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International Sea Freight Services

Sea freight forwarding, also known as ocean freight, is a very cost-effective solution for transporting large quantities of goods that are not time sensitive. Among the many types of sea shipping services available, sea containers are probably the most common ones, which can be filled by one or several shippers. Whether you require pallet transport, FCL or LCL shipping, at Eurosender, we can organise effective transport of your goods by sea freight and other efficient shipping services.


Why choose to use sea freight services?

Inexpensive service for shipping cargo through long distances

Suitable for transporting hazardous and dangerous goods

Most carbon-efficient solution compared to air and road transports

International sea freight shipments for businesses


Organise the import of goods in bulk with a specialised sea freight forwarder without binding contracts or minimum volume of orders. Get already negotiated prices and support from an expert team every step of the way.

Advantages and disadvantages of sea transport

Advantages of sea freight
Disadvantages of sea freight

How are the sea freight quotes calculated?

The rates for transporting goods by sea are based on the following:

Alternatives to shipping freight by sea

Shared truck (LTL)
Transport of cargo that fills part of the truck

Full truck (FTL)
Have an entire truck dedicated to your load

Van delivery
Move all your belongings in Europe with a dedicated van

Air freight
Send your goods in a shared or dedicated plane

Do you have other shipping requirements? 


Frequently asked questions about freight shipped by sea or ocean transport

What is sea freight forwarding?
Sea freight forwarding, also known as ocean freight, is the transport of goods shipped in sea containers around the world. Containers may be filled by a single importer (FCL) or by multiple customers (LCL). The sea freight forwarder is not the company that will perform the transport, but only a connector between the shipper and the carrier. The sea freight forwarder acts on behalf of the shipper to negotiate the prices and arrange all the transportation details with the carrier.
How much does sea freight cost?
The cost for shipping goods via sea freight varies depending on the size and weight of the cargo, the route and also type of vessel needed. Sea freight transportation is usually the cheapest solution for shipping a large quantity of products in intercontinental routes. To get a quote with Eurosender, all you have to do is send your shipping requirements and our logistics experts will provide you will a tailored solution.
Why is sea freight so cheap?
What makes the costs of sea transport so affordable for shipping large cargo is that this is the most carbon-efficient mode of transport in terms of fuel consumption. Which means that sea ships and vessels are able to carry more quantity per fuel, having a direct effect on the overall cost of the service. However, since the transport of goods by sea only makes the connection between ports, additional road transport is often required to make sure the cargo is transferred from the port to its final destination.
What is the difference between sea freight & air freight?
Sea freight shipping is mostly used for transporting large quantity of items through long distances. It is a very cost-effective solution for transporting goods in intercontinental routes when the items are not time-sensitive since the delivery times are long. On the other hand, air freight is the fastest transport solution, ideal for shipping urgent goods and documents. Due to its higher cost, air freight is mostly used for transporting valuable goods or urgent shipments.
How long does a sea freight shipment take?
Sea freight courier services are the slowest type of transport available. A shipment from the east coast of the USA to the UK can take up to 14 days while a vessel coming from India takes approximately 22-29 days. Besides the time on the water, you should also consider the time required for the shipment to be cleared in customs at both origin and destination countries. Even though sea freight forwarding is more time-consuming, the low price of the service makes it advantageous for transporting a large quantity of goods, especially for commodities.
What products are shipped by sea freight?
It is possible to ship almost any type of product via sea freight, as long as it can withstand the long delivery time. Some examples of products that are commonly shipped by sea are petroleum products, chemicals, cars, heavy equipment, day-to-day products such as salt & sugar, other minor ships, and many more.
Is it possible to transport dangerous goods by sea freight?
Yes, sea freight courier service is the safest transportation alternative for shipping hazardous or dangerous goods. It is often used for transporting fuel, chemical products, flammable items and several other products that are usually forbidden in other services such as air and road transport. The shipper is required to comply with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) that regulates the carriage of dangerous goods by sea. It ensures not only the safe transportation of the products but also minimises the risk of contamination of waterways.
What is the maximum weight allowed in sea freight transport?
Depends on the size and type of container being used. Two of the mostly used shipping containers are the 20′ and the 40′, which can carry 21,700 and 26,500 kg respectively. Still, it is important to have in mind that the weight limits may vary for containers from different manufacturers, load regulations and the type of item being transported. Additional charges may apply for shipping loads heavier than the weight limits, since this will require specialised equipment for handling.
What are the types of sea freight transport?
Sea freight can be divided into three categories:
What are Incoterms in sea freight shipping?
Incoterms determine the responsibility of both the exporter and the importer of goods concerning the shipping costs coverage, insurance, export & import procedures, loading and unloading. For more information, you can consult our article about the updated incoterms for shipping in 2022.