Shipping From Hong Kong to Germany:
Air, Sea & Container Freight

How much does shipping cost from Hong Kong to Germany?

Many factors go into the cost of shipping from Hong Kong to Germany, including location, size, and shipping mode: sea FCL, sea LCL, air, or express. This guide will give you pricing estimates for each shipping mode from popular ports in Hong Kong to popular ports in Germany.

Sea Freight from Hong Kong to Germany

Ocean/Sea Freight FCL

Container shipping rates from Hong Kong to Germany: 40’ container

Shipping from Hong Kong (HKHKG Port)
Shipping to Hamburg (DEHAM Port)$1,494

The quotes on this table are port-to-port peak season FCL shipping average rates.

 

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Ocean/Sea Freight LCL

Shipping Rates from Hong Kong to Germany: LCL

Shipping from Hong Kong
Shipping to Hamburg$667
Shipping to Bremerhaven$678
Shipping to Bremen$678

These rates are door-to-door shipping averages for a load of 200 kg/1 cbm

Air Freight from Hong Kong to Germany

Air Freight

Shipping rates from Hong Kong to Germany: Air Freight

Shipping from Hong Kong
Shipping to Hamburg$1,261
Shipping to Bremerhaven$1,254
Shipping to Bremen$1,266

These rates are door-to-door shipping averages for a load of 200 kg/1 cbm

Air Freight Costs per KG

When you’re shipping air, the price per kg decreases the larger your shipment’s weight:

Chargeable weight10 kg100 kg300 kg
Price per kg$46.71$8.05$4.76

Want to learn more about how chargeable weight affects the price of your shipment? Check out our free universal chargeable and volumetric weight calculator.

Express Shipping

Shipping Rates from Hong Kong to Germany: Express

Avg price for door-to-door shipping for a load of 50 kg/0.2 cbm: $705

Shipping freight under 100 kg from Hong Kong to Germany is cheaper– and faster– by express. Around the 100 kg mark, air freight becomes the cheaper option:

Hong Kong to Germany Shipping Time

How long will it take to ship from Hong Kong to Germany? Your shipment’s transit time will be impacted by location, shipment size, and season. Use the following table for timing estimates for each shipping mode from Hong Kong to Germany.

Ocean/Sea freight time from Hong Kong to Germany

Port to PortDoor to Door
Sea Freight (FCL)26-27 days51-55 days
Sea Freight (LCL)29-30 days52-57 days
Air Freight4-7 days8-13 days
Express*––1-4 days

* Express freight is always door to door

How to Ship from Hong Kong to Germany

If you have questions about shipping from Hong Kong to Germany, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will cover:


  1. Freight from Hong Kong to Germany: How to choose the fastest and cheapest way to ship

  2. When are the cheapest times to ship from Hong Kong to Germany?

  3. What are incoterms and how do they affect freight prices from Hong Kong to Germany?

  4. What customs duties and taxes will I owe when shipping from Hong Kong to Germany?

  5. Do I need insurance to ship from Hong Kong to Germany?

  6. What paperwork do I need to ship from Hong Kong to Germany?

  7. How do I ship from Hong Kong to an Amazon FBA Warehouse in Germany?

  8. Busiest Shipping Ports in Hong Kong

  9. Busiest Germany Shipping Ports


Freight from Hong Kong to Germany: How to choose the fastest and cheapest way to ship

When you’re shipping from Hong Kong to Germany, you can choose from one of four modes: FCL sea freight, LCL sea freight, air freight, or express. Here are key factors for each mode:

FCL Sea Freight from Hong Kong to Germany

FCL, or full container load, means your goods fill an entire container, either 20’ or 40’ long. If you are shipping at a high volume, you’ll save time and money by shipping FCL. Pricing for FCL is done as a flat rate, regardless of whether or not your container is completely full. Learn more about FCL here.

LCL Sea Freight from Hong Kong to Germany

LCL, or less than a container load, means your goods do not fill an entire container, and will be shipped along with other boxes or pallets. Note that when you ship LCL, your goods will need to be consolidated at the origin port and deconsolidated at the destination port. That’s why LCL shipping takes a few days longer than FCL.

Air Freight from Hong Kong to Germany

Shipping by air is generally faster but more expensive than shipping by sea. For help choosing which mode is right for your shipment, use our air vs. ocean comparison calculator.

Express from Hong Kong to Germany

When you have a small shipment and need it delivered as quickly as possible, you might consider express.

 

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When are the cheapest times to ship from Hong Kong to Germany?

Freight rates, especially FCL sea freight and air freight rates, are affected by seasonal factors. When shipping from Hong Kong to Germany, remember to take into account peak seasons in both Hong Kong and Germany.

Peak seasons for shipping from Hong Kong to Germany

EventEffects on ShippingWhen
Holiday Shopping SeasonPrices rise as businesses prepare for holiday shoppingFall months

Use these tips to stay on track when shipping during peak season.

