OCEAN FREIGHT

The World is Your Oyster

With our broad product range we cover different equipment types and consolidation services to ensure your cargo reaches the right place, at the right time in a cost-efficient way. In order to deliver highest reliability we have planned space protection from every major container port in the world.

Our Products

All products include:

  • Global Availability
  • Reliable Lead Times
  • Optional Cargo Insurance
  • End-to-end visibility
  • Optional Customs Brokerage
  • Liquid Cargo
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Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled
Customs clearance & brokerage
Optional green carrier selection
Real time visibility (2)
DHL Ocean Direct FCL
Full-Container-Load
Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled Included
Customs clearance & brokerage Included
Optional green carrier selection Included
Real time visibility (2) Included
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DHL Ocean Direct FCLFull-Container-Load


Full container loads provided by DHL ensure a reliable, safe and cost-efficient transportation from door to door globally. By using various equipment types we offer tailored solutions for all kinds of commodities.
  • Capacity and space protection from and to all major ports globally
  • Shipments covered by our own Bills of Lading – Danmar Lines 
  • A huge variety of pick-up and delivery options in any country
  • Rigorous vendor selection and quality management process
  • Transportation of dangerous goods
  • Flexitanks for non-hazardous liquid transportation
  • Ocean Secure for GPS enabled tracking in real time 
  • Index Linked Container Contracts (ILCC) that align customer rates with market dynamics 
  • Dedicated customs experts throughout the DHL network
  • All shipments and orders can be tracked 24/7 via the internet
  • Green Danmar option to select a more carbon efficient carrier that best fits customer operational needs

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DHL Ocean Container Management
FCL Inland Services
Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled Included
Customs clearance & brokerage Included
Optional green carrier selection Not Included
Real time visibility (2) Not Included
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DHL Ocean Container ManagementFCL Inland Services


By managing our Customer’s direct contracts with the shipping lines, this service ensures an efficient execution of bookings and monitoring of orders. This can include the arrangement of pre and on-carriage by all means of transport, as well as customs clearance services.
  • Shipment visibility from end-to-end
  • Inland services for pre and on-carriage
  • Import/export customs brokerage

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DHL Ocean Connect LCL
Less-than-Container-Load
Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled Not Included
Customs clearance & brokerage Included
Optional green carrier selection Not Included
Real time visibility (2) Included
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DHL Ocean Connect LCLLess-than-Container-Load


Operating our own LCL network globally, we serve more than 45,000 point pairs with around 2,500 scheduled direct sailings per week, to and from all major ports and inland points.

Managed from end-to-end with our own network experts ensures predictability in our Customers supply chains, keeping deadlines, and promises towards the end Customer.

  • Planned space protection from every major container port in the world
  • More direct services, cutting transit times to a minimum, and avoiding transshipment and double handling
  • Cargo is handled and checked in our own/approved warehouses at all locations
  • A huge variety of pick-up and delivery options
  • Scheduled and guaranteed – ‘Shipped as Booked’
  • Our services are provided by over 4,000 trained Ocean Freight specialists in more than 330 locations
  • Containers are controlled and monitored from loading to arrival
  • Dedicated customs experts throughout the DHL network
  • All shipments and orders can be tracked 24/7 via the internet

 

See when the next departures are with our Global LCL Sailing Schedulefor ocean freightFor Ocean Freight


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DHL Ocean Special
Conventional Load Services
Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled Not Included
Customs clearance & brokerage Included
Optional green carrier selection Not Included
Real time visibility (2) Not Included
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DHL Ocean SpecialConventional Load Services


Provides flexible, customized DHL conventional and break bulk services for the transportation of oversized goods too large for standard containers.
  • Worldwide availability
  • Available for break-bulk cargo
  • Available for roll-on/roll-off cargo
  • Shipment visibility from end-to-end
  • Import/export customs brokerage

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DHL Ocean Assembly
Single & Multi Country Consolidation
Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled Included
Customs clearance & brokerage Included
Optional green carrier selection Included
Real time visibility (2) Included
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DHL Ocean AssemblySingle & Multi Country Consolidation


Provides customized buyers’ and shippers’ consolidation, so multiple orders can be bundled from various manufacturers in single or multi-country origin locations, and loaded into own dedicated Full Container Load (FCL) containers. As a result the load factors are increased and your costs are reduced.
  • Worldwide availability
  • Cost efficiency through Customer’s Supply Chain optimization
  • Shipment visibility from end-to-end and in real time
  • Import/export customs brokerage

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DHL Ocean Charter
Cargo Vessel Charter
Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled Not Included
Customs clearance & brokerage Included
Optional green carrier selection Not Included
Real time visibility (2) Not Included
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DHL Ocean CharterCargo Vessel Charter


This service meets the needs of customers with large non-containerized cargo who need to charter vessels to transport their goods, guaranteeing capacity and delivery times.

Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) is integral to this service and all carriers are vetted and pre-approved.

