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Container shipping Rotterdam to Yokohama

Do you need to ship a container from Rotterdam to Yokohama (JPYOK)? Sea freight has many advantages: you can ship large volumes at low costs, it’s transparant and you can track the cargo in real time. Transporting a container by sea with food or cars and other vehicles is easy with shippinglines like Sinotrans. They offer various types of containers. Shipping by sea is primarily divided into two types: a full container just for your freight (FCL) and (LCL) and partial shipments. Via our experts you will get dedicated information about international transport Yokohama (JP YOK). We offer inside-information about how to choose a suitable container for your freight. On this website you can read a 5 step export plan. Describe what you want to transport and receive a quote with the best rates and fastest transit times.

  • Ocean shipping is an innovative, sure and inexpensive way to transport large and heavy loads.
  • Compared to air transport, it has a better carbon footprint and it is cheaper.
  • Sea freight is an often chosen option for worldwide relocations and shipping break bulk or cars.
  • The Port of Yokohama is a popular port in Japan.
  • The range of containers includes: standaard 20 ft, 40 ft and 40 HC and Hard-Top, Dry Van, Flat Rack, Tank, Open-Top, Refrigerated containers.

Shipping to Yokohama (JPYOK) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Yokohama

Ocean freight shipping is the most economical form of transportation. Your material is put on a container with pellets. The freight forwarder ensures that a container is ready. The cargo is transported by truck to the shipping vessel at the departing port Yokohama (JP YOK), and will be transported by sea to the customs at the POD (port of destination). You can book various solutions like port-to-door, door-to-door, port-to-port, door-to-port. In the attached table you can read different kind of info about the arrival port.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Yokohama
Country of destinationJapan
Port CodeJPYOK
Transport Time+/- 56 days
Shipping prices$
Office address2 Yamashita-cho Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0023, Japan
Phone number81-45-671-2880

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Yokohama

  1. Enter freight details

    Enter the port of origin (POO) and the destination harbor. Specify your preference: Full Container Load (FCL) or a container with combined cargo (LCL). You can choose from a small or large container (twenty foot, forty foot or a high cube).

  2. Pack you load

    Obviously, you need to make sure your load is packed correctly. To limit damage, we advise you to use pallets. Don’t forget to label the cargo!

  3. Export documents

    If you ship goods to Yokohama (JPYOK), you will have to provide several export documents (for the purpose of national customs): packing declaration, bill of lading, certificates of origin, commercial invoice, export/import customs declaration. A Bill of Lading is a document or electronic invoice signed by the carrier to confirm that the shipment is received in good order and that the freight has been booked correctly.

  4. Incoterms for transport

    Incoterms are relevant terms for worldwide shipping to define responsibility and liability for shipment of the goods. The Incoterm determines who is responsible for, for example, transport, insurance and duty related matters. Frequently used incoterms are Ex Works (EXW), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP), Free On Board (FOB).

  5. Ocean freight tracking

    Use cargo and container tracking to see where your load is right now. You can see exactly when the freight has been registered at the POO (port of load), has been transferred to the POD (port of destination) and when your cargo has been unloaded at the final destination.

Sea freight from Yokohama (JPYOK) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): pick your container

You are going to ship a container from port of Yokohama – (JP YOK) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? The first step is to rent a suitable container. There are different sizes (20 ft, 40 ft) and different container agreements (FCL shipping or LCL shipment). Well-known shipping lines are APL, CMA CGM, Evergreen, FESCO, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin, Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, Maersk, MOL, MSC, NYK, OOCL, ZIM. From the port, many freights are transported to cities such as Kawasaki, Kamakura, Zushi, Yokosuka, Fujisawa, Machida, Hayama, Komae, Inagi, Futtsu, Ayase, Zama, Ebina, Chofu, Kimitsu, Kisarazu, Chigasaki, Atsugi, Tama, Mitaka. In the next chapter you will find extensive information and advice about the most common sizes and types. Check also more information about Shipping rates.

from harbor Yokohama JP YOK to rotterdam NL RTM

Specifications of a 20 FT container

20 FT containers (also known under the name dry van) is the most commonly used and most commonly available size. They are quite easy to transport, so the transport costs are quite low. Widely used for transporting personal stuff and removals. Keep in mind: 1 TEU is the indication for 1 20 foot container.

  • A very popular box for shipping freight by sea.
  • A 20-foot container has the following dimensions: 5,9 x 2,4 x 2,4 meter.
  • It can hold between 9 and 11 pallets.
  • You can load it with maximum +/- 27.500 kg.

Information and benefits of 40 foot container

The 40-foot container offers twice as much space as the 20-footer. Many kinds of products can be loaded and stored in it. This makes it very economical for shipping large quantities of goods. Also, there exist a bigger and higher ‘high cube’ version. They are 9’6 tall. Stuff can be stacked high.

  • Very popular with large and bulky goods.
  • It has the following dimensions: 12 x 2,3 x 2,4 m.
  • The Forty Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) can hold 20-24 pallets.
  • The maximum load is +/- 28.700 kilogram.

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What is a FCL container and what are the benefits?

