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Ocean & Air Shipping From Germany to Saudi Arabia

Information and quote from Germany to Saudi Arabia for LCL, FCL and Air shipping

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Demand for services to move freight from Germany to Saudi Arabia has never been higher, even given the close trading relationship that has endured between the two countries for decades. As the second-largest country in the Arab world opens up commercially, importing from Germany to Saudi Arabia is set to see continued growth as an international trading activity.

Shipping freight between the two countries is not only becoming more popular, but also less daunting. That development is due in large part to the use of digital technology by freight forwarders, shipping companies, and customs authorities to streamline and simplify freight management and import/export processes.

At Shipa Freight, we are not just users of such technology, but are uniquely driven by it. Our online freight forwarding platform solves the pain-points of ocean and air shipping across many of the world’s trade lanes, including those connecting Germany and the KSA.

How to Ship Ocean Freight From Germany to Saudi Arabia

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You have two options to transport commodities in a shipping container from Germany to Saudi Arabia. If your shipment is large, you can use an FCL service, in which case you will have one or more containers exclusively for your sea freight.

If you don’t have enough cargo to fill a container, you can opt for LCL shipping. If you choose LCL, your goods will share container space with those of other shippers.

At Shipa Freight, we can help you export from Germany to Saudi Arabia using FCL or LCL ocean shipping. We can provide you with competitive quotes for door-to-door services from any point in Germany. We’ll typically route your shipment via the ports of Bremerhaven or Hamburg, through Saudi Arabian gateways like Ad Dammam or Jeddah, to your chosen final destination.

Less than Container Load (LCL) From Germany to Saudi Arabia

Unless you are transporting enough goods to fill a 20-foot shipping container, LCL shipping will be the most economical option to import from Germany to Saudi Arabia. However, you should expect shipping times to be slightly longer than are experienced with an FCL service.

The longer shipping duration arises from the extra logistics activity involved. Your freight forwarder will need to send your goods to a consolidation warehouse before export, where they will be loaded into a container with other shippers’ cargo.

Similarly, the container will need to go to a warehouse in KSA for de-consolidation, so your shipment can be unloaded and transferred to a domestic carrier for delivery.

Full Container Load (FCL) From Germany to Saudi Arabia

If you would like your merchandise or products to ship a little faster, or you wish to ensure exclusive use of a container, you might prefer to use an FCL freight service. When your shipment is not sharing container-space with others, shipping time is reduced.

We can move your consignment in a dedicated container from Germany to Saudi Arabia, without the added delays of consolidation and de-consolidation. The container will be filled and sealed at the point of origin in Germany. Unless the customs authorities deem it necessary to examine the contents, it will remain sealed until received at your facility in the KSA.

Your ocean freight will set off by road from the point of origin in Germany, to arrive at Hamburg or Bremerhaven. After the customs authority releases your goods for export, they will ship overseas to your chosen UAE gateway. We will then clear your shipment through customs and dispatch it to its final destination in the Emirates.

Cargo Ports of Origin in Germany

Bremerhaven and Hamburg are the primary ports for international sea freight to and from Germany. They are the gateways that we will typically use for your KSA-bound goods. In case you'd like to know a little about each of these ports of departure, here are a few facts and points of interest:


Bremerhaven is Europe’s fourth most-active container port, and ranks as the 27th busiest in the world. Boasting four container terminals, which collectively provide the world’s largest closed container processing area, Bremerhaven handles a massive volume of freight. Indeed, the newest of the terminals (Terminal 4) is capable of handling over 7 million TEUs.

Owned By: Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



The tidal port of Hamburg is strung out along the southern bank of the River Elbe, and is known as Germany’s Gateway to the World. It’s a deserved accolade, as Hamburg is the largest port in Germany, the third busiest in Europe for container shipping, and the world’s 19th largest seaport.

Owned By: Hamburg Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >8.5 million TEUs.


Cargo Ports of Arrival in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah Islamic Port

In the Arab world, only Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port is larger or busier than Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea gateway. Jeddah is the KSA’s principal cargo port. It is a sprawling port, spread over an area of 12 square kilometers, housing more than 60 berths, and capable of accommodating the largest classes of container ships.

