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Container shipping Hamburg to Wellington

Are you looking for a service to ship a container from Hamburg to Wellington (NZWLG)? Sea freight is very practical: it is suitable to ship large volumes for low prices, it is flexible and it’s more than 50% cheaper than air. Importing a container overseas with liquids or semi-finished goods is very easy with e.g. Global Feeder Shipping LLC. Shipping lines offer all kind of containers. A big difference is being made between a full container for yourself (FCL) and a container with combined cargo (LCL). Via we provide helpful information about international transport Wellington (NZ WLG). We share up-to-date 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 we will prepare a quote with an attractive price and fast transit time.

  • Ocean shipping is a fast, trustworthy and low cost-way to ship your goods to anywhere in the world.
  • Advantages compared to air freight: you have lower costs and more time for document processing.
  • Sea freight provides services for international movings and shipping dry bulk or furniture.
  • The Port of Wellington is one of the most important ports in New Zealand.
  • Popular container types are: 20 foot, 40 foot and Insulated, Flat Rack, Dry Van, Tank, Refrigerated, Ventilated containers.

Shipping to Wellington (NZWLG) from Hamburg (DEHAM)

shipping container from port hamburg to port of Wellington

Ocean freight shipping is a reliable way of large-volume transportation. Your material is loaded into the container. The freight forwarder have a special container prepared. A truck transports the cargo to the shipping vessel at the port of departure Wellington (NZ WLG), and will be transported by sea to the addressee at the arrival harbour. You can book various solutions like door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-port. In the following paragraph you can read different kind of info about the port of arrival.

Port of departurePort of Hamburg (DEHAM)
Country of departureGermany
Port of destinationPort of Wellington
Country of destinationNew Zealand
Port CodeNZWLG
Transportation time+/- 63 days
Shipping costs$$
Office addressCentrePort House, Harbour Quays, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Freight Forwarder Hamburg – port of Wellington

  1. Details of your shipping

    Enter the departure port and the arrival harbour. Also indicate whether you prefer (FCL) full containers or LCL (Less than Container Load). You can choose from a small or large container (twenty foot, forty foot or a high cube).

  2. Loading the freight

    As a starting point, ensure the cargo is packed appropriately for carriage. To ensure that the cargo remains in good condition, we advise you to use pallets. Your load also need to be labelled in the right way.

  3. Documents Required for Exporting

    If you ship cargo to Wellington (NZWLG), you will need required export documents (for the purpose of national customs): certificates of origin, commercial invoice, packing list, export/import customs declaration, bill of lading. A Bill of Lading is a legal document that is completed by a carrier confirming goods were received in an acceptable condition and noticing that the cargo is well packed for transport.

  4. Choose Incoterm

    Incoterms are suitable terms in the transport-market to define the rights and obligations of both the buyer and seller. The Incoterm shows who assumes the risk of, for example, insurance, transport and all documents. The most common incoterms are Ex Works (EXW), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Free On Board (FOB).

  5. Online Container & Freight Tracking System

    Use cargo tracking to see where your freight is at this moment. You can see exactly when the vessel is departed from Port of Loading (POL), has arrived at the destination (POD) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Wellington (NZWLG) to Hamburg (DEHAM): pick a container

Are you planning to ship a container from port of Wellington – (NZ WLG) to port of Hamburg – (DE HAM)? Compare the options and get a suitable container. Based on your load you choose a size (twenty foot, forty foot) and different ways to fill a container (LCL shipping or FCL shipment). Several shipping lines operate on this route. The port offers an excellent connection to surrounding cities. In the section below we help you choose the right type and provide info about the most popular boxes. You may also like: Open-Top Container.

from harbor Wellington NZ WLG to hamburg DE HAM

Explanation of the 20 foot container

20. ft. containers (also known under the name dry van) is the most popular container size. They are quite easy to transport, which means they are cheaper to ship. Suitable for different kinds of storage including personal items or international removals. Keep in mind: 1 TEU is equivalent to 1 20 feet long container.

  • A very popular box for the shipment of goods in ocean freight.
  • The dimensions of a 20-foot container are: 5898 (l) x 2390 (h) x 2350 (w) mm.
  • A 20’ft container can hold eleven pallets.
  • The maximum load is about +/- 27.500 kilogram.

Explanation of the 40ft container

The 40-foot container offers twice as much space as the 20-footer. They are very suitable for e.g. industrial goods and retail products. This makes it an excellent choice for transporting large loads by sea. In conclusion, there are also special extra tall ‘high cube’ variant. You have more height at your disposal. Ideal if you have high cargo.

  • Often chosen for large loads.
  • The dimensions are the same internationally: 12200 mm × 2440 mm × 2590 mm.
  • The FEU can hold between 20 and 24 pallets.
  • The max. weight is limited to +/- 28.100 kg.

