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Container shipping Rotterdam to Shenzhen

Are you looking for a service to ship a container from Rotterdam to Shenzhen (CNSNZ)? Sea freight offers many opportunities: e.g. you can transport high volumes for a reasonable price, it’s transparant and it is eco-friendly. Transporting a container by sea with container cargo or vehicles is very easy with e.g. Matson. You can book all kind of containers. An important distinction is a full container for yourself (FCL) and Less Container Load (LCL). Via our transport agents we provide helpful information regarding international transport Shenzhen (CN SNZ). We share knowledge and useful information about how to choose a suitable container for your freight. You will also find a step-by-step export plan. Please send us an inquiry with your requirements and we will send a quote with extensive pricing details.

  • Ocean shipping is a fast, trustworthy and cheap way to export or import international containers.
  • When we compare it to air transport, you have lower costs and more time for document processing.
  • Sea freight is ideal for worldwide removals and transporting gas-based fuels or consumer goods.
  • The Port of Shenzhen is a popular port in China.
  • We handle a wide variety of container sizes including: 20 FT, 40 FT, 40FT HC and Dry Van, Flat Rack, Hard-Top, Refrigerated, Ventilated, Tank containers.

Shipping to Shenzhen (CNSNZ) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Shenzhen

Ocean freight shipping is the process of shipping goods by sea using containers. Your goods are loaded into the container. The freight forwarder (the middleman) have a special container prepared. The cargo is transported by truck to the shipping vessel at the port of origin (POO) Shenzhen (CN SNZ), and will be transported by sea to the terminal at the POD. You can book various solutions like port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door. In the table below you will find some basic data of the port of delivery.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Shenzhen
Country of destinationChina
Port CodeCNSNZ
Transport Time+/- 47 days
Shipping costs$
Office address1501-1502/F.,Haian Centre, Binhe Road518032 Shenzhen
Telephone number86 755-83797293

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Shenzhen

  1. Enter freight details

    Enter the departing port and destination of shipment. Choose if you want to ship (FCL) full containers or a shared container (LCL). Also select container size (20 ft, 40 ft of 40 ft high cube).

  2. Prepare your package

    Firstly, your load need to be prepared in the right way. To prevent accidents, it is best to pack the freight on pallets. For correct handling you must also label all goods.

  3. Customs documents and procedures

    When you transport your cargo to Shenzhen (CNSNZ), you must send special export documents (to the national customs): packing list, commercial invoice, bill of lading, export/import customs declaration, certificates of origin. A Bill of Lading is a required document that is completed by a carrier confirming goods were received in an acceptable condition and confirm that the items are well packed for shipment.

  4. Choosing the Incoterms

    Incoterms are important to define the rights and obligations of both the buyer and seller. The Incoterm determines who bears responsibility for e.g. transport, insurance and the relevant documents for transport. Much chosen incoterms are Free On Board (FOB), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Cargo Track & Trace

    Use the Ocean Shipment Tracking to see where your load is at this moment. You can see exactly when the shipping is loaded at the POL (port of origin), arrived at Port of Discharge (POD) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Shenzhen (CNSNZ) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): select the container that suits the freight

You want to ship a container from port of Shenzhen – (CN SNZ) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? An important starting point is to ask an appropriate container. They are available in different sizes (20 foot, 40 foot) and different container specifications (FCL shipment or LCL shipping). Many international shipping lines operate this route. There is a good connection to important cities in the area. In the following summary we put everything together and offer information about the most popular container types. You can also click directly to information about Furniture transport.

from harbor Shenzhen CN SNZ to rotterdam NL RTM

Details of a 20 foot container

Twenty Foot Containers (sometimes also called dry van) is the most versatile container type. They are easy to stack, which give you lower handling and shipping costs. Ideal for the transportation of bulk goods and household goods and movings. Nice to know: 1 TEU is equivalent to 1 20 feet long container.

  • One of the most rented boxes for shipping freight by sea.
  • The size of a 20-foot container is: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • Usually, 9-11 pallets are able to fit in one TEU.
  • You can load it with maximum +/- 27.100 kg.

Explanation of the 40 ft container

A 40 foot container is widely used on (standard) ships. You can pack a lot of cargo in this. All this makes it a very effective means for shipping large cargo by sea. Finally, there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ variant. This is one foot taller than a regular 40 ft. This ensures that your cargo/goods can be loaded higher.

  • Taller and bulkier than the standard containers.
  • The dimensions are as follows: 12.025m long x 2.352m wide x 2.393m high.
  • The FEU can hold between 20 and 24 pallets.
  • In terms of weight fits maximum: +/- 28.400 kg.

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Full Container (FCL)

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. The benefits are great: quick transit time, damage is lessened and the rates are more favorable. Important to mention: it is not efficient for small cargo types and insurance is extra important. There are also other departure ports. See for example Antwerp to Shenzhen (CNSNZ) and Hamburg to Shenzhen (CNSNZ).

