What is a sea freight container?

The sea freight container is the transport solution for international sea freight shipping, in which standardized containers are used to transport goods between countries.

These containers are usually made of metal and have uniform sizes that are suitable for different types of transportation, such as ships, trucks and trains.

Sea freight containers are used by shipping companies or freight forwarders. They are a cost-effective and safe transportation option. They reduce the risk of damage or theft of the goods during transportation.

The containers are weatherproof and offer protection against various types of damage. They also simplify the loading and unloading process, as they can be easily stacked and moved with special equipment.

Ocean freight containers are a popular choice for online retailers and manufacturers who need timely and reliable delivery of goods, especially for shipping goods from overseas.

Container transportation

Are you a retailer or manufacturer and want to transport your container from the port to a warehouse?

Container transport at Subke

  • We organize the container transport from the port.
  • Transport free loaded to our warehouse.
  • Processing from CFR Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Amsterdam, Rotterdam und Antwerpen.
  • 20 GP / 25 t incl. Container Tara
  • 40 GP / 28 t incl. Container Tara
  • Importhandling
  • Import customs clearance
  • Harmless merchant goods

Use of our warehouses

  • In connection with our fulfillment service.
  • As a retailer for pre FBA and other marketplaces.
  • For goods preparation
  • As Cross-Docking.

Container onloading

We unload your container just outside Hamburg in Lüneburg using only our own specialists. The goods are immediately stored on pallets and the quantity is entered into the warehouse management system.

Container onloading

  • Notification 7 working days before delivery.
  • Delivery from THC Hamburg in approx. 30 minutes.
  • Unloading within the regular truck standing time.
  • Unloading without ramp.
  • No floor vehicle necessary.
  • Onloading from 20 GP / 25 t and 40 GP / 28 t incl. Container Tara
  • Only harmless merchant goods
  • Price overview container unloading

We do not unload or store the following containers

  • Dangerous goods
  • Refrigerated container
  • Special container

Container unloading directly outside Hamburg

We handle the unloading of sea containers with pallets, cartons or individual items. We can also safely unload heavy items such as bulky goods.

Advise us of your containers 7 days in advance at our warehouse. Our employees can then prepare themselves and guarantee 48-hour storage with entry into the warehouse.

We charge a fixed amount for unloading or loading the containers, so the costs remain calculable for you.

Of course, we also load sea containers according to your specifications on a specific date. Our employees use professional wooden packaging, pallets or export packaging. Your transport company only has to collect the container or we can organize the transport for you.

Unloading containers without a ramp

We unload the containers without a ramp using forklift trucks, by hand and pallets. We don’t have to unload the containers.

Container acceptance on weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm. We accept sea containers with a size of 20 or 40 feet (approx. 12 m).

Truck drivers have enough space in the yard for maneuvering and parking.

Unloading containers without a crane

Unloading containers without a crane The truck also does not have to carry a ground vehicle. Our employees unload the containers by hand and pack the freight cartons onto pallets.

Unloading a 40-foot container takes up to 2 hours, which corresponds to the general truck standing time. Pallets can be unloaded much faster. The containers can also be left on a swap body.

Unloading control of the goods

Upon delivery and opening of the container, we visually inspect the freight cartons for external damage. If we detect damage, we can take photos for you and send them to you.

In the event of severe damage to the goods (e.g. water damage, many broken freight cartons), we will notify you immediately. In this case, you must consider whether to commission an average adjuster to assess the damage or to continue unloading the container.

Storage the goods

The goods are stored in our alarm-protected and heated warehouse in Lüneburg. As a logistics service provider, we take on many other tasks, such as preparing, packing, labeling, palletizing and checking the goods.

You can store your goods with us and use our fulfillment service. We then send the items to your customers after receiving the order.

As an Amazon seller, we can professionally prepare your goods for you and send them to an Amazon fulfillment center.

You can also use our warehouses as temporary storage facilities at short notice. Perhaps you would like to use our warehouse for cross-docking?

FAQ - Sea freight Container

  • What does 40 GP mean?

    "40 GP" refers to a 40-foot container designated as "General Purpose" (GP). These containers have a standard length of 40 feet (approx. 12 m) and are intended for general use to transport a variety of goods. They are one of the most common types of containers used in the freight and logistics industry.

  • What does the abbreviation ZTN mean?

    The abbreviation "ZTN" is used here for "customs tariff number".

    The customs tariff number, also known as HS code (Harmonized System Code), is a standardized number used to classify goods when they are transported across borders.

    It is used by customs authorities to identify the type of goods and determine the appropriate duty rates and import and export regulations.

    However, the term "HS code" or "customs tariff number" is often used directly to describe this type of classification code.

  • What does ADSP mean?

    The abbreviation ADSP stands for "German Freight Forwarders' Standard Terms and Conditions".

    It is a collection of standard terms and conditions that govern the legal relationship between freight forwarders and their customers.

    They are recognized and widely used terms and conditions in the freight forwarding and logistics industry in Germany.

  • What does ex unloaded seaport mean?

    "Ex Free Carrier Seaport" (Ex FCL Seaport) is a clause often used in international trade contracts to specify the time and place from which the seller transfers responsibility and costs for the goods to the buyer.

    The term "free on board" means that the seller bears the costs and risks until the goods are loaded onto the means of transportation (e.g. ship or container). As soon as the goods are loaded on the ship or in the container at the named seaport, responsibility is transferred to the buyer. This means that from this point on, the buyer bears the costs, the risk of transportation and any insurance.

  • How long are the truck waiting times?

    The regular truck waiting times are usually 2 hours. If the truck driver has to wait longer, additional costs may be incurred.