Sea freight | Ocean freight | Cargocare Global AG
Sea freight | Ocean freight | Cargocare Global AG

Sea Freight | Ocean Freight

Sea freight – ocean freight: The Cargocare Global AG is at home on all the world’s oceans. Reliability and punctuality are our top priorities. We are characterized by individual service and constant innovation.

Our sea freight professionals will find the perfect solution for your goods. Try us!

An overview of our sea freight - ocean freight offer

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The bulk container is used for ocean freight when general cargo is dispatched. Several small consignments of goods are transported by different senders.

The term «LCL» is the abbreviation for «Less than Container Load», which means «less than an entire container”.

«FCL» is the abbreviation for «Full Container Load. The customer rents an entire container, which is only loaded with his goods and sent sealed.

We only work with carefully selected partners in national and international traffic. Make our experience your advantage!

The average age of the vehicles we use is very low. Accordingly, road transport is environmentally friendly and extremely safe for your goods.

The Cargocare Global AG has its own customs experts in the team. We can therefore help you competently with all customs procedures, such as Export clearance, import clearance, transit clearance, etc.

> More about customs clearance by Cargocare Global AG
> Link to the Swiss customs tariff

The Cargocare Global AG ocean freight team consists of absolute professionals in this industry. We accompany you competently with your shipment, from the planning in advance to the arrival of the goods at the destination.

We mainly work with the world’s leading shipping companies and always find the best solution for you in terms of price, flexibility, speed, reliability, transhipment and frequency.

You should definitely consider insuring your goods. The possibility of damage is extremely small, but unfortunately it can never be completely excluded. We work with the best insurance companies in the freight forwarding industry and advise you individually which insurance makes sense for your shipment.

Should your goods be stored for a while. The Cargocare Global AG always has a suitable and inexpensive solution ready for you.

Benefit from our shipment tracking using the latest IT systems.

Upon request and agreement, we will set up your own online customer account, where you will have direct access to a lot of information about your orders.

Of course, we also send dangerous goods properly. Let us advise you!

Are your goods temperature sensitive? For such cases, the Cargocare Global AG uses so-called «refrigerated containers» (in short: reefers). Reefers are particularly well insulated and equipped with a heating / cooling unit.

As the term «door to door» suggests, we offer a service in air freight where we collect your goods at your address and deliver them to the destination, including all intermediate transports.

Nothing is impossible! No matter how big or how heavy your goods are, we guarantee professional handling across the entire transport chain.

As an alternative to ocean freight, we offer FCL and LCL solutions by train between China and Europe. The transit times are approx. 2 weeks faster than for ocean freight and still much cheaper than air freight.

Another alternative would be shipping with «Sea-Air». Your consignment is dispatched by air freight on one section and by sea freight on the other. The runtime increases accordingly. The bottom line is that the total price is somewhat cheaper than for pure air freight.

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Overview of the most important container types in ocean freight

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The standard container is also called ISO container. Only dry general cargo is transported in it.

The ISO container is available in 20′ and 40′.

Dimensions 20′ Standard Container


20 Standard Container ISO Container
Volume in cbm 33.2
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 5’900 x 2’352 x 2’395
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’340 x 2’292
Max. payload in kg 30’130

Dimensions 40′ Standard Container


40 Standard Container ISO Container
Volume in cbm 67.7
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 12’032 x 2’352 x 2’395
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’340 x 2’292
Max. payload in kg 28’750

The hardtop container is basically very similar to the standard container. However, it is equipped with a removable steel roof.

This not only simplifies the loading and unloading process of the container; the container roof can also be left open for loads with excessive height.

Dimensions 20′ Hardtop Container


20' Hardtop Container
Volume in cbm 33.0
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 5’886 x 2’342 x 2’313
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’336 x 2’276
Roof opening in mm (WxH) 2’208 x 5’590
Max. payload in kg 27’780

Dimensions 40′ Hardtop Container


40' Hardtop Container
Volume in cbm 67.2
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 12’020 x 2’342 x 2’313
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’336 x 2’276
Roof opening in mm (WxH) 2’208 x 11’724
Max. payload in kg 25’780

The open top container is similar to the hardtop container. It differs in that its roof is covered by a tarpaulin. It can be used to transport goods that exceed the height of the container.

Dimensions 20′ Open Top Container


20' Open Top Container
Volume in cbm 32.5
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 5’895 x 2’350 x 2’340
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’338 x 2’280
Roof opening in mm (WxH) 2’230 x 5’338
Max. payload in kg 30’050

Dimensions 40′ Open Top Container


40' Open Top Container
Volume in cbm 66.8
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 12’029 x 2’350 x 2’380
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’340 x 2’276
Roof opening in mm (WxH) 2’230 x 11’552
Max. payload in kg 28’450

Flatracks are used especially for voluminous or extra-wide and extra-high loads.

The Flatrack Containers are due to their construction on top when loading a ship.

Dimensions 20′ Flatrack Container


20' Flatrack Container
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 6’038 x 2’438 x 2’233
Max. payload in kg 42’100

Dimensions 40′ Flatrack Container


40' Flatrack Container
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 12’048 x 2’347 x 2’265
Max. payload in kg 49’100

The platform container is also called «plat container» in the forwarding industry. It is actually a flat rack container with the removable metal walls removed. The platform container therefore only consists of a base plate on which oversized loads can be transported.

The ventilated container is a standard container (ISO container), which is additionally equipped with a ventilation device.

Dimensions 20′ Standard Container


20 Standard Container ISO Container
Volume in cbm 33.2
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 5’900 x 2’352 x 2’395
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’340 x 2’292
Max. payload in kg 30’130

Dimensions 40′ Standard Container


40 Standard Container ISO Container
Volume in cbm 67.7
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 12’032 x 2’352 x 2’395
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’340 x 2’292
Max. payload in kg 28’750

There is a built-in cooling device in the refrigerated container. There is also a controlled fresh air duct in the refrigerated container.

The refrigerated container is available as a 20′ variant, but also on request as a 40′.

Dimensions 20′ Kühl Container


20’ refrigerated container
Volume in cbm 28.1
Inner dimensions in mm (LxWxH) 5’450 x 2’280 x 2’159
Door opening in mm (WxH) 2’290 x 2’264
Max. payload in kg 29’140

Most containers are also available in «high cube» versions with an extended height. Please contact us for further information.

Other container types can also be booked on request, such as:

  • Insulating container
  • Tank container
  • Bulk container
  • etc.


Ask our seafreight specialists which container type is best suited for your shipment.

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Your contact persons for sea freight / ocean freight

Michael Maeder

Head of Sea Freight & Land Transport
Corinne Laubacher

Corinne Laubacher

Sea Freight & Land Transport

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