Sea freight from/to Thailand

Ship from/to Thailand by Ocean freight at the best cost

Siam Shipping offers sea freight services that include transportation of both Full Container Loads (FCL) and Less than Container Loads (LCL) from the overseas factory/port of loading to the port of unloading/customer’s door. Should your freight require it, we also have specialized containers available.


Container shipping means the goods you are shipping in a freight container will be loaded on a freighter. This solution is adapted to people willing to ship a large amount of goods, or wanting to ship large and heavy items, such as cars, motorcycles, heavy materials, etc. When selecting container shipping, you can choose between two solutions:

  • LCL = Less than Container Load
  • FCL = Full Container Load

Basically, LCL means you are booking some space in the container, per m3. This option is cheaper, as you don’t have to pay for the whole space of the container. This is well-suited for items that are at the same time too big for standard international shipping, and too small to load a full container. The main disadvantage of this solution is the fact that the container must be fully loaded before any departure. In this way, you may end up waiting several weeks before it is ready to ship. If you add this waiting period to the shipping time, it can be quite long.

FCL is well-suited for high volume, as the container will be fully loaded, with at least 30m3. Obviously, the price is much higher than LCL, but you will gain greater control over the location and the date at which the container is loaded and shipped.

The price will vary depending on how much of the container you fill. The majority of shipping companies have two options: 20ft-long half containers, or LCL, and 40fr-long containers, or FCL. You won’t pay the exact same price from one shipper to another. The value of the items you ship will be used to calculate taxes rates. Some items are not subject to taxes, as it is the case for personal effects.

As the majority of shipping companies are used to share shipping vessels, shipping times are expected to be around four to eight weeks. Finding someone who can bring your container shipment to Thailand in less than 4 weeks will be a real struggle, or even impossible.


Siam Shipping guarantees weekly schedule departures to major ports worldwide. We offer two types of full containers: 20 feet container containing 33 cubic meters and 40 feet container with a capacity of 66 cubic meters. This container can be sealed and opened only on the arrival if no customs control is performed.

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The main advantage with LCL lies in its competitive price. This offer is well-suited for customers willing to buy some space in a container. You can also choose a door-to-door service through LCL shipments. Siam Shipping remains at your disposal throughout the shipment to guide you and keep you up to date.

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This is a recurrent interrogation: Should I choose FCL (full container load) or LCL (less than container load)? Here are some factors to keep in mind:

LCL lets you keep inventory low

If you are running out of money or space to accommodate a full container at your warehouse, then you should consider using LCL. It gives you the opportunity to maintain a low inventory, rather than purchasing huge amounts of goods from your supplier. It allows you to maintain a stable flow of inventory.

LCL vs. FCL : is it necessarily cheaper to use LCL ?

The answer is no. It depends on the volume and the final destination of the shipment. LCL is supposed to cheaper, because you only pay for the space you require. Theoretically yes, but for instance if the total volume exceeds 15m3, then you should consider FCL. Freight rates will be less expensive using LCL, but fixed charges are such that the total price would end up being higher than a FCL. Some shipping companies only offer FCL for specific destinations, such as the less-developed countries, even for low volumes.

LCL makes delivery appointments easier

For many final destinations, an appointment has to be set up for the delivery. Things can get complicated when it comes to FCL deliveries, as your container has to be picked up, delivered and returned to the port within around 8 days. Getting an appointment within this timeframe may not be possible. Once this deadline has expired, you will start to pay demurrage and/or per diem fees.

With an LCL shipment, you will have more time to set up an appointment before you are running out of time and start paying for the fees mentioned before. Usually, you will have more or less 5 days at the port and 7 days at the deconsolidation warehouse.

FCL gets delivered more quickly than LCL

The unloading process and delivery start as soon as a FCL shipment is arrived at port.

It is trickier for LCL, as other procedures must be respected: consolidating various shipments, creating several documents for each container, and finally sorting goods for each customer. Each stage of the process can generate a delay in the final delivery.

