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Your manufacturers in India have done their job. The order is ready for shipping out of the country for delivery to Germany. Getting them there should be the easy bit.

That’s not always the case though, as many shipping companies make things tricky with their complex solutions. You’ll find things are quite different with Shipa Freight, as we offer a refreshingly different way to procure global cargo services and transport international orders.

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Trade routes from India to Germany are long-established and well-traveled. Now Shipa Freight is bringing new simplicity to the way all kinds of businesses can book air and ocean shipments from country to country.

The shipping routes are the same, but the options are changing for the better, thanks to Shipa Freight.

Let us quote you for your ocean or air freight shipment from India to Germany. Complete the form above.

FCL or LCL Ocean Freight From India to Germany

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Shipa Freight is the online platform that’s making waves in the supply chain and freight forwarding worlds. It’s ensuring that shipping from India to Germany is a lot less hassle, and a lot more cost-effective. Signing-up your business, getting a quote, choosing shipping options, booking a shipment, tracking it from dispatch to delivery—we’ve streamlined it all to save you time and bring you the benefits of global freight carriers.

We can’t make container vessels travel faster, but we can ease the process of getting your freight on board and through customs. If you’ve only got a few boxes to ship, we’ll help you get them to Germany as part of a less-than-container-load (LCL). If you are shipping enough to fill 6 to 12 pallets, Shipa Freight brings simplicity to booking and paying for a full container load (FCL). In short, you’ll find it as easy as A, B, Sea.

Even the thorny questions regarding compliance are answered and the complexity of customs rules made simple. Shipa Freight shows you the information you need and the forms you should complete for your particular shipment to get the green light. We’re convinced you’ll find the whole process easy, and the cost affordable, but of course, you won’t know until you try it.

Ports of Origin in India

Got an FCL or LCL shipment you need to move from India to Germany? You’ll want to choose a port that’s easy to reach from your manufacturing base. Here are a few options:


Located to the north of the extensive container freight facilities at Chennai, Kattupalli is a new port designed to help relieve congestion at Chennai. Getting your freight to Kattupalli should be a cinch, as there are guaranteed congestion-free approach roads, something you won’t find at Chennai. Your goods could also be granted Direct Port Entry status if they have been factory-stuffed or self-sealed in containers.

Owned By: Kattupalli Port Private Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >345,000 TEUs.



If your manufacturing location is in or near Chennai, or anywhere else in Southeastern India, exporting to Germany from here is probably your best bet. Not only are there direct ocean routes to Germany, there are also excellent rail links to the two container-handling terminals, handy for saving time if you use the Shipa Freight door to door service.

Owned By: Chennai Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.



India’s largest port in private hands, Mundra is a world top 50 port, size-wise. If your products are manufactured in the state of Gujarat, or anywhere in the North or Northwest of India, shipping to Germany from here is a smart move, as there are four terminals at which your freight can be loaded, ready for its journey to Hamburg or Bremerhaven.

Owned By: Adani Group.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.



More commonly referred to as KPCL, this is a privately-owned deep water port in Eastern India that opened in 2008. It’s 180km north of Chennai and has a container terminal with the capacity to handle 1.2 million standard-size containers per year. Destined to be a key transshipment hub, the port exports a broad variety of freight, including cars, edible oils, and fertilizer.

Owned By: Navayuga Engineering Co. Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >450,000 TEUs.



Located in Goa, Mormugao is a natural harbor and one of India’s oldest ports. Lying on the south bank of the River Zuari, the facility has a railway line and there are plans to connect the port to the National Highway network. The products exported from here include frozen fish, liquor, and pharmaceuticals.

Owned By: Government of India.

Annual Container Volume: >5,000 TEUs.


Other Ports in India

The other gateways in India from which Shipa Freight can provide LCL and FCL services to Germany are:

  • Kandla
  • Nhava Sheva
  • Cochin
  • Tuticorin
  • Nhava Sheva
  • Pipaviv
  • Haldia
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Kolkata

Arrival Ports in Germany

Shipa Freight will bring your shipment from India into one of two ports on Germany’s northern coast. Below is some information about both:


A quartet of container terminals at Europe’s fourth-busiest port handle a variety of freight along a quay that stretches for over 5km. That’s plenty of room for up to 14 container vessels to simultaneously load or unload. Strong transport links to the rest of Germany from here will help get your consignment from India to its destination, fast.

