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Container shipping Hamburg to Laem Chabang

Do you need to ship a container from Hamburg to Laem Chabang (THLCH)? Sea freight is very useful: you can ship heavy cargo for a good price, it is efficient and you can track the cargo in real time. Transporting a container by sea with break bulk or furniture is very easy with e.g. TS Lines. There are a lot of container-types. A big difference is being made between a full container just for your freight (FCL) and partial shipments (LCL). Via our portal we give dedicated information with a view to international transport Laem Chabang (TH LCH). You will find useful information about the different types and ways of sea freight. You can make use of our 5 step export plan. Describe what you want to transport and we will prepare a quote with low prices and great conditions.

  • Ocean shipping is an innovative, secure and low cost-way to transport bulk containers.
  • When we compare it to air transport, it has a better carbon footprint and it is cheaper.
  • Sea freight is an often chosen option for worldwide movings and carrying gas-based fuels or vehicles.
  • The Port of Laem Chabang is one of the most important ports in Thailand.
  • The most commonly used containers are: normal 20 & 40 foot, High Cube and Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Dry Van, Refrigerated, Ventilated, Tank containers.

Shipping to Laem Chabang (THLCH) from Hamburg (DEHAM)

shipping container from port hamburg to port of Laem Chabang

Ocean freight shipping is a cost-effective solution for shipping goods across the seas internationally. Your goods are packed in shipping containers. The freight forwarder (intermediary) will arrange the container. A truck transports the cargo to the shipping vessel at the port of Laem Chabang (TH LCH), and will be shipped overseas to the agent at the destination harbor. There are different kind of options: port-to-port, door-to-port, door-to-door, port-to-port. In the following paragraph we share important information about the port of delivery.

Port of departurePort of Hamburg (DEHAM)
Country of departureGermany
Port of destinationPort of Laem Chabang
Country of destinationThailand
Port CodeTHLCH
Transport Time+/- 44 days
Shipping prices$
Port address444 Tarua Road Klongtoey Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Phone number2269-3000

Freight Forwarder Hamburg – port of Laem Chabang

  1. Shipment details

    Enter the port of origin and the POD. Decide if you will ship a full container just for your freight (FCL) or partial shipments (LCL). You can also choose the size of the container (twenty foot, forty foot or a high cube).

  2. Pack you load

    First of all, your load need to be prepared in the right way. To prevent accidents, make sure everything is securely placed on pallets. For correct handling you must also label all goods.

  3. Customs documents and procedures

    If you ship cargo to Laem Chabang (THLCH), please pay attention to the necessary various export documents (on behalf of national customs): export/import customs declaration, packing list, packing declaration, bill of lading, commercial invoice. A Bill of Lading is a document or electronic invoice issued by a Carrier to a Shipper, to acknowledge the receipt of cargo and confirm that the items are well packed for shipment.

  4. Selecting the best Incoterms

    An incoterm is a set of rules to agree on the most important contractual terms and obligations for global trade. The chosen Incoterm decides who takes care of, among other things, insurance, transport and all documents. These are the most commonly chosen terms in sea freight: Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Free On Board (FOB).

  5. Live tracking of the shipment

    Use sea freight tracking to check where your cargo is at this moment. You can see in realtime when the shipping is departed from the port of origin (POO), arrived at Port of Discharge (POD) and when it has arrived at the final destination.

Sea freight from Laem Chabang (THLCH) to Hamburg (DEHAM): match your cargo with container type

You want to ship a container from port of Laem Chabang – (TH LCH) to port of Hamburg – (DE HAM)? The first step is to find the right container type. They come in different sizes (20-ft, 40-ft) and methods (FCL shipment or LCL shipment). Well-known shipping lines are APL, Evergreen, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, Maersk, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL. Well-known cities around the harbor are Si Racha, Bang Lamung, Pattaya, Ban Bung, Chon Buri, Ban Chang, Sattahip, Bang Pakong, Phan Thong, Phanat Nikhom, Bang Bo, Bang Sao Thong, Rayong, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Plaeng Yao, Phra Pradaeng, Bang Khla, Samut Sakhon, Bangkok. In the box below you can compare all types and read more about the most popular products. You may also like: Household Goods transport.

from harbor Laem Chabang TH LCH to hamburg DE HAM

Information and benefits of twenty foot container

Twenty Foot Containers (a.k.a. dry van) are one of the most used container types. They are very efficient, so the transport costs are quite low. Very suitable for the transport of furniture and international removals. Keep in mind: The acronym TEU stands for Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit.

  • This box is often used for sending goods with transport ships.
  • The dimensions of a 20-foot container are: 5.90m x 2,35m x 2,39m.
  • Usually, 9-11 pallets are able to fit in one TEU.
  • The maximum load is about +/- 27.500 kilogram.

Information and benefits of 40 foot container

The 40-foot container offers twice as much space as the 20-footer. You can pack a lot of cargo in this. All this makes it a very effective means for transporting large loads by sea. Also, 40ft containers are also available as ‘high cube’ edition. You have more height at your disposal. Stuff can be stacked high.

  • Very suitable for large loads.
  • The format is almost always the same: 12 x 2,3 x 2,4 m.
  • The Forty Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) can hold 20-24 pallets.
  • The maximum load is +/- 28.400 kg.

