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Container shipping Rotterdam to Zhangjiagang

You want to ship a container from Rotterdam to Zhangjiagang (CNZJG)? Sea freight has many pluses: it is suitable to ship large volumes for low prices, it is economical and it is safe. Transporting a sea container with container cargo or semi-finished goods can be facilitated by shippinglines like Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). Freight forwarders offer a lot of container-types. An important distinction is full containers (FCL) and partial shipments (LCL). Via our transport agents we give accurate information about international transport Zhangjiagang (CN ZJG). We provide useful information about the different types and ways of sea freight. Further on you can read a a practical step-by-step plan where we explain everything in 5 steps. Provide us with your transport details and we will send a quote with market prices.

  • Ocean shipping is a smart, staunch and cheap way to ship your goods to anywhere in the world.
  • Compared to air transport, there are fewer restrictions and it is far cheaper.
  • Sea freight is excellent for international relocations and transporting roll on/roll off or machinery.
  • The Port of Zhangjiagang offers excellent transit options in China.
  • The most commonly used containers are: twenty footers, forty footers and Insulated, Hard-Top, Flat Rack, Ventilated, Open-Top, Refrigerated containers.

Shipping to Zhangjiagang (CNZJG) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Zhangjiagang

Ocean freight shipping is the most common way to transport cargo globally. Your cargo is packed in shipping containers. The middleman (freight forwarder) will reserve a container for you. A truck transports the cargo to the shipping vessel at the port of origin (POO) Zhangjiagang (CN ZJG), and will be shipped over the sea to the customs at the POD. You can choose for: port-to-port, door-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-door. In the following paragraph you can read different kind of info about the POD (Port Of Destination).

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Zhangjiagang
Country of destinationChina
Port CodeCNZJG
Transit Time+/- 47 days
Shipping costs$
Port addressPort Administration Office, Xiangshan Road, Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu 215633, China

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Zhangjiagang

  1. Details of your shipping

    Enter the departing port and the POD. Choose if you want to ship a full container just for your freight (FCL) or partial shipments (LCL). You can choose from a small or large container (20 ft, 40 ft of 40 ft high cube).

  2. Preparing the cargo

    To start with, make sure your goods are tightly packaged. To prevent damage, we advise to put everything on pallets. You must also put a label on the freight.

  3. Common Export Documents

    When you transport your goods to Zhangjiagang (CNZJG), you should organize up-to-date export documents (for correct national customs papers): certificates of origin, bill of lading, commercial invoice, packing list, packing declaration. With a Bill of Lading we mean a document issued by a Carrier to a Shipper, to confirm the goods have been received in good order and that the freight has been booked correctly.

  4. Choosing the Incoterms

    Incoterms are suitable terms in the transport-market to define obligations, costs, and risks involved in the delivery of goods. The Incoterm shows who is the risk-bearing party for transit, insurance and customs clearance. These are the most commonly chosen terms in sea freight: Free On Board (FOB), Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Ex Works (EXW).

  5. Online Container & Freight Tracking System

    Use container track and trace to see where your shipment is right now. You can see exactly when the load is loaded at the POL (port of origin), arrived at the port of arrival (POD) and when the cargo has reached its final destination.

Sea freight from Zhangjiagang (CNZJG) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): pick your container

You need to ship a container from port of Zhangjiagang – (CN ZJG) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? The first step is to ask an appropriate container. Based on your load you choose a size (20ft & 40ft) and multiple transport options (LCL shipping or FCL shipment). Many shipping lines operate on this route. Your cargo can be quickly transported to surrounding cities. In the paragraph below you can compare all types and read more about the most popular container types. You can also click through to our page about Open-Top Container.

from harbor Zhangjiagang CN ZJG to rotterdam NL RTM

Information and benefits of 20 ft container

20 FT containers (also known as dry van) is the most commonly type for shipment in ocean freight. They are easy to stack on the vessel, which results in lower shipping costs. Very suitable for the transport of furniture and movings. Nice to know: TEU is a standard measurement of volume in container shipping and means 1 20 Foot container.

  • This box is widely used for sending goods with transport ships.
  • The size of a 20-foot container is: 6058mm x 2438mm x 2891mm.
  • The container can be loaded with 11 pallets.
  • The maximum load is about +/- 27.500 kg.

Details of a 40 FT container

Besides the 20-foot, the 40-foot container is another popular option. They are very suitable for e.g. industrial goods and retail products. This makes it a popular choice for transporting bulk goods by sea. Also, people can also opt for the 40 foot container ‘high cube’ deal. It is about one foot taller than a normal box. This way cargo can be stacked high.

  • Perfect for larger shipments.
  • The dimensions are as follows: 12.19m long x 2.44m wide x 2.59m high.
  • It can hold 23-24 Euro pallets or 20-21 standard pallets in one row.
  • The max. weight is limited to +/- 28.000 kg.

