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Container shipping Rotterdam to Hong Kong

Are you looking for a service to ship a container from Rotterdam to Hong Kong (HKHKG)? Sea freight is a convenient transport solution: it’s perfect for heavy and bulky items, it’s transparant and you can track the cargo in real time. Importing a container overseas with break bulk or furniture is very easy with e.g. Regional Container Lines. Freight forwarders offer many different sizes and types of shipping containers. Shipping lines offer the choice between (FCL) Full Container Load and partial shipments (LCL). Via our transport agents we give dedicated information with a view to international transport Hong Kong (HK HKG). We provide extensive information about the different types and ways of sea freight. Besides this we share a export plan in 5 steps. Describe what you want to transport and we get you a quote with market prices.

  • Ocean shipping is a good, trustworthy and inexpensive way to import and export goods internationally.
  • When we compare it to air transport, it is far cheaper and you can easily transport large shipments.
  • Sea freight provides services for worldwide movings and transporting food or factory parts.
  • The Port of Hong Kong is a much-chosen harbor in Hong Kong.
  • Commonly container types are: 20 FT, 40 FT, 40FT HC and Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Dry Van, Ventilated, Tank, Open-Top containers.

Shipping to Hong Kong (HKHKG) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Hong Kong

Ocean freight shipping is a reliable way of large-volume transportation. Your personal stuff is wrapped up in shipping containers. The freight forwarder will reserve a container for you. The freight goes by truck to the shipping vessel at the port of origin (POO) Hong Kong (HK HKG), and will be shipped overseas to the customs at the POD. You can choose for: port-to-door, port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port. In the schedule below we offer useful information about the port of discharge.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Hong Kong
Country of destinationHong Kong
Port CodeHKHKG
Transport Time+/- 47 days
Shipping prices$
Port addressMarine Department, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone number(852)25423711

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Hong Kong

  1. Details of your shipment

    Enter the origin of shipment and the POD. Decide how you want to export: FCL (Full Container Load) or (LCL) and partial shipments. Also choose the dimensions of the container (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Loading and labeling the freight

    First of all, ensure the freight is properly packaged. To ensure that the cargo remains in good condition, it is best to pack the freight on pallets. You must also put a label on the freight.

  3. Customs document

    If you are going to transport cargo to Hong Kong (HKHKG), you will have to provide various export documents (for the purpose of national customs): packing declaration, bill of lading, export/import customs declaration, packing list, certificates of origin. A Bill of Lading is a document or contract released by a shipping agency or carrier to the shipper confirming goods were received in an acceptable condition and that everything is ready to ship.

  4. Choosing the Incoterms

    Incoterms are relevant terms for worldwide shipping to agree on the most important contractual terms and obligations for global trade. The agreed Incoterm determines who is responsible for e.g shipment, insurance, documentation and customs clearance. Widely used incoterms are Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Free On Board (FOB), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Follow your cargo live

    Use the Ocean Shipment Tracking to check where your load is at this moment. You can see in realtime when the cargo is departed from Port of Loading, arrived at Port of Destination (POD) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Hong Kong (HKHKG) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): choose container

You want to export goods and ship a container from port of Hong Kong – (HK HKG) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is crucial to book the right container for your cargo. They come in different sizes (20-ft, 40-ft) and multiple transport options (FCL shipment or LCL shipping). Popular shipping lines include APL, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen, FESCO, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, Maersk, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL, ZIM. There is a good connection to important cities in the area. In the next section we help you choose the right type and provide info about the most common sizes and types. You can also click through to our page about Rail Freight.

from harbor Hong Kong HK HKG to rotterdam NL RTM

Information and benefits of 20 ft container

Twenty Foot Containers (which is a standard dry van) are one of the most used container types. They are easy to load, access, and handle, that means they are quite cheap. Widely used for transporting personal items or international movings. Nice to know: 1 Teu means Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit.

  • This box is a very suitable choice for sending goods overseas.
  • A 20-foot container has a surface area of: 6,06 x 2,44 x 2,59.
  • It can contain 11 Euro-pallets on a single level.
  • The maximum load is about +/- 27.200 kilogram.

Information and benefits of 40ft container

A 40 foot container is widely used on (standard) ships. They are very suitable for e.g. industrial goods and retail products. This makes it a very popular choice for transporting large loads by sea. Moreover, you can also opt for a taller ‘high cube’ choice. They are 9’6 tall. This ensures that your cargo/goods can be loaded higher.

  • Perfect for larger shipments.
  • It has the following dimensions: 12 x 2,3 x 2,4 m.
  • The FEU can hold between 20 and 24 pallets.
  • The max. weight is limited to +/- 28.000 kilogram.

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

When you want to ship large quantities of goods, then a full container is often worth it. Freight forwarders then refer to it as FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t need to share your container with anyone else. The advantages are great: faster transit time, less likely to damage your goods (as the container just contains your goods) and you pay lower price per unit. Important to mention: it is unsuitable for small goods exporters and insurance is extra important. Another departure port? Also check Antwerp to Hong Kong (HKHKG) or Hamburg to Hong Kong (HKHKG).

