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Container shipping Hamburg to Ningbo

Are you looking for a service to ship a container from Hamburg to Ningbo (CNNGB)? Sea freight has many advantages: e.g. you can transport high volumes for a reasonable price, it’s convenient and it’s more than 50% cheaper than air. Exporting a container overseas with roll on/roll off or cars and other vehicles can be arranged by shipping companies such as Salam Pacific Indonesia Lines. You can choose from and a wide range of container types. There is made a difference between (FCL) Full Container Load and Less Container Load (LCL). Via our transport agents you will find helpful information for the purpose of international transport Ningbo (CN NGB). We provide you with useful information about the different types of containers. For this we offer a export plan in 5 steps. Mail us with your needs and we will send a quote with a competitive rate.

  • Ocean shipping is a quick, staunch and low cost-way to ship your goods to the other side of the world.
  • When we compare this to air freight, it has a better carbon footprint and it is cheaper.
  • Sea freight is perfect for worldwide relocations and the transit of liquids or personal goods.
  • The Port of Ningbo is one of the most important ports in China.
  • The most commonly used containers are: normal 20 & 40 foot, High Cube and Dry Van, Flat Rack, Insulated, Refrigerated, Tank, Ventilated containers.

Shipping to Ningbo (CNNGB) from Hamburg (DEHAM)

shipping container from port hamburg to port of Ningbo

Ocean freight shipping is the process of transporting large quantities of goods across the sea. Your material is packed in shipping containers. The freight forwarder (intermediary) ensures that a container is ready. The freight goes by truck to the shipping vessel at the departure port Ningbo (CN NGB), and will be shipped by sea to the addressee at the POD. You can choose for: door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-port. In the attached table you will find practical information about the port of destination.

Port of departurePort of Hamburg (DEHAM)
Country of departureGermany
Port of destinationPort of Ningbo
Country of destinationChina
Port CodeCNNGB
Transportation time+/- 48 days
Shipping rates$
Local addressPort Administration Office, 496 Yanjiang Dong Road, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315200, China
Phone number865747695142

Freight Forwarder Hamburg – port of Ningbo

  1. Information about your freight

    Enter the departure port and the destination harbor. Also indicate whether you prefer (FCL) Full Container Load or partial shipments (LCL). Find a container size that fits your goods (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Loading the freight

    As a starting point, make sure the freight is packed securely. To avoid damage, we advise to put everything on pallets. Your load also need to be labelled in the right way.

  3. Customs document

    When you transport your cargo to Ningbo (CNNGB), you should organize relevant export documents (for the national customs): commercial invoice, bill of lading, export/import customs declaration, packing declaration, certificates of origin. With a Bill of Lading we mean a document signed by the carrier to acknowledge the receipt of cargo and noticing that the cargo is well packed for transport.

  4. Choosing the Incoterms

    Freight forwarders make us of incoterms to define the seller’s and buyer’s responsibilities. The Incoterm determines who will pay for things like shipment, insurance, documentation and customs clearance. Popular incoterms are Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Free On Board (FOB), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Live tracking of the shipment

    Use the track and trace service to see where your shipment is at this moment. You can see in realtime when the freight has been loaded at the POL (port of origin), arrived at Port of Discharge (POD) and the moment the consignee has confirmed that the cargo has reached its final destination.

Sea freight from Ningbo (CNNGB) to Hamburg (DEHAM): select the container that suits the freight

You need to ship a container from port of Ningbo – (CN NGB) to port of Hamburg – (DE HAM)? It is important to get a suitable container. You can choose from large and small sizes (20 ft, 40 ft) and different container agreements (LCL shipment or FCL shipment). There are several international shipping lines that transport your cargo. There is a good connection to important cities in the area. In the section below we put everything together and offer information about the most popular types in the maritime industry. Our specialists also provide details about Palletwide Containers.

from harbor Ningbo CN NGB to hamburg DE HAM

Information and benefits of twenty foot container

20 foot containers (also known as dry van) is the most commonly used size. They are quite easy to transport, which results in lower shipping costs. Suitable for different kinds of storage including personal items or international movings. Some extra info: 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: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • A 20’ft container can hold eleven pallets.
  • The maximum allowable load is +/- 27.900 kg.

Explanation of the 40 ft container

The 40 foot container is the largest of the standard shipping containers. Many kinds of products can be loaded and stored in it. It is especially intended for shipping large cargo by sea. Finally, there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ box. You have more height at your disposal. Ideal for tall items.

  • Very popular with large and bulky goods.
  • The dimensions of a 40-foot container are: 12 x 2,3 x 2,4 m.
  • It can hold 23-24 Euro pallets or 20-21 standard pallets in one row.
  • In terms of weight fits maximum: +/- 28.200 kg.

