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Container shipping Rotterdam to Kaliningrad

You are planning to ship a container from Rotterdam to Kaliningrad (RUKGD)? Sea freight is a convenient transport solution: you can ship large volumes at low costs, it is great for bulk goods and it has live tracking. Importing a container overseas with liquid bulk or vehicles can be arranged by shipping companies such as Antong Holdings (QASC). When you want to forward a container, you can choose from different types of containers. There is made a difference between a full container just for your freight (FCL) and a shared container (LCL). Via our transport specialists we provide you with actual information about international transport Kaliningrad (RU KGD). We offer up-to-date information about the different types of sea containers. Besides this we share a export plan in 5 steps. Share your cargo and transport wishes and we will send a quote with great prices and shipping conditions.

  • Ocean shipping is an innovative, sure and inexpensive way to import and export goods internationally.
  • Compared to air freight, you can transport larger volumes for a better price.
  • Sea freight is excellent for international removals and the transit of food or semi-finished goods.
  • The Port of Kaliningrad is an important hub in Russian Federation.
  • You can choose from the following containers: normal 20 & 40 foot, High Cube and Insulated, Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Open-Top, Tank, Ventilated containers.

Shipping to Kaliningrad (RUKGD) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Kaliningrad

Ocean freight shipping is one of the most economical forms of transporting goods internationally. Your material is put on a container with pellets. The freight forwarder company sends the location details to you. A truck transports the cargo to the shipping vessel at the port of departure (POD) Kaliningrad (RU KGD), and will be shipped by ocean to the importer at the arrival port. They provide you options like port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door. In the list below we offer useful information about the port of arrival.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Kaliningrad
Country of destinationRussian Federation
Port CodeRUKGD
Transport Time+/- 7 days
Shipping rates$$$
Office address24, Portvaya Str. Kaliningrad 236003 Russia

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Kaliningrad

  1. Details of your shipping

    Enter the port of departure and the arrival harbour. Specify your preference: FCL (Full Container Load) or (LCL) Less Container Load. You also choose the size of the container (20 ft, 40 ft of 40 ft high cube).

  2. Loading and labeling the freight

    To begin, ensure the cargo is packed appropriately for carriage. To prevent damage, make sure everything is securely placed on pallets. Don’t forget to label the cargo!

  3. Customs Documentation for Exporters

    When you transport your goods to Kaliningrad (RUKGD), you will have to provide required export documents (for correct national customs papers): commercial invoice, bill of lading, packing list, export/import customs declaration, certificates of origin. A Bill of Lading is a legal document that is completed by a carrier to confirm the goods have been received in good order and that everything is ready to ship.

  4. Find your incoterms

    Freight forwarders make us of incoterms to agree on the most important contractual terms and obligations for global trade. The Incoterm shows who is responsible for e.g transit, insurance and customs clearance. Frequently used incoterms are Ex Works (EXW), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF).

  5. Cargo Track & Trace

    Use the track and trace service to see where your load is at this moment. You can check the status when the shipping is departed from Port of Loading (POL), arrived at Port of delivery (POD) and when the cargo was transported to the ultimate recipient.

Sea freight from Kaliningrad (RUKGD) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): pick a container

Are you planning to ship a container from port of Kaliningrad – (RU KGD) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is highly recommended to rent a suitable container. There are smaller and bigger boxes (20 ft, 40 ft) and all kind of container conditions (LCL shipment or FCL shipping). Well-known shipping lines are CMA CGM, MSC, NSC. Important towns around the port are Zelenogradsk, Guryevsk, Vasilkovo, Kaliningrad, Pionerskiy, Primore, Svetlyy, Donskoye, Primorsk, Yantarnyy, Rybachiy, Polessk, Yuzhnyy, Ladushkin, Gvardeysk, Baltiysk, Znamensk, Pravdinsk, Mamonovo, Slavsk. In the box below you will find extensive information and advice about the most popular boxes. We also offer more information about Dry Van Containers.

from harbor Kaliningrad RU KGD to rotterdam NL RTM

Details of a twenty foot container

20 FT containers (which is a standard dry van) is the most commonly used size. They are relatively easy to ship, which ensures low handling costs. Widely used for transporting household goods or international movings. What you might not know: 1 TEU is equivalent to 1 20 feet long container.

  • One of the most rented boxes for sending goods overseas.
  • A 20-foot container is described in terms of size as: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • A 20 foot holds 11 pallets in one tier.
  • You must take into account a maximum permitted weight of +/- 27.900 kg.

Explanation about a forty foot container

The 40-foot container is identical to the 20-foot container, but once the size. They can carry between 23 and 24 Europallets in one tier. This makes it an excellent choice for shipping large cargo by sea. Good to know: there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ box. They are 9’6 tall. Ideal if you have high cargo.

  • They are ideal for big shipments.
  • In terms of format, this type comes out to: 12200 mm × 2440 mm × 2590 mm.
  • It can hold 23-24 Euro pallets or 20-21 standard pallets in one row.
  • Pay attention to the weight limit of +/- 28.900 kg.

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When is a FCL container a good choice?

