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Ocean and Air Shipping from the India to Denmark

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Updated on 03 Mar 202212 min read

Television and radio broadcasting equipment accounts for nearly 10% of all exports from India to Denmark. Briefcases, suitcases, and musical instrument cases rank highly too.

Whichever type of goods you want to import or export from India to Denmark, you’re in the right place. Experienced and novice international shippers will discover handy information here that’s designed to make importing from India to Denmark easier.

What Are Your Options for Shipping Freight From India to Denmark?

Flags of India and Denmark representing Shipa Freight's tradelanes between the two countries There are two ways to ship freight from India to Denmark—by air or ocean. Both modes of transportation have upsides and downsides which we’ll deal with on this page.

Ocean Freight From India to Denmark

Less than Container Load (LCL): This shipping option requires your goods to share container space with other products. It can work out as the most cost-effective way for you to send smaller shipments.

Full Container Load (FCL): With FCL you get exclusive use of a container for your goods. You can fully or partially fill the container, and have it sealed it in India. It’s often quicker and sometimes less expensive than LCL shipping, particularly for larger shipments.

Air Freight From India to Denmark

To get goods from India to Denmark in a hurry, choose air shipping. While ocean freight takes weeks, most air shipments are completed in a matter of days. But it is considerably more expensive than using an ocean carrier.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Cargo From India to Denmark?

With so many variables to consider, pinpointing the cost of shipping freight from India to Denmark is difficult without actually obtaining a quote. Your freight forwarder will give you a quote based on your answers to questions such as:

  • What type of goods are you shipping?
  • What is the weight of your shipment?
  • What are your shipment’s dimensions?
  • What volume of goods are you shipping?
  • Do you want your cargo shipped by ocean or air?
  • For ocean freight, what’s your preferred mode of shipping—FCL or LCL?
  • Where precisely do you want your cargo shipped from or to?
  • Do you want a port-to-port, door-to-port, port-to-door, or door-to-door delivery service?

The cost of a consignment is closely linked to its weight. If your goods weigh under 100 kg, there’ll be little difference between the quote you get for air or ocean shipping. So opting for the fastest is usually the best move.

If your consignment is heavier than 100 kg, ocean shipping will typically be a more cost-effective option than air freight from India to Denmark. If your shipment is light—35 kg or under—international couriers are the people to contact as freight forwarders do not quote for such loads.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Cargo From India to Denmark?

It’s nearly 6,500 kilometers from Mumbai to Copenhagen as the crow flies. And the route a cargo vessel carrying your shipping container from India to Denmark will take is even longer.

Being more direct, air shipping is the quickest way to ship your commercial goods. Usually, it’s reasonable to expect shipments from any of India’s international airports to arrive and receive import customs clearance in Denmark in about four days.

Ocean shipping is a long process, taking weeks rather than days. But if your consignment is too big for an aircraft’s hold, or your goods aren’t suitable air cargo, sending them by sea will be your only option.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Sea From India to Denmark?

As an example of the transit time involved in shipping a container from India to Denmark, one of our popular FCL services, from Mundra to Aarhus, requires around 31 days.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Air From India to Denmark?

The vast majority of air freight bound for Denmark from India is routed into Copenhagen Airport. Typically, it takes four days for a consignment originating in any of India’s major international airports to ship to the Danish capital and clear customs.

Customs Clearance in India and Denmark

Customs stamp resting on a customs invoice document stamped with export customs clearance in red ink as Shipa Freight assist you with customs clearance Customs clearance has always been one of the most complicated processes in international shipping. Yet it is a necessity for all commodities shipped from the subcontinent to Northern Europe.

Many businesses choose to hire freight forwarders to handle the complexity. Using the expertise of a forwarder will help decrease the likelihood of delays and ensure your shipment complies with relevant rules and regulations.

Your business will still need to complete documentation that must accompany your shipment. Specifically, customs officials in India and Denmark are most likely to want to see the following:

  1. A Commercial Invoice
  2. A Packing List
  3. A Certificate of Origin
  4. A Letter of Credit or other payment terms (depends on the contract between the parties involved)
  5. A Bill of Lading for ocean freight or Airway Bill for air freight (Shipa Freight will provide this for you)

The above list isn’t exhaustive, and you may find that a license, permit, or certificate also needs to accompany your consignment. You can discover more about the documents listed above on the documents list page we have compiled.

