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Container shipping Rotterdam to Los Angeles

Would you like to ship a container from Rotterdam to Los Angeles (USLAX)? Sea freight is very practical: e.g. you can transport high volumes for a reasonable price, it is flexible much more environmental friendly than air freight. Transporting a container overseas with refrigerated cargo or vehicles can be arranged by shipping companies such as Matson. Shipping lines offer all kind of containers. There is made a difference between full containers (FCL) and Less Container Load (LCL). Via our portal we provide accurate information regarding international transport Los Angeles (US LAX). We offer extensive information about the different types and ways of sea freight. Further on you can read a step-by-step import plan. Fill out the form and get a quote with the best rates and fastest transit times.

  • Ocean shipping is a fast, trouble-free and inexpensive way to transport large and heavy loads.
  • Compared to air transport, it is far cheaper and you can easily transport large shipments.
  • Sea freight is suitable for international removals and the transportation of liquid bulk or bikes.
  • The Port of Los Angeles is one of the most important ports in United States.
  • Commonly container types are: twenty footers, forty footers and Insulated, Flat Rack, Hard-Top, Ventilated, Open-Top, Refrigerated containers.

Shipping to Los Angeles (USLAX) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Los Angeles

Ocean freight shipping is the most economical mode of global transportation. Your material is stored in shipping containers. Your freight forwarder will arrange the container. Your goods are loaded into the shipping vessel at the port of origin (POO) Los Angeles (US LAX), and will be transported by sea to the terminal at the destination harbor. You can book various solutions like port-to-door, door-to-door, port-to-port, door-to-port. In the list below you can read different kind of info about the arrival port.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Los Angeles
Country of destinationUnited States
Port CodeUSLAX
Transport Time+/- 28 days
Shipping rates$$$$
Port address425 S. Palos Verdes St. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States
Phone number3107323400

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Los Angeles

  1. Enter freight details

    Enter the departing port and the arrival harbour. Determine your container terms: a complete full container (FCL) or (LCL) and partial shipments. You can choose from a small or large container (20-foot, 40-foot, or a 40-foot high cube).

  2. Prepare your package

    To begin, ensure the cargo is packed appropriately for carriage. To ensure that the cargo remains in good condition, we advise to put everything on pallets. Your load also need to be labelled in the right way.

  3. Export documents

    If you ship goods to Los Angeles (USLAX), you will need up-to-date export documents (for correct national customs papers): commercial invoice, packing list, bill of lading, export/import customs declaration, packing declaration. A Bill of Lading is a document provided by a carrier to a shipper to confirm the goods have been received in good order and noticing that the cargo is well packed for transport.

  4. Determine the transfer of risk (Incoterm)

    Incoterms are the terms used in international shipping to define obligations, costs, and risks involved in the delivery of goods. The chosen Incoterm decides who takes care of, among other things, insurance, transport and all documents. Widely used incoterms are Ex Works (EXW), Free On Board (FOB), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Ocean freight tracking

    Use the track and trace service to check where your freight is right now. You can see exactly when the shipping is departed from Port of Loading (POL), arrived at Port of Discharge (POD) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Los Angeles (USLAX) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): pick your container

You received an order and want to ship a container from port of Los Angeles – (US LAX) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is crucial to find the right container type. Based on your load you choose a size (20 ft, 40 ft) and all kind of container conditions (FCL shipment or LCL shipping). We cooperate with several international shipping lines. There is a good connection to important cities in the area. In the paragraph below you can compare all types and read more about the most popular boxes. You can also click through to our page about Insurance Certificate or Policy.

from harbor Los Angeles US LAX to rotterdam NL RTM

Specifications of a 20ft container

20 ft. containers (a.k.a. dry van) is the most common container worldwide. They are very efficient, which give you lower handling and shipping costs. Ideal for the transportation of bulk goods and household goods and removals. Pro tip: 1 TEU is the indication for 1 20 foot container.

  • This box is often used for the transportation of cargo via ocean shipments.
  • A 20-foot container has the following dimensions: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • It can contain 11 Euro-pallets on a single level.
  • The maximum load is about +/- 27.200 kilogram.

Details of a forty foot container

The 40 foot container is the big brother of the 20 foot model. Many kinds of products can be loaded and stored in it. It is especially intended for shipping large sea freight. Tip: there are also special extra tall ‘high cube’ choice. They are 9’6 tall. Ideal if you have high cargo.

  • Very suitable for large loads.
  • The format is almost always the same: 12031 x 2346 x 2383 mm.
  • 1 FEU fit up to 20 Standard Pallets, and 24 Euro Pallets.
  • The max. weight is limited to +/- 28.400 kilogram.

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When is a FCL container a good choice?

When you need a lot of container space, then you can book your own full container. Freight forwarders then refer to it as FCL (Full Container Load). There is no need to share it with other shippers. It is a popular transport method: efficient transit time, limited chance of damage and you take advantage of economies of scale. Of course there are also downsides: it is unsuitable for small goods exporters and you have higher inventory costs. Do you want to send items from another port? Check also Antwerp to Los Angeles (USLAX) or Hamburg to Los Angeles (USLAX).

