German Shipping Requirements

Beginning December 31, 2012 the port in Hamburg ceased to operate as a Freeport. This development changed the German Shipping Requirements for shipping Less-than-container-load (LCL) cargo are handled, due to the stricter enforcement of preexisting destination/documentation requirements, especially for transshipment cargo. In the event proper documents are not received prior to arrival in Hamburg, it will result in costly delays to both the US shipper and the final consignee.

iContainers will now immediately be implementing a no docs/no load policy based on the following guidelines:

• All cargo transshipping via Germany will not be released for loading unless documentation/destination requirements have been met. These requirements are listed on our bookings.
• All Household Good shipments destined to or transshipping via Germany will not be released for loading unless we receive a legible packing list to ensure the shipment does not contain foodstuffs or prohibited items.
• All cargo destined to or transshipping via Germany containing foodstuff or veterinary products will not be released for loading until proper paperwork is provided to which authorizes the goods to be shipped to their final destination.

iContainers has extensive experience shipping to Germany and provides FCL, LCL and air freight services from the United States to Germany. Using our online search engine you can receive rates in less than 2 minutes. If you require any additional information or need clarification on destination requirements please do not hesitate to contact iContainers.

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