Should You Choose Ocean Freight or Air Freight?

Ocean Freight

Ocean shipping typically involves a shipping line carrying your goods in a container from India to Denmark aboard a cargo vessel. The majority of sea freight is suited to carriage in a standard 20ft or 40ft container. Your freight forwarder will help you decide if your goods require a different type of shipping container—perhaps one with ventilation or refrigeration capabilities.

You will also need to decide between FCL or LCL shipping, and whether you want to arrange a door-to-door or port-to-port service. Your choice is likely to be influenced by the volume and weight of your consignment. To help make your decision easier, we’ve included details of the merits and demerits of FCL and LCL ocean shipping:

Considerations for LCL Freight Shipping

Choosing less-than-container-load shipping (where your goods share container space with others) is a good move if:

  • Your consignment is no more than 14 CBM (the equivalent of six standard pallets)
  • Your consignee in Denmark doesn’t require the goods urgently
  • You don’t want the hassle of making decisions about container types and sizes
  • Your goods can be safely shipped alongside others in a shared container
  • Air freight isn’t an option

It’s worth knowing that all LCL shipping requires goods to be consolidated and deconsolidated. These additional logistics necessities require longer transit times for LCL freight, in comparison to FCL shipping, which requires no such procedures.

It might be wise for your business to avoid LCL shipping if:

  • Your goods are fragile or perishable
  • You don’t want your freight handled or moved more often than is necessary
  • Your delivery date is set in stone
  • You are shipping heavy or large goods

Learn more about Less than Container Load on our dedicated page on LCL Shipping.

Considerations for FCL Freight Shipping

Full-container-load shipping (in which you get exclusive use of a container for your goods) could be right for you if:

  • Your consignee in Denmark is expecting the goods by a specific date
  • You’re shipping a high volume of freight—over 14CBM
  • The goods you’re sending are delicate or very heavy
  • You want to seal your container in India and for it to remain sealed until your consignee receives it (although customs officials can open your container to inspect it)

Learn more about Full Container Load on our dedicated page on FCL Shipping

Air Freight

The best option for your business could be air shipping from India to Denmark, especially if:

  • You need to quickly get your consignment to Denmark (perhaps because your goods are perishable)
  • You are transporting high-value goods requiring high levels of security
  • You want to keep insurance costs low
  • Your supplier in India and recipient in Denmark are both based near an international airport
  • Your cargo shipment is small—perhaps two or three pallets only

Learn more about Air Freight on our dedicated page by clicking here.

Ocean Cargo Port Guide

Cargo Ports of Origin in India


Port Facts:

  • India’s first privately-owned port
  • Located in Rajula Saurashtra, Gujarat
  • The facility covers a 632-hectare site
  • Ideal port of origin if your supply chain involves the movement of goods from Amreli, Rajula, or Bhavnagar

Owned By: APM Terminals.

Annual Container Volume: >1.35 million TEUs.


Nhava Sheva

Port Facts:

  • Officially called Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT)
  • It is India’s busiest seaport
  • Situated across the Thane Creek from Mumbai
  • Nearly 17% of all shipments to Denmark originate here
  • Sports goods, shirts, and carpets are among the goods most frequently exported from this port

Owned By: Government of India.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • This port is a vital shipping gateway for Southern India
  • Covers a 237-hectare site
  • Nearly 52 million tonnes of cargo was handled here in 2018
  • There are two container terminals, plus seven quay cranes on an 885-meter-long quayside.

Owned By: Chennai Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Located on the River Zuari in the state of Goa, Western India
  • It’s one of India’s oldest ports
  • Easy access by rail for any supplier in Maharashtra or Karnataka

Owned By: Government of India.

Annual Container Volume: >21,000 TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • One of the world’s top-50 busiest ports for container cargo
  • Nearly 12% of all exports to Denmark originate here
  • Houses four container terminals with a combined capacity of 7.5 million TEUs

Owned By: Adani Group.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.


