How large will your volume of goods be when you are shipping a container to Hong Kong? This is an important question, as you'll have two transport options-a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL). Your decision will depend on the size of your shipment.
If your shipping volume is equal to at least half of a container-six standard pallets-then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option. A 20-foot container carries 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can take 22 standard pallets.
If your shipment is smaller, FCL is still your best option if you are concerned about any potential risk of damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with other exporters' goods.
Otherwise, a shared container (LCL), known as groupage, offers a cost-effective alternative that will see you pay only for the space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.
The Port of Hong Kong, managed by the Hong Kong Marine Department, is a deep-water port dominated by trade in containerized manufactured products, raw materials, and passengers. The natural shelter and deep waters of Victoria Harbour provide ideal conditions for the berthing and handling of all types of ships. It is one of the busiest ports in the world, in terms of shipping movements, cargo handled, and passengers carried. There are currently nine container terminals situated at Kwai Chung, Stonecutters Island and Tsing Yi. Substantial container throughput is handled by the River Trade Terminal at Tuen Mun.
If you are working against a short deadline or your shipment is urgent, air freight may be more appropriate for you than ocean freight. As air freight does impose some limitations in terms of volume and weight, check the iContainers calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.