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.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

When you are shipping a container to Shanghai, you’ll need to assess whether you require a full container load (FCL) or groupage-(LCL, a less-than-container load).

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.

Ocean Freight Routes to Shanghai

  • Port of Shanghai
    In 2010, this port, managed by the Shanghai International Port Group, overtook Singapore to become the world’s busiest container port; in 2014, it set a historic record by handling over 35 million TEUs. The port faces the East China Sea to the east and Hangzhou Bay to the south. Three individual ports comprise the Port of Shanghai: Yangshan deep-water port, Wusongkuo, and Waigaoqiao. Among the most prominent of the numerous terminals featured at these locations are the Baoshan Terminal Branch (which handles bulk and general cargo); the Zhanghuabang Company (which handles iron and steel, containers, and heavy cargo); and the Coal Branch (which handles carbon, sand, and gravel). The port of Shanghai serves the economically developed Yangtze hinterland of Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Henan provinces with their dense populations, strong industrial base, and developed agricultural sector.

Air Freight Transportation to Shanghai

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.