Transportation to Bulgaria with Seacon Logistics
Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Bulgaria. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport.
Bulgaria's economy has achieved a 40% increase in gross domestic product (GDP) over the past 20 years, resulting in massive economic growth. The country's imports are primarily from Germany, Italy, Russia, Romania, Greece and Turkey with a worth of $34.7 billion (2020). With an export volume of $31.7 billion (2019), Bulgaria exports many goods to the same countries, creating appealing and long-term trade relations.
For transport to and from this interesting transport country, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Bulgaria.
Bulgaria's major transport routes and your benefits
The EU country of Bulgaria generally has a good infrastructure in terms of rail transport, road freight and airports. Although only a few highways connect the country from north to south, the international airport in Sofia is easily accessible and well-developed. Tens of thousands of aircraft take off and land in Sofia, and at the same time, thousands of tons of air freight pass through the airport every year.
Thanks to its attractive location on the Black Sea, Bulgaria has two deep-sea ports and several smaller ports. The total transport volume through the sea routes is several million tonnes, partly because European companies benefit from simplified bureaucracy and taxation thanks to the Schengen zone.
Bulgaria's rail network is fully connected to neighbouring countries and links almost all major cities in the country. Nevertheless, road transport by truck remains more popular. If you want to transport shipments from Germany for example, it is possible to travel directly to Bulgaria via Budapest and Serbia. Other appealing countries, such as Greece or Turkey, can also be reached in no time. In recent years, a lot has been invested in the road network and connections have been improved and further expanded.
Major cities for freight transport in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, the majority of transport is concentrated in the regions of Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Assenovgrad, Lom and Dimitrovgrad. Sofia is the country's largest region, with a population of over 1.2 million. The other regions have also become increasingly important over time.
The country's exports are mainly centred around metals and other raw materials, textiles, machinery and foodstuffs. The main imports are primarily petroleum, machinery, transport equipment and semi-manufactured goods.
Many manufactured goods are exported internationally, usually from the metropolitan region of Sofia or Burgas. Thanks to relatively low local costs, we offer you - in cooperation with our partner network - efficient logistic services with favourable conditions.
Looking for a well-thought-out logistic solution for your transport to or from Bulgaria? Then contact our specialists. Together with our local partners, we will devise a suitable logistic solution for you, transporting your goods safely and efficiently from or to Bulgaria.
Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics
We offer different types of transport to and from Bulgaria. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Bulgaria:
- Groupage transport to Bulgaria
- Pallet shipment
- Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
- Full loads (FCL / FTL)
- Rail transport
- Deliveries in the city centre
- Delivery with tailboard
- Express delivery to Bulgaria
Groupage Bulgaria - LCL and LTL
The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.
The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.
Full loads Bulgaria - FCL or FTL
The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.
With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity.
Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination.
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Special transport Bulgaria
In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Bulgaria. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Bulgaria to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports:
- Long goods
- Dangerous goods (ADR)
- Boxes (KTN)
- Boxes (BOX)
- Heavy load
- Pallets (PLT)
- Gitterboxen (GIBO)
- Barrels (FSS)
- Other loose goods
Transport options Bulgaria: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa
At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.
From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Bulgaria to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment.
Transit and delivery times for transport to Bulgaria
To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently.
It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Bulgaria arrives at your customer faster than usual.
For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you.
Customs: the correct import and export documents
Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.
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Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Bulgaria
As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.
To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic.
Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details
Bulgaria has experienced impressive economic development in recent decades. This is mainly due to EU membership, which means that more than 80% of public investment is supported by EU-funds. In terms of country specifics, EU legislation should therefore be cited first. The following information may also be relevant to you:
- WTO member: preferential tariff treatment in relation to developing countries as well as CEFTA and EFTA countries.
- Custom-free zones for temporary storage: Sofia, Russe, Plovdiv, Vidin, Svilengrad, Burgas.
- Driving bans: For trucks over 15 tonnes GVW on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 8 am and 9 pm on the main European road E 79.
If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Bulgaria, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport.
The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985
Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!
With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust.
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