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Container shipping Rotterdam to Manila

Would you like to ship a container from Rotterdam to Manila (PHMNL)? Sea freight is a convenient transport solution: you can ship many goods for an attractive price, it is great for bulk goods much more environmental friendly than air freight. Importing a container overseas with ro-ro or personal goods can be arranged by shipping companies such as Arkas Container Transport. You can book many different types of shipping containers. A big difference is being made between (FCL) Full Container Load and (LCL) and partial shipments. Via we provide you with practical information regarding international transport Manila (PH MNL). You can read up-to-date information about how to choose a suitable container for your freight. You will also find a step-by-step plan for starting exporters. Share your cargo and transport wishes and receive a quote with a competitive rate.

  • Ocean shipping is a professional, trouble-free and inexpensive way to export or import international containers.
  • When we compare this to air freight, it is far cheaper and you can easily transport large shipments.
  • Sea freight is recommended for worldwide movings and transporting container cargo or semi-finished goods.
  • The Port of Manila is a frequently chosen port in Philippines.
  • The most commonly used containers are: 20 FT, 40 FT, 40FT HC and Hard-Top, Insulated, Dry Van, Refrigerated, Tank, Open-Top containers.

Shipping to Manila (PHMNL) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Manila

Ocean freight shipping is a cost-effective option to ship goods internationally. Your cargo is packed tightly in a container. The intermediary (freight forwarder) will book a container. The freight goes by truck to the shipping vessel at the port of departure (POD) Manila (PH MNL), and will be shipped over the ocean to the terminal at the port of destination. You can book various solutions like port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door. In the following paragraph you will find some basic data of the arrival port.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Manila
Country of destinationPhilippines
Port CodePHMNL
Transit Time+/- 46 days
Shipping costs$
Port addressPNR Building, South Harbor, Manila, Philippines
Phone number527-44-14

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Manila

  1. Shipment details

    Enter the departure port and the POD. Determine the desired transport method: full containers (FCL) or (LCL) Less Container Load. Also choose the size of the container (twenty foot, forty foot or a high cube).

  2. Loading the freight

    To begin, ensure the freight is properly packaged. To limit damage, make sure everything is securely placed on pallets. Also make sure you have good labels.

  3. Common Export Documents

    If you want to send goods to Manila (PHMNL), you should organize special export documents (on behalf of national customs): packing list, commercial invoice, certificates of origin, bill of lading, packing declaration. The definition of a Bill of Lading is a document signed by the carrier to confirm the goods have been received in good order and noticing that the cargo is well packed for transport.

  4. Choosing the Incoterms

    An incoterm is a set of rules to define responsibility and liability for shipment of the goods. The Incoterm defines how much responsibility you have for export/import documents, insurances and transport. These are the most commonly chosen terms in sea freight: Free On Board (FOB), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Ocean freight tracking

    Use cargo tracking to see where your cargo is right now. You will get a notification when the vessel is loaded at the POL (port of origin), has been transferred to the POD (port of destination) and the moment the consignee has confirmed that the cargo has reached its final destination.

Sea freight from Manila (PHMNL) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): find a suitable container

Are you planning to ship a container from port of Manila – (PH MNL) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is highly recommended to pick the right container type. They come in different sizes (20 ft, 40 ft) and different terms and conditions (LCL shipment or FCL shipping). We cooperate with several international shipping lines. The port has a good connection with surrounding cities. In the next section you can read all important information about the most common sizes and types. You can also click through to our page about Letter of Credit.

from harbor Manila PH MNL to rotterdam NL RTM

Specifications of a twenty foot container

20 foot containers (a.k.a. dry van) is the most common container worldwide. It’s a very common and efficient size, that means they are quite cheap. Particularly suitable for the transport of personal stuff or international removals. What you might not know: 1 Teu means Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit.

  • This box is widely used for sending goods with transport ships.
  • A 20-foot container is described in terms of size as: 6058mm x 2438mm x 2891mm.
  • It can hold between 9 and 11 pallets.
  • The maximum load is about +/- 27.900 kg.

Important specifications of the 40 ft container

A 40 foot container is widely used on (standard) ships. Many types of goods can be shipped within these boxes. This makes it an excellent choice for shipping large cargo by sea. Also, 40ft containers are also available as ‘high cube’ edition. They are 1 foot higher than a regular container. Ideal for tall items.

  • Perfect for larger shipments.
  • The dimensions are as follows: 12 x 2,3 x 2,4 m.
  • 1 FEU fit up to 20 Standard Pallets, and 24 Euro Pallets.
  • In terms of goods, there is a weight limit of +/- 28.400 kilogram.

