As the world’s largest exporter, and one of its largest importers, the People’s Republic of China is a major economic power, and a focus of tremendous interest among entrepreneurs. Ningbo, a city in China’s northeast Zhejiang province, comprises the urban districts of Ningbo proper, three satellite cities, and a number of rural counties, including islands in Hangzhou Bay and the East China Sea. Its port, which is spread across several locations, is among the busiest in the world. Learning the ins and outs of how to export from the US to Ningbo is thus vital to the development of any exporter’s business in China.

As of the 2010 census, the entire administrated area of Ningbo had a population of 7.6 million, with 3.5 million in the six urban districts of Ningbo proper. Ningbo is a major exporter of electrical products, food, industrial tools, and textiles, and the private economy of the city is especially well-developed. As the Chinese government is eager to develop China’s domestic consumer market, to export from the US to Ningbo is to discover a gateway to a tremendous market opportunity.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

You’ll need to engage either a full container load (FCL) or a less-than-container load (LCL)-a shared container-when shipping a container to Ningbo.

When making a decision about FCL versus LCL, it helps to know that a 20-foot shipping container has a maximum capacity of 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can accommodate 22 such pallets. You will need a full container load if the volume of your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets. You should also choose FCL if you want to avoid any risk of damage to your goods that may be posed by contact with other exporters’ goods.

LCL, or a shared container-also known as groupage-is a good and economical choice if your shipment is less than six standard pallets, and separation of goods isn’t a concern. LCL allows you to pay only for the shipping space you require. Contact iContainers for information on rates and other important details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Ningbo

Export and import activity is a major component of the Chinese economy. China’s foreign trade has grown rapidly over the last fifteen years, and Ningbo is one of the country’s busiest and most important commercial ports.

  • Port of Ningbo
    This multi-purpose deep-water port features 309 berths and five port areas: Beilun, Zhenhai, Ningbo, Daxie, and Chuanshan. Ningbo was merged with the port of Zhoushan several years ago, and now has a capacity of 17 million TEUs. Ningbo-Zhoushan, as the port is officially known, is located in Zhejiang province, on the coast of the East China Sea; it faces Jiaxing and Shanghai. It is a modern port with inland, estuary, and coastal harbors. Most goods exported from Zhejiang, the country?s second most-important province, go through this port.

Air Freight Transportation to Ningbo

In some circumstances, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight, especially if your shipment is urgent or your deadline tight. Air freight does impose some limitations on shipping in terms of volume and weight; consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine the right option for you.