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Germany is the number-one European exporter of goods to Brazil, and is tied with Argentina as the fourth-largest global exporter. The only countries that ship more goods into Brazil are China and the United States.

If your supply chain connects Brazil to the renowned German car, auto parts, and machinery industries, Shipa Freight can help streamline your shipping operations.

Indeed, regardless of what products you export from Germany to Brazil, there's no more straightforward way than controlling everything via our one-stop freight forwarding platform. You can do it all online, from accessing fast, competitive quotes for ocean and air freight, to tracking your shipments in real-time.

Before you next import from Germany to Brazil, and begin the typical to-and-fro of phone calls, faxes, and emails, why not use the form above to get a quick quote?

You can choose from air freight, LCL, and FCL ocean shipping, and select door-to-port, port-to-port, port-to-door, or door-to-door services. It will be your first step towards discovering a new—and refreshingly different—way to ship your cargo.

How to Ship Ocean Freight From Germany to Brazil

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Importing from Germany to Brazil using ocean shipping may not be fast, but it is typically the least expensive approach. We can help you save time and money when you ship by sea, provided your goods are of a type that can be containerized.

You can choose to have your goods sent in a shared shipping container from Germany to Brazil, along with consignments belonging to other shippers. Alternatively, you can opt for FCL, or full-container-load shipping, the most cost-effective method for larger quantities of sea freight.

Either way, we’ll have your goods loaded into a container and onto a vessel departing from the port of Hamburg in Germany, or perhaps Bremerhaven. From there, we will manage the logistics process as your ocean carrier steams your container from Germany to Brazil, and help to ensure smooth import customs clearance.

If required, we’ll also bring your cargo from the Brazilian port to its final destination. You will enjoy full visibility throughout the shipment, thanks to our online tracking and automated notifications to keep you in the loop.

Less than Container Load (LCL) From Germany to Brazil

If you’re shipping fewer than six pallets of freight from Germany to Brazil, you will probably wish to use LCL, or less-than-container-load, shipping. The only exception might be when you don’t want your cargo to share space with that belonging to other shippers. If space-sharing is not an issue for your business, we make it easy for your business to get goods to Brazil as LCL freight.

The simplicity begins with a fast online quote, with all fees broken out for complete transparency. That’s a real boon for LCL freight shippers, as pricing for this mode of shipping can be hard to understand.

Because of the steps involved in consolidating your freight with other shippers’ consignments in Germany, and reversing the process in Brazil, LCL can be somewhat slower than full container loads. However, the difference is often negligible, and we’ll always seek to help you keep shipping time to a minimum.

Full Container Load (FCL) From Germany to Brazil

If you can fill an entire shipping container, or more than one, FCL shipping will prove more cost-effective than an LCL service. The supplier of the goods in Germany can receive a container and stuff it with the products to be shipped. We can then transport the container to the designated port of departure, clear your goods through customs for export, and load it onto a vessel bound for Brazil.

The container will be sealed, and will contain your goods alone. After import clearance in Brazil, the container will be transported to its final destination. Alternatively, you can have it collected from the Brazilian port if you choose a port-to-port service.

FCL is not just less costly for larger shipments—it may also be a little faster. You can also be more confident about security. A sealed container is unlikely to be opened between departure and arrival unless customs decide to examine your shipment physically. In practice, this typically happens only when customs authorities find a compelling reason to inspect the goods.

Cargo Ports of Origin in Germany

Shipa Freight operates ocean freight services to Brazil from Germany’s two principal ports: Bremerhaven and Hamburg.


Germany's number one port houses the third-busiest container processing operation in Europe. It is among the top-20 highest-volume container ports in the world.

With four container terminals, 22 container-shipping berths, and more than 80 cranes, Hamburg has a reputation for applying the renowned German efficiency to its container operations. The port is known in Germany as the Gateway to the World. With more than eight million TEUs of container freight exported through its facilities annually, the title is most appropriate.

Owned By: Hamburg Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >8.5 million TEUs.



Like Hamburg, the Port of Bremerhaven has four container terminals. The newest, Terminal 4, is capable of handling over seven million TEUs of freight. The quay attached to Terminal 4 spans more than five kilometers, and can accommodate 14 mega-container ships. The four terminals at Bremerhaven together comprise the world’s largest closed container-management area. The port is the fourth-busiest in Europe for container cargo, and number 27 in the global rankings for container throughput.

Owned By: Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.


Cargo Ports of Arrival in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

The port of Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s third-busiest. However, it’s placed only at number nine in the country for container volume, with cruise shipping making up the majority of its market. It is almost 7 kilometers in length and has a pier of nearly 900 meters long. The external warehouse facilities serving the port cover an area of more than 65,000 square meters.

Owned By: Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro.

Annual Container Volume: >380,000 TEUs.