Other Ports of Origin in India

Shipa Freight also uses the following ports in India to ship goods to Denmark:

  • Hazira
  • Kattupalli
  • Haldia
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Kolkata
  • Tuticorin
  • Krishnapatnam

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Denmark


Port Facts:

  • Denmark’s largest port occupies a 360-hectare site
  • Boasts the nation’s biggest container terminal
  • There are plans to expand the size of the port by 50%
  • Ideal port of arrival for goods required in Hojbjerg, Braband, Lisbjerg, or Risskov

Owned By: The people of Denmark.

Annual Container Volume: >540,000 million TEUs.



Port Facts:

  • Is sometimes called Copenhagen Malmo port
  • One of the biggest seaports in the Baltic basin
  • Storage space covers 175,000 square meters
  • Ideal for consignments destined for Copenhagen, Amagerbro, Norrebro, or Frederiksberg

Owned By: By & Havn.

Annual Container Volume: >194,000 million TEUs.


Flying Your Freight: Airport Guide

Airports of Origin in India


Airport Facts:

  • This is India’s biggest air cargo facility, spanning more than 2,000 hectares
  • Also called Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Over 20% of all exports to Denmark originate here
  • It’s an advanced air freight facility with two cargo terminals and a state-of-the-art logistics center
  • Over 2,000 kilograms of freight are handled here every minute
  • Annual cargo throughput exceeded one million tonnes for the first time in 2019

Denmark Airports Served: Copenhagen.

Delhi to Denmark Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Also known as Kempegowda International Airport
  • Serves the capital of Karnataka which is 25km south of the airport
  • Occupies a 1,600-hectare site
  • Features three cargo terminals and two runways, both of which are 4,000 meters long
  • Handily located for supply chains moving goods from Hosur, Tumakuru, Mandya, and Sira

Denmark Airports Served: None.

Bangalore to Denmark Cargo-Only Operators: None.


####Chennai Airport Facts:

  • Located 21 kilometers outside Chennai
  • Features extensive facilities for perishable freight
  • The cargo export area covers over 17,800 square meters
  • Shipments to Copenhagen will be via indirect flights

Denmark Airports Served: None.

Chennai to Denmark Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Officially called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
  • Handles around 900,000 tonnes of air cargo every year
  • Ideal for manufacturers or suppliers in Mumbai, Pune, or Nashik
  • Its apron can handle five wide-body aircraft simultaneously

Denmark Airports Served: None.

Mumbai to Denmark Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Airport Facts:

  • Also known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
  • It’s the largest air cargo facility in Northeastern India
  • Situated in Dum Dum, West Bengal
  • Cargo terminal occupies a 39,150 square meter site

Denmark Airports Served: None.

Kolkata to Denmark Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Shipa Freight can also coordinate air freight shipments from India to Denmark from airports in Cochin, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Coimbatore. Airport of Arrival in Denmark


Airport Facts:***

  • Situated eight kilometers south of Copenhagen city center, on Amager Island
  • Just 24 kilometers from a second major city—Malmo, over the Oresund Bridge in Sweden
  • Features 17 aircraft stands exclusively for freighters
  • Has three cargo terminals—Spirit Air Cargo Handling, DHL North European Hub, and World Wide Flight Services

Connected Airports in India: Delhi.

India to Copenhagen Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Ocean and Air Shipping From India to Denmark: Why Shipa Freight?

You’ll enter a world of easier international trade and shipping when you choose Shipa Freight. Our online platform is a real breath of fresh air. You can register quickly and get quotes fast. Bookings and payments both happen online too, and you can see all your shipments in one place.

Other benefits of trusting Shipa Freight to get your products from India to Denmark include:

  • We have deep expertise in both air and ocean shipping
  • You can book shipments by credit card, debit card, or wire transfer
  • We’ll handle customs complexities so you get more time to grow your business
  • Our customer support team is ready to assist you 24/7, via email, online chat, or telephone
  • We’ll ensure your consignment complies with all necessary shipping rules and regulations

Know Your Shipping Terminology

To help you build your understanding of the language of shipping, we’ve explained the meaning of two potentially confusing terms used in the industry. You’ll find those explanations below:

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