Shipping Commercial Cargo, Building Materials, and other Specialized Cargo to Ports in Europe!

Shipping Commercial Cargo, Building Materials, and other Specialized Cargo to Ports in Europe!

A reliable and experienced international shipping company like K International Transport simplifies the transport of cargo overseas to ports in Europe.Much of that cargo includes commercial cargo, building materials, heavy equipment, and other specialized cargo. Specialized cargo typically refers to goods that are large, heavy, or generally demand special handling to prevent damage.

If you are transporting cargo for business, construction, retail, or mining, K International Transport can ensure that it gets to its destination safely and efficiently. We love to transport various types of cargo and equipment, including but not limited to:

  • Mining equipment
  • Retail cargo
  • Textiles
  • Metal goods
  • Furniture
  • Agriculture equipment
  • Scientific equipment
  • Various materials and fabrics

Container Shipping for Commercial Goods

Unless the cargo is wheeled and self-propelled, in which case roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessels can be utilized, it can be shipped by a container. There are different types of containers that may be used by clients depending on the dimensions and the type of cargo being shipped. A shipper may choose a bulk container, which is 20-feet long and preferable for cargo shipped in bulk such as retail goods. Otherwise, clients can elect to use a 20-foot or 40-foot dry freight container, which is a great standard general-purpose container. For extra-large cargo, 40 or 45-foot-highcube containers may be most suitable.

Other types of containers include the open-top container, the flat rack, and the platform, all of which are acceptable for heavy or oversized cargo. Generally, the open-top container is meant to make loading easier for taller cargo, the flat rack is for over-width and heavy cargo, and the platform is ideal for extra-length and heavy cargo.

Shippers may be overwhelmed by these choices. However, K International Transport can help shippers make the best choices regarding their cargo as part of our international container shipping services. If the cargo contains large equipment, it may need to be dismantled before being loaded. Luckily, we can also provide rigging and dismantling services in one of our warehouses if the shipper cannot dismantle the equipment themselves.

blue and red cargo containers
blue and red cargo containers. Photo by Lucas van Oort @switch_dtp_fotografie

Overseas Container Shipping Costs

Although international container shipping can be expensive, there are ways to lower the price to make the shipment more affordable. If your cargo will not take up the full volume of a container, you can opt for less-than-container load (LCL) shipping instead of full-container-load (FCL), which will allow several shippers to share a container overseas. This can significantly lower the cost, as the price of the container will be shared and the shipper will only be responsible for a portion of the cost. Loading the cargo as well as dismantling equipment by yourself can also lower the overall cost of the shipment.

Additionally, K International Transport can also determine the best domestic port for clients to ship from to lower the cost of overseas cargo shipping. For shippers that cannot transport their cargo from door to port, K International Transport can provide for reliable inland trucking and transportation services to the United States port.

International Ports for Specialized Cargo

K International Transport transports cargo to ports across Europe, as well as ports on other continents. We love to ship to:

  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Zeebrugge, Belgium
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Le Havre, France
  • Constanta, Romania
  • Valencia, Spain
  • And other ports!

These ports are reliable and efficient. To start the processing of transporting cargo overseas, clients will have to tell an agent their preferred schedule for shipment, paying in full, and submitting the necessary documents.Documents required to ship specialized cargo include the title (if it is equipment), the identification of the shipper and consignee, the power of attorney, and a list of the items being shipped.

Shippers should also be aware that some ports and countries have requirements for certain cargo to be accepted at the port. For various types of equipment, there may be cleanliness requirements. For example, equipment must be kept clean, free of excess dirt, and without leaks. Otherwise, the cargo may not be accepted, or the shipper may be charged a cleaning fee. Some countries may have a more specific inspection and cleaning requirements, especially for used large equipment. If these requirements are not met, the cargo may be rejected or withheld when it arrives, so it is very important that shippers strictly abide by these regulations.

Luckily, with K International Transport, shippers need not worry about remembering specific requirements.We will tell shippers everything they need to know before the process commences.

selective color photography of container crates at port
selective color photography of container crates at port. Photo by Justus Menke @justusmenke

Before you ship, make sure to visit K International Transport’s website to get a preliminary international shipping quote on the rate request page. With a reliable international shipping company like K International, transporting specialized cargo, equipment, retail goods, building materials, and more to ports in Europe is hassle-free and affordable. For more information about international shipping to Europe, about specialized cargo, or to schedule a shipment, call us at 212-267-6400 or send us an email at You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. We look forward to working with you!