Navegantes is Brazil’s second-busiest container port, and the 20th in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Its facilities are state-of-the-art, and the port complex houses a 50,000 square-meter automated warehouse for storage of frozen products.

Owned By: Portonave S/A.

Annual Container Volume: >800,000 TEUs.



The port of Itapoa is one of the newest, and highest-performing container facilities in Brazil. It is the fifth-busiest for container throughput. The port is due for an expansion, which will take its capacity from around 500,000 TEUs to over a million.

Owned By: Itapoá Terminais Portuários S.A.

Annual Container Volume: >600,000 TEUs.



Itaguai is one of Brazil's smaller ports and serves Rio de Janeiro, along with its larger counterpart named after the state. It's best known as a bulk shipping port but does have container facilities, so we can use it to bring imports from Germany to Brazil for your business.

Owned By: Multiple owners.

Annual Container Volume: >250,000 TEUs.



Itajai is one of Brazil’s largest container ports, although its throughput is relatively low. It is, however, a critical port for export and import, and serves the southern states of Brazil. Itajai’s container terminal has four berths, and is capable of receiving vessels with capacities of up to 9,000 TEUs.

The port as an excellent infrastructure for handling temperature-controlled products. Therefore, if your business exports such products from Germany to Brazil, Itajai should probably be one of your preferred import gateways.

Owned By: Federal Government of Brazil.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.


Other Ports in Brazil

Brazil is a vast nation with many container terminals, so in addition to those outlined above, you can also bring your ocean freight from Germany to Brazil via the following ports:

  • Belem
  • Santos
  • Salvador
  • Vitoria
  • Rio Grande
  • Paranagua
  • Suape
  • Pecem
  • Manaus
  • Belo Horizonte
  • Porto Alegre

Air Freight From Germany to Brazil

Are you planning to import high-value products from Germany to Brazil? Do you need to meet a tight delivery deadline in the next couple of weeks? Are you concerned about the safety or security of your cargo in the weeks it might spend at sea?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, air shipping might be preferable to sending pallets of goods on a container vessel across the ocean.

For shippers with the necessary budget—which must be a bit bigger than those using sea freight—sending cargo by air adds the advantage of speed, flexibility, and security. In some supply chains, these attributes make the higher cost of air freight justifiable.

Shipa Freight lets you manage the process of getting quotes, booking flights, paying freight fees, and tracking your goods, all on one portal, online, with the minimum of fuss. Indeed, it’s not much harder than booking your business or vacation flights online.

You'll never be short of air freight options with our platform and service, as we offer an extensive range of flights between Germany and Brazil. Just choose your airport of departure, pick the nearest Brazilian airport to your shipment's final destination, and tell us when you need to fly your freight. The rest is easy.

Airports of Origin in Germany


Frankfurt’s Am Main Airport is the busiest in Europe for cargo traffic, and likely to see a throughput of 2 million tonnes of freight by the close of 2019. It is also the airport with the highest number of direct routes in the world. As you might expect then, we can ship your air freight with one of several carriers flying into airports like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Brazil Airports Served: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Viracopos, Manaus.

Frankfurt to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: Lufthansa Cargo.


Berlin Tegel

The fourth-busiest airport in Germany, Berlin Tegel Airport offers efficient road connections to the eastern and northern regions of the country. No carrier currently operates direct air-freight routes from Berlin to Brazil. Still, Shipa Freight can help you export your Brazil-bound commodities using connecting services.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Berlin to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Despite Hamburg Airport's importance as an air-freight gateway, there are no carriers flying freight or passengers directly from here to Brazil. However, even cargo routed indirectly takes no more than a few days to make its way from Hamburg to your preferred Brazilian destination.

Indeed, there are several good reasons to fly your freight from Hamburg, not least of which is the ultra-modern HACC cargo center, which opened in 2016. The HACC has an annual capacity of 150,000 tonnes of freight and is linked to the airfield's apron via an underpass.

Brazil Airports Served: None

Hamburg to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Is Southern Germany the base of your supplier (or your business if you are a supplier)? If so, there can be no better departure point for your exports than Munich Airport. It might even prove more economical to send your shipments by air from Munich than to have them moved overland to the seaports in the north, and dispatched on ships.

Brazil Airports Served: Sao Paulo.

Munich to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Dusseldorf Airport is located close to the city from which it takes its name, and is the third-largest airport in Germany. Approximately 75,000 tonnes of freight passed through Dusseldorf’s cargo handling facilities in 2018. If your supply chain begins in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan districts, Dusseldorf will be your best bet as an air-freight gateway to Latin America.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Dusseldorf to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in Germany

In addition to direct flights from Frankfurt and Munich, and indirect routes from Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Berlin Tegel, Shipa Freight can also send your air freight to Brazil via Leipzig/Halle, Nuremberg, or Stuttgart airports.

