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Container shipping Rotterdam to Jeddah

Would you like to ship a container from Rotterdam to Jeddah (SAJED)? Sea freight is very useful: you can ship large volumes at low costs, it is flexible and it’s more than 50% cheaper than air. Transporting containers with freight like break bulk or cars and other vehicles can be facilitated by shippinglines like Global Feeder Shipping LLC. There are all kind of containers. You have to choose between Full Container Load (FCL) and a partial filled container (LCL). Via our experts we share helpful information for international transport Jeddah (SA JED). We share extensive information about the different types and ways of sea freight. For this we offer a step-by-step import plan. Send us your details and receive a quote with a competitive rate.

  • Ocean shipping is a good, trouble-free and affordable way to transport large and heavy loads.
  • Advantages compared to air freight: you can transport larger volumes for a better price.
  • Sea freight is great for worldwide movings and the transit of break bulk or furniture.
  • The Port of Jeddah is a much-chosen harbor in Saudi Arabia.
  • Popular container types are: normal 20 & 40 foot, High Cube and Dry Van, Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Tank, Ventilated, Open-Top containers.

Shipping to Jeddah (SAJED) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Jeddah

Ocean freight shipping is the process of transporting items or goods by ship. Your products are transferred in shipping containers. The intermediary (freight forwarder) will reserve a container for you. A shipping vessel will be ready for your goods at the port of origin (POO) Jeddah (SA JED), and will be shipped by ocean to the recipient at the arrival port. You can choose for: door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-port. In the table below we offer useful information about the port of arrival.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Jeddah
Country of destinationSaudi Arabia
Port CodeSAJED
Transportation time+/- 31 days
Shipping rates$$
Local addressP.O. Box 9285, Jeddah 21188, Saudi Arabia
Phone number966-2-6471200

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Jeddah

  1. Enter freight details

    Enter the port of departure and destination of shipment. Choose if you want to ship (FCL) full containers or (LCL) and partial shipments. Besides this, also choose a suitable container size (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Loading the freight

    To begin, make sure the freight is packed securely. To transport the cargo in good condition, it is a good idea to use pallets. For correct handling you must also label all goods.

  3. Customs documents and procedures

    When you transport cargo to Jeddah (SAJED), you should organize required export documents (to the national customs): packing list, export/import customs declaration, bill of lading, certificates of origin, packing declaration. A Bill of Lading is a document that is provided to the shipper to confirm that the shipment is received in good order and that everything is ready to ship.

  4. Choosing the Incoterms

    Incoterms are relevant for traders to define obligations, costs, and risks involved in the delivery of goods. The agreed Incoterm determines who is the risk-bearing party for transport, insurance and the relevant documents for transport. The most common incoterms are Free On Board (FOB), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Track Sea Cargo

    Use the track and trace service to see where your container is at this moment. You can check easily when the load is departed from Port of Loading (POL), arrived at Port of delivery (POD) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Jeddah (SAJED) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): select your container

You are going to ship a container from port of Jeddah – (SA JED) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is highly recommended to find the right container type. There are different sizes (20 ft, 40 ft) and all kind of container conditions (FCL shipment or LCL shipment). Examples of shipping lines serving the port are APL, CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, Maersk, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL. The port offers an excellent connection to Jiddah, Mecca, Umm Lajj, Abha, Sabya, Jizan, Najran, Buraydah, Tabuk, Riyadh, Sakakah, Turayf, Buqayq, Safwah, Sayhat, Tarut. In the text box below you can read all important information about the most popular boxes. We also offer more information about Palletwide Containers.

from harbor Jeddah SA JED to rotterdam NL RTM

Details of a 20ft container

20 FT containers (some people call it dry van) is the most popular container size. They are easy to stack on the vessel, so the transport costs are quite low. Suitable for different kinds of storage including household goods and removals. What you might not know: The term “TEU” stands for twenty-foot equivalent unit.

  • A very popular box for the transportation of cargo via ocean shipments.
  • A 20-foot container know the following size description: 5.90m x 2,35m x 2,39m.
  • You can use 11 pallets on one tier.
  • You can load it with maximum +/- 27.800 kg.

Important specifications of the 40 ft 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 an excellent choice for transporting bulk goods by sea. Tip: there are also special 40 foot containers such as the ‘high cube’ version. Thereby you have a little more height. This ensures that your cargo/goods can be loaded higher.

  • Often chosen for large loads.
  • The dimensions are the same internationally: 12031 x 2346 x 2383 mm.
  • The Forty Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) can hold 20-24 pallets.
  • Maximum load is about +/- 28.100 kg.

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(FCL) Full Container

If you have enough goods to fill an entire container, then renting a full container is the most interesting. This is known as an FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t have to share space with others. There are many advantages to it: faster transit time, less potential for damage and and it costs less at the bottom of the line. Of course there are also downsides: it is expensive for small loads and it is harder to unload the FCL shipment. Sending the sea freight from another port? Also see Antwerp to Jeddah (SAJED) or Hamburg to Jeddah (SAJED).

