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Container shipping Rotterdam to Vancouver

You want to ship a container from Rotterdam to Vancouver (CAVAN)? Sea freight is very practical: e.g. you can transport high volumes for a reasonable price, you have low maintenance costs and it is trustworthy. Exporting a container overseas with liquids or furniture can be outsourced to e.g. Shandong International Transportation Corporation. When you are exporting, you can choose from a lot of container-types. Transporters make a distinction between full containers (FCL) and a partial filled container (LCL). Via our experts we provide you with actual information regarding international transport Vancouver (CA VAN). You can read useful information about the different types of sea containers. You will also find a 5 step export plan. Send us your details and get a quote with great prices and shipping conditions.

  • Ocean shipping is a very popular, secure and cost-effective way to ship high volume products.
  • When we compare it to air transport, it offers more capacity and value.
  • Sea freight is suitable for worldwide removals and the transit of ro-ro or vehicles.
  • The Port of Vancouver is an important logistics artery in Canada.
  • Popular container types are: standaard 20 ft, 40 ft and 40 HC and Insulated, Dry Van, Flat Rack, Tank, Ventilated, Open-Top containers.

Shipping to Vancouver (CAVAN) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Vancouver

Ocean freight shipping is the process of transporting items or goods by ship. Your material is loaded into the container. Your freight forwarder will arrange the container. A shipping vessel will be ready for your goods at the port of origin Vancouver (CA VAN), and will be shipped by ocean to the consignee at the port of destination. You need to make a choose out of: port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door. In the table below we offer useful information about the port of delivery.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Vancouver
Country of destinationCanada
Port CodeCAVAN
Transportation time+/- 14 days
Shipping prices$$$$
Office address100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3T4, Canada
Phone number604-665-9000

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Vancouver

  1. Freight Details

    Enter the port of departure and the arrival port. Determine the desired transport method: full containers (FCL) or (LCL) Less Container Load. Also select container size (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Freight preparations

    As a starting point, make sure the freight is packed securely. To prevent accidents, we advise to put everything on pallets. Don’t forget to label the cargo!

  3. Export documents

    When you transport your cargo to Vancouver (CAVAN), you need to share required export documents (for the national customs): packing declaration, certificates of origin, bill of lading, export/import customs declaration, commercial invoice. A Bill of Lading is a document or electronic invoice issued by the carrier or agent to confirm that the goods match the description listed on the paperwork and that the freight has been booked correctly.

  4. Choose Incoterm

    Incoterms are relevant for traders to agree on the most important contractual terms and obligations for global trade. The agreed Incoterm determines who is the risk-bearing party for insurance, transport and all documents. For freight by sea, these are the most popular terms: Free On Board (FOB), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Ship Live Tracking

    Use the Online Container & Freight Tracking System to see where your shipment is right now. You can see 24/7 when the cargo is departed from POL (Port of loading), arrived at Port of delivery (POD) and when the cargo has reached its final destination.

Sea freight from Vancouver (CAVAN) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): find a container that suits your cargo

You need to ship a container from port of Vancouver – (CA VAN) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is important to ask an appropriate container. Based on your load you choose a size (20 foot, 40 foot) and different ways to fill a container (FCL shipping or LCL shipping). Examples of shipping lines serving the port are APL, China Shipping, CMA CGM, Evergreen, FESCO, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, Maersk, MOL, NYK, OOCL, ZIM. Important towns around the port are Vancouver, Gibsons, White Rock, Sechelt, Aldergrove, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Abbotsford, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Chilliwack, Parksville, Victoria, Sooke, Pemberton, Port Alberni, Hope, Powell River, Cumberland. In the paragraph below we put everything together and offer information about the most popular boxes. You can also click directly to information about 40-foot Container.

from harbor Vancouver CA VAN to rotterdam NL RTM

Important specifications of the 20 FT container

20-foot containers (which is a standard dry van) is the most commonly used size. They are easy to stack on the vessel, which give you lower handling and shipping costs. Widely used for transporting furniture or international removals. Keep in mind: 1 TEU is equivalent to 1 20 feet long container.

  • One of the most rented boxes for transporting cargo via the ocean.
  • A 20-foot container has the following dimensions: 6,06 x 2,44 x 2,59.
  • It can hold between 9 and 11 pallets.
  • You can load it with maximum +/- 27.600 kg.

What you need to know about the 40 FT container

The 40-foot container is identical to the 20-foot container, but once the size. He can hold much more cargo. This makes it very economical for shipping large volumes of cargo. Tip: there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ edition. This is one foot taller than a regular 40 ft. Ideal if you have high cargo.

  • They are ideal for big shipments.
  • The dimensions of a 40-foot container are: 12.19m long x 2.44m wide x 2.59m high.
  • The 40’ft container can hold up to 24 EU pallets.
  • In terms of weight fits maximum: +/- 28.500 kg.

