What will your volume of goods be when shipping a container from Hong Kong? You will need to answer this question in order to determine your best transport option-a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL).
If you will be shipping at least six standard pallets, we recommend a full container load (FCL). A 20-foot container carries 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can take 22 standard pallets. Six pallets are thus a bit more than half the capacity of a 20-foot container.
Even if you are shipping smaller loads, you should choose FCL if you are concerned about any potential risk of damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with those of other importers.
If sharing a container is acceptable to you, then LCL, also known as groupage, offers a money-saving 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 is one of the busiest ports in the world in terms of volume of cargo handled, shipping movements, and passengers carried. Managed by the Hong Kong Marine Department, it is a deep-water port whose primary business is the handling of raw materials, containerized manufactured products, and passengers. Victoria Harbour's deep waters and natural shelter provide ideal conditions for the berthing of ships of all types. Currently, a total of nine container terminals are located at Tsing Yi, Stonecutters Island, and Kwai Chung. The River Trade Terminal at Tuen Mun handles a substantial volume of container throughput.
Air freight is a shipping alternative you may wish to investigate if your shipment is urgent or your schedule tight. As air freight does impose some limitations on the volume and weight of shipments, we encourage you to check the iContainers calculator to help you determine whether air or ocean freight is the better option for you.