When planning to import from Germany, you'll first need to make some choices related to shipping volume. Your shipping volume may allow you to use a shared container (less-than-container load, or LCL), or it may call for a full container load (FCL). Groupage-the term for sharing a container with other exporters-is a money-saving option that allows you to pay only for the shipping space you use.
FCL (a full container load) is your best choice if your shipping volume comes to at least six standard pallets, as that will fill a bit more than half of a 20-foot container. You can ship up to 10 standard pallets in a 20-foot container, while a 40-foot container accommodates 22 standard pallets. If you would like to keep your goods separate from those of other importers, FCL is also a good choice. Please review iContainers' rates for the import of containers from Germany, then contact us for more information.
Hamburg and Bremen are ports of particular importance to those importing goods from Germany.
Depending on your needs, air freight may be a better choice for you than ocean freight, especially so if you're on a tight schedule and your shipment is urgent. Air freight does impose some limitations on volume and weight; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.