The Netherlands holds a significant position as one of Pakistan’s key trading partners within the European Union. Over the past 26 years, Pakistan’s exports to the Netherlands have grown rapidly, from $185 million in 1995 to $1.05 billion in 2021. Among the most commonly exported goods were textiles and apparel. If you want to learn more about shipping from Pakistan to the Netherlands, read this article.
Shipping from Pakistan to the Netherlands – means of transportation
Choosing the most suitable means of transportation for your shipment is extremely important, as many factors, such as price, transit time, and the product’s safety may vary, based on your choice. There are a few options to choose from.
Sea freight from Pakistan to the Netherlands
If time is not one of your concerns, you should opt for sea freight, as it is the most affordable and, thus, the most common method. Delivery from Muhammad Bin Qasim to Rotterdam takes 27 days. However, it may vary depending on the route of your choice. Another downside of sea freight is its relatively poor safety compared to the other methods.
In sea shipping, you can choose FCL or LCL. FCL stands for Full Container Load, which means that your shipment is the only one in the entire container. Therefore, it is recommended for large shipments only. When it comes to small packages, we strongly advise you to choose LCL (Less Container Load), where your shipment shares space with others, making it more affordable and more eco-friendly.
Major seaports in Pakistan
- Karachi Port & Harbor
- Gwadar Port
- Port Muhammad Bin Qasim
- Mohammad Ali Jinnah Naval Base
It is worth mentioning that the Karachi Port & Harbor and Port Muhammad Bin Qasim together handle 90% of Pakistan’s shipments. Therefore, it is strongly advised to choose either one of them.
Major seaports in the Netherlands
- Port of Rotterdam
- Port of Amsterdam
- Port of Moerdijk
- Port of Scheveningen
- Port of Den Helder
Air Freight from Pakistan to the Netherlands
The most convenient option is naturally air freight, as it only takes about a day to ship a package from Pakistan to the Netherlands. Sadly, not only are the prices much higher than sea freight, but it is also highly damaging to our environment. Air freight is only recommended when it comes to small, valuable packages or ones containing perishable products, such as pharmaceuticals, food, or flowers, where every hour is of great importance.
Major airports in Pakistan
- Karachi Jinnah International Airport – Pakistan’s busiest airport
- Islamabad International Airport.
- Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport
Major airports in the Netherlands
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
- Eindhoven Airport
- Rotterdam The Hague Airport
- Maastricht Aachen Airport
- Eelde Airport
Road freight from Pakistan to the Netherlands
In case the previously mentioned methods do not meet your standards, there is the last option left – road freight. It is a more expensive option than sea freight, but at the same time, it is more affordable than air freight. The fastest route from Pakistan to the Netherlands involves driving through Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, and Germany before reaching the Netherlands.
The transit time is around 10 days. However, it’s important to take into consideration unforeseen delays at border checkpoints, especially when crossing multiple international borders. Road freight is also heavily dependent on the road conditions, such as traffic.
How much does it cost to ship from Pakistan to the Netherlands?
Considering that there are many factors determining the shipping costs, calculating them on your own is not as easy as it may seem. To make sure the process goes smoothly, we highly recommend visiting our website, ShipHub.co, where you are welcome to request a free, in-depth quote for your shipment. It will allow you to compare prices and choose the option that suits you the best.
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