Sea freight is the classic and inexpensive way to transport your goods. As a globally networked logistics service provider with expertise in international sea freight, we have the necessary knowledge of the respective local market conditions. Our experienced staff ensure that your goods reach their destination safely worldwide.
Whether you need a one-off shipment or a regular dispatch of your goods, we will find the right sea freight solution for you quickly and reliably - worldwide! Our dedicated professionals are at your service with solutions tailored to your needs.

Sea freights experts

Dedicated staff for individual advice

Maximum flexibility

Tailor-made solutions for your freight

Track & Trace

24/7 tracking of your cargo with our digital apps

Our Sea freight solutions at a glance

  • FCL - Full Container Load
    Transport of consignments that fill an entire container
  • LCL - Less Than Container Load 
    Solution for smaller shipments as a partial load in a container
  • Expedited LCL
    Transport options optimised for fast LCL transit times
  • Buyers and Shippers Consolidation
    Consolidation of part loads destined for one consignee
  • Break bulk cargoes
    Transport of conventional goods with oversized loads
  • Door to door deliveries
    Including real-time tracking with our digital apps
  • Ship charter
    Partial and full charters through our project logistics infrastructure
  • Sea freight-air freight solutions
    Combination of sea freight and air freight services
  • Roll-on/roll-off transportation (Ro/Ro)
    Often a clever alternative to  FCL/LCL transports



Other services in connection with our sea freight solutions:

  • Transportation of dangerous goods:
    Transport organisation on the basis of the Dangerous Goods Ordinance
  • Temperature-controlled transport:
    Cooling units & insulation for sensitive goods
  • Customs clearance:
    Our specialists know the regulations & guidelines of each country
  • Transport insurance:
    We take care of loss, damage & financial risk coverage
  • Transport planning, packing & picking

Your advantages

  • Direct communication with the contact person on site (no call centre) 
  • Tailor-made and flexible sea freight solutions based on customer needs 
  • Efficient transport times and high quality standards 
  • A global partner network with over 150 offices in more than 35 countries 
  • Transparent invoicing by calculating your costs with priority on clarity and accuracy 
  • Regular departures to all parts of the world 
  • Supply security through contractually guaranteed capacities with premium shipping companies throughout the year 
  • Modern, digital tools for quotation, planning, dispatch management, CO2 consumption calculation, transparent supply chains and much more! 

We bring your sea freight to their destination worldwide

We work for companies of all sizes, regardless of industry. Transported goods include electronics, textiles, furniture, automotive supplies, food, chemical products, sports equipment, plant and mechanical engineering, household appliances and much more.

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Your options and possibilities

(Online) Quotation for your freight

Individual coordination with our experts

Fully digital supply chain transparency (24/7)

As our customer, you have two options for organising sea freight transports.

Get your individual sea freight quote quickly and easily here. Our dedicated ocean freight experts will contact you so that you can transport your goods efficiently and at the best possible freight rates. Then you have your entire supply chain under control - all on a single platform.

You contact our staff at one of our branches or via the contact form on our website and make an appointment with one of our account managers to discuss your sea transport requirements. Our sea freight experts will find a tailor-made solution for you.  Once booked, the Röhlig sea freight team will keep you informed of progress throughout the duration of the transport.

Let's talk about the best solution for your sea freight!

How your sea freight shipments benefits from the digitalisation of logistics

Global trade has changed dramatically due to the speed of online trade. The credo "ordered today, delivered tomorrow" requires new process models from all participants in the value chain. The demand for speed has also arrived in sea freight. Here, digitalisation delivers clear advantages for you: it ensures faster and transparent processes. As an agile company, we rely on an optimal mix of digital tools combined with personal advice. To this end, we have built up comprehensive expertise in the development of individual interfaces and powerful web solutions with our own IT subsidiaries, e.g.:

  • TRACK & TRACE: Simply enter the consignment number to find out the status and next steps of your sea freight shipment.

  • SPOT QUOTATION: Instant quotes and booking facility with 24/7 access.

  • CUSTOMER PORTAL "REALTIME": All shipments at a glance: Tracking, booking, reporting, central control of shipment information, simple shipment management, quick access to documents and much more.

  • CUSTOMER INTERFACES: 100% process automation and data exchange for more efficiency, quality and digitalisation of your processes with our know-how

  • CUSTOMER REPORTING: Quickly available key information to analyse your supply chains.

  • Vendor & PO Management: Implementation of the leading software platform "GRAVITY" for monitoring ordering processes: end-to-end transparency, management and control of suppliers and supply chains.

Frequently asked questions about sea freight

Essentially, there are two different ways to transport your cargo in a container:

  • FCL (Full Container Load) offers you the option of transporting your freight in a container that is provided only for your cargo. This option is suitable for large freight volumes, sensitive or valuable cargo.
  • LCL (less than container load) is loaded into a consolidated container. Your goods share the container's capacity with other goods. This means you use exactly the space you need for your cargo. Röhlig can advise you on the right option for your sea transport.

Simply put, FCL is suitable for larger volumes and LCL is the better option for smaller volumes.
However, there are other factors that can influence the decision. The value of the goods, the customer's storage capacity and the required shipping frequency, as well as general market conditions, can all influence which type of sea transport is best. In any case, flexibility is key, and what is the right decision for your business today may change tomorrow. Our sea freight experts can help you make the right decision!

Yes, organising worldwide transports of dangerous goods by sea freight is a common service Röhlig offers its customers.
For dangerous goods transports, additional documentation is required to ensure that all parties involved understand the requirements for the cargo and that the sea transport is safe for people and the environment. A surcharge is usually levied to cover the additional activities required to comply with global environmental regulations.

Yes, refrigerated/heated deliveries by sea freight can be arranged.
Special equipment ("reefer container") is used for refrigerated shipments. Reefer containers (also called refrigerated containers) are insulated containers equipped with a unit that can be used to cool the container to a certain temperature. Sea freight rates for reefer transport differ from those for general cargo.

Of course, we offer you door-to-door sea freight solutions worldwide. This is possible thanks to our own locations and our strong network of reliable partners. Here you will find a list of our branches in over 30 countries.

No, we work for companies of all sizes, regardless of their industry. For example, we transport goods from industries such as electronics, textiles, furniture, automotive, food, chemical products, sports equipment, plant and mechanical engineering or even household appliances.

For FCL shipments, the standard minimum is one container per shipment. For LCL shipments there is no minimum, but customers should keep an eye on the costs as LCL shipments usually have minimum charges for one cubic metre. Depending on the route, an air freight option may be cheaper than LCL.

The costs for sea freight transport depend on various factors and must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Basically, the container mode (LCL or FCL), the trade lane (origin and destination), the desired transit time as well as the size and weight of the individual consignment influence the total costs.

In addition, supply and demand on the world market also play a role in the cost calculation. Here you can get an individual offer online or contact our staff at one of our local branches.

Yes, we offer both full and partial ship charter solutions for your sea freight transport. Together with our partners, it is possible for us to organise such a solution from any port and provide you with a tailor-made offer.

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