Door-to-port transport

how to plan an individual and cheap transport



With Freightfinders, you can ship your goods cheaply and individually via door-to-port shipping. You have experienced freight forwarders, useful services and great offers at your disposal.
Find out here, how a door-to-port transport works and when and for whom it is particularly worthwhile.


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Transport chain of a door-to-port shipping

The door-to-port shipping is a middle course between door-to-door and port-to-port. This type of combined transport consists of two transport processes.

  • Pre-carriage: The pre-carriage is used to transport from a storage or production site to a port or the like. This transport is usually done via truck, as a direct rail connection, airport or port is rarely given.
  • Main run: The main run describes the main transport. This can be done by truck, plane, train or ship. Here, you have the opportunity to choose the best means of transport for your route.

Since there is no on-carriage to a door-to-port transport, you can save money by organising it yourself or by having a rail connection, airport or port. However, thorough organisation and perfect timing are essential here. That is why we offer our customers an ideal network of freight forwarders for their door-to-port shipping.


When is a door-to-port transport worthwhile

With a door-to-port transport, it depends on what kind of infrastructure you have. If the seller does not have the opportunity to transport the goods themselves from, for example, the production facility to the port, but the buyer has a rail connection, then this type of transport is the ideal choice for you, because we take over the pre-carriage and main run for you during your door-to-port shipping. The on-carriage can thus be organised independently. You also have the option to decide, which mode of transport you want to use for your main run. This allows us to respond to your needs individually. Moreover, if you cover the right Incoterms, your door-to-port transport can be further optimised.


Door-to-port Incoterms

We have selected the following Incoterms for you, as they fit well with a door-to-port shipping and thus make it easier for you to organise such a transport. They cover at least the door-to-port transport, but can also cover more than that. However, please inform yourself about further Incoterms in our article on the Incoterms 2010.


  • DAT: The Incoterm DAT is suitable for a door-to-port shipping, as the costs and risks from "door to the port” are covered by only one party, which is the seller. Thus, from an organisational point of view, this is the simplest option.
  • CIP: This Incoterm splits the risk and costs. The seller carries the risk up to the place of loading, but the cost up to the unloading. From these two points on, the buyer assumes the risk and the costs. However, the seller must cover a minimum insurance from door-to-port.
  • CPT: Here, the seller bears the risk up to loading and the costs up to the unloading. This means that the buyer bears the risk for the main run and the self-organised on-carriage, but only covers the costs for the on-carriage.
  • CFR und CIF: These two incoterms regulate door-to-port transport by ship. Here, the buyer bears the risk of the main run and on-carriage, as well as the cost of the on-carriage. Up to these points, the buyer covers the risk and the cost. In addition, they must cover a minimum insurance for door-to-port shipping.