Ocean Freight Transportation to Thailand
The country's capital and largest city, Bangkok, is Thailand's political, commercial, industrial, and cultural hub. Its population is over eight million.
Thailand is a major exporter; exports account for more than two-thirds of its gross domestic product. The leading sectors of the country's economy include manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. Thailand is considered a newly industrialized country, and represents a vital and growing market; give your business access to it through ocean freight transportation to Thailand.
Full Container Load (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)
When you are shipping a container to Thailand, you should know that standard shipping containers come in 20-foot and 40-foot sizes. You will have to choose between a full container load (FCL) or a less-than-container load (LCL, or groupage) for your shipment.
If your shipping volume is equal to at least half of a 20-foot container (six standard pallets or more), then a full container load (FCL) will suit your needs. Ten standard pallets is the maximum capacity of a 20-foot container, while a 40-foot container will ship 22 standard pallets.
Even for a smaller shipment you may wish to engage a full container load if you want to separate your goods from those of other exporters-to avoid any potential for damage from contact with others' goods, for instance.
Otherwise, you could choose a practice known as groupage (LCL), in which you share a container with other exporters. You to pay only for the space you need with groupage. Consult iContainers for rates and other important details.
Ocean Freight Routes to Thailand
- Bangkok This international port, popularly known as Khlong Toei Port, is located on the Chao Phraya River. Primarily a cargo port, it is one of the world's 100 busiest container ports. In the first eight months of the 2010 fiscal year, the port handled 13,158,130 tons of cargo-about 22 percent of the total of all of Thailand's international ports.
- Laem Chabang Laem Chabang, Thailand's largest port, is located about 16 miles north of Pattaya. It was the world's 22nd-busiest container port as of 2011. Much of Thailand's international shipping passes through Laem Chabang. This is the country's main deep-sea port, and covers an area of 2,572 acres, consisting of several minor ports with terminals for RORO, general cargo, containers, and passengers.
- Songkhla This port features three berths and covers 271 acres. Its conventional cargo berth handles 600,000 tons each year, while its container berth handles 160,000 TEUs annually. The port is located at the entrance of Songkhla Lake in Singhanakorn District. Its major imports are equipment and reefers tuna, while its main export cargoes are rubber, frozen seafood, canned foods, and furniture.