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Container shipping Hamburg to Los Angeles

Are you looking for ways to ship a container from Hamburg to Los Angeles (USLAX)? Sea freight offers many opportunities: it is suitable to ship large volumes for low prices, it is flexible and you can track the cargo in real time. Ship a container overseas with ro-ro or equipment can be facilitated by shippinglines like X-Press Feeders. When you are exporting, you can choose from all kind of containers. Transporters make a distinction between a full container just for your freight (FCL) and (LCL) and partial shipments. Via you will receive practical information with a view to international transport Los Angeles (US LAX). We provide you with practical information about the different types of sea containers. For this we offer a export plan in 5 steps. Send you shipping details and we get you a quote with extensive pricing details.

  • Ocean shipping is a reliable, sure and inexpensive way to import and export goods internationally.
  • Advantages compared to air freight: it is cheaper and there are less restrictions.
  • Sea freight is an often chosen option for international movings and the transit of breakbulk or bikes.
  • The Port of Los Angeles is one of the most important ports in United States.
  • Commonly container types are: standaard 20 ft, 40 ft and 40 HC and Hard-Top, Dry Van, Flat Rack, Refrigerated, Open-Top, Ventilated containers.

Shipping to Los Angeles (USLAX) from Hamburg (DEHAM)

shipping container from port hamburg to port of Los Angeles

Ocean freight shipping is a cost-effective option to ship goods internationally. Your cargo is put on a container with pellets. The freight forwarder company have a special container prepared. The cargo will be trucked to the shipping vessel at the departure port Los Angeles (US LAX), and will be shipped by ocean to the terminal at the POD (port of destination). You can choose for: door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-port. In the list below we provide you with details about the port of destination.

Port of departurePort of Hamburg (DEHAM)
Country of departureGermany
Port of destinationPort of Los Angeles
Country of destinationUnited States
Port CodeUSLAX
Transit Time+/- 29 days
Shipping costs$$$$
Office address425 S. Palos Verdes St. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
Phone number3107323400

Freight Forwarder Hamburg – port of Los Angeles

  1. Select shipment details

    Enter the origin of shipment and the POD (port of destination). Determine the desired transport method: (FCL) full containers or a partial filled container (LCL). Also select the desired size (20-ft, 40-ft of a high cube).

  2. Packing the freight

    As a starting point, you need to make sure your load is packed correctly. To limit damage, ensure that your cargo is always placed on pallets. Make sure your cargo is labelled correctly.

  3. Customs Documentation for Exporters

    When you import goods from Los Angeles (USLAX), you will have to provide up-to-date export documents (for the purpose of national customs): packing list, commercial invoice, packing declaration, certificates of origin, export/import customs declaration. The definition of a Bill of Lading is a document issued by the carrier or agent describing the correct state of goods and that they are ready to be shipped.

  4. Incoterms for your freight

    Incoterms are the terms used in international shipping to define responsibility and liability for shipment of the goods. The Incoterm states who assumes the risk of, for example, transport, insurance and the relevant documents for transport. These are the most commonly chosen terms in sea freight: Ex Works (EXW), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF).

  5. Track Sea Cargo

    Use Cargo Track & Trace to see where your load is right now. You can see 24/7 when the ship is registered at the POO (port of load), arrived at the port of arrival (POD) and the moment the consignee has confirmed that the cargo has reached its final destination.

Sea freight from Los Angeles (USLAX) to Hamburg (DEHAM): pick your container

You want to ship a container from port of Los Angeles – (US LAX) to port of Hamburg – (DE HAM)? The first step is to ask an appropriate container. Based on your load you choose a size (20ft & 40ft) and methods (FCL shipping or LCL shipping). We cooperate with several international shipping lines. There is a good connection to important cities in the area. In the paragraph below we put everything together and offer information about the most popular products. We also offer more information about Documents.

from harbor Los Angeles US LAX to hamburg DE HAM

Explanation of the 20ft container

20 foot containers (some people call it dry van) is the most popular container size. They are easy to transport, which results in lower shipping costs. Particularly suitable for the transport of personal items and movings. Pro tip: A TEU is a standard container with a length of 20 feet.

  • This box is a very suitable choice for the shipment of goods in ocean freight.
  • A 20-foot container is described in terms of size as: 5898 (l) x 2390 (h) x 2350 (w) mm.
  • It can hold between 9 and 11 pallets.
  • The maximum allowable load is +/- 27.600 kilogram.

Explanation about a forty foot container

A 40 foot container is widely used on (standard) ships. They can carry far more cargo at once. This makes it a popular choice for shipping large sea freight. Tip: 40ft containers are also available as ‘high cube’ variant. They are 9’6 tall. Ideal for tall items.

  • The ideal means of transport for large loads.
  • The dimensions are as follows: 12.19m long x 2.44m wide x 2.59m high.
  • Up to 23 Europallets can be stuffed in a 40′ container.
  • In terms of weight fits maximum: +/- 28.700 kg.