  • Part and full vessel charter options
  • Any size and any weight global transportation
  • Route study/assessment for oversized and heavy cargo
  • Shipment visibility from end-to-end
  • Import/export customs brokerage

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DHL Ocean Thermonet
Temperature Controlled Ocean Freight
Full-Container-Load
Less-than-Container-Load
Oversized cargo (containerized)
Break-bulk (non-containerized)
Scheduled departures
Dangerous goods (1)
Temperature & humidity controlled Included
Customs clearance & brokerage Included
Optional green carrier selection Included
Real time visibility (2) Included
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DHL Ocean ThermonetTemperature Controlled Ocean Freight

Designed for temperature-controlled ocean freight life science shipments that require real-time visibility and active monitoring.


Designed for temperature-controlled ocean freight life science shipments that require real-time visibility and active monitoring.
  • Expert Network - staff trained on Goods Distribution Practice (GDP) regulations with periodic refresh and audits
  • Quality and Compliance – through quality management system and GDP guidelines
  • Cold Chain Design and Implementation – customized lane level SOP management with exception management
  • IT Platform ‘Life Track’ –  specifically designed for the Life Science industry
  • Visibility and Monitoring – end-to-end and in real time, 24/7/365 temperature, humidity, shock and light monitoring using Container Security Devices

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1 At carrier's discretion 

2 When purchased with our additional Service DHL Ocean Secure for DHL Ocean Direct FCL, DHL Ocean Connect LCL, DHL Ocean Assembly

Specialist Ocean Freight Services

DHL Flexitanks Transportation of Bulk Liquids
  • A multi-layered bladder that holds up to 24,000 liters
  • Fits into a standard 20ft ocean freight container
  • For non-hazardous liquids

An environmentally-friendly solution for the transportation of bulk non-hazardous liquids. This multi-layer bladder is designed to fit into a 20-foot standard ocean container, effectively turning it into the equivalent of an ISO tank.

  • An excellent alternative to ISO tanks, IBC totes and drums
  • Suitable for non-hazardous liquid chemicals, beverages and bio-fuels
  • Up to 31% increased volume for cargo transportation
  • Contaminant-free Flexitanks are manufactured using virgin films, preventing contamination of goods
  • No repositioning cost
  • Save money on loading and unloading
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DHL Ocean Secure Increased Visibility & Control
  • Container security devices mounted to the container to monitor the location and condition of cargo
  • Communication networks to transmit data from device/container to remote users via GSM
  • Visibility platform to track shipments close to real time and manage situations

DHL Ocean Secure uses container security devices that utilize mobile GSM networks to communicate and provide visibility on an online platform. It is a service element of DHL Ocean Direct FCL, providing visibility, security and flexibility to assure a reliable door-to-door shipment, improving transparency across trade lanes.

  • In-transit visibility: Monitoring of mission critical parameters and notification of remote users in case of exception
  • Container position: Tracking of whereabouts of the container during the trip through GSM and/or GPS
  • Container condition: Monitoring of several parameters for the container: temperature, humidity, light
  • Container integrity & security: Monitoring of container door opening with notification by e-mail, SMS or call
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DHL Green Danmar Carbon-Efficient Ocean Freight
  • Selection of green carriers: 5% more carbon efficient than industry average
  • Provided through Danmar Lines, DHL’s own NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier)
  • Neutralize your emissions at the best price without any additional efforts

DHL Green Danmar uses carbon-efficient ocean freight, with a carrier who is over 5% more carbon-efficient than the industry average, to meet your environmentally conscious needs. Offered with our DHL Ocean Direct FCL product and proved through Danmar Lines, DHL's own NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier).

When combined with our additional offsetting solution, you can transform your consignment into a CO2 free shipment to further improve your carbon efficiency.

  • Your operational needs met by a selection of green carriers
  • Genuine proof of carbon reduction and efficiency improvements to substantiate your external sustainability communication
  • Benefit from DHL’s environmental carrier evaluation and carbon efficiency database
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DHL Ocean View Visibility Made Simple
  • Online tool providing enhanced shipment visibility
  • Data consolidation from multiple sources
  • Intelligent forecasting of milestones

Providing the visibility you need.

  • Precise information: online platform that provides information from multiple sources with smart forecast and near-real time shipment status enabling you to take fast and proactive solutions
  • Better user experience: simple to use tool with no staff training or IT setup required
  • Reduces costs: ability to reduce costs improving end-to-end supply chain planning
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Why Choose Us?

In today's economy it's difficult to predict freight volumes, rates and capacity with any certainty. That's why an Ocean Freight Forwarding partner who offers unrivaled expertise, flexibility and scale makes sense.

  • With our DHL Ocean Direct Full-Container-Load (FCL) and DHL Ocean Connect Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) products you have shipping flexibility allowing you to respond quickly to your customer’s needs
  • A global network of dangerous goods trained staff ensure compliance with industry standards and a compliant delivery process across the world
  • On the ground presence in over 190 countries, over 60 national gateways and 9 multinational gateways means we are where you and your cargo needs us
  • Scheduled departures and fixed lead-times ensure reliability and predictability enabling you to concentrate on your core business

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