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Container shipping Rotterdam to Busan

Do you need to ship a container from Rotterdam to Busan (KRPUS)? Sea freight has many pluses: you can ship many goods for an attractive price, it is great for bulk goods and it is safe. Transporting a container by sea with breakbulk or cars and other vehicles is very easy with e.g. Global Feeder Shipping LLC. There are and a wide range of container types. An important point of attention is full containers (FCL) and a shared container (LCL). Via our transport specialists we provide you with actual information about international transport Busan (KR PUS). We share knowledge and useful information about the ways in which you can transport cargo by sea. Besides this we share a a practical step-by-step plan where we explain everything in 5 steps. Fill out the form and we will prepare a quote with extensive pricing details.

  • Ocean shipping is a smart, trouble-free and cost-effective way to ship your goods to the other side of the world.
  • When we compare it to air transport, there are fewer restrictions and lower emissions.
  • Sea freight is excellent for worldwide relocations and shipping liquids or semi-finished goods.
  • The Port of Busan is an important hub in Korea.
  • You can choose from many types and sizes of containers: standaard 20 ft, 40 ft and 40 HC and Insulated, Flat Rack, Dry Van, Tank, Ventilated, Open-Top containers.

Shipping to Busan (KRPUS) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Busan

Ocean freight shipping is the most economical form of transportation. Your goods are packed tightly in a container. Your freight forwarder have a special container prepared. A shipping vessel will be ready for your goods at the departing port Busan (KR PUS), and will be shipped by ocean to the terminal at the POD. They can get you services like port-to-port, door-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-door. In the table below you will find practical information about the port of discharge.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Busan
Country of destinationKorea
Port CodeKRPUS
Transit Time+/- 53 days
Shipping costs$$$
Office address122, Daegyo-ro, Jung-gu, Busan 48943, Republic of Korea
Telephone number82-51-999-3000

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Busan

  1. Enter freight details

    Enter the departure port and the arrival harbour. Also indicate whether you prefer a full container for yourself (FCL) or Less Container Load (LCL). Also choose the size of the container (20-ft, 40-ft of a high cube).

  2. Loading and labeling the freight

    To begin, you need to make sure your load is packed correctly. To prevent accidents, ensure that your cargo is always placed on pallets. Also make sure you have good labels.

  3. Export documents

    In the situations that you export goods to Busan (KRPUS), you need to share relevant export documents (for fast customs clearance): export/import customs declaration, commercial invoice, certificates of origin, bill of lading, packing declaration. A Bill of Lading is a document or contract that is completed by a carrier to acknowledge that they have received the goods and that the freight has been booked correctly.

  4. Incoterms for transport

    An incoterm is a set of rules to define the seller’s and buyer’s responsibilities. The Incoterm shows how much responsibility you have for the cost and risk of transportation, insurance, duties payable and clearing customs. Popular incoterms are Free On Board (FOB), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Ship Live Tracking

    Use container track and trace to see where your shipping is at this moment. You can see exactly when the cargo is departed from POL (Port of loading), arrived at Port of Discharge (POD) and when the cargo has reached its desired final destination.

Sea freight from Busan (KRPUS) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): match your cargo with container type

You are going to ship a container from port of Busan – (KR PUS) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is important to ask an appropriate container. They come in different sizes (20ft & 40ft) and all kind of container conditions (FCL shipment or LCL shipment). Well-known shipping lines are APL, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen, FESCO, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, Maersk, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL, ZIM. The port offers an excellent connection to Seoul. In the next chapter you will find useful information about the most popular boxes. We are happy to provide you with more information about Packing list.

from harbor Busan KR PUS to rotterdam NL RTM

Explanation of the 20 FT container

20 FT containers (a.k.a. dry van) is the most commonly type for shipment in ocean freight. They are quite easy to transport, which ensures low handling costs. Suitable for all types of cargo, including household goods and movings. Good to know: A TEU stands for Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit.

  • A very popular box for shipping freight by sea.
  • The size of a 20-foot container is: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • The container can be loaded with 11 pallets.
  • You must take into account a maximum permitted weight of +/- 27.800 kilogram.

Explanation about a forty foot container

A40 foot container is standard applied to shipping bulk goods. Te 40ft is twice as big as the more standard 20ft. This makes it very economical for shipping large sea freight. In conclusion, there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ variant. This is one foot taller than a regular 40 ft. Ideal if you have high cargo.

  • Used for dry freight of all kinds.
  • The dimensions are the same internationally: L 12.19m x W 2.44m x H 2.59m.
  • Up to 23 Europallets can be stuffed in a 40′ container.
  • In terms of weight fits maximum: +/- 28.500 kg.

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When do i need a Full Container Load (FCL)?

