Qingdao is a city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China. Qingdao is a major industrial center. In 2007, it was ranked among China’s top ten cities by the Chinese Cities Brand Value Report. It is also home to a major port-meaning that to export from the US to Qingdao is to introduce your business to a vast and growing market in China.

Qingdao has seen rapid development. With an annual growth rate of 18.9 percent in 2006, the city’s GDP reached $42.3 billion, ranking first in Shandong Province and tenth out of China’s top 20 cities. In the same year, Qingdao was also ranked one of six “golden cities” by the World Bank.

China is a rapidly changing and developing market that is increasingly open to and eager for foreign trade and investment. As one of the country’s premier ports, Qingdao is a key location for exporters. Learn more about how to export from the US to Qingdao.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

Different shipping options are available to you when you are shipping a container to Qingdao, depending largely on the size of your shipment.

If the volume of your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets, you will need to engage a full container load (FCL) for a 20-foot shipping container. If your shipment is smaller, then groupage-a shared container, or LCL (less-than-container load)-is an economical option available to you. Note that ten standard pallets is the maximum capacity of a 20-foot shipping container, while a 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets.

If your shipment is quite small but you wish to avoid any risk of damage that may be posed by your goods coming into contact with other exporters’ goods, then you should also choose a full container load.

Otherwise, groupage (LCL) is a good choice, as it requires you to pay only for the shipping space you require. Check with iContainers for information on rates and other important details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Qingdao

China’s substantial number of commercial ports reflects the importance of maritime export and import to the country’s economy. Qingdao is a vital piece of this puzzle.

  • Port of Qingdao
    This port, one of the ten busiest ports in the world, is managed by Qingdao Port International. It handles more petroleum than any other port in China, and more iron than any other port in the world. It features two container terminals, and a terminal dedicated to handling iron ore. Overall, this port handles more than 440 million tons of cargo annually. In 2011 the Qingdao Port, together with three other Chinese ports in East China’s Shandong province, signed a strategic alliance with the largest port of the Republic of Korea. The alliance is aimed at building a shipping and logistics center in Northeast Asia.

Air Freight Transportation to Qingdao

Ocean freight isn’t ideal for every situation; if you have a shipment that must be shipped urgently, or your deadline is short, then air freight may be a better option for you. This imposes some limitations in terms of volume and weight; we recommend that you consult the calculator provided by iContainers to help you determine which option is right for you.