I want to reduce my shipping costs, what way of transportation is the cheapest choice?

Ocean freight is the cheapest way of transportation but takes the longest amount of time, the estimated time is 45 days door-to-door.

How does ocean freight work?

Ocean freight is the cheapest option. It takes about 45 days door to door and results in a carbon dioxide emission of about 10 grams per kilogram of goods. Ocean freight is the optimal choice when you want to transport large volumes or when you have to keep the costs down. If you have planned your purchases well in advance, the ocean freight makes it possible to reduce the transportation costs and the environmental impact.

We can ship full containers (FCL) from and to all ports in the world, then the container will be customs cleared before being delivered directly to your delivery address, at the time that suits you the best.

If you ship a smaller amount of goods that does not fill an entire container, these can be sent in a joint cargo load set up by TKL (LCL = Less Container Load). The advantage of this is that you do not have to pay for an entire container and your total shipping cost are significantly reduced. This option is also more environmentally friendly.

ETA represents the day the goods are expected to arrive at the port. After this, the goods must be cleared before delivery to the destination.

Which ports can I ship from/to?

TKL can pick up and deliver FCL/LCL shipments at all ports across the globe.

How does ocean freight work?
  1. You place an order with your supplier and determine the terms of delivery

  2. When the goods are ready for shipment, your supplier places a booking to the local TKL office in the exporting country

  3. The booking is updated in the customer portal

  4. Make sure to insure your goods

  5. At the departure time, TKL creates a B/L

  6. Throughout the journey, the ETA can change, TKL will keep you updated via the customer portal.

  7. After the departure, TKL needs to receive an Invoice, Packing List and Original B / L or Telex Release. No customs clearance can be made without these documents.

  8. TKL will contact you regarding the date of delivery 

  9. When the goods are unloaded at the port, it can be delivered in one of the following ways:

(I) You have an FCL container, which can be cleared at the port. This is delivered directly to you.

(II) You have an FCL container, but you do not have the opportunity to receive an entire container. This container unloads TKL at the terminal and sends out a truck with the goods pallet and ready for unloading.

(III) You have an LCL, this shipment goes to the terminal for unloading before it is forwarded to you by truck.

  • If you have paid the supplier and we have received the original B/L or a Telex release, we will deliver the goods to your specified delivery address.

  • At FCL you can choose if you want to book as:

        (I) Combi: You can choose delivery this morning or afternoon. The cheapest option.

        (II) Chassis: Timed unloading. You decide the time of delivery. Medium expensive option.

        (III) Sima: The haulage company has a crane on the car and can place the  container on the ground. This is needed if you as a customer do not have a loading dock. The most expensive option.