Owned By: Saudi Ports Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.



Also known as King Abdul Aziz Port, Dammam sits on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Although not as busy as Jeddah, it is nevertheless a vital distribution center for Saudi Arabia's landlocked cities. Port-to-port shipping from Germany via Dammam takes a little more time than routes using Jeddah.

That’s because container vessels serving Dammam must navigate through the Red Sea, and then steam through the Gulfs of Aden and Oman to reach the Persian Gulf.

However, once your freight is unloaded and cleared through customs, excellent road and rail connections will ensure it soon arrives at any destination in the kingdom's interior.

Owned By: Saudi Ports Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.


Air Freight From Germany to Saudi Arabia

If your supply chain requires freight to move fast, ocean shipping might not be the best way to transport it. Shipa Freight is the ideal solution in such a case. Our platform lets you get quotes, book, pay, and track air freight from eight international airports in Germany to Dammam, Riyadh, or Jeddah in the KSA.

Just like our sea freight services, Shipa Freight’s air shipping options include port-to-port, door-to-port-port-to-door, and door-to-door transportation for your business cargo.

In addition to the benefits of speed, we recommend air freight if any of the following logistics requirements exist in your business operations:

  • You need to feel confident about security in transit
  • Freight quantities will occupy no more than a few pallets
  • You need greater flexibility than is offered by ocean freight shipping
  • Your points of origin or destination are deep inland and close to an international airport

Airports of Origin in Germany


In 2019, Frankfurt Airport is expected to handle around two million tonnes of freight, although throughput has not been as healthy as it was in 2018. The likelihood is that it will retain its position as the highest-volume cargo airport in Europe, and it will remain a top option for shippers exporting from Germany. It’s an airport that’s particularly well suited for shipping to Saudi Arabia, as several airlines fly direct routes to the primary international airports of Dammam, Riyadh, and Jeddah.

KSA Airports Served: Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh.

Frankfurt to KSA Cargo-Only Operators: Lufthansa Cargo, Saudia Cargo.



A third of all air freight into and out of Germany is routed through Munich Airport, although it primarily serves the southern areas of the country. The 84,000 square meter freight terminal is an ideal gateway for exports to Saudi Arabia, even more so if your business—or that of your supplier—is located in the south. By sending air freight from Munich, you can avoid the long road journey your cargo might otherwise take to the ocean ports on the coast.

KSA Airports Served: Jeddah, Riyadh.

Munich to KSA Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Berlin Tegel

Located to the Northwest of Berlin City Center, Tegel Airport is the fourth-busiest in Germany, and a useful airport of departure for freight originating in the North and East of the country. There are currently no airlines operating direct flights to Saudi Arabia from Berlin Tegel. However, we can route your goods to Dammam, Jeddah, or Riyadh via connecting services.

KSA Airports Served: None.

Hamburg to UAE Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Stuttgart Airport is situated in the Southeast of Germany, and is the country’s sixth-busiest. Its freight terminal has an apron with seven stands for cargo aircraft, and annual throughput is close to 30,000 tonnes.

KSA Airports Served: None.

Stuttgart to KSA Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Leipzig/Halle airport lies in Germany’s Eastern hinterland and as a crucial air-freight center for the country, falls second only to Frankfurt in annual throughput. In 2018, a staggering 1.2 million tonnes of freight passed through Leipzig’s cargo terminal. Despite its importance, though, Leipzig currently has no airlines operating direct flights to Saudi Arabia. Still, we can provide indirect airport-to-airport shipping from Leipzig to Dammam, Jeddah, or Riyadh, or door-to-door transportation via any of those three Saudi airports.

KSA Airports Served: None.

Leipzig to KSA Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in Germany

In addition to Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Leipzig/Halle, Shipa Freight can fly your German exports into Saudi Arabia via Hamburg, Nuremberg, or Dusseldorf. Note, though, that shipping through these airports, and indeed, any German airport other than Frankfurt, will involve at least one transshipment en route.

