in Shanghai (CNSHA), port of Barcelona (ESBCN), Liverpool (GBLIV) harbor and terminal Puerto Cortes (HNPCR).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transport of foodstuffs or bulk such as grain and coal.
  • Flat Rack Containers: versatile containers that make it possible for you to ship unique cargo.
  • Hard-Top Containers: have a steel roof instead of a tarp.
  • High-Cube Containers: are used to carry lightweight, high volume cargo (with extra height).
  • Insulated Containers: for shipping of products that need to be maintained at specific temperatures.
  • Open-Top Containers: enables oversized cargo such as timber and scrap metal to be loaded from the top.
  • Palletwide Containers: specially designed to accommodate more number of Euro-pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are ideal for moving temperature-sensitive cargo.
  • Tank Containers: a cylindrical-shaped container primarily made of stainless steel.
  • Ventilated Containers: is used for cargo which needs ventilation.

Main types of ocean freight: which items do you want to transport by sea?

Importing load by sea from Hamburg (DEHAM) to Guangzhou (CNCAN) has many benefits: attractive pricing, particularly interesting for bulk cargo and eco-friendly. The main categories of ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: roll on/roll off, break bulk, liquid bulk, neo bulk, dry bulk. Below you will find a brief summary.

  • Car shipping: it saves money and time to to have your vehicle shipped.
  • House Moving: get your private goods shipped for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped in a fast and secure manner.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. gasoline, hydrogen, chemicals, kerosene, petroleum, diesel.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, coal, iron ore but also sand, coils, plates, salt.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessel type used for the transportation of cars and other automobiles.
  • Breakbulk: relates to trades where the cargoes are carried in unitized form.
  • Retail & other: freight like art and antiques, electronic goods, medical/pharmacy, toys, clothes + drinks, fashion, machines, food, furniture.

FAQ: questions and answers about international transport

How long does it take to ship from Hamburg to Guangzhou?

Shipping a container from Hamburg (DE) to Guangzhou takes approximately 48 days. The ship has to cover a distance of about 11300 nautical miles (nmi). This is roughly equivalent to 20928 km. In case of sea freight, you will receive updates about the ETD and ETA. ETD stands for Estimated time of departure of the ship or truck. ETA is the date that the shipment arrives in the destination country. The exact shipping time depends on condition of the hull, the sea conditions and delay at the port.

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container to Guangzhou (CNCAN)?

Shipping rates from Hamburg (Germany) to Guangzhou (China) are relatively cheap. The final invoice amount is determined by various ingredients such as cargo volume and weight, shipping route and supply and demand. Send us a message for current rates and transit times.

Which customs documents do I need for a shipment?

When you are exporting goods to Guangzhou, then the customs clearance will also pass. You will need the following documentation: Bill of Lading, Import/export Licenses, Packing List, Insurance Certificate, Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice. For additional information, then we advise you to contact the customs of China or surf to the official website where you can read a lot of info (

What is the best Incoterm for my shipment?

The Incoterms decide which party will cover insurance fees for the shipment. The most commonly used Incoterms are FOB and CIF. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the seller arranges the costs of transporting the cargo to the required port. With Free on Board (FOB), we mean that 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. Ex Works (EXW), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Free Alongside Ship (FAS) + Cost and Freight (CFR), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Delivered At Place (DAP).

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