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In which situations do I choose an FCL container?

When you want to ship large quantities of goods, than you can reserve your own full container. Transport specialists call this Full Container Load (FCL). You don’t need to share it with other merchandise. This has multiple advantages: faster transit time, limited chance of damage and you take advantage of economies of scale. Of course there are also downsides: the transshipment is more complex and there is only limited availability. Sending the sea freight from another port? Also see Antwerp to Wellington (NZWLG) and Rotterdam to Wellington (NZWLG).

  • The meaning of FCL is: the container only holds your cargo.
  • Perfect for bulk, expensive and fragile goods.
  • When you send more than 10 standard pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. COSCO, ONE, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, MSC.

What is the meaning of LCL container?

If you don’t prefer a full container, aks our freight forwarders to possibilities for a shared container. Logistics experts treat that as a LCL (Less Than Container Load) agreement. The goal of LCL is that you have no say about the other type of cargo that’s in the container with your freight The advantages of this option include: you can send some good in a cheap way, you spend less on inventory space and more flexible during intense shipping season. Disclaimer: if you can fill more than half of a container, then FCL is a better choice. The cost of the shipment is determined by number of pieces, weight, volume, packaging.

  • The concept of LCL is that your shipment is taking up only a part of a partial container.
  • An excellent choice for cargo volumes between 3,5 m3 and 13,5 m3.
  • Cost-effective for freight forwarders with smaller shipment volumes.
  • Can be booked via practical all shipping lines.
  • Available at: e.g. Evergreen, Yang Ming, Wan Hai, HMM, ZIM.

What other types of containers are there

There is a wide range of boxes for shipping your cargo. There is a suitable solution for every type of cargo. The Dry van is the variant that most people will recognize. Besides this, there are also applications for liquids, wheat, barley and cocoa or very exclusive stuff. You can read more about it below. Be sure to check out the transport options to Leixoes (PTLEI), port of Balboa (PABLB), Bolama (GWBOL) harbor and terminal Amsterdam (NLAMS).

  • Bulk Containers: very suitable for dry bulk goods such as like grain and ore.
  • 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 when some extra height is required.
  • Insulated Containers: for transporting goods with the need of low temperature for a short distance.
  • Open-Top Containers: is a shipping box without a roof.
  • Palletwide Containers: ideal for transporting euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: cold air blows from the refrigeration unit through the vents at the bottom of the reefer.
  • Tank Containers: for the transport of all types of bulk liquid by rail, road and sea.
  • Ventilated Containers: suitable for goods that evaporate a lot of condensation.

Cargo types: what are you going to transport?

Exporting load by ocean from Hamburg (DEHAM) to Wellington (NZWLG) is very popular because of low prices, it is effective for large quantities of goods and eco-friendly. Popular types of ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: liquid bulk, neo 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: solid help and assistance for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped precisely and neatly.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. diesel, kerosene, chemicals, petroleum, biofuels, hydrogen.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, iron ore, grain and lumber, sugar, plates, coils.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): a type of shipping that is used for transporting things such as vehicles.
  • Breakbulk: consists of goods transported, stored and handled piecemeal to some degree.
  • Retail & other: load like art and antiques, electronic goods, medical/pharmacy, toys, sports equipment + fashion, food, machines, furniture, shoes.

All about international transport (FAQ)

How many days does it take to ship from Hamburg to Wellington?

Shipping a container from Hamburg (DE) to Wellington takes approximately 63 days. The total distance is approx. 14800 nautical miles (NM). That equates to 27410 kilometers. When you ship a sea container, you have to pay close attention to ETD and ETA. ETD is about the expected departure time of the ship. ETA means the expected date of arrival of an ocean carrier. There are many factors that determine the final shipping time: the boat speed, weather conditions and maintenance.

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container to Wellington (NZWLG)?

Shipping rates from Hamburg (Germany) to Wellington (New Zealand) are average. The total cost is subject to various parts such as container size, season and the Incoterms you have agreed on. Feel free to contact us for a price proposal and transit times.

Which customs documents do you need?

When you are exporting goods to Wellington, then you should pay attention to customs clearance. The following documents are important: Bill of Lading, Import/export Licenses, Insurance Certificate, Commercial Invoice, Packing List, Certificate of Origin. For more substantive information and tips you can contact the customs of New Zealand or navigate to the website of the port or the government (

Which Incoterm is the best to choose for?

Incoterms describe the rights and obligations of both seller and buyer. The most commonly used Incoterms are FOB and CIF. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the seller takes care of the transportation to the port of destination specified by the buyer. The meaning of Free on Board (FOB) is the seller has the responsibility for the goods until they are loaded onto a shipping vessel. In addition, there are other Incoterms 2000 like e.g. Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Ex Works (EXW), Free Carrier (FCA), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) & Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Delivered At Place (DAP).

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