  • What we mean by FCL is that you have the entire container space to yourself.
  • Used by all major manufacturers and shipping companies.
  • Economically viable when the shipment occupies 15 m3 or more.
  • Available at: e.g. CMA CGM, COSCO, Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC.

What does LCL container mean in shipping?

When you want to save money and don’t need a full container, your goods will be shipped with other cargo. This is known as LCL (Less Than Container Load). LCL Means that means that you share the space in the container and the shipping costs, with other businesses. There are many benefits like: freight costs are typically based on cargo volume, you spend less on inventory space and it offers consistent weekly sailing schedules for sea freight. Disclaimer: if 50% of the container consists of your goods, then you better go for FCL. The cost of the shipment is determined by the dimensions of the package i.e. the length, width.

  • The premise of LCL is that your cargo is transported in a partial container.
  • A suitable choice for transport with a size between 1,5 m3 – 15,5 m3.
  • Cost-effective for freight forwarders with smaller shipment volumes.
  • Can be booked via practical all shipping lines.
  • Available at: e.g. POL, Yang Ming, HMM, Wan Hai, ZIM.

What other types of containers are there

The range of boxes is very varied for international cargo shipping. Each type of cargo requires a different approach. The Dry Van is most commonly used in maritime transport. But there are also specific options for oil, petroleum, and freshwater, flour, coffee or cocoa or fragile items. You can read all about it in the section below. You can also look further at transport options in Damietta (EGDAM), port of Aliaga (TRALI), Puerto de Mazatlan (MXMZT) harbor and terminal Tomakomai (JPTMK).

  • Bulk Containers: very suitable for dry bulk goods such as wheat, rice and corn.
  • Flat Rack Containers: internationally used when the cargo cannot fit inside a standard box.
  • Hard-Top Containers: with a hard steel roof that can be used or removed.
  • High-Cube Containers: similar in structure to standard containers, but taller.
  • Insulated Containers: ideal for Storage or Shipping Dry Goods.
  • Open-Top Containers: enables oversized cargo such as timber and scrap metal to be loaded from the top.
  • Palletwide Containers: 5 cm wider and are designed for optimal transportation of cargo on EURO pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are used for goods that need to be temperature controlled.
  • Tank Containers: suitable for different modes of transportation, and built to carry hazardous cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: passive (naturally) ventilated or coffee containers.

Kind of freight: What do you want to ship?

Exporting load by ocean from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Jeddah (SAJED) have all kinds of advantages: you can ship large volumes at low costs, there are lots of different shipping options and containers can also be used for further transportation by road or rail. The most important ocean cargo exported via sea lines are: break bulk, neo bulk, roll on/roll off, dry bulk, liquid bulk. Below we tell you everything about it.

  • Car shipping: you can ship your vehicle practically anywhere in the world.
  • House Moving: choose reliable transport options for personal items (relocation).
  • Removals (Household Goods): have your household effects shipped to a new home.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. chemicals, diesel, hydrogen, biofuels, petroleum, kerosene.
  • Dry Bulk: iron ore, coal, grain but also plates, rods, coils, sugar.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): means that the cargo is moved on and off the vessel on wheels.
  • Breakbulk: cargo that is transported in bags, boxes, crates, drums or barrels.
  • Retail & other: load like art and antiques, medical/pharmacy, clothes, toys, electronic goods + fashion, machines, drinks, furniture, food.

FAQ: frequently asked questions and answers regarding international transport

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

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Jeddah lasts about 31 days. The distance to be covered is about 7400 nautical miles (nmi). That is about 13705 kilometers. When you send something by sea, there are 2 important values, ETD and ETA. Estimated time of departure (ETD) is when the ship is estimated to leave the port. ETA is the date and time at which the vessel is expected to arrive at the dock. Shipping time varies from case to case and depends on factors such as: the speed of the boat, the sea conditions and type of shipment.

What is the total price of shipping a container to Jeddah (SAJED)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) are average. The total price tag is determined by a number of factors like cargo type, the total distance to the delivery destination and freight forwarder handling fees. Request a quote without obligation for a price proposal and transit times.

What customs documents are needed?

When shipping goods to Jeddah, then you must have the administration in order for customs clearance. The following documents are important: Certificate of Origin, Letter of Credit, Import/export Licenses, Bill of Lading, Insurance Certificate, Packing List. For additional information, please contact the customs of Saudi Arabia or navigate to the website of the port or the government (

What is the best Incoterm for my shipment?

Incoterms describe all tasks, risks, and costs associated with the transaction of goods worldwide. The most popular Incoterms for sea transport are FOB and CIF. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the exporter covers the transportation to the port of destination. The meaning of Free on Board (FOB) is the seller has the responsibility for the goods until they are loaded on a shipping vessel. Other Incoterms 2000 you can choose from are: Carriage Paid To (CPT), Ex Works (EXW), Free Carrier (FCA), Free Alongside Ship (FAS) and Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered At Place (DAP).

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