If your cargo is so large that you can fill an entire container, then you can book your own full container. Freight carriers then talk about FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t need to share it with other merchandise. The advantages are great: quick transit time, less risk of damage during the logistics process and you pay lower price per unit. Of course there are also downsides: it is not efficient for small cargo types and there is only limited availability. Departing from another port? Also check out Antwerp to Busan (KRPUS) or Hamburg to Busan (KRPUS).

  • The idea of FCL is that one single container is booked exclusively for the transportation of cargo.
  • Perfect for the transportation of large amounts.
  • When you send more than 10 standard pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, COSCO, ONE, Maersk.

LCL: Less than container

When you want to save money and don’t need a full container, inquire about the possibilities for a shared container. Transport specialists call this Less Than Container Load (LCL). LCL Means that means that you share space with others. The advantages of this option include: you’re only charged for the space you are using, you spend less on inventory warehousing space and it is faster during peak-season. Pay attention: if 50% of the container consists of your goods, then it is usually more interesting to opt for FCL. The shipping costs are calculated on the basis of shipping dimensions, weight, and number of pieces.

  • The meaning of LCL is: a partial container is booker for the freight.
  • A good solution for shipping volumes between 2,5 m3 & 14 m3.
  • Freight costs are typically based on cargo volume.
  • There is always sufficient availability (every season).
  • Available at: e.g. POL, HMM, ZIM, Wan Hai, Evergreen.

Special containers for special freight

You can choose from many types of boxes for the shipment of your goods. Each type of cargo requires a different approach. The Dry van is suitable for many common goods. Special boxes are also being used for oil, petroleum, and freshwater, meat, fish and frozen foods or high class goods. We give a short explanation below. You can also read more information about shipments to La Pallice (FRLPE), port of Wuhan (CNWUH), Takoradi (GHTKD) harbor and terminal Aden (YEADE).

  • Bulk Containers: often used for dry bulk cargo like grain and coal.
  • Flat Rack Containers: internationally used when the cargo cannot fit inside a standard box.
  • Hard-Top Containers: used for bulk cargo like cement, automotive, construction goods, steel, etc.
  • High-Cube Containers: it is 1 foot taller than the standard height of shipping containers.
  • Insulated Containers: for transporting goods with the need of low temperature for a short distance.
  • Open-Top Containers: ideal for logs, machinery, and odd-sized items.
  • Palletwide Containers: more popular and common in the European continent.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers maintain a stable temperature inside.
  • Tank Containers: suitable for different modes of transportation, and built to carry hazardous cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: are fitted with additional ventilation holes.

Kind of cargo: what are you going to transport?

Exporting goods by sea from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Busan (KRPUS) is very popular because of low cost, very safe and secure and very flexible. The main categories of ocean cargo via sea import/export routes are: neo bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, containerized, break bulk. Below we tell you everything about it.

  • Car shipping: a professional company ships your vehicle internationally.
  • House Moving: get your private goods shipped for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): all your household effects shipped inexpensive and insured.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. kerosene, biofuels, petroleum, chemicals, hydrogen, diesel.
  • Dry Bulk: coal, iron ore, grain but also stuff like sand, salt, sugar, plates.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): a type of shipping that is used for transporting things such as vehicles.
  • Breakbulk: relates to trades where the cargoes are carried in unitized form.
  • Retail & other: products like art and antiques, clothes, electronic goods, toys, sports equipment or machines, fashion, food, drinks, furniture.

FAQ: current topics around international transport

What is the transit time from Rotterdam to Busan?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Busan takes on average 53 days. The total distance is about 12500 nautical miles. 1 nautical mile is equivalent to 1.85 km. That makes the distance 23150 km. When you send something by sea, you will have to deal with ETD and ETA. ETD means the expected departure time of the vessel. ETA stands for Estimated time of arrival of the ship or truck. The exact shipping time depends on the speed of the boat, weather and type of shipment.

How expensive is shipping a container to Busan (KRPUS)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Busan (Korea) are slightly above average. The total cost depends on various ingredients such as cargo type, shipping route and conditions. We invite you to contact us for more information, a price proposal and transit time.

What customs documents are required for international shipping?

When shipping goods to Busan, then you must have the administration in order for customs clearance. Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods: Commercial Invoice, Import/export Licenses, Packing List, Insurance Certificate, Certificate of Origin, Bill of Lading. For more information about these duties then we advise you to contact the customs of Korea or visit the website of the port / gouvernment (

What incoterm is best for my business?

The Incoterms decide which party will cover insurance fees for the shipment. For sea transportation, we usually use CIF and FOB. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the exporting party takes care of the costs of transporting the cargo to the destination port of the buyer’s choosing. By Free on Board (FOB) we mean the supplier to pay for the delivery of the goods until they have been placed on board of the ship. In addition, there are other Incoterms 2000 like e.g. Free Carrier (FCA), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Ex Works (EXW) & Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU).

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