  • The idea of FCL is that you temporarily own a complete container.
  • Perfect for the transportation of large amounts.
  • When you send more than 10 standard pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. Maersk, CMA CGM, ONE, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd.

Information about LCL containers

When you want to save money and don’t need a full container, it is often a good idea to pick a shared container. Logistics management organization handles this as a LCL (Less Than Container Load). The concept of LCL is that you share space with others. You consciously opt for various benefits such as: it’s perfect for shipping small loads, you can save on inventory costs and easy time-management and scheduling. Disclaimer: once you have more than half a container worth of goods, then it is often more interesting to go for an FCL shipping. The total shipping costs are related to the actual volume that the shipment occupies in a shared shipping container.

  • What we mean by LCL is that your cargo is shipped in a partial container.
  • The best choice for a charge between 1,5 m3 and 14,5 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you are using.
  • More Availability During Peak Season.
  • Available at: e.g. Yang Ming, HMM, Wan Hai, Evergreen, POL.

Other types of containers and customization

There are many different types of boxes available for shipping your cargo. Each type of cargo needs a different solution. The Dry van is the variant that most people will recognize. There are also special possibilities for oil, petroleum, and freshwater, flour, coffee or cocoa or other special goods. You can read more about it below. We also provide more information about sea transportation to Acajutla (SVAQJ), port of Puerto de Ita Enramada (PYASU), Bar (MEBAR) harbor and terminal Aratu (BRARB).

  • Bulk Containers: used for transportation of dry bulk cargo like wheat, rice and corn.
  • Flat Rack Containers: internationally used when the cargo cannot fit inside a standard box.
  • Hard-Top Containers: the latter has a removable roof due to which the door header can be pivoted outside.
  • High-Cube Containers: ideal for secure storage, particularly of valuable equipment or machinery.
  • Insulated Containers: for e.g. pharmaceutical products, fresh produce, beverages, frozen goods, and chemicals.
  • Open-Top Containers: for the transportation of goods like glass and marble blocks.
  • Palletwide Containers: 5 cm wider and are designed for optimal transportation of cargo on EURO pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are used for goods which need to be transported at a constant temperature.
  • Tank Containers: suitable for different modes of transportation, and built to carry hazardous cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: also known as passive (naturally) ventilated or coffee containers.

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

Exporting load by sea from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Los Angeles (USLAX) has a lot of pluses: attractive rates, particularly interesting for bulk cargo and much more environmentally friendly than e.g. air freight. The most important ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: roll on/roll off, dry bulk, break bulk, liquid bulk, containerized. You can read more about it in the section below.

  • Car shipping: reliable import and export of a vehicle via sea shipping.
  • 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. hydrogen, diesel, kerosene, biofuels, petroleum, gasoline.
  • Dry Bulk: coal, iron ore, grain but also stuff like rods, sugar, lumber, coils.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessel has facilities to enable road or rail vehicles to roll on and roll off.
  • Breakbulk: consists of goods transported, stored and handled piecemeal to some degree.
  • Retail & other: items like sports equipment, toys, electronic goods, medical/pharmacy, art and antiques + shoes, furniture, fashion, machines, food.

FAQ: current topics around international transport

What is the estimated transit time from Rotterdam to Los Angeles?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Los Angeles takes approx 28 days. The distance between the two ports is about 6800 nautical miles. That is about 12594 km. If you make a sea shipment, there are 2 important values, ETD and ETA. ETD means the date and time the vessel will leave the dock. ETA It is the date and time that the vessel has been scheduled to arrive into port. The shipping time is determined on the basis of the speed of the boat, sea weather condition and berth availability.

How much does it cost to ship a container to Los Angeles (USLAX)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Los Angeles (United States) are relatively expensive. The actual costs are determined by a number of factors like type of container, shipping route and local handling fees. Send us a message for a clear quote and estimated shipping time.

Which customs documents do I need to provide?

When you send goods to Los Angeles, then you should also think about customs clearance. You will need the following documentation: Letter of Credit, Bill of Lading, Packing List, Import/export Licenses, Insurance Certificate, Commercial Invoice. For more information, then we advise you to contact the customs of United States or surf to the official website where you can read a lot of info (

What is the best Incoterm for my shipment?

The Incoterms tell us: Who is organising carriage and insurance? The two most important Incoterms in sea transport are FOB and CIF. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the selling party covers covering the costs, insurance, and freight of the buyer’s shipment while in transit to the destination port of the buyer’s choosing. By Free on Board (FOB) we mean the seller is responsible for all expenses the goods until they are loaded onto a shipping vessel. In addition, there are other Incoterms 2000 like e.g. Free Carrier (FCA), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Ex Works (EXW), Free Alongside Ship (FAS) & Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Cost and Freight (CFR).

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