China is an economic giant, particularly in terms of trade?it’s the world’s biggest exporter, and one of its largest importers. The Chinese city of Shanghai is the largest city in the world in terms of population; it’s also home to the world’s busiest container port. The Chinese government is focused on the development of the country’s domestic consumer market; if you’re an exporter, to export from the US to Shanghai is thus an essential component of your business’s growth.
Shanghai is the commercial and financial center of mainland China, and also one of the country’s main industrial centers. In the last two decades, it has been one of the fastest-developing cities in the world. As of September 2013, Shanghai is also home to the largest free-trade zone in mainland China, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free-Trade Zone. Since 1992 the city has recorded double-digit growth almost every year. With the city’s profile and location, you can’t afford to ignore the benefits of engaging in export from the US to Shanghai.
A forty-foot container can accommodate up to 22 standard pallets, while a twenty-foot container can take ten standard pallets. If the volume of your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets, you’ll thus need FCL.
You should also choose a full container load if you are concerned about any risk of damage to your goods that contact with other exporters’ goods may pose.
A shared container-groupage (LCL)-is, otherwise, a good and economical choice; it requires that you pay only for the space you need. See iContainers for information on rates and other important details.
If your schedule has some flexibility, then ocean freight transportation is an efficient and economical choice. Air freight, however, may be more appropriate to your needs if you are working against a short deadline or with an urgent shipment. Air freight does impose some limitations on shipping in terms of volume and weight; consult the calculator provided by iContainers to help you determine which is the right option for you.