Type of goods and freight information

What are incoterms?

Incoterms are 11 three-letter standard trade terms commonly used in international contracts that cover such issues as control of goods and financial responsibilities, including payment of cargo insurance and freight. They provide traders with a common set of rules, outlining each party's obligations, thus reducing misunderstandings.

Which dimensions should the pallet have when you want to transport through the groupage network?

Groupage shipments will be shipped on either industrial or euro pallets.

General cargo is suitable for groupage shipments by road but have to adhere to the network cargo standard which is defined as follows:

  • Maximum weight per shipment 2500 kg
  • Maximum weight per unit 1500 kg 
  • Maximum length per unit 2.40 m
  • Maximum height per unit  2.20 m
  • Maximum width 2.40 m

What are the differences between euro and industrial pallets and which are the dimensions?

The difference between euro and industrial pallets is the size. The dimensions are the following:

  • Industry pallet: 120 x 100 x 25 cm
  • Euro pallet: 120 x 80 x 25 cm

How is shipment consolidation organized?

For questions concerning the shipment consolidation please contact your nearest Kuehne + Nagel office.

What is the difference between consignment which is stackable and non-stackable?

By stacking goods, a more efficient transport can be achieved. However, not all goods can be stacked like glass and sensible freight. It depends on the weight and the stacking capability.
For more information about stackable/ non-stackable goods please contact your nearest branch office.

How can I find out the weight tara of the container if it is not written on it (but is needed for the VGM declaration)?

If the tare weight cannot be found on the container, some shipping lines have the container weight available on their websites.

Do you transport dangerous goods?

Kuehne + Nagel's specialised capabilities include the shipment of certain types of hazardous/dangerous materials. For packaging solutions is our in-house packaging expert company  responsible. They are experts in finding solutions for the transportation of dangerous goods. Please contact your nearest office for further information.

Also, for more information, please visit our global pages (English only): airfreight information, sea & road information.

What is ADR?

The purpose of the “European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods” (ADR) is to ensure that dangerous goods being carried by road can cross international borders freely, as long as goods, vehicles and drivers comply with its provisions.  

What is MSDS?

A Material Safety Data Sheet is a document that contains information for both workers and emergency personnel on potential hazards like fire, health, reactivity and environmental and how to work safely with a chemical product.


Insurance & Customs

What is the value for which the shipments are insured?

We can guarantee you a compensation up to the full insured value of your goods, regardless of cause or fault of carriers. Detailed information can be found on our global website (English only) and from our insurance brokers in 30 countries.

What is the compensation in case of damage of the package?

In case of damage to the package, the resulting damage will be fully compensated.  

For more information on insurance topics, click here (information available in English only).

Can you handle customs formalities?

Yes. Kuehne + Nagel arranges customs brokerage service for all levels of complexity. Kuehne + Nagel provides all customs services: customs document preparation and delivery, management of the clearance process, import document preparation, obtaining regulatory documents. You simply have to select it during the booking process. Please contact your nearest office for more information.

What documents should I prepare for customs?

By using our booking system the whole custom clearance process will be executed by licensed Kuehne + Nagel employees. You just have to hand all documents to our employees and it will be taken care of the whole process.

For more information, please contact your nearest office.