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Container shipping Rotterdam to Liverpool

Are you interested in a way to ship a container from Rotterdam to Liverpool (CALIV)? Sea freight has many pluses: it is suitable to ship large volumes for low prices, it is flexible and it is trustworthy. Shipping a container with sea freight such as liquids or furniture can be outsourced to e.g. SM Line. There are many different types of shipping containers. A big difference is being made between full containers (FCL) and a container with combined cargo (LCL). Via our transport specialists we provide up-to-date information with a view to international transport Liverpool (CA LIV). We provide extensive information about how to choose a suitable container for your freight. You can make use of our step-by-step import plan. Send us your details and you will get a competitive quote with extensive pricing details.

  • Ocean shipping is an innovative, sure and low cost-way to ship your goods to the other side of the world.
  • Advantages compared to air freight: it has a better carbon footprint and it is cheaper.
  • Sea freight is suitable for international movings and carrying liquid bulk or vehicles.
  • The Port of Liverpool is one of the most important ports in Canada.
  • The most commonly used containers are: standaard 20 ft, 40 ft and 40 HC and Insulated, Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Tank, Open-Top, Refrigerated containers.

Shipping to Liverpool (CALIV) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Liverpool

Ocean freight shipping is a cost-effective option to ship goods internationally. Your products are loaded into the container. The freight forwarder (the middleman) will book a container. The cargo will be trucked to the shipping vessel at the port of departure (POD) Liverpool (CA LIV), and will be shipped by sea to the terminal at the port of destination. You can book various solutions like port-to-door, port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port. In the list below we provide you with details about the arrival port.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Liverpool
Country of destinationCanada
Port CodeCALIV
Transit Time+/- 14 days
Shipping rates$$$$
Office addressLiverpool Post Office 176 Main St Liverpool,Nova Scotia-B0T 1K0 Canada
Phone– not available –

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Liverpool

  1. Details of your shipment

    Enter the port of departure and destination of shipment. Choose how you want to transport: a full container for yourself (FCL) or (LCL) and partial shipments. Also choose the desired format (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Packing the container

    Obviously, your load need to be prepared in the right way. To transport the cargo in good condition, we advise to put everything on pallets. Don’t forget to label the cargo!

  3. Customs documents and procedures

    When you transport cargo to Liverpool (CALIV), you need to share various export documents (to the national customs): certificates of origin, packing declaration, bill of lading, commercial invoice, export/import customs declaration. A Bill of Lading is a legal document issued by the carrier or agent to confirm that the goods match the description listed on the paperwork and confirm that the items are well packed for shipment.

  4. Incoterms for transport

    An incoterm is a set of rules to agree on the most important contractual terms and obligations for global trade. The chosen Incoterm decides how much responsibility you have for transit, insurance and customs clearance. Popular incoterms are Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Free On Board (FOB), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Track shipment

    Use the Online Container & Freight Tracking System to see where your cargo is at this moment. You will get a notification when the ship is registered at the POO (port of load), has arrived at the destination (POD) and when the cargo has reached its final destination.

Sea freight from Liverpool (CALIV) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): match your cargo with container type

You want to export goods and ship a container from port of Liverpool – (CA LIV) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? Compare the options and rent a suitable container. Based on your load you choose a size (20ft & 40ft) and methods (FCL shipping or LCL shipping). Many shipping lines operate on this route. 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 popular products. Also click further for information about Bill of Lading.

from harbor Liverpool CA LIV to rotterdam NL RTM

Details of a 20ft container

20. ft. containers (also known under the name dry van) is the most commonly used size. They are easy to stack on the vessel, so the transport costs are quite low. Suitable for different kinds of storage including personal effects and international removals. Keep in mind: 1 TEU is the indication for 1 20 foot container.

  • This box is widely used for the transportation of cargo via ocean shipments.
  • A 20-foot container is described in terms of size as: 6,06 x 2,44 x 2,59.
  • You can use 11 pallets on one tier.
  • A lot can be loaded in terms of goods weight: +/- 27.600 kg.

Specifications of a 40ft container

The 40-foot container is identical to the 20-foot container, but once the size. Many kinds of products can be loaded and stored in it. All this makes it a very effective means for shipping large quantities of goods. What you may not know: there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ box. You’ve got just a little extra height. This makes them particularly useful for niche applications.

  • Taller and bulkier than the standard containers.
  • In terms of format, this type comes out to: L 12.19m x W 2.44m x H 2.59m.
  • Up to 23 Europallets can be stuffed in a 40′ container.
  • Pay attention to the weight limit of +/- 28.700 kg.

