How to transport cargo from Europe?

Freight delivery from European countries to Russia is carried out in several stages: route planning and selection of means of transportation, declaration of goods, preparation of supporting documents, obtaining the necessary permits, and customs clearance. The result of each stage of freight transportation affects the final cost of the products, their safety and timing.

Below we will consider how to deliver freight from Europe profitably and the possible modes of transportation.

Delivery Options

When planning shipment from Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Finland, Lithuania or any other European country, it is worth taking into consideration that about 30% must be allocated for logistics services. There are several ways: by trucks, trains, planes or sea vessels. Multimodal schemes, where two or more types of vehicles are used, are often used.

Transportation by trucks is the best and profitable option. Due to their variety, it is possible to transport various types of cargo, including oversize, bulky, heavy, temperature-sensitive, dangerous, problematic, and fragile. In terms of price-time ratio, this method is the most profitable.

If you need delivery in a short time, air transportation is a suitable option. In this case the goods are transported by cargo or passenger flights of direct or transit destination. The price will be high, but absolutely justified for perishable, precious goods.

A properly planned route will cut the costs and ensure on-time delivery in a completely safe state.


The list of documents depends on the special features of the products to be transported. Certificates, declarations of conformity, phytosanitary, veterinary certificates, licenses of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg), a certificate of state registration and other documents may be required. The standard list for international shipping includes:

  • goods declaration
  • International Trade Contract concluded with a supplier or manufacturer
  • invoice
  • packing list
  • transportation services agreement
  • waybill, depending on the type of the means of transportation: the bill of lading for sea vessels, CRM waybill for trucks, waybills for rail and air shipment;
  • confirmation of payment of customs duties
  • insurance policy (optional).

To find out the list of documents required specifically for your type of cargo, transportation cost, and to order a service, contact MW-Trade specialists by calling 8 (800) 700-99-69 or leave a request in the form below. We will contact you shortly!

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