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Container shipping Rotterdam to Dalian

Would you like to ship a container from Rotterdam to Dalian (CNDLC)? Sea freight has many pluses: it’s perfect for heavy and bulky items, it is economical and it’s more than 50% cheaper than air. Transporting a container overseas with gas-based fuels or cars can be outsourced to e.g. Matson. You can book various types of containers. An important distinction is (FCL) Full Container Load and a container with combined cargo (LCL). Via our transport specialists we provide you with lots of practical information regarding international transport Dalian (CN DLC). We share knowledge and up-to-date information about the different types and ways of sea freight. Further on you can read a a practical step-by-step plan where we explain everything in 5 steps. Contact u directly and we will gladly send you a tailor-made offer with market prices.

  • Ocean shipping is a quick, trustworthy and cheap way to export or import international containers.
  • When we compare this to air freight, you have lower costs and more time for document processing.
  • Sea freight is a solution for international removals and carrying break bulk or equipment.
  • The Port of Dalian is one of the biggest ports of China.
  • The most commonly used containers are: 20 foot, 40 foot and Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Insulated, Open-Top, Ventilated, Refrigerated containers.

Shipping to Dalian (CNDLC) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Dalian

Ocean freight shipping is a reliable way of large-volume transportation. Your material is packed in shipping containers. The freight forwarder (the middleman) will arrange the container. Your goods are loaded into the shipping vessel at the departure port Dalian (CN DLC), and will be shipped overseas to the consignee at the POD. You can choose for: port-to-port, door-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-door. In the attached table you will find some basic data of the arrival port.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Dalian
Country of destinationChina
Port CodeCNDLC
Transit Time+/- 47 days
Shipping prices$
Office address1 Gangwan Street, Zhongshan District, Dalian, Liaoning 116004, China
Telephone number8641182627147

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Dalian

  1. Freight Details

    Enter the origin of shipment and the port of destination. Specify your preference: a full container just for your freight (FCL) or a shared container (LCL). Also choose the desired format (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Packing the freight

    Primarily, your load need to be prepared in the right way. To ensure that the cargo remains in good condition, it is best to pack the freight on pallets. Your cargo must also be easily recognizable with labels.

  3. Customs document

    When you import goods from Dalian (CNDLC), please pay attention to the necessary several export documents (for the national customs): packing declaration, packing list, bill of lading, certificates of origin, export/import customs declaration. The definition of a Bill of Lading is a document signed by the carrier describing the correct state of goods and noticing that the cargo is well packed for transport.

  4. Agree on the conditions (Incoterms)

    Incoterms are relevant for traders to define responsibility and liability for shipment of the goods. The chosen Incoterm decides who is responsible for e.g transport, insurance and duty related matters. The most common incoterms are Free On Board (FOB), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Follow your cargo live

    Use the Ocean Shipment Tracking to see where your shipment is at this moment. You can see 24/7 when the vessel is departed from Port of Loading, arrived at the port of arrival (POD) and when the cargo has reached its desired final destination.

Sea freight from Dalian (CNDLC) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): match your cargo with container type

Would you like to ship a container from port of Dalian – (CN DLC) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is important to pick the right container type. They come in different sizes (20-ft, 40-ft) and all kind of container conditions (LCL shipping or FCL shipping). Many shipping lines operate on this route. The port has a good connection with surrounding cities. In the box below you can compare all types and read more about the most commonly seen options for sea freight. Our specialists also provide details about Shipping rates.

from harbor Dalian CN DLC to rotterdam NL RTM

Explanation about a 20ft container

20 FT containers (which is a standard dry van) is the most commonly used and most commonly available size. They are easy to load, access, and handle, that means they are quite cheap. Widely used for transporting personal effects and movings. Pro tip: A TEU is a standard container with a length of 20 feet.

  • The most commonly used box for transporting goods by means of shipping.
  • A 20-foot container has a surface area of: L – 5.89M. W – 2.35M. H – 2.23M.
  • Usually, 9-11 pallets are able to fit in one TEU.
  • A lot can be loaded in terms of goods weight: +/- 27.300 kilogram.

Important specifications of the 40 FT container

A40 foot container is standard applied to shipping bulk goods. They can carry far more cargo at once. This makes it an excellent choice for transporting bulk goods by sea. Finally, there are also special 40 foot containers such as the ‘high cube’ deal. It is about one foot taller than a normal box. Stuff can be stacked high.

  • They are ideal for big shipments.
  • The dimensions are as follows: L 12.19m x W 2.44m x H 2.59m.
  • 1 FEU fit up to 20 Standard Pallets, and 24 Euro Pallets.
  • Pay attention to the weight limit of +/- 28.400 kilogram.

