Ocean Freight Transportation to China
Its growing domestic demand, in addition to joining the main international trade regulation bodies, makes the ocean freight transportation to China a priority option for every exporter.
Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than a Container Load (LCL)-Groupage
In that way, you will take more advantage of the transportation cost, as FCL shipping begins to be more profitable when you fill up more than half of a container; besides, you will also benefit from a Full Container Load if you want to avoid any damage or contamination in case of sharing a container with other traders.
In other situations, the "groupage" -sharing a container- will let you save on shipping costs, in case the volume you need is not enough to fill up a container or you are not concerned about the risks associated to sharing the container. This way involves sharing the container with other goods belonging to other traders, but you pay only for the space used by your cargo, with great savings on your shipping costs.
If you want to know more about shipping a container to China, check the rates of iContainers.
Maritime routes to China
- Port of Shanghai The Port of Shanghai is currently managed by Shanghai International Port, a public company owned by the Shanghai Municipal Government. Since 2010, it is the busiest commercial port in the world, exceeding the amount of 35 million TEUs per year in 2014.
- Port of Ningbo The Port of Ningbo has played a main role in relieving the congestion of the Port of Shanghai. It is located in the center of the Chinese coast, south of Shanghai, and is the exit port for all goods exported from Zhejiang, the second most important province in China. Its fusion with the Port of Zhoushan means a combined handling capacity of 17 million TEUs in the past exercises. It has 309 berths and 5 terminals: Beilun Port Area, Zhenhai Port Area, Ningbo Port Area, Daxie Port Area and Chuanshan Port Area.
- Port de Hong Kong Nowadays, the Port of Hong Kong acts as a connection between Asia and the Western world thanks to its legal framework, different to that of China; this allows receiving the traffic of all that cargo whose paperwork may imply any conflict between the Chinese authorities and the importing/exporting country.
- Port of Shenzhen The Deepwater Port of Shenzen is located south of the Pearl River Delta in the province of Guandong, extending along the coast for 260 kilometers and having two areas: East Port and West Port. The 39 shipping companies based on this port contributed to make it one of the most important in China and its fusion plan with the Port of Hong Kong will make them the first seaport in the world.
- Port of Qingdao The Port of Qingdao is managed by the Qingdao Port Group and is south of the Shadong peninsula, being the port that handles the largest amounts of iron and petroleum in the world and China, respectively. More than 400 million tons pass through its premises each year, making it one of the 10 largest ports ever built.
- Port of Xiamen The Port of Xiamen is in the island of the same name, belonging to the province of Fujian and opposite Taiwan. After the Communist Revolution, this was one of the first seaports that opened up foreign trade activities; this fact let it position itself as a port traffic site of great relevance.
This is both a sea and fluvial port, composed of three ports: Wusongkuo, Waigaoqiao and the deepwater port of Yangshan. Besides, it has a large number of terminals: Coal Branch (coal, sand and gravel), Zhanghuabang Company (steel, iron, heavy cargo and containers) and Baoshan Terminal Branch (general cargo and bulk), among others.