We encourage you to consider carefully your different choices when you are shipping a container to Japan. Your two shipping options are a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL).
Your shipping volume can help you make a choice here. If your volume is equal to at least six standard pallets-a little over half the capacity of a 20-foot container-then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option. A 20-foot container accommodates 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can carry 22.
FCL should also be chosen even for small shipments if you wish to avoid any risk of damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with others' merchandise.
If sharing a container is viable for you, then you should choose groupage (LCL). This is cost-efficient, as you will pay only for the space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.
Japan's high level of foreign trade means that this small country boasts a large number of maritime ports. Among the most important are Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka.
If you are working against a short deadline or your shipment is urgent, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs. Air freight comes with some limitations in terms of volume and weight; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.