Owned By: Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



Only two European ports are busier hubs for containers than Hamburg, Germany’s biggest port. Located on the Southern side of the River Elbe, there’s room here for 22 container vessels to dock and unload at the same time, and 80 quay cranes to lift either your FCL or LCL off its ship from India.

Owned By: Hamburg Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >8.5 million TEUs.


India to Germany Transit Times and Routes

There are plenty of nautical miles between India and Germany and many trade lanes your freight can take. Shipa Freight will find the best value route for you in a matter of seconds. Actual journey times will be longer than the estimated transit times stated below, because this is only a port-to-port guide. It doesn’t take into account delays before launch, at sea, or the extra overland transit times required in the country of export and import.

Port of Origin Destination Port Est. Transit Time
Mundra Bremerhaven 25 Days
Kolkata Bremerhaven 36 Days
Mundra Hamburg 23 Days
Visakhapatnam Hamburg 34 Days
Chennai Hamburg 36 Days
Kolkata Hamburg 36 Days
Nhava Seva Hamburg 33 Days
Chennai Bremerhaven 27 Days
Krishnapatnam Bremerhaven 32 Days
Krishnampatnam Hamburg 43 Days
Pipavav Hamburg 31 Days
Pipavav Bremerhaven 30 Days
Tuticorin Bremerhaven 26 Days
Nhava Sheva Bremerhaven 31 Days
Jodhpur Bremerhaven 31 Days
Jodhpur Bremerhaven 27 Days

Air Freight From India to Germany

If quick delivery services are critical to your business success, the time taken for ocean freight to reach its destination could be prohibitive. Air freight is a quicker option—more expensive than ocean freight—but the higher fees may be worth considering, especially if you:

  • Need to export fast: sending your consignment by plane will shave days if not weeks off the time it takes to transit from India to Germany.
  • Don’t want a lot of risk: the more time your freight spends getting from A to B, the more risks it’s likely to face. If you’re risk-averse, the quicker you can get your consignment to its destination, the better.
  • Are sending perishables: your consignment could be well past its sell-by date if you use ocean freight. Even vessels with refrigeration units can only keep stock fresh for a limited time. Although the cost to ship air freight is higher, it will get your perishables to Germany well before their best before date.
  • Reliability: airlines tend to be far stricter with their scheduling, rectifying any delays quickly. And flight transit times don’t vary much from those advertised, due to fuel limits. Ocean freight, on the other hand, can be subject to delays on departure, arrival and at sea.
  • Seek cheaper insurance: insurers will set lower premiums for freight that gets to its destination by air, simply because less time in transit means less risk.

Sending Goods by Courier

The expense of using courier services puts many businesses off the idea, at least if they are shipping anything more than a package or two. When your freight reaches a certain weight – some say anything above 250kg – sending by air freight becomes the more economical option. If it’s the door-to-door service that appeals to you most about couriers, you might like to know that Shipa Freight also provides door-to-door deliveries. So why not see how our quotes from India to Germany compare with those offered by couriers?

Head to the top of the page to get a Shipa Freight quote for your air shipment from India to Germany. The speed you get your quote will surprise you, and we hope the price will delight you.

India: Airports of Origin


Kempegowda International Airport is a 4,000-acre airfield serving the city of the same name, which is the state capital of Karnataka. A second runway is due to open on the site in December 2019. Handy, as the airport has a cargo village and three terminals dedicated to freight. There are also pharmaceutical storage facilities at the airport, and connections to Bangalore City via National Highway 44 and the Metrolink.

Germany Airports Served: Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle.

Bangalore to Germany Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is located 15 miles south of Hyderabad, the capital of the Indian state of Telangana. There are two runways and a single freight terminal covering over 14,000 square meters, with temperature-controlled pharmaceutical storage facilities which are so impressive, they prompted Lufthansa Cargo to base its first dedicated pharma hub here.

Germany Airports Served: Frankfurt.

Hyderabad to Germany Cargo-Only Operators: Lufthansa Cargo.



Overtaken by Delhi as India’s busiest freight hub a few years ago, Mumbai Airport (or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport as it’s sometimes known) remains a major air facility, serving Mumbai and Western India. If you’re planning to fly perishables to Germany, starting their journey here will be a good move, as the airport has dedicated storage units for such goods.

Germany Airports Served: Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich.

Mumbai to Germany Cargo-Only Operators: Aerologic, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo, UPS Airlines.



Serving Southern India, Chennai Airport ranks third-busiest in India behind Delhi and Mumbai. Spread over a close-to 20-acre site, the cargo complex can accommodate three wide-bodied freighter aircraft simultaneously. A new integrated freight terminal with state-of-the-art storage facilities is currently under construction.