Airports of Arrival in Brazil


Despite an upgrade to the cargo terminal and lengthening of the runway in 2008, Curitiba airport is plagued by constraints that limit cargo throughput. Nevertheless, if you have air freight bound for Southern Brazil, Curitiba will be a logical entry point. Lufthansa operates freight services connecting Curitiba indirectly with Germany’s Frankfurt Airport, using a flight routed via Dakar.

Connected Airports in Germany: None.

Germany to Curitiba Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Located 14 kilometers from downtown Recife, Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport is a convenient place to land your freight if it's bound for this significant coastal city. It's also a practical airport of arrival for German imports to any location in the eastern states of Brazil.

Connected Airports in Germany: None.

Germany to Recife Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Viracopos Airport can be a useful alternative to nearby Sao Paulo for air-freight imports from Germany to Brazil. It is a crucial Brazilian cargo airport in its own right, and second only to Sao Paulo for freight volume. If your imports require cold storage, Viracopos is ideal, as its facilities include nearly 1,500 cubic meters of refrigerated warehousing. The airport houses a cargo handling area totaling 77,000 square meters.

Connected Airports in Germany: None.

Germany to Viracopos Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Aside from having a very long name, Salvador-Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport is another of the gateways through which we can route your imports from Germany. No direct flights connect this airport directly with German cities. However, we can send your cargo here using connecting services from any of Germany's main airports.

Connected Airports in Germany: None.

Germany to Salvador Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Belo Horizonte

The international airport at Belo Horizonte is not connected to Germany by any direct flights but is nonetheless a useful import gateway for German products. It has 6,400 square meters of warehouse space and freight capacity of 18,000 tonnes.

Connected Airports in Germany: None.

Germany to Belo Horizonte Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in Brazil

Brazil has no shortage of international airports, as is necessary for such a vast country. We can fly your German imports into Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, or Porto Alegre as alternatives to the five airports described in detail on this page.

Customs Clearance Procedures in Germany and Brazil

Understanding the export and import customs requirements and procedures in the countries where you trade is essential for your international shipments to route smoothly from A to B.

However, not every business can afford the time or effort necessary to gain the appropriate expertise.

At Shipa Freight, we take the bulk of the customs-clearance workload off your hands. Our combination of compliance technology and industry specialists means your staff needn't invest hours in checking and double-checking information and documents to avoid customs issues. Similarly, we ensure you don't need to maintain continuous liaisons with customs agents in Germany and Brazil.

Customs Documentation

We'll give you all the help you need to clear your goods through customs without problems or delays. Nevertheless, it makes sense to be familiar with the essential documents required for export customs clearance in Germany and import clearance in Brazil.

Customs authorities in both countries will require the following documents, as a minimum, to assess your shipments for clearance and to calculate any duties and taxes due:

  • Certificate of origin
  • Bill of lading (Shipa Freight will provide this for you)
  • Letter of credit
  • Tax invoice
  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list

If you’d like to know more about these documents and see some examples, you can do so by visiting our Document List page.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Cargo From Germany to Brazil?

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Thousands of kilometers separate Germany and Brazil, so even if you ship goods between the two countries by air, it will take some days for them to complete the journey. Note though, that most air-freight transit time is taken up in customs clearance.

Of course, ocean shipping takes considerably longer. While air freight shipments typically take a week or so, FCL or LCL shipments will be in transit between Germany and Brazil for three to four weeks.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Sea From Germany to Brazil?

Ocean freight transit times vary depending on the locations of your ports of loading and discharge, but here are a couple of examples extracted from Shipa Freight's schedules:

  • Hamburg to Santos – 20 days FCL, 24 days LCL
  • Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro - 20 days FCL, 26 days LCL

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Air From Germany to Brazil?

Here are a few air-freight transit times for routes from Germany to Brazil. Please note that the following air-freight shipping durations are approximate, and include the time required for consolidation, interim storage, and customs clearance:

  • Frankfurt to Sao Paulo – 6 days
  • Hamburg to Sao Paula – 7 days
  • Frankfurt or Hamburg to Rio de Janeiro – 8 days
  • Dusseldorf to Sao Paulo – 8 days

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Cargo From Germany to Brazil?

Global freight shipping is costly, but there are ways and means to minimize the impact of shipping costs on the profits of your business. If you don't require high-velocity deliveries from Germany to Brazil, ocean shipping will always be the most cost-effective freight solution. In most cases, it makes sense to choose LCL shipping for small consignments or FCL for shipments of more than six standard pallets of goods.

Air freight costs considerably more than shipping by sea. However, the difference might be negligible for consignments of 100 kilograms or less in weight. Of course, the extra expenditure will get your products moved a lot more quickly, with transit times counted in days rather than weeks.

Shipa Freight’s services are not available for consignments that weigh under 35kg. For shipments of this weight or below, we recommend you engage an express courier service

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