  • The meaning of FCL is: an exporter is fully booking one or more shipping containers.
  • Ideal for bulk items and large-volume products.
  • If you’re shipping more than 14 m3.
  • Available at: e.g. CMA CGM, MSC, Maersk, ONE, Hapag-Lloyd.

(LCL) Less than container

When you want to save money and don’t need a full container, aks our freight forwarders to possibilities for a shared container. Logistics experts treat that as a LCL (Less Than Container Load) agreement. The goal of LCL is that you pay per m3 or per metric ton for space inside a complete container. You benefit from many advantages: you can save money on smaller shipments, storage and insurance is advantageous and easy time-management and scheduling. Pay attention: if 50% of the container consists of your goods, then FCL is probably your best bet. LCL shipping charges are generally computed based on volume, usually in cubic meters (CBM).

  • The meaning of LCL is: you transport your cargo via a partial container.
  • Ideal for transport volumes between 1,5 m3 and 16 m3.
  • Cost-effective for freight forwarders with smaller shipment volumes.
  • Wide availability in all months of the year.
  • Available at: e.g. POL, Yang Ming, Wan Hai, Evergreen, HMM.

What other types of containers are there

There is a wide range of boxes for shipping your cargo. Each type of cargo needs a different solution. A Dry van is the most common type of freight transportation. But there are also specific options for oil, petroleum, and freshwater, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or other special goods. You can read more about it below. Also check other destinations such as Khalifa (AEKHL), port of Moss (NOMSS), Zhangjiagang (CNZJG) harbor and terminal Puerto Rosario Ente Administrador (ARROS).

  • Bulk Containers: used in for transporting bulk cargo like as grain, feedstuffs, spices.
  • Flat Rack Containers: the walls allows for the loading of cargo from the top and/or sides.
  • Hard-Top Containers: equipped with a removable steel roof.
  • High-Cube Containers: perfect when some extra height is required.
  • Insulated Containers: ideal for Short-Term Storage or Short-Hop Journeys.
  • Open-Top Containers: e.g. for Machinery require space for their tops to stick out.
  • Palletwide Containers: specially designed to accommodate more number of Euro-pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are used for goods which need to be transported at a constant temperature.
  • Tank Containers: ideal for transport and distribution of bulk liquids.
  • Ventilated Containers: specially for cargoes which have to be ventilated in transit.

Important types of ocean cargo: what kind of stuff are you going to ship?

Transporting stuff by sea from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Shenzhen (CNSNZ) have all kinds of advantages: attractive rates, high sea vessel load capacity and the Duty and VAT are much less expensive than air freight. Popular types of ocean cargo shipped via sea routes are: dry bulk, liquid bulk, roll on/roll off, break bulk, containerized. Below we tell you everything about it.

  • Car shipping: reliable import and export of a vehicle via sea shipping.
  • House Moving: affordable and reliable way for international relocations.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped in a fast and secure manner.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. kerosene, biofuels, gasoline, diesel, chemicals, petroleum.
  • Dry Bulk: iron ore, grain, coal and plates, sand, sugar, lumber.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): means that the cargo is moved on and off the vessel on wheels.
  • Breakbulk: common method used to successfully transport cargo or goods that cannot fit in standard-size shipping.
  • Retail & other: cargo like electronic goods, medical/pharmacy, art and antiques, sports equipment, toys + food, drinks, machines, furniture, fashion.

FAQ: everything you need to know about international transport

What is the transit time from Rotterdam to Shenzhen?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Shenzhen takes around 47 days. The total distance is about 11200 nautical miles (nmi). 1 nautical mile is equivalent to 1.85 km. That makes the distance 20742 km. If you ship something by sea, there are 2 important values, ETD and ETA. ETD stands for Estimated time of departure of the ship or truck. ETA means the Expected or Estimated Time of Arrival. The precise shipping time depends on vessel speed, weather conditions and type and weight of cargo.

How much does it cost to ship a container to Shenzhen (CNSNZ)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Shenzhen (China) are relatively cheap. The total price tag is determined by important aspects like the size of the container, shipping route and pickup charges and Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information, transit time and current rates.

Which customs documents do you need?

When you are sending goods to Shenzhen, then the customs clearance will also pass. You need to present the following documents: Import/export Licenses, Packing List, Insurance Certificate, Bill of Lading, Certificate of Origin, Commercial Invoice. For more detailed information please contact the customs of China or navigate to the website of the port or the government (

What are Incoterms and which ones should you know?

Incoterms describe the roles of the buyer and the seller in an international trade agreement. The two most popular Incoterms rules in maritime shipping are CIF and FOB. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the selling party covers the transportation to the port of destination. Free on Board (FOB) means the seller must arrange all processes concerning the freight until all cargo is on the ship. There are additionally more Incoterms 2000 like Ex Works (EXW), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Alongside Ship (FAS) + Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered At Place (DAP), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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