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What is a FCL container and what are the benefits?

f you have enough goods to fill one full container load, 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. There are many pluses: ideal transit time, damage is lessened and and it costs less at the bottom of the line. Of course there are also downsides: it is not suitable for small cargo and insurance is extra important. Sending the sea freight from another port? Also see Antwerp to Dalian (CNDLC) and Hamburg to Dalian (CNDLC).

  • FCL means that an exporter is fully booking one or more shipping containers.
  • Load directly from factory or storage.
  • For shipments that are larger than 10 CBM.
  • Available at: e.g. Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, CMA CGM, ONE, MSC.

Use a Less than container (LCL)

If you don’t prefer a full container, it is often a good idea to pick a shared container. Logistics management organization handles this as a LCL (Less Than Container Load). With LCL transport, multiple shippers’ goods are packed together. You benefit from many advantages: you can save money on smaller shipments, reduces the costs of keeping a high inventory of goods stored and more options during peak shipping season. Disclaimer: once you have more than half a container worth of goods, then FCL is a better choice. The cost of the shipment is determined by the volume in m3 and the weight of the freight.

  • LCL Means that means that you transport your cargo via a partial container.
  • Cost effective for shipments between 3,5 m3 – 13 m3.
  • Deal for cargo that does not fill the entire container.
  • Easier to book during peak season.
  • Available at: e.g. Evergreen, ZIM, Wan Hai, HMM, Yang Ming.

What other types of containers are there

There are many different types of boxes available for shipping your cargo. Shipping companies offer a suitable solution for every cargo type. The most common type is the Dry van. There are also special possibilities for oils, grain, flour, or other special goods. You can read all about it in the section below. You can also check more information about shipping to Riyadh (SARUH), port of Gdansk (PLGDN), Cagliari (ITCAG) harbor and terminal Toamasina (MGTOA).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transport of foodstuffs or bulk such as as grain, feedstuffs, spices.
  • Flat Rack Containers: versatile containers that make it possible for you to ship unique cargo.
  • Hard-Top Containers: a specialized version of general dry van (with special roof).
  • High-Cube Containers: perfect for large, oversized, tall, and bulky items.
  • Insulated Containers: ideal for bulk shipping and temporary storage of mixed products.
  • Open-Top Containers: also have end doors, like closed containers, to give flexibility for loading and unloading.
  • Palletwide Containers: more popular and common in the European continent.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are big fridges that are used to transport temperature controlled cargoes.
  • Tank Containers: for the transport of liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: is used for cargo which needs ventilation.

Important types of ocean cargo: what are you going to transport?

Transporting load by ocean from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Dalian (CNDLC) has a lot of pluses: you can ship large volumes at low costs, you can ship easily big and high volume cargo and it’s better for the environment than air freight. The most important ocean cargo shipped via sea routes are: neo bulk, dry bulk, containerized, break bulk, roll on/roll off. You can read more about it in the section below.

  • Car shipping: have your vehicle shipped to an international port.
  • House Moving: solid help and assistance for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): quickly and easily ship your household effects to another city.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. petroleum, hydrogen, chemicals, kerosene, diesel, gasoline.
  • Dry Bulk: iron ore, coal, grain and things like cement, sand, salt, rods.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): a type of shipping that is used for transporting things such as vehicles.
  • Breakbulk: small containers of freight are unloaded from pallets and packed into the ship’s hold.
  • Retail & other: goods like medical/pharmacy, clothes, art and antiques, toys, electronic goods + fashion, food, furniture, shoes, drinks.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about international transport

What is the transit time from Rotterdam to Dalian?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Dalian takes about 47 days. The ship has to cover a distance of about 11200 nautical miles (nmi). 1 NM is about 1.85 km. The total distance is 20742 km. In case of sea freight, you will receive updates about the ETD and ETA. ETD means the expected departure time of the vessel. ETA is the date that the shipment arrives in the destination country. The actual shipping time depends on draft and speed, wind force and direction and maintenance.

What are the costs of a shipping container to Dalian (CNDLC)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Dalian (China) are relatively cheap. The total cost is determined by various parts such as container size, shipping time and local handling fees. Feel free to contact us for a quote for your transport.

What documents do you need for customs?

When sending goods to Dalian, then there are some important customs clearance documents. The following documents need to be in place for effective and easy customs clearance. Insurance Certificate, Certificate of Origin, Letter of Credit, Import/export Licenses, Commercial Invoice, Bill of Lading. For more information about these duties please contact the customs of China or navigate to the website of the port or the government (

What Incoterm should i use?

Incoterms define the responsibilities and obligations of the buyer and seller. Popular terms for waterway transportation are FOB and CIF. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the seller is responsible for all the costs up to and including the ocean freight to the port of origin. With Free on Board (FOB), we mean that the selling party is fully liable for the goods until the goods are loaded on board the ship. One can also choose from one of the alternative Incoterms 2000: Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Ex Works (EXW), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) + Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Delivered At Place (DAP).

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