Container Shipping
(Sea Freight)

sea freight services

We offer the following sea freight services

  • 20ft/40ft container shipping, FCL and LCL
    (full and less than container load)
  • Port to port
  • Dangerous good handling
  • Export documentation, packing & labelling
  • Customs clearance
  • Direct transhipment
  • Inland cartage

Sea freight products

We provide both Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) services for your shipments, as well as out-of-gauge and break bulk services for your non-containerized cargo.

  • FCL (Full Container Load)
    Based on carrier routing options, FCL is our best transit-time-to-cost combination product for full container loads. FCL offers complete schedule flexibility, a high frequency of sailings per port-pair, and availability of equipment.
  • LCL (Less-than-Container Load)
    A competitively priced consolidation product, LCL offers the highest levels of schedule integrity.

Sea freight service options

  • Full container load. 20ft or 40ft container shipping
  • LCL, Les than a container load. 20ft or 40ft container shipping
  • Special projects
  • Project sea freight cargo
  • Door to door freight forwarding services
  • Port to port
  • Inland cartage
  • Import de-consolidation services
  • Continuous groupage services
  • Export documentation
  • Dangerous good handling
  • Export packing and labelling
  • Export consolidation services
  • Direct transhipment services
  • World-wide NVOCC services
  • Marine Insurance
  • Consular/Legalised documentation
  • Customs clearance and Expert advice on Customs formalities worldwide.
  • Computerised order tracking facilities


How to calculate LCL shipments?

LCL – Less Container Load, LCL shipping is a good way to ship large orders and items that are large or heavy. LCL shipping is based primarily on volume with a minimum shipment volume of one cubic meter.

Please note the shape of the crate does not have to be 1 meter by 1 meter it can be any size it is only the volume that is calculated. The two shapes below are different but if their volumes are the same then it will cost the same amount to ship either box.

We calculate LCL shipments by taking the item or items that you would like to purchase and calculate their given volumes. To do this we first take the length, width, and depth of each piece and add from 2-10 centimeters to each dimension.

We add the 2-10 cm to the size of the pieces to allow for packing and framing. Once we get the total volume of the piece or pieces you are ordering we divide the total volume by 1,000,000.

We get the 1,000,000 figure from length 100 cm multiplied by width 100 cm multiplied by Depth 100 cm . note* there are 100 cm in one meter, thus there are 1,000,000 cm in a cubic meter.

Item #BOX 1
Quantity 1
Size 75 x 50 x 90 cm

Let us assume that this item is fragile so it will need very good packing and framing. To insure that we are able to pack this very well we will add 10 cm on to each side of the object. The new shipping size of Item #widget 12 is 85 x 60 x 90 cm.

85 x 60 = 5,100
5,100 x 90 = 459,000
459,000 / 1,000,000 = 0.46 or 46%

From this example we know that widget 12 will occupy 46% or about half of a cubic meter. Since there is a minimum shipping volume of one cubic meter for LCL there is an extra 54% of a cubic meter that can be used.

You can also get air freight rates here.


Why use DFS?

Competitive shipping rates

Tailor made Logistics

International import & export

Cargo system with GPS.

Worldwide partnerships

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Container dimensions & specifications:
20ft or 40ft

20 ft container is defined by its length though there is a lack of standardisation in regard to height, ranging between 4 feet 3 inches (1.30 m) and 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m), with the most common height being 8 feet 6 inches (2.59 m).Also, it is common to designate 45-foot (13.7 m) containers as 2 TEU, rather than 2.25 TEU.

Additionally there is a standard container with the same width but a doubled length of forty feet called a 40-foot container, which equals one forty-foot equivalent unit (often FEU or feu) in cargo transportation.

Load bearing of container stacking is at the 40-foot corner stone couplings. In order to allow stacking of these types a forty-foot inter-modal container has an exact length of 40 feet (12.192 m), while the standard twenty-foot inter-modal container is slightly shorter having an exact length of 19 feet 10.5 inches (6.058 m).

The maximum gross mass for a 20-foot (6.1 m) dry cargo container is 24,000 kilograms (53,000 lb). Subtracting the tare mass of the container itself, the maximum amount of cargo per TEU is reduced to approximately 21,600 kilograms (47,600 lb).

Similarly, the maximum gross mass for a 40-foot (12.2 m) dry cargo container (including the 9-foot-6-inch-high (2.90 m) cube container) is 30,480 kilograms (67,200 lb).After correcting for tare weight, this gives a cargo capacity of 26,500 kilograms (58,400 lb).

Twenty-foot, "heavy tested" containers are available for heavy goods such as heavy machinery. These containers allow a maximum weight of 67,200 pounds (30,500 kg), an empty weight of 5,290 pounds (2,400 kg), and a net load of 61,910 pounds (28,080 kg).

Standard container

sea freight





Door Width

Door Height


Max Cargo

Standard 20'







21770 Kgs

Standard 40'







26780 Kgs

Standard 40 HC








Open top container

sea freight
Spec Length Width Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Max Cargo
Open Top 20' 5.894m 2.311m 2.354m 2.286m 2.184m 32.23m3 21600 Kgs
Open Top 40' 12.036m 2.350m 2.392m 2.340m 2.280m 67.7m3 26630 Kgs

Flat rack
sea freight

Spec Length Width Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Max Cargo
Flat Rack 20' 5.61m 2.228m 2.233m - - - 27722 Kgs
Flat Rack 40' 12.06m 2.228m 2.233m - - - 38918 Kgs


sea freight
Spec Length Width Height Door Width Door Height Capacity Max Cargo
Platform 20' 6.07m 2.43m 2.23m - - - 23993 Kgs
Platform 40' 12.19m 2.43m 1.95m - - - 30117 Kgs


Which freight option is right for you?


Faster than sea freight
Cheaper than air freight.
Transit times:
Europe: 2 to 60 days
depending on destination


Cheapest transport method.
Transit times:
Africa: 12 to 18
Australia: 36 to 57
China & India: 26 to 42
Europe: 7 to 14
India: 20 to 35
Latin America: 13 to 28
Middle East: 16 to 38
North America: 10


Fastest shipping method.
Not suitable for heavy shipment.
Transit times:
Europe: 2 to 5 days
Asia & Middle East: 3 to 5 days
North America: 4 to 7 days