Germany Airports Served: Frankfurt.

Chennai to Germany Cargo-Only Operators: Aerologic, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Lufthansa Cargo.



If your manufacturing center is in Northern India, Delhi is likely to be the airport from which you’ll want to fly your products to Germany. Freight teams on the site handle around one million tonnes of goods every year and, depending on the size and nature of your goods, Shipa Freight could find a place for your product in the hold of a direct flight to Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle or Munich.

Germany Airports Served: Frankfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Munich.

Delhi to Germany Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports of Origin in India

With worldwide logistical expertise available to call on, thanks to our parent company, Agility Logistics, Shipa Freight can get your goods aboard indirect flights to Germany from these Indian airports:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Kolkata
  • Jaipur
  • Pune
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore

Destination Airports in Germany for Air Freight From India

All of our air freight services from India will bring your cargo into Germany via Frankfurt Airport, the most well-connected and efficient of all the country’s air-cargo terminals. Wherever your final freight destination, you will not typically need to wait long for your goods to clear German customs and arrive by road or rail. You’ll find a few more details about Frankfurt Airport below.


The home of Lufthansa Cargo, Frankfurt Airport receives freight from five Indian airports into its massive processing facility known as Cargo City. In 2018, Frankfurt ranked as the world’s 13th busiest airport by freight volume, its modern freight facilities helping annual throughput exceed two million tonnes.

Connected Airports in India: Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad.

India to Frankfurt Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Air Freight From India to Germany: Trade Lanes

The majority of flights from India to Germany require a stop on route. But those listed below are direct flights between the two countries, with estimated times included. Please be prepared to make time adjustments in case of customs hold-ups, flight delays, and seasonal demand. Also, extra time will need to be added for domestic transportation in the import and export countries:

Airport of Origin Destination Port Est. Transit Time
Chennai Frankfurt 9 Hours
Delhi Frankfurt 9 Hours
Mumbai Frankfurt 8 Hours
Mumbai Munich 8 Hours
Delhi Munich 8 Hours
Delhi Leipzig 8 Hours
Bangalore Frankfurt 9 Hours
Hyderabad Frankfurt 9 Hours

Reasons to Choose Shipa Freight for Your India to Germany Shipments

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Whatever the size of your business and your shipment, we make it simple to ship freight from India to Germany. The platform is full of user-friendly, online freight-forwarding tools, with content and customer support provided by the experts at Agility Logistics.

Unrivaled Expertise

With Agility's resources to call on, Shipa Freight is no small player in freight-forwarding. Agility is a global leader in goods transportation and warehouse operations, and Shipa Freight taps into its network and asset portfolio to deliver an easier freight-forwarding experience for everyone.

Offices in India Offices in Germany
Jaipur Ahmedabad Dusseldorf Nuremberg
Jodhpur Baroda Frankfurt Leippzig
Kanpur Mumbai Hamburg Potsdam
Vadodara Bangalore Bremen Berlin
Nashik Hyderabad Hanover Kuenzell/Fulda
Indore Chennai Dortmund Munich
Delhi Kolkatta Mannheim Frankfurt
Pune Stuttgart

Technology Leadership

Traditional freight-forwarders know the power of today’s technology, but their long-established ways of doing business make digital transformation a slow process. Shipa Freight is different. It’s a platform built in the digital age to provide a digitized freight-forwarding service. It features state-of-the-art technology, so you can book exports with ease and track the whereabouts of your freight in real time. You also have 24/7 access to our customer service experts who are ready to answer your call, email or online chat request.

User-Friendly Quotes

When you just want a quick quote, Shipa Freight provides the speed you need, asking a few vital questions about your freight and shipping preferences, before hunting down the best price possible—usually within mere seconds. When you receive your quote, you'll find every freight charge, fee, and surcharge is clearly visible, providing you with total transparency of your shipping cost.

Quick Customs Clearance

You may well be accustomed to having to untangle a mass of requests—and a mess of documents—with other freight forwarders. That can all end right now. Shipa Freight will:

  • Give you access to basic customs details for shipments from India to Germany. See also our International Shipping Guide.
  • Help you view all the information you need to provide, so that your exports and imports can quickly clear customs.
  • Answer questions relating to your goods, ports, and associated shipping processes and procedures.

Shipa Freight is the platform you’ve been freighting for – the speedy and straightforward way to get your shipping sorted.

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

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