When you want to ship large quantities of goods, then it is usually better to book a full container. The abbreviation FCL stands for Full Container Load. All cargo space is used exclusively for you. There are many advantages to it: Usually a faster transit time, less risk of damage during the logistics process and the rates are more favorable. Important to mention: it is not suitable for small cargo and insurance is extra important. Do you want to send items from another port? Check also Antwerp to Yokohama (JPYOK) or Hamburg to Yokohama (JPYOK).

  • FCL Means that means that an exporter is fully booking one or more shipping containers.
  • Load directly from factory or storage.
  • Relevant when you are sending more than 15 m3.
  • Available at: e.g. COSCO, Maersk, ONE, MSC, CMA CGM.

What is a Less than container (LCL)?

If you don’t prefer a full container, your goods will be shipped with other cargo. Logistics management organization handles this as a LCL (Less Than Container Load). LCL means that multiple shippers’ goods are packed together. The advantages of this option include: it’s perfect for shipping small loads, less inventory costs & management and it is faster during peak-season. Worth mentioning: if you have a cargo load that is more than half a container unit, then it is often more interesting to go for an FCL shipping. LCL shipping charges are generally computed based on the dimensions of the package i.e. the length, width.

  • LCL means that your cargo is shipped in a partial container.
  • The best choice for a charge between 4 m3 & 14,5 m3.
  • You only pay for the space you are using.
  • Wide availability in all months of the year.
  • Available at: e.g. Yang Ming, ZIM, POL, Evergreen, HMM.

Other types of containers and customization

You can choose from many types of boxes for transporting your cargo. There is a suitable solution for every type of cargo. A Dry van is the most common type of freight transportation. But there are also specific options for liquids, flour, coffee or cocoa or very expensive items. We’ve explained it all below. You can also check more information about shipping to Muara (BNMUA), port of Bell Bay (AUBEL), Tughlakabad (INTKD) harbor and terminal Jose D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port (GUAPR).

  • Bulk Containers: very suitable for dry bulk goods such as wheat and grains.
  • Flat Rack Containers: the walls allows for the loading of cargo from the top and/or sides.
  • Hard-Top Containers: used for bulk cargo like cement, automotive, construction goods, steel, etc.
  • High-Cube Containers: ideal for secure storage, particularly of valuable equipment or machinery.
  • 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: designed to accommodate a larger amount of Euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers are ideal for cold storage like perishables, frozen goods and pharmaceutical products.
  • Tank Containers: if you want to transport a large quantity of liquid as bulk cargo.
  • Ventilated Containers: are fitted with additional ventilation holes.

Main types of ocean freight: what do you want to transport by sea?

Importing load by ocean from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Yokohama (JPYOK) has lots of advantages: attractive pricing, you can ship easily big and high volume cargo and it is much more environmentally friendly than air freight. Relevant ocean cargo categories exported via sea lines are: break bulk, neo bulk, dry bulk, containerized, liquid bulk. Below you can read more information about it.

  • Car shipping: a professional company ships your vehicle internationally.
  • House Moving: solid help and assistance for relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped in a fast and secure manner.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. chemicals, kerosene, petroleum, diesel, hydrogen, biofuels.
  • Dry Bulk: coal, iron ore, grain but also stuff like salt, sugar, coils, rods.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): vessel has facilities to enable road or rail vehicles to roll on and roll off.
  • Breakbulk: are frequently packaged in smaller boxes: bags, boxes, cartons, crates, drums, or barrels/vats.
  • Retail & other: cargo like art and antiques, toys, sports equipment, medical/pharmacy, clothes & furniture, drinks, shoes, food, fashion.

All you need to know about international transport (FAQ)

What is the estimated transit time from Rotterdam to Yokohama?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Yokohama lasts about 56 days. The ship has to cover a distance of about 13500 nautical miles (nmi). That is about 25002 kilometers. When you export something, you have to pay close attention to ETD and ETA. ETD is about the expected departure time of the ship. ETA means the Expected or Estimated Time of Arrival. The precise shipping time depends on draft and speed, wind force and wind direction and port inspection.

What are the all-in costs of shipping a container to Yokohama (JPYOK)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Yokohama (Japan) are relatively cheap. The actual costs are determined by various features such as type of container, the total distance to the delivery destination and other costs like stacking and siting. Message us for a price proposal and transit times.

Which customs documents are required for my shipment?

When transporting goods to Yokohama, then the customs clearance will also pass. The following documents are needed for the customs handling procedure: Letter of Credit, Packing List, Insurance Certificate, Certificate of Origin, Import/export Licenses, Commercial Invoice. For additional information and answers to questions you can contact the customs of Japan or surf to the official website where you can read a lot of info (

What are Incoterms and which ones should you know?

Incoterms define the conditions under which the products must be exported. The most popular Incoterms for sea transport are FOB and CIF. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the exporter covers delivering the goods to the named port of destination. With Free on Board (FOB), we mean that the selling party is fully liable for the cargo until they are handed over to the delivery company. Other commonly used Incoterms 2000 are e.g. Ex Works (EXW), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) & Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Cost and Freight (CFR).

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