What kind of container do I need? And how much does it fit?

There are several different containers to choose from. The most common ones are 20DC, 40DC and 40HC, but there are also other options, such as tempered containers (Reefer), open top ceiling containers, and flat rack containers. In other words, if you need to transport goods that are unusually large, heavy or requires cold temperatures, this can of course be solved.

The amount of goods you want to transport determines whether your shipment will be transported as LCL or FCL. If you have enough goods to fill an entire container, this will be transported as FCL. With this option you will have the entire container for yourself and can thus have the entire container sent to your delivery address. If your shipment does not fill the entire container, your goods will be loaded with other consignments (LCL), in order to utilize the entire volume of the ship/train/plane. This is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly option rather than sending a half-full container, as the costs and environmental impact are distributed among several customers.

20’ Dry cargo (DC)

This container holds 33.2 cbm and up to about 21 000 kg and is the smallest one offered. If the volume of your goods exceeds 16 cbm you get your own 20 ‘DC of space. If your goods contain less than 16 cbm your goods will be grouped together in an LCL. It is not always the case that the entire cbm of the container can be filled, this depends on the shape of the goods.

40’ Dry cargo (DC)

This container holds 67.88 cbm and up to 26,000 kg. This is used when you have more goods than what can be contained in a 20′ DC. It is not always the case that the entire volume of the container can be filled, this depends on the shape of the goods.

40’ High cube (HC)

This container is taller than a 40′ DC and therefore holds more goods, though no heavier than a regular 40 ‘DC. The container holds 76.34 cbm and weights up to 26,000 kg. This container is an alternative when the goods are higher or if you have more goods than can fit in a 40´DC. It is not always the case that the entire volume of the container can be filled, this depends on the shape of the goods. 

When does the goods need to be ready for shipment at the supplier?

For ocean and train transport, the goods need to be ready at the supplier about a week before the Estimated time of departure (ETD). This depends on the preparation required before the goods can be placed on the boat/train.

The shipment day depends on the port/station from which the goods are sent. Talk to your contact person at TKL for more detailed information about which day the boat/train leaves from the port/station closest to your supplier.

Client Portal

As our customer you will have access to our customer portal where you can see all your ongoing and completed shipments. Here you can stay updated on the ETA (estimated time of arrival) and status of the consignment. You can see which shipments that are booked, shipped, and delivered. You can search for your shipments via its unique PO numbers or via other search criterias which are specified in the booking document.

How can I get the goods transported?

As a customer of TKL you will get the option to transport goods from and to the entire world by using train freight, ocean freight, air freight or road freight. Whichever alternative you choose depends on your priorities regarding lead-time, cost and environmental sustainability.

Do I need any insurances?

We strongly recommend you to get a cargo insurance through your insurance company when you use the terms of delivery that requires this. In case of the supplier being responsible for this, you should still make sure that the supplier has obtained the correct insurance. TKL can help you insure your goods for the part of the transport for which you are responsible. This needs to be stated when booking TKL:s services.

What terms of delivery should I have?

You as a customer have to agree with your supplier about the terms of delivery. This is extremely important, as this indicates who is responsible for the goods at a certain time, as well as who will pay for what and who will be responsible for insurance.

The most common terms of delivery are FOB, EXW and DAP.

Who is responsible for the costs of different terms of delivery?


The supplier is responsible for the costs and the risk until the goods are loaded onto the boat/flight. The responsibility then transitions to the customer. This means that the supplier is responsible for the costs of transporting the goods to the port and loading them onto the boat.


The buyer has all the responsibility and is responsible for all the costs from the point when the goods leave the supplier. This means that the customer is responsible for all transport costs, both in the exporting country and in the importing country. This delivery condition is always used for train freights with TKL.

DAP destination

The supplier is responsible for the costs until the goods are ready to be unloaded at the destination specified in the booking. The customer is responsible for the customs costs only.


The supplier is responsible for the cost and risk of the specified destination port. The supplier pays for the shipping cost to the destination port. After that the buyer is responsible for the transportation domestically.


The supplier is responsible for all costs and risks up to the specified location. The supplier must therefore be responsible for the insurance and customs costs.

Documents - what documents are needed for transport and customs clearance?

In order for us at TKL to make a booking, your supplier first needs to send a booking document to the local TKL office in the exporting country.


When transported by boat, a “Bill of charge” (B / L), which is a document indicating that the goods have reached the shipping company, is created. This document indicates who the supplier and buyer are, as well as the weight and volume of the goods. The number of the container in which the goods are transported is also stated, and if the shipment is LCL or FCL.

With air freight, the document is called “Air bill of charge” (AWB) and is used for the same purpose. In the case of train freight, a booking document containing similar information is used.

Original B / L or Telex release

In order for you as a customer to receive the goods you ordered, the B / L or telex release must first be paid. When you have paid your supplier, TKL will receive either an original B / L or a stamp called “telex release”. Some of these must be in TKL’s ownership before we can deliver the goods to you. Therefore, always make sure to pay the supplier in well in advance. Using the Telex release is a faster option, as this does not require a physical document to be posted to TKL’s headquarters.

Packing List

A packing list contains facts about what products are in the consignment, its weight and volume. This is needed for the customs clearance.


An invoice specifying the value of all products in the consignment is needed for customs clearance. If the goods payment would be missing, a “pro forma invoice” is required where the value of all products are included, even if this is not yet paid.

How is a customs clearance performed?

When the goods reach Sweden they will be cleared and TKL will manage the required paperwork. To be able to make the customs clearance, three documents are required, a B/L, a packing list of the goods and an invoice with the value of all the products. Without these documents, no customs clearance can be performed. If these documents are not in TKL’s possession when the goods are to be cleared, the process will be put on hold until the documents are available. Failure to resolve the issue may lead to a storage fee.

Transport - What happens during the transport of my goods?

The routines for the different means of transportation vary. In order for you to be able to follow the events, the guide listed below provides an understanding for the respective freight methods.

Remember that you must pay the supplier before we can deliver the goods to you. We recommend that you do this as soon as you can, so that the right documents are in place before it is time for customs clearance and delivery.