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(FCL) Full Container

I case you are going to ship a lot of stuff, it is best to book a full container. The abbreviation FCL stands for Full Container Load. There is no need to share it with other shippers. The benefits are great: quick transit time, chance of damage is reduced to a minimum and the rates are more favorable. There are also disadvantages: it is expensive for small loads and insurance is extra important. Transporting cargo from another port? Also see Antwerp to Laem Chabang (THLCH) or Rotterdam to Laem Chabang (THLCH).

  • FCL means that the volume is large enough to fill a whole container by one customer.
  • Load directly from factory or storage.
  • It is cheaper when the shipment uses more than 10 pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, COSCO, CMA CGM, MSC.

What does LCL container mean in shipping?

If you do not need a full container, you can use be made of a shared container. Logistics management organization handles this as a LCL (Less Than Container Load). With LCL transport, you pay per m3 or per metric ton for space inside a complete container. You benefit from many advantages: you can send some good in a cheap way, less inventory costs & management and it offers consistent weekly sailing schedules for sea freight. Important: if you can fill more than half of a container, then it is usually more interesting to opt for FCL. The cost of LCL is based on shipping dimensions, weight, and number of pieces.

  • The goal of LCL is that your cargo is transported in a partial container.
  • For low-volume shipments of between 1,5 m3 & 15 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you are using.
  • There is always sufficient availability (every season).
  • Available at: e.g. Yang Ming, ZIM, Wan Hai, POL, Evergreen.

Other types of containers and customization

The range of boxes is very diverse for freight forwarding. Each type of cargo needs a different solution. A Dry van is the most common type of freight transportation. There are also special possibilities for oils or chemicals, wheat, barley and cocoa or very exclusive stuff. Our specialist has placed a summary below. You can also read more information about shipments to Arica (CLARI), port of Casablanca (MACAS), Santander (ESSDR) harbor and terminal Klang West (MYPKG).

  • Bulk Containers: used in for transporting bulk cargo like as grain, feedstuffs, spices.
  • Flat Rack Containers: usually used for the transportation or storage of cargo with unique dimensions.
  • Hard-Top Containers: equipped with a removable steel roof.
  • High-Cube Containers: an intermodal storage unit with an external height of 9ft. 6in.
  • Insulated Containers: perfect for storing goods that need a steady temperature.
  • 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 maintain a stable temperature inside.
  • Tank Containers: are barrel-shaped vessels serving multi-purposes.
  • Ventilated Containers: for cargoes that require ventilation in transit.

Kind of freight: what are you going to transport?

Exporting load by ocean from Hamburg (DEHAM) to Laem Chabang (THLCH) is very popular because of attractive pricing, you can ship easily big and high volume cargo and the Duty and VAT are much less expensive than air freight. The most important ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: neo bulk, dry bulk, break bulk, containerized, roll on/roll off. You can read more about it in the section below.

  • Car shipping: your vehicle will be loaded and shipped to the port of your choice.
  • House Moving: your international relocation will be less time-consuming and more efficient.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped precisely and neatly.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. kerosene, hydrogen, gasoline, chemicals, diesel, biofuels.
  • Dry Bulk: coal, grain, iron ore and sugar, sand, plates, lumber.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): one of the most flexible methods of shipping vehicles overseas.
  • Breakbulk: consists of goods transported, stored and handled piecemeal to some degree.
  • Retail & other: freight like toys, sports equipment, medical/pharmacy, art and antiques, clothes + drinks, shoes, fashion, machines, furniture.

Everything about international transportation (FAQ)

What is the estimated transit time from Hamburg to Laem Chabang?

Shipping a container from Hamburg (DE) to Laem Chabang takes about 44 days. The total distance is about 10600 nautical miles (NM). 1 NM is about 1.85 km. The total distance is 19631 kilometers. When you send something by sea, you have to pay close attention to ETD and ETA. ETD stands for Estimated time of departure of the ship or truck. ETA is the date and time at which the vessel is expected to arrive at the dock. The precise shipping time depends on displacement of the vessel, weather and type of cargo.

How much does it cost to ship a container to Laem Chabang (THLCH)?

Shipping rates from Hamburg (Germany) to Laem Chabang (Thailand) are relatively cheap. The actual costs are determined by various components as cargo weight, season and local handling fees. Request a quote without obligation for current rates and transit times.

What documents do you need for customs?

When shipping goods to Laem Chabang, then you should pay attention to customs clearance. Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods: Commercial Invoice, Certificate of Origin, Letter of Credit, Import/export Licenses, Bill of Lading, Packing List. For more information about these duties you can contact the customs of Thailand or visit the website of the port / gouvernment (

What is the best Incoterm for my shipment?

Incoterms define who is responsible for each phase of shipping process. Two of the most common Incoterms are CIF and FOB. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the exporter bears responsibility for transportation and insurance to the port of origin. Free on Board (FOB) includes: the seller is responsible for the goods until the goods are loaded on board the ship. Optionally one can also select one of the other Incoterms 2000 such as Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Ex Works (EXW), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) and Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Delivered At Place (DAP).

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