To see in-depth research on how pricing fluctuates throughout the year, check out the Freightos Baltic Index.

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What are incoterms and how do they affect freight prices from Hong Kong to Germany?

When you’re comparing freight quotes, note the level of service the freight forwarder is offering.

For example, if you’re shipping from Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Hamburg, Germany, you’re going to want to ask your supplier about the cost difference between shipping from the supplier’s warehouse in Hong Kong– which means using the EXW incoterm– and shipping from the port of Hong Kong(HKHKG) – which means using the FOB incoterm.

Prices for FOB are typically lower, but shipping FOB doesn’t mean your total costs will necessarily be lower. You might make up the cost by paying your supplier to bring your goods to port. When comparing prices, take all your costs into account.

Note that some incoterms, including FOB, are used for sea shipping only.

Learn all about incoterms here.

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What customs duties and taxes will I owe when shipping from Hong Kong to Germany?

When importing from Hong Kong to Germany, you will need to pay Customs Duty and VAT before your goods are released into the country. Customs and VAT can be significant. Researching your costs early can keep you from getting caught by surprise.

How the Customs Process Works

When goods arrive at port, customs officials will first check to make sure all your paperwork is in order, and then calculate the amount of duties owed and collect payment. After payment, goods will be released.

To handle customs clearance, you can hire your own broker, or use the brokerage provided by your freight forwarder. If you book on Freightos, you can use our brokerage services as well.

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Do I need insurance to ship from Hong Kong to Germany?

When calculating your shipping costs, don’t forget to protect yourself in case your goods are damaged or lost. You can do this through your freight forwarder or a third party insurance agent. Insurance costs are typically around 0.3% – 0.5% of your Commercial Invoice Value, which is the amount you paid for the goods.

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What paperwork do I need to ship from Hong Kong to Germany?

When shipping freight from Hong Kong to Germany, make sure to get all your paperwork, such as the Commercial Invoice and Bill of Lading, in order.

Use our paperwork checklist here to make sure all your paperwork is in order before you ship.

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How do I ship from Hong Kong to an Amazon FBA Warehouse in Germany?

As an Amazon shipper from Hong Kong to Germany, you’ll need to consider issues of timing and storage, as well as choosing the right forwarder. Check out this guide to learn more.

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Shipping ports in Hong Kong

Your factory, supplier, or freight forwarder will likely advise you which port is best for your export from Hong Kong, based on location, ease of customs clearance, transit time, port volume, and any relationships or agreements between the factory and the port.

If you’re choosing a port on your own, important factors to consider include location, cost, and transit time. Here are the top ports for exporting from Hong Kong:

Port Name: Hong Kong

Port code: HKHKG

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Shipping ports in Germany

These are the top ports for importing into Germany:

Port Name: Hamburg

Port code: DEHAM

Port Name: Bremerhaven

Port code: DEBRV

Port Name: Bremen

Port code: DEBRE

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Key Information for Freight Shipping from Hong Kong to Germany

Average price for an FCL container from Hong Kong-Germany(peak season): $1,494

Average price for sea LCL (load of 200 kg/1 cbm): $674

Average price for air freight (load of 200 kg/1 cbm): $1,260

Average price for express (load of 50 kg/0.2 cbm): $705

Tips for Keeping Down Costs and Shipping Time from Hong Kong-Germany

  • Book in Advance. Shipping by sea is the cheapest, but also takes the longest. Booking in advance when you can saves you money– and cuts out the stress if delays arise.
  • Ship off-peak. When carriers get busy, both shipping prices and transit times go up. Ship during off-peak seasons whenever you can.
  • Get your documentation in order. Having your documentation in order can make all the difference when it comes to clearing customs quickly.
  • Know your HS Codes. A lot of shippers are surprised by how much customs fees can affect business costs. Do your research so you can budget effectively.
  • Compare quotes from different providers. Quotes can vary, so check out offers from different providers before making a decision.
  • Understand what’s included in your quote. Is your quote port to port or door to door? What service does it include? Know what you’re paying for to avoid getting hit with surprise fees.

FAQ for Shipping from Hong Kong to Germany

How long does it take to ship a container from Hong Kong to Germany?

It depends on which shipping mode you use. Shipping express can take as few as 1-4 days– but express is the most expensive mode, and is not suitable for large shipments. Air freight shipping will take about 8-13 days. Sea freight shipping takes 51-55 days, but is the most affordable if you can wait.

How much to ship a container from Hong Kong to Germany?

On average, it costs $1,494 to ship one 40’ container from Hong Kong to Germany during peak season.

What’s the cheapest time of month to book from Hong Kong to Germany?

Carriers can introduce increases to shipping charges, called General Rate Increases (GRIs) at the start of each month. But, toward the middle of the month as they try to fill supply on vessels, they often lower these prices. That means booking during the latter two weeks of the month can often save you money.

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