The Dutch economy is deeply rooted in the city of Rotterdam. The city is a gateway between all of Europe and the Netherlands, which is a founding member of the EU, the Eurozone, and the WTO. It just makes sense for entrepreneurs to look to ocean freight transportation to Rotterdam.
Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port. Its main activities are centred around general cargo handling, and petrochemical industries. The harbor is an important transit point for bulk materials passing between Europe and overseas.
Rotterdam offers prime access to markets in the UK and Germany, and has always been one of the main centres of the Netherlands’ shipping industry. Among the major companies headquartered in the city are Robeco, Unilever, and Shell Downstream. Pfizer, ABB Group, and Procter & Gamble are among those companies whose regional headquarters are in Rotterdam. With the city’s high economic profile, no one can afford to ignore the benefits of ocean freight transportation to Rotterdam.
When shipping a container to Rotterdam, your first step is to assess your shipping volume. You will then know whether you need a full container load (FCL) or a groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL). A shipment volume of six standard pallets or more calls for a full container, as a 40-foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets, and a 20-foot container takes 10. A full container is also the choice for you if you need to ensure that your goods are shipped completely separately from those of other exporters.
If isolation of merchandise isn’t an issue, a shared container (LCL or groupage) is a cost-saving option that allows you to pay only for the container space you need. Contact iContainers for more information after you have had a look at our rates.
If your shipment is urgent or you are working with a short deadline, you may wish to investigate air freight. Volume and weight do impose some limitations on air freight; consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine which option is better for you.