Port-to-door transport

Find suitable partners for your port-to-door transport at Freightfinders



Take advantage of our freight forwarding network and get cheap prices and experienced transport companies. Learn more about port-to-door delivery, its benefits and tips on what Incoterms you could use.


Freightfinders’ port-to-door shipping- Your advantages:


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Receive the same prices as with the forwarding companies themselves

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Please use our freight calculator to find favourable prices for your port-to-door delivery


Transport chain for a port-to-door delivery

The transport chain of a port-to-door transport is similar to that of a door-to-port and, like this one, it is a compromise solution of door-to-door and port-to-port transport. It consists of two contiguous steps.

  • Main run: The main run of a port-to-door transport can be organised with different means of transport. Ship, plane, train and truck are available. From these, you can choose the right mode of transport for yourself.
  • On-carriage: The on-carriage is the transport from the port, terminal or the like to the “door." This route is usually travelled by truck, as it is flexible and few have their own airport, port or rail connection.

So this intermodal transport does not include a pre-carriage. However, this can be an advantage.


When is a port-to-door transport worthwhile?

There are companies that already have a very good infrastructure and, for example, have their own means of transport or even have their own rail connection or the like. So, it may be that you do not need the pre-carriage organised by another company, but only the main run and on-carriage, which has then to be outsourced. This saves you significant costs. That is why, we offer our customers an excellent network of experienced forwarders so you can enjoy a smooth port-to-door transport. Still, you should make sure that the pre-carriage is timed right to the port-to-door transport.
However, if port-to-door is not right for you, you can also book a different mode of transport with us.


Port-to-door Incoterms

Find here an overview of the Incoterms that are suitable for a port-to-door transport. These cover at least the main run and on-carriage by one party. You can also find out about other Incoterms at Freightfinders in order to optimise your transport.

  • FCA and FAS: Here, the seller bears the costs and the risk up to the port (FAS) or up to a predetermined place (FCA), which can also be the port. For the actual port-to-door transport, the buyer assumes costs and risks.
  • CIP and CPT: With these two Incoterms, the buyer is taking on the risk for port-to-door transport. However, the costs only have to be covered for the on-carriage. In the case of the Incoterm CIP, the buyer must cover a minimum insurance policy for the entire transport, as well.
  • CFR and CIF: These Incoterms are used only for transport by ship. Here, the buyer carries the risk from the "port to the door." However, the cost to the port of arrival is covered by the seller. They must also cover a minimum insurance policy up to this point..