LCL makes it easier to split shipments

If you are willing to deliver to numerous locations, LCL is enabling you to split your shipment, rather than shipping several full containers.


Permanent low price

Siam Shipping can rely on numerous lanes to ensure low prices with the carriers. This is how we are able to remain well below market price, and to avoid market fluctuations.

Carefully screened cargo

We pay careful attention to the items you are shipping: no liquids, prohibited items, no perishables. This rigor that Siam Shipping has always demonstrated means that the risk of examination is reduced significantly as compared to a regular LCL provider.

Labeling and palletization services

We can take care of all the typical specific requirements: labeling, palletization, delivery appointments, etc. Our warehouses are equipped and our staff is trained to meet quality standards.

Talk to our team and get the cost effective option

In case of any questions, please feel free to contact our dedicated team. We’ll be delighted to help you choose between LCL and FCL, adapting our offer to your specific needs.

How to book space on a Boat ?

It is essential to book space in advance, as space on a shipping vessel is limited. Vessels follow predefined routes, serving various ports all over the world. Our job is to book space on a vessel for our customers. For the most popular destinations such as France or China, vessels might be full even one month before the departure. Asia is a major exporter, that is why reactivity is essential. This is one of our main qualities.


A lot of people don’t know that the total price is charged per cubic meter. A shipping company’s pricing method is based on the volume. The company checks the weight as well, and will charge a price per-tonne if the ratio is 1m3<1tonne. But in most cases, the regular method remains the price per CBM.

What can I do if the vessel is already full?

We’ll be looking for available space on another vessel, with shipping times or rates maybe a bit higher. Some periods of the year are particularly busy in terms of filling, and this is why we recommend to our customers to inform us about their needs as soon as possible.

How can I be sure about the shipping time ?

We always indicate an estimated shipping time on our quotations. For instance, the shipping time for a shipment from Bangkok to Le Havre or Marseille is around 35 days. Beware, this is just a hypothetical shipping time, and many factors can have an impact on the delay, like an over-crowded port, bad climate, workers on strike, etc. A ship stops at various ports, and you have the opportunity to see in real time where is your container, thanks to the BL number. It can be interesting for you to understand how logistics works, especially if you have to import or export containers.

Is it possible to buy freight rates directly to a shipping company ?

No, because this kind of companies sell their freight rates to big forwarders, that resell them to other smaller players, and so on. Except in the case of a huge volume, it is useless for SMEs or individuals to contact directly a shipping company for a quotation.

To conclude, we want to let our customers know they should contact us as fast as possible to get a free quotation. There is a huge amount of freight forwarders on the market, there are a lot of unscrupulous companies. Be careful, and opt for a carefree transport service with Siam Shipping. Contact us and receive an answer within 48 hours.


Refrigerated containers are mainly used to ship foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals. We can offer both 20ft or 40ft units for this kind of service, as well as High Cube options.

Once turned on, and plugged into a generator, they ensure a constant temperature from the start to the end of the shipment. They offer the opportunity to ship your goods at temperatures from +25 to -25 degrees centigrade.

Some shipping lines are now able to offer a service of monitoring, through a remote-controlled recorder, that provide crucial information on temperature during the whole shipping time. It is also possible to modify setting if needed.

Another solution is the non-operational refrigerated containers. They are fully insulated, which prevent temperatures fluctuation in case of intense heat or cold.

  • Pros:

The temperature is maintained at a constant level during the journey

  • Cons:

The insulation is demanding in terms of space

It is an expensive option

We can’t assure availability for this kind of specialized equipment.


We are not only carrying dry cargoes like mentioned before. In fact, we are used to book a bulker once in a while for liquefied cargoes. It can include oil, petrol, or other chemical liquids.

Bulk carriers have been used since the late 19th Century, but their accurate definition is in the SOLAS Convention – since 1999. Since then, different interpretations of the term arose. Such a vessel has a total capacity of around 4,000,000 DWT. We can find 6 sub-categories for these vessels, based on their carrying capacitance and the marine routes that they can use. Here is how we can classify the different bulk cargo vessels

Aside from these categories, we can even find other sub-categories based on some specific navigation routes. These vessel categories are part of specific geographical shipping areas.

