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Container shipping Rotterdam to Guangzhou

You are planning to ship a container from Rotterdam to Guangzhou (CNCAN)? Sea freight has many pluses: e.g. you can transport high volumes for a reasonable price, it is efficient and you can track the cargo in real time. Transporting a container by sea with dry bulk or factory parts can be arranged by shipping companies such as Evergreen Marine Corporation. Freight forwarders offer all kind of containers. There is made a difference between Full Container Load (FCL) and a shared container (LCL). Via our freight forwarders you will receive dedicated information about international transport Guangzhou (CN CAN). We provide useful 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. Mail us with your needs and receive a quote with the best rates and fastest transit times.

  • Ocean shipping is a fast, trouble-free and cheap way to export or import international containers.
  • When we compare it to air transport, it is far cheaper and you can easily transport large shipments.
  • Sea freight is excellent for worldwide movings and the transportation of breakbulk or bikes.
  • The Port of Guangzhou is one of the most important ports in China.
  • Popular container types are: twenty footers, forty footers and Dry Van, Hard-Top, Insulated, Tank, Ventilated, Refrigerated containers.

Shipping to Guangzhou (CNCAN) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Guangzhou

Ocean freight shipping is the process of transporting items or goods by ship. Your goods are packed in shipping containers. Your freight forwarder will book a container. The cargo will be trucked to the shipping vessel at the port of departure Guangzhou (CN CAN), and will be shipped over the ocean to the recipient at the port of destination. You need to make a choose out of: port-to-port, door-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-door. In the following paragraph you can read different kind of info about the port of discharge.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Guangzhou
Country of destinationChina
Port CodeCNCAN
Transportation time+/- 47 days
Shipping rates$
Port address531 Gangqian Road Huangpu District Guangzhou, Guangdong 510000 China
Phone number– not available –

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Guangzhou

  1. Shipment details

    Enter the origin of shipment and the destination harbor. Determine the desired transport method: a full container for yourself (FCL) or partial shipments (LCL). Also select container size (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Loading and labeling the freight

    First of all, your load need to be prepared in the right way. To prevent damage, it is a good idea to use pallets. Your cargo must also be easily recognizable with labels.

  3. Documents Required for Exporting

    In the situations that you export cargo to Guangzhou (CNCAN), you will need required export documents (for the purpose of national customs): commercial invoice, export/import customs declaration, certificates of origin, bill of lading, packing list. The meaning of a Bill of Lading is a contract that is completed by a carrier to confirm that the goods match the description listed on the paperwork and that everything is ready to ship.

  4. Choosing the Incoterms

    Incoterms are relevant terms for worldwide shipping to define responsibility and liability for shipment of the goods. The chosen Incoterm decides who takes care of, among other things, export/import documents, insurances and transport. Much chosen incoterms are Free On Board (FOB), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Shipping Container Tracking and Tracing

    Use the Online Container & Freight Tracking System to check where your shipment is right now. You can check easily when the load is registered at the POO (port of load), arrived at Port of Discharge (POD) and when it has arrived at the final destination.

Sea freight from Guangzhou (CNCAN) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): find a container that suits your cargo

You are going to ship a container from port of Guangzhou – (CN CAN) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is crucial to get a suitable container. Based on your load you choose a size (twenty foot, forty foot) and different ways to fill a container (LCL shipment or FCL shipping). Well-known shipping lines are China Shipping, Evergreen, MOL. Well-known cities around the harbor are Guangzhou, Foshan, Daliang, Huangpu, Xiaolan, Humen, Jiangmen, Shilong, Licheng, Zhongshan, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Shaping, Lubu, Zhuhai, Sanbu, Taicheng, Luoyang, Shenzhen, Huizhou. In the paragraph below you will find useful information about the most popular boxes. You can also click through to our page about FCL Shipping.

from harbor Guangzhou CN CAN to rotterdam NL RTM

Advantages of a twenty foot container

Twenty Foot Containers (sometimes also called dry van) is the most commonly type for shipment in ocean freight. They are easy to stack, which ensures low handling costs. Particularly suitable for the transport of household goods and international movings. Nice to know: The term “TEU” stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit.

  • This box is widely used for transporting cargo via the ocean.
  • A 20-foot container is described in terms of size as: L – 5.89M. W – 2.35M. H – 2.23M.
  • A 20 foot holds 11 pallets in one tier.
  • The maximum load is about +/- 27.100 kilogram.

Advantages of a 40ft container

The 40 foot container is the largest of the standard shipping containers. Many kinds of products can be loaded and stored in it. This makes it a popular choice for shipping large sea freight. Also, you can also choose a higher ‘high cube’ variant. You have more height at your disposal. This way cargo can be stacked high.

  • Taller and bulkier than the standard containers.
  • The dimensions are as follows: 12.025m long x 2.352m wide x 2.393m high.
  • It can hold 23-24 Euro pallets or 20-21 standard pallets in one row.
  • Pay attention to the weight limit of +/- 28.500 kilogram.

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What is a Full Container (FCL)?