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Information about FCL containers

If your cargo is so large that you can fill an entire container, than you can reserve your own full container. Freight forwarders then refer to it as FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t need to share your container with anyone else. This has multiple advantages: Usually a faster transit time, chance of damage is reduced to a minimum and you pay lower price per unit. You have to pay attention to a few things: the transshipment is more complex and insurance is extra important. Have your cargo depart from another port? See also Antwerp to Ningbo (CNNGB) or Rotterdam to Ningbo (CNNGB).

  • What we mean by FCL is that you get the universal right to your own container.
  • 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, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, COSCO.

What is a Less than container (LCL)?

If your cargo does not fill an entire 20-foot or 40-foot container, aks our freight forwarders to possibilities for a shared container. Transport specialists call this Less Than Container Load (LCL). The meaning of LCL is: you share space with others. There are many benefits like: it’s perfect for shipping small loads, the handling and insurance costs are limited and lower sourcing risk. Worth mentioning: if you can fill more than half of a container, it is often cheaper to book a full container. The total costs are calculated based on the volume and weight of the packages.

  • The meaning of LCL is: a partial container is booker for the freight.
  • A suitable choice for transport with a size between 2 m3 and 13,5 m3.
  • Freight costs are typically based on cargo volume.
  • Wide availability in all months of the year.
  • Available at: e.g. Evergreen, Wan Hai, POL, Yang Ming, ZIM.

Other types of containers and customization

The range of boxes is very diverse for shipping your items. Shipping companies offer a suitable solution for every cargo type. The Dry van is suitable for many common goods. There are specially developed transport options for oils or chemicals, meat, fish and frozen foods or very expensive items. Our specialist has placed a summary below. We also provide more information about sea transportation to Lisbon (PTLIS), port of San Lorenzo (HNSLO), Nouadhibou (MRNDB) harbor and terminal Philadelphia (USPHL).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transportation of dry bulk cargo like like grain and ore.
  • Flat Rack Containers: versatile containers that make it possible for you to ship unique cargo.
  • Hard-Top Containers: the roof can be removed if necessary.
  • High-Cube Containers: an intermodal storage unit with an external height of 9ft. 6in.
  • Insulated Containers: for shipping fresh products and keep up their freshness.
  • Open-Top Containers: the top is open and is covered with a strong rubber tarpaulin rather than a solid roof.
  • Palletwide Containers: designed to accommodate a larger amount of Euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are big fridges that are used to transport temperature controlled cargoes.
  • Tank Containers: suitable for different modes of transportation, and built to carry hazardous cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: used to transport cargo with good moisture contents which requires ventilation while transit.

Freight types: what kind of stuff are you going to ship?

Transporting load by sea from Hamburg (DEHAM) to Ningbo (CNNGB) has a lot of pluses: it is economical, high sea vessel load capacity and minimal restrictions. The most important ocean cargo via sea import/export routes are: containerized, liquid bulk, break bulk, neo bulk, dry bulk. Below we tell you everything about it.

  • Car shipping: your vehicle will be loaded and shipped to the port of your choice.
  • House Moving: your belongings will be safe and secured with international relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): have your household effects delivered quickly and reliably to another house.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. hydrogen, kerosene, diesel, gasoline, chemicals, biofuels.
  • Dry Bulk: coal, iron ore, grain but also stuff like plates, sugar, sand, salt.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessels that are used to carry wheeled cargo.
  • Breakbulk: are frequently packaged in smaller boxes: bags, boxes, cartons, crates, drums, or barrels/vats.
  • Retail & other: products like electronic goods, clothes, sports equipment, toys, medical/pharmacy & furniture, shoes, food, machines, drinks.

FAQ: current topics around international transport

How long does it take a cargo ship from Hamburg to Ningbo?

Shipping a container from Hamburg (DE) to Ningbo takes approximately 48 days. The distance between the two ports is about 11300 nautical miles. This is roughly equivalent to 20928 km. If you make a sea shipment, you will have to deal with ETD and ETA. ETD means the Estimated Time Of Departure. ETA is the date that the shipment arrives in the destination country. Shipping time is subject to the boat speed, the sea conditions and berth availability.

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container to Ningbo (CNNGB)?

Shipping rates from Hamburg (Germany) to Ningbo (China) are relatively cheap. The total cost is subject to various ingredients such as cargo dimension, season and conditions. Do not hesitate to contact us for the best rates and current transit times.

Which customs documents do I need to provide?

When shipping goods to Ningbo, then there are some important customs clearance documents. The following documents are important: Insurance Certificate, Import/export Licenses, Certificate of Origin, Letter of Credit, Packing List, Bill of Lading. For additional information, then we advise you to contact the customs of China or view the website of the port/government (

What incoterm is the most appropriate?

Incoterms define who is responsible for each phase of shipping process. The most common terms for sea transport are FOB and CIF. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the exporter pays for the transportation to the destination port of the buyer’s choosing. With Free on Board (FOB), we mean that the seller must arrange everything regarding the goods until they have been placed on board of the ship. Other Incoterms 2000 you can choose from are: Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Free Carrier (FCA), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Carriage Paid To (CPT) and Cost and Freight (CFR), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Delivered At Place (DAP).

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