Container Shipping to and from the Netherlands
We know that you want to export or import a lot of products at the same time from or to the Netherlands. It might be as a manufacturer, selling your goods to a customer abroad; or as a small business owner, distributing and supplying products to companies.
Here you can find answers to the key questions you might have, as well as an introduction to shipping to, or from, the NetherlandsGet started
Relevant shipping information
- How is my cargo getting from the port to door or to the port?
The Netherlands benefits from a great network of transportation modes and at Twill, our customers have access to our full range of haulage services. We use Ocean and Inland Transportation (via rail, road and barge) to get your container delivered as promised – and thanks to the strong transport infrastructure, we have short lead times and fast turnaround times. That means you as a customer can make use of a well-connected network which improves the delivery time of your products.
The APM 2 port is the largest port in Europe, located just outside Rotterdam and has a direct Rail and Barge connection to locations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. You can find more information about Inland Transportation here.
- What is the estimated transit time for shipping a container to and from the Netherlands?
Transit times for shipping to and from the Netherlands will be dependent on the locations you are shipping from or to – however, Rotterdam is the biggest port in Europe, which this mean the Netherlands holds a favourable position when it comes to transit times.
For example, Rotterdam is often the first Northern European port that vessels coming in from Asia stop at. With Asia to Northern Europe being one of the biggest and most important trade routes, we not only offer weekly departures, but also a fast transit from Shanghai to Rotterdam. In this case, the estimated transit time between the locations is 34 days and exporting from Rotterdam to Asia will take 28 days to deliver the container to Shanghai port.
As Twill is supercharged by industry leader Maersk, we have global coverage and can support you wherever your cargo is moving from or towards. This means we ensure that your cargo arrives on time.
Transit times will be affected each year by the holiday season. At this time, you will see a peak in containers coming into the Netherlands. This peak season counts especially for goods such as toys, garden furniture, winter tires and spring fashion. At these times it’s important to plan your shipments in advance wherever possible – read more on what you should do to transport your cargo on time before the holidays here.
- Do I need insurance to ship from or to the Netherlands?
At Twill we specialise in shipping your cargo from door to door, over land and sea. Our services do not automatically include insurance for your cargo – unless the laws in the country require it. In this case, insurance is not needed to ship to the Netherlands, but you should review whether this is something you should consider, based on the Incoterms® you have agreed with your supplier.
Depending on the Incoterms® chosen, the risk associated with your cargo moves at a specific point in the shipping process. For example, if you chose to work with the DAP (Delivered at Place) incoterm, then the seller bears all risk until the buyer receives the goods at their final destination. If you choose the FOB (Free On Board) incoterm, the risk moves to the buyer at the point it loads on the vessel at its origin destination.
You should always ensure you read the fine print to ensure insurance coverage meets your needs, as policies vary based on commodities, routes and value.
If you’re shipping your cargo across the sea, you want to know that you are easily being compensated if your cargo is damaged or lost. This is why Twill offers Value Protect, giving you peace of mind that your cargo is protected during transportation with us. With our Value Protect added, it is easier and simpler to make claims when compared to traditional insurance – helping you avoid the many difficulties and annoyances that businesses face when trying to ship cargo while protecting it from risk and damage.
- How is Customs Clearance handled in the Netherlands?
Customs clearance is required to facilitate the movement of cargo out and into countries. The customs clearance process can differ from country-to-country and from port-to-port. At Twill we understand the challenges this may cause. That’s why we can handle Customs House Brokerage (CHB) for you.
For a smooth clearance process for exports or imports, you have to take care of a few documents: the Commercial invoice, Packing list, Bill of Lading and a complete order form. If you book Customs Services with Twill, you can easily upload these documents to our platform once you have filled them out. From there, our customs service team can access them and take care of your customs clearance.
- What are popular trade lanes to and from the Netherlands?
The most popular trade lanes are lanes from and to Asia – like China, Vietnam, Thailand, India. These countries represent big market shares and have the biggest vessels carrying the most containers globally. Other trades which are popular are lanes from the United States and Africa towards the Netherlands.
This means for you, as a customer, there are vessels frequently leaving and sailing on this corridor and many shipping services available which can strengthen the trade of your products.
Ports and offices in The Netherlands
Services to make shipping easier
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Inland transportation is a key partner to ocean freight and with Twill, you get access to a range of quality intermodal services – whether truck, rail or barge. Find the right continental and intercontinental transport mode for your cargo, and let us handle the rest.