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Full Container (FCL)

I case you are going to ship a lot of stuff, then it is usually better to book a full container. The abbreviation FCL stands for Full Container Load. You don’t need to share your container with anyone else. There are many advantages to it: quick transit time, less potential for damage and you pay lower price per unit. There are of course also drawbacks: it is unsuitable for small goods exporters and there is only limited availability. Transporting cargo from another port? Also see Antwerp to Liverpool (CALIV) and Hamburg to Liverpool (CALIV).

  • The meaning of FCL is: you temporarily own a complete container.
  • Perfect for the transportation of large amounts.
  • Economically viable when the shipment occupies 15 m3 or more.
  • Available at: e.g. MSC, Maersk, ONE, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd.

When do i need a Less than container Load (LCL)?

If you want to transport a small cargo by sea, it might be cheaper to book a partial shipment (shared container). This is known as LCL (Less Than Container Load). LCL means that you share the container with other importers. There are many positive aspects to mention like: you’re only charged for the space you are using, storage and insurance is advantageous and it offers consistent weekly sailing schedules for sea freight. Remark: if your goods can fill up half of the container space, it is often cheaper to book a full container. LCL cost is calculated by the dimensions and weight of the cargo.

  • What we mean by LCL is that your shipment is taking up only a part of a partial container.
  • For low-volume shipments of between 1,5 m3 and 13,5 m3.
  • You just pay for the used volume of the full container.
  • There is always sufficient availability (every season).
  • Available at: e.g. ZIM, Yang Ming, Wan Hai, Evergreen, HMM.

Other container types for special loads

There are many different types of boxes available for transporting your cargo. Each type of cargo requires a different approach. The Dry Van is most commonly used in maritime transport. There are innovative and special constructions for oil or petroleum, wheat, barley and cocoa or unique high value cargo. Our specialist has placed a summary below. You can also look further at transport options in Vila (VUVLI), port of Imbituba (BRIBB), Cartagena (COCTG) harbor and terminal Hakata (JPHTD).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transportation of dry bulk cargo like grain and coal.
  • Flat Rack Containers: it is flat and cargo can be loaded either from the sides or from the top.
  • Hard-Top Containers: equipped with a removable steel roof.
  • High-Cube Containers: perfect for large, oversized, tall, and bulky items.
  • Insulated Containers: ideal for Storage or Shipping Dry Goods.
  • Open-Top Containers: for heavy goods which are difficult to be loaded sideways.
  • Palletwide Containers: ideal for transporting euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are ideal for moving temperature-sensitive cargo.
  • Tank Containers: suitable for different modes of transportation, and built to carry hazardous cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: the best option for for organic products.

Cargo types: what are you going to transport?

Shipping load by sea from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Liverpool (CALIV) has many benefits: you can ship large volumes at low costs, you can ship easily big and high volume cargo and containers can also be used for further transportation by road or rail. Much seen ocean cargo exported via sea lines are: containerized, roll on/roll off, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk. You can read more about it in the section below.

  • Car shipping: your vehicle will be shipped safely and insured internationally.
  • House Moving: fast and cheap way for international relocations.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped in a fast and secure manner.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. kerosene, hydrogen, chemicals, gasoline, petroleum, diesel.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, iron ore, grain and plates, rods, sand, salt.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): a vessel transporting wheeled cargo (cars/trucks,trailers,etc).
  • Breakbulk: refers to goods that are stowed on board ship in individually counted units.
  • Retail & other: freight like clothes, medical/pharmacy, electronic goods, toys, sports equipment + shoes, fashion, food, machines, drinks.

FAQ: everything you need to know about international transport

What is the shipping time from Rotterdam to Liverpool?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Liverpool lasts about 14 days. The ship has to cover a distance of about 3400 nautical miles (M). This is roughly equivalent to 6297 kilometers. 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 and time at which the vessel is expected to arrive at the dock. The shipping time is determined on the basis of the boat speed, wind force and direction and delay at the port.

What is the total price of shipping a container to Liverpool (CALIV)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Liverpool (Canada) are relatively expensive. The final invoice amount is determined by various factors such as the size of the container, the total distance to the delivery destination and pickup charges and Send us a message for a completely free, no-obligation quote today.

Which customs documents are required for my shipment?

When you are exporting goods to Liverpool, then you should also think about customs clearance. The following documents should be provided: Import/export Licenses, Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice, Packing List, Letter of Credit, Certificate of Origin. For more information, you can contact the customs of Canada or surf to the official website where you can read a lot of info (

What incoterm is best for my business?

Incoterms define the responsibilities and obligations of the buyer and seller. Two of the most common Incoterms are CIF and FOB. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the exporting party takes care of the transportation to the port of destination specified by the buyer. Content of a Free on Board (FOB) contract: the seller is responsible for the entire logistics process for delivering and loading the product onto the ship. Other Incoterms 2000 you can choose from are: Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Ex Works (EXW) & Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU).

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