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Metals are secondary raw materials that are non-renewable and are the 5th most traded product in the world. This is hardly surprising when you look at the number of metal products and how many sectors of the economy need them.
If your company is also looking for suitable metal shipping companies for your metal freight, then register with Freightfinders to get the best deals.

How Are Metals Shipped?

Metals come in different forms and states. There are very heavy metals such as iron, but also very light ones such as aluminium. They also differ in shape and size. Therefore, it is not possible to make a general statement about the way in which freight forwarders transport metals. The possibilities range from container to pallet to dry bulk transport, depending on whether it is pellets, recyclable equipment, or metal bars, for example. The transport route also plays a role. We at Freightfinders have therefore compiled a checklist with the most important questions you need to ask yourself before transporting metal.


What types of metals can be shipped?

Generally speaking, metals can be divided into two subcategories.

  • FE-Metals
  • Non-Ferrous Metals

Transport of FE-Metals

The FE of “FE-Metals” is the symbol of the chemical element iron, which is called "ferrum" in Latin. FE-Metal transports are therefore primarily about iron, but also steel. Since steel consists largely of iron, metal shipping of this raw material takes place in large quantities. The resulting steel is used in countless production areas, such as the construction of houses, electronic devices, cars and much more. Thus, the metal transport of iron and steel has a major role in the economy. Since these metals are non-renewable raw materials, a lot of recycled material is also shipped.

Transport of Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals are all the remaining metals which can be found in the periodic table. These include, for example:

  • Aluminium
  • Nickel
  • Lead

Aluminium is a non-ferrous metal that is shipped particularly often because it is extremely versatile. Everything from aeroplanes to food packaging relies on aluminium, so this metal shipment is very important. But many other metals also find their place in logistics. These include the so-called precious metals, which are a subgroup of the non-ferrous metals. These include, among others:

  • Platinum
  • Rhodium
  • Copper
  • Silver
  • Gold

Means of Transport for Your International Metal Shipping

Find your metal transport quickly and easily with Freightfinders. On our platform you can compare prices and carriers to find your individual and cheap metal transport! Our experienced freight forwarders transport your goods by sea freight, air freight, truck freight or rail freight, so you can decide for yourself what suits your needs best.


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Checkliste für Ihren Metalltransport


  • Transportweg wählen: Seefracht, Luftfracht, Straßen- oder Schienentransport – muss meine Ware besonders schnell ankommen? Welcher Transportweg lohnt sich wirtschaftlich?
  • Transportart wählen: Wie kann Ihre Fracht transportiert werden? Handelt es sich um kleine oder große Teile? Hohes oder niedriges Volumen? Gibt es Größen- oder Gewichtsgrenzen?
  • Verpackung: Muss Ihre Fracht verpackt werden?
  • Versicherung: Sind Ihre wertvollen Metalle ausreichend versichert?
  • Verzollung: Wurden alle nötigen Dokumente erstellt und alle Verfahren rechtzeitig angemeldet?



Für welche Länder sind Metalltransporte besonders wichtig?

Metalle sind überall auf der Welt gefragt. Doch besonders Deutschland, China, Frankreich, Italien und die USA importieren besonders viele Metalle. Dieser Nachfrage kommen vor allem China, Deutschland, Japan und Italien nach. Metalltransporte werden aber für immer mehr Länder interessant. Denn auch in afrikanischen Staaten wie Nigeria und Ghana oder auch auf dem asiatischen und europäischen Kontinent wie in Indonesien und Russland wird die Nachfrage immer höher. In diesen vier Staaten ist der Handel in diesem Bereich im Zeitraum zwischen 2018 und 2019 rasant gewachsen.
Wenn auch Sie an Metalltransporten interessiert sind, dann registrieren Sie einfach und schnell einen Firmen-Account und erhalten Sie faire Preise und erfahrene Speditionen.