If your goods don’t fit in a small (shared) container, then you better book an exclusive private full container. Freight carriers then talk about FCL (Full Container Load). All cargo space is used exclusively for you. The benefits are great: Usually a faster transit time, less risk of damage during the logistics process and the rates are more favorable. Pay attention to the disadvantages: the transport over land is more complex (truck) and less convenient delivery options. Sending the sea freight from another port? Also see Antwerp to Kaliningrad (RUKGD) and Hamburg to Kaliningrad (RUKGD).

  • The premise of FCL is that the volume is large enough to fill a whole container by one customer.
  • Perfect for the transportation of large amounts.
  • Recommended for shipments from 15 m3.
  • Available at: e.g. COSCO, ONE, MSC, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd.

Less than container (LCL)

If a large full container is unnecessary, inquire about the possibilities for a shared container. Transport organizations describe that as Less Than Container Load (LCL). The premise of LCL is that shipments from various parties are combined to fill up one container. There are many benefits like: it’s perfect for shipping small loads, you spend less on inventory warehousing space and it is more flexible during peak-times. Watch out: if you have a cargo load that is more than half a container unit, it is often cheaper to book a full container. The total shipping costs are related to the dimensions and weight of the cargo.

  • LCL Means that means that a partial container is booker for the freight.
  • A suitable choice for transport with a size between 1,5 m3 & 13 m3.
  • You just pay for the used volume of the full container.
  • More Availability During Peak Season.
  • Available at: e.g. HMM, Evergreen, Wan Hai, Yang Ming, ZIM.

What other types of containers are there

There are many different types of boxes available for the international transport of your cargo by sea. There is a suitable solution for every type of cargo. The Dry Van is most commonly used in maritime transport. But there are also specific options for liquid bulk, flowers, fruit or fragile items. Below you will find all common types in 1 overview. Also check other destinations such as Bangkok Modern Terminal (THBMT), port of Pecem (BRPEC), Vitoria (SCPOV) harbor and terminal Huelva (ESHUV).

  • Bulk Containers: very suitable for dry bulk goods such as as grain, feedstuffs, spices.
  • Flat Rack Containers: internationally used when the cargo cannot fit inside a standard box.
  • Hard-Top Containers: equipped with a removable steel roof.
  • High-Cube Containers: perfect when some extra height is required.
  • Insulated Containers: ideal for bulk shipping and temporary storage of mixed products.
  • Open-Top Containers: ideal for logs, machinery, and odd-sized items.
  • Palletwide Containers: more popular and common in the European continent.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are ideal for moving temperature-sensitive cargo.
  • Tank Containers: for the transport of all types of bulk liquid by rail, road and sea.
  • Ventilated Containers: for cargoes that require ventilation in transit.

Main types of ocean cargo: which items do you want to transport by sea?

Shipping cargo by sea from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Kaliningrad (RUKGD) has lots of advantages: low cost, high sea vessel load capacity and it is much more environmentally friendly than air freight. Frequently chosen ocean cargo via sea import/export routes are: liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk, containerized, roll on/roll off. You can read more about it in the section below.

  • Car shipping: shipping your vehicle to another part of a country or the other side of the world.
  • House Moving: get your private goods shipped for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped in a fast and secure manner.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. diesel, petroleum, kerosene, biofuels, chemicals, hydrogen.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, iron ore, grain and sugar, sand, plates, salt.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessel for wheeled freight-carrying equipment.
  • Breakbulk: goods that are stowed on board ship in individually counted units.
  • Retail & other: load like sports equipment, clothes, art and antiques, electronic goods, medical/pharmacy or shoes, food, drinks, furniture, fashion.

FAQ: current topics around international transport

How many days does it take to ship from Rotterdam to Kaliningrad?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Kaliningrad takes on average 7 days. The distance to be covered is about 1600 nautical miles (nmi). That is about 2963 kilometers. If you make a sea shipment, you will receive updates about the ETD and ETA. ETD provides information on the date and time the ship will leave the seaport. ETA means the Expected or Estimated Time of Arrival. Shipping time is subject to condition of the hull, wind force and direction and berth availability.

What is the total price of shipping a container to Kaliningrad (RUKGD)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Kaliningrad (Russian Federation) are slightly above average. The actual costs are determined by various features such as cargo weight, season and exchange rates. Message us for more information, a price proposal and transit time.

What customs documents are required for international shipping?

When you send goods to Kaliningrad, then the customs clearance will also pass. The following documents are important: Packing List, Bill of Lading, Certificate of Origin, Import/export Licenses, Letter of Credit, Insurance Certificate. For more information, then we advise you to contact the customs of Russian Federation or visit the website of the port / gouvernment (

What are Incoterms and which ones should you know?

Incoterms are a widely used system to define, simplify and clarify transactions between an exporter and an importer. The most common terms for sea transport are CIF and FOB. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the seller covers the cost and freight of bringing the goods to the port of destination specified by the buyer. Terms of Free on Board (FOB): the supplier to pay for the delivery of the freight until all cargo is on the ship. In addition, there are other Incoterms 2000 like e.g. Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Ex Works (EXW), Carriage Paid To (CPT) and Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Delivered At Place (DAP), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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