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    Exporting goods outside the EU: choosing the right mode of transport

    You can choose between different modes of transport to move your goods from A to B. Transport costs and speed in particular determine the type of transport that is ultimately the best for you.

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    You can choose between transport by water, rail, air, and road for your stocklots. A professional carrier often provides a combination of the various transport options so that the transport of your goods is taken care of by a single party. They often arrange for the required export documents as well.


    Transport by sea is frequently chosen for intercontinental transport. From the Netherlands, the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp are excellent points of departure for your international consignments.

    Your stocklots are shipped in a 20ft or 40 ft container. If your cargo is small, your consignment will be placed in a container together with other consignments. Products which are larger than a sea container can also be transported by sea perfectly well, of course.

    A disadvantage of transporting goods by sea is that it takes time and it is difficult to estimate exactly when the product will be delivered to your buyer. An advantage is that it is very cheap compared to other modes of transport. However, you must keep in mind that transport (by road or rail) to and from the port must be arranged as well.


    Rail transport is fast, efficient, and reliable. Furthermore, it is much more environmentally friendly than transport by road. A freight train is especially useful for transporting large and heavy goods. A disadvantage of this mode of transport is that road transport is still required in order to deliver the consignment to the buyer.

    The New Silk Route, an 11,000-kilometre-long rail connection to China via Germany, Russia, and Kazakhstan, is a good transport option for exporting to Asia. The distance from the Netherlands to, for instance, Shanghai is covered in approximately 24 days.


    Transport by aeroplane is above all fast and safe, and is therefore a solution if you need your consignment to arrive quickly at its destination. This is for instance the case for perishable goods such as flowers and fruit. The disadvantage of transport by air is the high price. In addition, aeroplanes have a limited capacity, so large and very heavy goods cannot be transported in this way.


    Transport by lorry is fast and reliable for short distances. Road transport is often the first and/or last link in the transport chain when exporting to countries outside the EU. Transport by road is very flexible, but it is also the most expensive mode of transport and is of course only suitable for cargoes which are not too large - one container per lorry at the most. Special road transport is an alternative for consignments exceeding the ordinary container or lorry dimensions.


    If you would like to know more about exporting goods to countries outside the EU, download our useful whitepaper on exporting stocklots to countries outside the EU. When you are ready to export, have a look at our current range of stocklots.

    Hahebo CTA whitepaper exporting outside the EU English 

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