If your goods don’t fit in a small (shared) container, then a full container is often worth it. Freight forwarders then refer to it as FCL (Full Container Load). All cargo space is used exclusively for you. It is a popular transport method: ideal transit time, chance of damage is reduced to a minimum and you take advantage of economies of scale. Pay attention to the disadvantages: the transshipment is more complex and the financial risk is much greater. Have your cargo depart from another port? See also Antwerp to Guangzhou (CNCAN) or Hamburg to Guangzhou (CNCAN).

  • FCL Means that means that an exporter is fully booking one or more shipping containers.
  • Ideal for cargo with tight delivery schedules.
  • It is cheaper when the shipment uses more than 10 pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. CMA CGM, ONE, Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of LCL containers?

If you want to transport a small cargo by sea, it might be cheaper to book a partial shipment (shared container). You choose a LCL (Less Than Container Load) contract. What we mean by LCL is that you share the container with other importers. You benefit from many advantages: it’s perfect for shipping small loads, you spend less on inventory space and it is faster during peak-season. Remark: if you have a cargo load that is more than half a container unit, then FCL is probably a more favorable choice. The shipping rates are based on the volume in m3 and the weight of the freight.

  • LCL Means that means that you make use of a partial container for the transportation.
  • Cost effective for shipments between 2,5 m3 – 13,5 m3.
  • Freight costs are typically based on cargo volume.
  • More Availability During Peak Season.
  • Available at: e.g. HMM, Wan Hai, Evergreen, ZIM, POL.

Other special types of containers

You can choose from many types of boxes for transporting your cargo. Each type of cargo requires a different approach. The Dry van is the most used type worldwide. There are also special possibilities for liquids, wheat, barley and cocoa or fragile items. We’ve explained it all below. Also check other destinations such as Accra (GHACC), port of Shekou (CNSHK), Bergen (NOBGO) harbor and terminal Chalmers (NZPOE).

  • Bulk Containers: used in for transporting bulk cargo like wheat, rice and corn.
  • Flat Rack Containers: a flat rack only has walls or support post on the ends.
  • Hard-Top Containers: with a hard steel roof that can be used or removed.
  • High-Cube Containers: are used to carry lightweight, high volume cargo (with extra height).
  • Insulated Containers: offer affordable, secure, warm and dry storage space.
  • Open-Top Containers: the top is open and is covered with a strong rubber tarpaulin rather than a solid roof.
  • Palletwide Containers: perfect for transporting cargo on europellets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are used for goods which need to be transported at a constant temperature.
  • Tank Containers: ideal for transport and distribution of bulk liquids.
  • Ventilated Containers: used to transport cargo with good moisture contents which requires ventilation while transit.

Cargo types: what do you want to transport by sea?

Transporting goods by ocean from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Guangzhou (CNCAN) has many benefits: attractive rates, there are lots of different shipping options and very flexible. Relevant ocean cargo categories imported via sea shipping includes: neo bulk, containerized, break bulk, liquid bulk, roll on/roll off. Below you will find a brief summary.

  • Car shipping: your vehicle will be loaded and shipped to the port of your choice.
  • House Moving: have your personal items sent for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): all your household effects shipped inexpensive and insured.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. biofuels, gasoline, petroleum, diesel, kerosene, hydrogen.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, iron ore, grain and lumber, rods, salt, sugar.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessels that are used to carry wheeled cargo.
  • Breakbulk: relates to trades where the cargoes are carried in unitized form.
  • Retail & other: items like medical/pharmacy, electronic goods, clothes, sports equipment, toys or furniture, machines, shoes, drinks, fashion.

FAQ: current topics around international transport

How long does it take to ship from Rotterdam to Guangzhou?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Guangzhou takes on average 47 days. The distance between the two ports is about 11200 nautical miles (nmi). That equates to 20742 km. If you make a sea shipment, you have to pay close attention to ETD and ETA. ETD means the Expected or Estimated Time of Departure. Estimated time of arrival (ETA) is the date and time that a shipment is predicted to arrive. The actual shipping time depends on the boat speed, weather and maintenance.

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container to Guangzhou (CNCAN)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Guangzhou (China) are relatively cheap. The total sum is determined by various features such as the size of the container, transit time and pickup charges and Fill out our form for a price proposal and transit times.

What customs documents do i need?

When sending goods to Guangzhou, there are documents you need for customs clearance. The following documents should be provided: Packing List, Certificate of Origin, Import/export Licenses, Commercial Invoice, Insurance Certificate, Letter of Credit. For more detailed information then we advise you to contact the customs of China or surf to the official website where you can read a lot of info (

What is the best Incoterm for my shipment?

Incoterms describe who bears the responsibility, risk, and costs associated with a transaction. The most common terms for sea transport are CIF and FOB. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the selling party arranges the cost and freight of bringing the goods to the port of origin. Free on Board (FOB) includes: the seller takes care of the cargo till the moment that it’s all loaded into the vessel. In addition, there are other Incoterms 2000 like e.g. Ex Works (EXW), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Carrier (FCA) & Delivered At Place (DAP), Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU).

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