These vessels have been built under specific rules of the Common Structural Rules, or CSR, to ensure the best quality. Each vessel built under these conditions will be assigned a CSR certification, raising more trust in the global sector.

In the same way, the vessels have to comply with the ESP (Enhanced Survey Program) which is required by the SOLAS Convention rules. It implies a deep monitoring and checking of the hulls.

The bulk cargo carriers accounts for 40% of the international shipping sector. South Asian countries like China, Japan and South Korea remain the biggest players out of these 40%, as far as ownership and operations are concerned. Apart from these countries, Greece plays also a crucial role in the sector.

What we can extract from these figures is that the bulk ship is still a major actor of the international maritime sector. In the future, it is expected to maintain a very strong position in the industry thanks to the safety and longevity it offers.


Why choose Siam Shipping for your Sea freight ?

Since 2008, we have built a very strong reputation in the field of Sea cargo in Thailand. We maintain relationships of trust with every client we work with, always willing to provide the best service on the market. You can rest assured we will take care of all the procedures that need to be carried out for customs clearance. We guarantee the best services, from the smallest shipment, up to the 40ft or 40 HC.

Every shipment is different. This is why we are committed to adapt our offer to every customer. We decide alongside the customer what is the most-suited solution, in order to better meet customers’ needs and wants. To guarantee the best service to our customers, we surrounded ourselves with certified companies all over the world. We pay particular attention to the IMO (International Maritime Organization) label.

We can book a shipping vessel for you from Bangkok to more than 300 ports all over the world, with regular departures. We manage every step of the logistics chain in the smoothest possible way. Siam Shipping is now perceived as a top player in the sea freight industry in Thailand for its rigor and service. For the whole range of services that we offer – door-to-door, door-to-port, door-to-airport – we also provide a full set of additional services: packing, pick up at the chosen location, storage, customs clearance, follow-up, etc.

Ask for a shipping quotation and we will be delighted to answer within 24 hours, to define together which option is the best, and provide you a detailed and personalized quotation for your shipment. Don’t wait any longer, contact us !


Once the container is filled, it is stored in our adapted hangars. Those hangars are being watched 24/7 by our specialized staff. We also offer refrigerated containers services, with a strict monitoring cof the temperature all over the day. No matter what kind of products you are shipping, Siam Shipping treats every single container in the same way, which means with the greatest attention and care.

A. Container maintenance

Container maintenance is also part of the wide range of competences our staff has. In our warehouses, we examine, wash, maintain, update containers on site, and fix them if necessary, in harmony with very specific safety rules. A very well-maintained container is a guaranteed safe journey for your goods.

B. Maximum efficiency:

We ensure constant renewal and maintenance of our containers – 20ft, 40ft, 40’ HC- as well as handling at the same time all the other processes: loading, unloading, filling, storage.

We can unload your container from a boat and load it onto another means of transport really easily, making you lose less precious time and money. It allows not to require additional handling too, ensuring safety and reducing risks.

C. Areas

Our warehouses are divided into various areas. Every single area has its own specific function: LCL, FCL, etc. A whole space is also dedicated to storage, so that you can leave your belongings to us, in case you need more time to get them delivered to your final destination for example. Last but not least, a whole section is kept for goods not subject to customs control, to get them ready for departure as fast as possible.


Siam Shipping benefits from a very solid network all over the world, which allow us to offer good prices, as well as always insuring the best service when shipping your belonging. Once again, we can offer services for all types of containers, to adapt ourselves to the huge differences of volume between every customer. Require a quotation, and we’ll be happy to figure out with you which offer is the best for you.

Sea transportation advantages

The government of Thailand is truly committed in making the country one of the main logistics hub in South-East Asia. Siam Shipping is taking advantage of such an implication of the Thai ministry of transport, benefiting from huge and recent facilities investments.

Finally, we invite you to get on board of a cargo through this timelapse video, to visualize what your goods will be experiencing for a few weeks.