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Full Container (FCL)

If your cargo is so large that you can fill an entire container, then it is usually better to book a full container. The abbreviation FCL stands for Full Container Load. You don’t need to share your container with anyone else. There are many advantages to it: faster transit time, less potential for damage and the rates are more favorable. You have to pay attention to a few things: it is expensive for small loads and unloading can be a hassle. Transporting cargo from another port? Also see Antwerp to Los Angeles (USLAX) and Rotterdam to Los Angeles (USLAX).

  • The concept of FCL is that you book a single container exclusively for your cargo transportation only.
  • Used by all major manufacturers and shipping companies.
  • It is cheaper when the shipment uses more than 10 pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. ONE, MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, COSCO.

When is a LCL container a good choice?

If you do not need a full container, you can ship it in a shared container with other shipments. Transport organizations describe that as Less Than Container Load (LCL). What we mean by LCL is that shipments from various parties are combined to fill up one container. There are many positive aspects to mention like: for smaller loads, it is way cheaper than a full container, you can save on inventory costs and more flexible during intense shipping season. Disclaimer: when you ship enough volume to fill more than half a container, then FCL is a better choice. The total shipping costs are related to the dimensions and weight of the cargo.

  • LCL means that you make use of a partial container for the transportation.
  • For low-volume shipments of between 3 m3 & 14 m3.
  • Cost-effective for freight forwarders with smaller shipment volumes.
  • Easier to book during peak season.
  • Available at: e.g. POL, Wan Hai, Yang Ming, HMM, ZIM.

Alternative container types

There is a wide range of boxes for international cargo shipping. Shipping companies offer a suitable solution for every cargo type. The Dry van is the variant that most people will recognize. Besides this, there are also applications for liquids, meat, fish and frozen foods or unique high value cargo. We give a short explanation below. We also provide more information about sea transportation to Pecem (BRPEC), port of Yokohama (JPYOK), Jodhpur (INJDG) harbor and terminal Tilbury (GBTIL).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transportation of dry bulk cargo like as grain, feedstuffs, spices.
  • Flat Rack Containers: a flat rack only has walls or support post on the ends.
  • Hard-Top Containers: equipped with a removable steel roof.
  • 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: also have end doors, like closed containers, to give flexibility for loading and unloading.
  • Palletwide Containers: specially designed to accommodate more number of Euro-pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are used for goods which need to be transported at a constant temperature.
  • Tank Containers: if you want to transport a large quantity of liquid as bulk cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: make use of extra fans, air tubes, and ventilation flaps.

Cargo types: What do you want to ship?

Importing cargo by ocean from Hamburg (DEHAM) to Los Angeles (USLAX) has a lot of pluses: low cost, best for Bulky Goods and containers can also be used for further transportation by road or rail. Relevant ocean cargo categories exported via sea lines are: dry bulk, roll on/roll off, break bulk, liquid bulk, neo bulk. 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: have your personal items sent for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): have your household effects delivered quickly and reliably to another house.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. biofuels, chemicals, gasoline, hydrogen, kerosene, petroleum.
  • Dry Bulk: coal, iron ore, grain but also stuff like rods, plates, salt, sugar.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): a combination of road and sea transport for wheeled cargo.
  • Breakbulk: relates to trades where the cargoes are carried in unitized form.
  • Retail & other: items like toys, electronic goods, sports equipment, clothes, medical/pharmacy + furniture, machines, food, drinks, fashion.

FAQ: current topics around international transport

What is the estimated transit time from Hamburg to Los Angeles?

Shipping a container from Hamburg (DE) to Los Angeles takes approx 29 days. The total distance is approx. 6900 nautical miles (nmi). That is about 12779 km. If you make a sea shipment, you will receive updates about the ETD and ETA. ETD stands for Estimated time of departure of the ship or truck. ETA means the Expected or Estimated Time of Arrival. There are many factors that determine the final shipping time: condition of the hull, weather and delay at the port.

What is the total price of shipping a container to Los Angeles (USLAX)?

Shipping rates from Hamburg (Germany) to Los Angeles (United States) are relatively expensive. The total sum is determined by various ingredients such as container size, shipping route and pickup charges and Contact us for a completely free, no-obligation quote today.

Which customs documents do I need to provide?

When transporting goods to Los Angeles, there are documents you need for customs clearance. The following documents are required: Packing List, Commercial Invoice, Insurance Certificate, Letter of Credit, Bill of Lading, Certificate of Origin. For questions or additional information, then we advise you to contact the customs of United States or navigate to the website of the port or the government (

What is the best Incoterm for my shipment?

Incoterms are a set of standardized terms of delivery terms used international trade. For sea transportation, we usually use FOB and CIF. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the exporting party arranges the cost and freight of bringing the goods to the destination port of the buyer’s choosing. With Free on Board (FOB), we mean that the selling party is fully liable for the cargo till the moment that it’s all loaded into the vessel. In addition, there are other Incoterms 2000 like e.g. Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Carrier (FCA), Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Ex Works (EXW) & Delivered At Place (DAP), Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU).

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