  • What we mean by FCL is that you have the entire container space to yourself.
  • Load directly from factory or storage.
  • Recommended for shipments from 15 m3.
  • Available at: e.g. Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, COSCO, Maersk, ONE.

Information about Less than container (LCL)

If you want to transport a small cargo by sea, a shared container can be used. Transport organizations describe that as Less Than Container Load (LCL). The meaning of LCL is: you pay per m3 or per metric ton for space inside a complete container. There are multiple advantages: it’s perfect for shipping small loads, reduces the costs of keeping a high inventory of goods stored and lower sourcing risk. Disclaimer: when you ship enough volume to fill more than half a container, then it is often more interesting to go for an FCL shipping. The shipping costs are calculated on the basis of volume and weight.

  • LCL Means that means that you reserve space in a partial container.
  • Cost effective for shipments between 2,5 m3 – 16,5 m3.
  • Freight costs are typically based on cargo volume.
  • More Availability During Peak Season.
  • Available at: e.g. Yang Ming, ZIM, Evergreen, POL, HMM.

What other types of containers are there

There exist a lot of box-types for ocean transport. Shipping companies offer a suitable solution for every cargo type. The Dry van is suitable for many common goods. There are innovative and special constructions for oils, onions, potatoes, vegetables or very expensive items. We’ve explained it all below. You can also look further at transport options in Lae (PGLAE), port of Tawau (MYTWU), Tamatave (MGTMM) harbor and terminal Pecem (BRPEC).

  • Bulk Containers: very suitable for dry bulk goods such as wheat, rice and corn.
  • Flat Rack Containers: it is flat and cargo can be loaded either from the sides or from the top.
  • Hard-Top Containers: used for bulk cargo like cement, automotive, construction goods, steel, etc.
  • High-Cube Containers: extremely functional for transporting light and large cargo.
  • Insulated Containers: for shipping of products that need to be maintained at specific temperatures.
  • Open-Top Containers: perfect when large cargo needs to be loaded safely from above.
  • Palletwide Containers: 5 cm wider and are designed for optimal transportation of cargo on EURO pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are perfect for refrigerated transport of nutritional goods and medicaments.
  • Tank Containers: for the transport of all types of bulk liquid by rail, road and sea.
  • Ventilated Containers: passive (naturally) ventilated or coffee containers.

Main types of ocean cargo: What do you want to ship?

Shipping stuff by ocean from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Hong Kong (HKHKG) have all kinds of advantages: attractive tariffs, very safe and secure and much more environmentally friendly than e.g. air freight. Much seen ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: dry bulk, liquid bulk, roll on/roll off, containerized, neo bulk. Below you will find a brief summary.

  • Car shipping: you can ship your vehicle practically anywhere in the world.
  • House Moving: solid help and assistance for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped in a fast and secure manner.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. petroleum, gasoline, kerosene, chemicals, hydrogen, biofuels.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, coal, iron ore but also lumber, coils, salt, sand.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): the vessel is designed so that vehicles or loads can be entered straight by rolling.
  • Breakbulk: are frequently packaged in smaller boxes: bags, boxes, cartons, crates, drums, or barrels/vats.
  • Retail & other: products like electronic goods, art and antiques, sports equipment, clothes, toys & furniture, food, shoes, drinks, fashion.

Everything about international transportation (FAQ)

How long does it take a cargo ship from Rotterdam to Hong Kong?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Hong Kong takes around 47 days. The total distance is approx. 11500 nautical miles (NM). Converted that is 21298 km. If you ship something by sea, you get 2 types of important values: ETD and ETA. ETD is about the expected departure time of the ship. ETA It is the date and time that the vessel has been scheduled to arrive into port. The exact shipping time depends on displacement of the vessel, weather conditions and delay at the port.

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container to Hong Kong (HKHKG)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Hong Kong (Hong Kong) are relatively cheap. The total costs are determined by various ingredients such as cargo dimension, transit time and supply and demand. Fill in the application form for the best rates and current transit times.

What customs documents are required for international shipping?

When you send goods to Hong Kong, then you must have the administration in order for customs clearance. The following documents should be provided: Insurance Certificate, Bill of Lading, Certificate of Origin, Letter of Credit, Import/export Licenses, Packing List. For more information about these duties you can contact the customs of Hong Kong or visit the website of the port / gouvernment (

What Incoterm should i use?

Incoterms describe the roles of the buyer and the seller in an international trade agreement. The most common terms for sea transport are CIF and FOB. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the seller is responsible for delivery of the goods to a ship, loading the goods onto the ship, and insuring the shipment until it reaches the required port. By Free on Board (FOB) we mean the seller is responsible for the entire logistics process for the cargo until they are handed over to the delivery company. One can also choose from one of the alternative Incoterms 2000: Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Carrier (FCA), Free Alongside Ship (FAS) + Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Cost and Freight (CFR), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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