Shipping a container from Shanghai means you'll need to decide whether you require your own container (a full container load [FCL]) or can share one via groupage-LCL, a less-than-container load.
A twenty-foot container can ship ten standard pallets, while a forty-foot container can accommodate up to 22. If the volume of your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets, we recommend that you choose FCL.
You should also choose FCL if you are concerned about the risk of damage to your goods that contact with other importers' goods might pose.
Otherwise, groupage (LCL)-a shared container-is a money-saving choice; with groupage, you pay only for the space you need. See iContainers for information on rates and other important details on FCL and LCL.
If your schedule has some flexibility, then ocean freight transportation can be an economical and efficient shipping choice. However, if you are working with a short deadline or a truly urgent shipment, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs. Air freight does impose some limitations of volume and weight on shipments; please have a look at the calculator provided by iContainers to help you determine whether this option is the best choice for you.