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What does FCL container mean in shipping?

f you have enough goods to fill one full container load, then you better book an exclusive private full container. Freight forwarders then refer to it as FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t have to share space with others. There are many advantages to it: faster transit time, limited chance of damage and you pay lower price per unit. Pay attention to the disadvantages: it is expensive for small loads and insurance is extra important. There are also other departure ports. See for example Antwerp to Vancouver (CAVAN) or Hamburg to Vancouver (CAVAN).

  • FCL Means that means that your goods are stored in a fully owned container.
  • Suitable for as many small items on pallets as large goods.
  • When you send more than 10 standard pallets.
  • Available at: e.g. MSC, ONE, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM, Maersk.

When is a LCL container a good choice?

With a small freight, a shared container can be used. You choose a LCL (Less Than Container Load) contract. The concept of LCL is that you pay per m3 or per metric ton for space inside a complete container. There are many benefits like: freight costs are typically based on cargo volume, you can save on inventory costs and more options during peak shipping season. Pay attention: if you can fill more than half of a container, then FCL is probably a more favorable choice. LCL shipping charges are generally computed based on number of pieces, weight, volume, packaging.

  • The meaning of LCL is: you reserve space in a partial container.
  • An excellent choice for cargo volumes between 2 m3 and 13 m3.
  • You just pay for the used volume of the full container.
  • Can be booked via practical all shipping lines.
  • Available at: e.g. ZIM, POL, HMM, Wan Hai, Evergreen.

Special containers for special freight

There is a wide range of boxes for ocean transport. There is a suitable solution for every type of cargo. The Dry van is suitable for many common goods. There are innovative and special constructions for oils or chemicals, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or other special goods. We explain everything below. You can also look further at transport options in Ilyichevsk (UAILK), port of Limassol (CYLMS), Las Palmas (ESLPA) harbor and terminal Gothenburg (SEGOT).

  • Bulk Containers: used to ship a broad range of dry cargo like wheat and other grain crops.
  • Flat Rack Containers: the walls allows for the loading of cargo from the top and/or sides.
  • Hard-Top Containers: for shipping a wide range of dry cargo and mass freight.
  • High-Cube Containers: it is 1 foot taller than the standard height of shipping containers.
  • Insulated Containers: for e.g. pharmaceutical products, fresh produce, beverages, frozen goods, and chemicals.
  • Open-Top Containers: are able to accommodate much larger objects.
  • Palletwide Containers: specially designed for stowing large quantities of Euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are perfect for storing temperature-sensitive good.
  • Tank Containers: are barrel-shaped vessels serving multi-purposes.
  • Ventilated Containers: the best option for for organic products.

Important types of ocean cargo: What do you want to ship?

Transporting cargo by sea from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Vancouver (CAVAN) has a lot of pluses: you can ship large volumes at low costs, there are lots of different shipping options and eco-friendly. The most important ocean cargo that are transported by sea are: dry bulk, neo bulk, break bulk, liquid bulk, roll on/roll off. Below we tell you everything about it.

  • Car shipping: shipping your vehicle to another part of a country or the other side of the world.
  • House Moving: solid help and assistance for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped precisely and neatly.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. gasoline, petroleum, chemicals, hydrogen, biofuels, kerosene.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, iron ore, grain and lumber, sand, rods, cement.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): a combination of road and sea transport for wheeled cargo.
  • Breakbulk: small containers of freight are unloaded from pallets and packed into the ship’s hold.
  • Retail & other: items like art and antiques, medical/pharmacy, electronic goods, sports equipment, toys or furniture, shoes, food, drinks, fashion.

All about international transport (FAQ)

How many days are needed to ship from Rotterdam to Vancouver?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Vancouver takes approximately 14 days. The distance to be covered is about 3400 nautical miles. 1 NM is about 1.85 km. The total distance is 6297 kilometers. If you choose transport by sea, there are 2 important values, ETD and ETA. ETD means the Expected or Estimated Time of Departure. Estimated time of arrival (ETA) is the date and time that a shipment is predicted to arrive. The shipping time is determined on the basis of vessel speed, the sea conditions and maintenance.

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container to Vancouver (CAVAN)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Vancouver (Canada) are relatively expensive. The total costs are determined by various parts such as the size of the container, shipping route and exchange rates. Do not hesitate to contact us for current rates and transit times.

What customs documents are required for international shipping?

When you send goods to Vancouver, there are documents you need for customs clearance. The following documents are required: Import/export Licenses, Letter of Credit, Commercial Invoice, Certificate of Origin, Insurance Certificate, Packing List. For additional information and answers to questions please contact the customs of Canada or check the official website for more info (

What are Incoterms and which ones should you know?

Incoterms decide the responsibility of both the exporter and also the importer of goods. Two of the most common Incoterms are CIF and FOB. Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) means the seller arranges all the costs up to and including the ocean freight to the agreed port. Free on Board (FOB) means the seller has the responsibility for the goods until they are loaded onto a shipping vessel. One can also choose from one of the alternative Incoterms 2000: Free Carrier (FCA), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Ex Works (EXW) and Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered At Place (DAP), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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