The first step when shipping a container to Rotterdam is to assess your shipping volume. This will help determine whether you require a full container load (FCL) or a shared container (LCL). As a 40-foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets, and a 20-foot container takes 10 standard pallets, a shipment volume of six standard pallets or more calls for a full container. FCL is also the best choice if you wish to isolate your goods from those of other exporters to eliminate any potential for damage as a result of contact with others' merchandise.
Otherwise, groupage, also known as a shared container (LCL), is a cost-saving option that allows you to pay only for the container space you use. Consult iContainers for rates, then contact us for more information.
If you are working with a short deadline for an urgent shipment, air freight may be a more suitable choice than ocean freight. Volume and weight impose some limitations on air freight; consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine whether this is your most suitable option.