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Information about FCL containers

If you want to ship a lot of cargo, than you can reserve your own full container. Freight carriers then talk about FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t need to share space with others like LCL. There are many advantages to it: ideal transit time, limited damage risk and you take advantage of economies of scale. Pay attention to the disadvantages: it is unsuitable for small goods exporters and it can be a financial risk with a larger inventory. Departing from another port? Also check out Antwerp to Manila (PHMNL) or Hamburg to Manila (PHMNL).

  • The meaning of FCL is: the volume is large enough to fill a whole container by one customer.
  • Perfect for the transportation of large amounts.
  • For shipments that are larger than 10 CBM.
  • Available at: e.g. CMA CGM, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, ONE, Maersk.

When is a LCL container a good choice?

With a small freight, you can ship it in a shared container with other shipments. You choose a LCL (Less Than Container Load) contract. The idea of LCL is that you share space with others. There are many benefits like: you pay only for the volume you need, you can save on inventory costs and it offers consistent weekly sailing schedules for sea freight. Remark: if you can fill more than half of a container, then FCL is a better choice. The total shipping costs are related to the volume and weight of the packages.

  • The concept of LCL is that your cargo will be placed into a partial container.
  • The best choice for a charge between 2,5 m3 and 13 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you are using.
  • Easier to find space during peak season.
  • Available at: e.g. POL, HMM, Yang Ming, Wan Hai, Evergreen.

Special containers for special freight

The range of boxes is very varied for freight forwarding. Each type of cargo has its own characteristics and methods. The Dry van is the most used type worldwide. Besides this, there are also applications for oil or petroleum, wheat, barley and cocoa or fragile items. We’ve explained it all below. You can also read more information about shipments to Callao (PECLL), port of Genoa (ITGOA), ICD Dadri (INDER) harbor and terminal Southampton (GBSOU).

  • Bulk Containers: used in for transporting bulk cargo like wheat and other grain crops.
  • Flat Rack Containers: internationally used when the cargo cannot fit inside a standard box.
  • Hard-Top Containers: have a steel roof instead of a tarp.
  • High-Cube Containers: ideal for secure storage, particularly of valuable equipment or machinery.
  • Insulated Containers: ideal for bulk shipping and temporary storage of mixed products.
  • Open-Top Containers: for heavy goods which are difficult to be loaded sideways.
  • Palletwide Containers: provides a higher cubic capacity than standard boxes.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are ideal for the food and beverage industries.
  • Tank Containers: for the transport of all types of bulk liquid by rail, road and sea.
  • Ventilated Containers: used to transport cargo with good moisture contents which requires ventilation while transit.

Kind of cargo: what are you going to transport?

Shipping cargo by ocean from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Manila (PHMNL) has a lot of pluses: attractive pricing, very safe and secure and the Duty and VAT are much less expensive than air freight. Relevant ocean cargo categories exported via sea lines are: liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk, containerized, roll on/roll off. Below we tell you everything about it.

  • Car shipping: a professional company ships your vehicle internationally.
  • House Moving: fast and cheap way for international relocations.
  • Removals (Household Goods): Ships your household effects / furniture quickly and affordable.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. biofuels, gasoline, chemicals, kerosene, petroleum, hydrogen.
  • Dry Bulk: iron ore, coal, grain and things like rods, salt, sand, plates.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessel type used for the transportation of cars and other automobiles.
  • Breakbulk: refers to goods that are stowed on board ship in individually counted units.
  • Retail & other: goods like art and antiques, toys, medical/pharmacy, electronic goods, sports equipment or drinks, shoes, food, machines, fashion.

All you need to know about international transport (FAQ)

What is the sea shipping time for goods from Rotterdam to Manila?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Manila lasts about 46 days. The total distance is approx. 11000 nautical miles (nmi). That equates to 20372 kilometers. If you choose transport by sea, you will receive updates about the 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, wind force and wind direction and type of cargo.

What is the total price of shipping a container to Manila (PHMNL)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Manila (Philippines) are relatively cheap. The total price tag is determined by various ingredients such as cargo type, the total distance to the delivery destination and exchange rates. Feel free to contact us for a completely free, no-obligation quote today.

Which customs documents do I need to provide?

When you send goods to Manila, then the customs clearance will also pass. The following documents need to be in place for effective and easy customs clearance. Import/export Licenses, Packing List, Letter of Credit, Certificate of Origin, Insurance Certificate, Commercial Invoice. For more detailed information you can contact the customs of Philippines or visit the website of the port / gouvernment (

Which Incoterm is the best to choose for?

The Incoterms decide which party will cover insurance fees for the shipment. The most commonly used Incoterms are CIF and FOB. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the exporter takes care of transportation and insurance to the agreed port. With Free on Board (FOB), we mean that the seller is responsible for the goods until they are on the vessel at the outbound port. There are additionally more Incoterms 2000 like Free Carrier (FCA), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Ex Works (EXW) and Delivered At Place (DAP), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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