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(FCL) Full Container

f you have enough goods to fill one full container load, then it is usually better to book a full container. Freight forwarders then refer to it as FCL (Full Container Load). You don’t have to share space with others. This has multiple advantages: quick transit time, chance of damage is reduced to a minimum and and it is cheaper per unit. There are also disadvantages: you need large volume to be viable and it is hard to book during peak season. Another departure port? Also check Antwerp to Zhangjiagang (CNZJG) and Hamburg to Zhangjiagang (CNZJG).

  • The premise of FCL is that you temporarily own a complete container.
  • Perfect for the transportation of large amounts.
  • Relevant when you are sending more than 15 m3.
  • Available at: e.g. COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM, ONE.

What does LCL container mean in shipping?

If your cargo does not fill an entire 20-foot or 40-foot container, you can use be made of a shared container. Logistics experts treat that as a LCL (Less Than Container Load) agreement. What we mean by LCL is that you share space with others. There are many positive aspects to mention like: freight costs are typically based on cargo volume, you spend less on inventory space and it is faster during peak-season. Disclaimer: if 50% of the container consists of your goods, then FCL is probably a more favorable choice. LCL shipping charges are generally computed based on number of pieces, weight, volume, packaging.

  • LCL means that you make use of a partial container for the transportation.
  • Ideal for transport volumes between 3 m3 and 13,5 m3.
  • Deal for cargo that does not fill the entire container.
  • Capabilities at almost all international ports.
  • Available at: e.g. HMM, POL, ZIM, Yang Ming, Evergreen.

Other container types for special loads

The range of boxes is very diverse for shipping your cargo. Shipping companies offer a suitable solution for every cargo type. The Dry Van is most commonly used in maritime transport. Special boxes are also being used for liquids, wheat, barley and cocoa or unique high value cargo. We’ve explained it all below. You can also read more information about shipments to El Dekheila (EGEDK), port of Skikda (DZSKI), Dunkerque (FRDKK) harbor and terminal Abu Dhabi (AEAUH).

  • Bulk Containers: very suitable for dry bulk goods such as like grain and ore.
  • Flat Rack Containers: a flat rack only has walls or support post on the ends.
  • 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: for shipping fresh products and keep up their freshness.
  • Open-Top Containers: for the transportation of goods like glass and marble blocks.
  • Palletwide Containers: are non-standard, uncommon containers with varying dimensions.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers can hold cargo above or below freezing point.
  • Tank Containers: are basically, cylindrical vessels held within a standard 20ft ISO frame.
  • Ventilated Containers: for cargoes that require ventilation in transit.

Load types: What do you want to ship?

Importing stuff by sea from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Zhangjiagang (CNZJG) has many benefits: low prices, best for Bulky Goods and containers can also be used for further transportation by road or rail. The main categories of ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: containerized, break bulk, liquid bulk, roll on/roll off, neo bulk. Below we explain some goods/cargo.

  • Car shipping: shipping your vehicle to another part of a country or the other side of the world.
  • House Moving: your international relocation will be less time-consuming and more efficient.
  • Removals (Household Goods): Ships your household effects / furniture quickly and affordable.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. diesel, gasoline, kerosene, hydrogen, petroleum, chemicals.
  • Dry Bulk: grain, iron ore, grain and plates, lumber, coils, rods.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): means that the cargo is moved on and off the vessel on wheels.
  • Breakbulk: are frequently packaged in smaller boxes: bags, boxes, cartons, crates, drums, or barrels/vats.
  • Retail & other: cargo like toys, medical/pharmacy, art and antiques, electronic goods, sports equipment & furniture, fashion, drinks, machines, shoes.

All about international transport (FAQ)

What is the estimated transit time from Rotterdam to Zhangjiagang?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Zhangjiagang lasts about 47 days. The total distance is approx. 11200 nautical miles. That is about 20742 km. If you ship something by sea, you get 2 types of 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. Shipping time is subject to the boat speed, sea weather condition and cargo flows.

How much does it cost to ship a container to Zhangjiagang (CNZJG)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Zhangjiagang (China) are relatively cheap. The total cost is determined by various components as the size of the container, transit time and currency. Please contact us for more information, a price proposal and transit time.

Which customs documents do I need for a shipment?

When transporting goods to Zhangjiagang, then you must have the administration in order for customs clearance. Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods: Insurance Certificate, Bill of Lading, Packing List, Letter of Credit, Commercial Invoice, Certificate of Origin. For more substantive information and tips then we advise you to contact the customs of China or surf to the official website where you can read a lot of info (

What are Incoterms, and which one is the best to ship with

Incoterms define the responsibilities and obligations of the buyer and seller. For sea transportation, we usually use FOB and CIF. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the exporter bears responsibility for the cost and freight of bringing the goods to the port of destination specified by the buyer. Free on Board (FOB) includes: the supplier to pay for the delivery of delivering and loading the product onto the ship. Other Incoterms 2000 you can choose from are: Free Alongside Ship (FAS), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Carrier (FCA) + Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Cost and Freight (CFR), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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