Airports of Arrival in Saudi Arabia


If your imports from Germany are headed for the eastern regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport will be a convenient arrival destination. Lufthansa and Saudia are two of the airlines offering dedicated cargo flights from Frankfurt to Dammam. Of course, Shipa Freight can always fly your freight from other German airports, but it will take slightly longer to arrive, as it will be shipped using connecting flights.

Connected Airports in Germany: Frankfurt.

Germany to Dammam Cargo-Only Operators: Lufthansa Cargo, Saudia Cargo.



King Abdulaziz International Airport is the third-largest in the KSA. It is located a few kilometers north of Jeddah, the city it serves along with others in the west of the Kingdom. You can send freight directly to Jeddah from Munich and Frankfurt in Germany, or, if you choose to ship with us, indirectly from other German departure airports.

Connected Airports in Germany: Frankfurt, Munich.

Germany to Jeddah Cargo-Only Operators: Lufthansa Cargo, Saudia Cargo.



Situated near the center of the KSA, Riyadh’s King Khalid Airport should be your gateway of choice if your goods from Germany are bound for the capital or its surrounds. We can arrange shipments from several German airports. Nevertheless, if you want your freight to undergo only the minimum of handling, we recommend a direct flight to Riyadh from either Munich or Frankfurt.

Connected Airports in Germany: Frankfurt, Munich.

Germany to Riyadh Cargo-Only Operators: Lufthansa Cargo, Saudia Cargo.


Export Customs Clearance Procedures From Germany

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The ability to simplify the completion and filing of customs documents, and to ensure compliance, is an attractive benefit for your business, and a standard feature of shipping with Shipa Freight.

Our platform has an integrated compliance engine to help you provide all the right information needed for export customs clearance. Our technology will save you time and reduce the risk of errors that can delay your shipments, or even result in the payment of extra fees or fines.

If you have ever exported goods from Germany or another country in the European Union, you should be familiar with the procedures and documents required for customs clearance. However, if you're new to exporting and would like a little information about the essential documents, you'll find them listed, all on one useful page here at Shipa Freight.

Import Customs Clearance Procedures to Saudi Arabia

Of course, when your business is involved in export and import, your freight has to clear customs twice. Import customs procedures are typically a little more involved than those on the export side. Still, you won't have to be too concerned about them when you ship from Germany to Saudi Arabia with us.

Our compliance engine will prompt you for all the import clearance information necessary, and we take care of much of the documentation on your behalf. If you’d like an overview of the primary documents used in import customs clearance, you can take a look at some examples in our documents list.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Cargo From Germany to Saudi Arabia?

Freight transit times between Germany and Saudi Arabia depend upon which mode of shipping you choose. Naturally, air cargo ships a lot faster than ocean freight. You should expect an air freight shipment from Germany to arrive at your Saudi destination in five to seven days following dispatch.

Ocean freight will take considerably longer to arrive. For FCL shipments, you should allow three to five weeks’ transit time, and slightly longer, say, between four and six weeks for LCL freight.

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

Here are a few examples of Germany to KSA transit times you should expect when ocean shipping with Shipa Freight:

  • Hamburg to Jeddah – 20 days FCL, 26 days LCL
  • Hamburg to Dammam – 29 days FCL, 40 days LCL
  • Hamburg to Riyadh – 31 days FCL

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

Air shipping cuts freight transit times considerably in comparison with ocean freight. For example, typical air-freight transit time—for shipments booked on our platform—from Dusseldorf to Jeddah is eight days.

Expect around five days in transit for air freight shipped via the following routes:

  • Frankfurt to Dammam, Riyadh, and Jeddah
  • Dusseldorf to Riyadh
  • Stuttgart to Jeddah
  • Hamburg to Dammam and Riyadh

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Cargo From Germany to Saudi Arabia?

Many factors are involved in calculating shipping costs, however. They include the volume and weight of your shipment, the type of goods to be shipped, and the kind of service required. At Shipa Freight, we make it easy to get prices for ocean and air freight from Germany to Saudi Arabia—all you need do is request a quick quote using the form on this page.

“With Shipa Freight, I could do everything from quotation to booking with just a click”.

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