Shenzhen is a major city in China’s Guangdong Province. Situated immediately north of Hong Kong, the area was China’s first Special Economic Zone, and has been one of its most successful. In 2013, its population was 10.62 million. Shenzhen’s total economic output is higher than that of Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, and Vietnam, and it ranks high among mainland Chinese cities in terms of comprehensive economic power. The city is a major manufacturing center, and is home to some of China’s most successful high-tech companies. It is also home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. If your business is looking to expand in China, then to export from the US to Shenzhen is an obvious move.
As China has become both more open and more compliant with international trade practices over the past decade, it has presented unprecedented opportunities for those seeking access to its huge and rapidly developing market. Shenzhen is a major center for such development. If you’re an exporter, learning more about how to export from the US to Shenzhen should be a priority.
When shipping a container to Shenzhen, you should first assess the volume of your shipment. That will determine whether you require a full container load (FCL) or a shared container-(LCL, or groupage).
A full container load will be what you need if you are planning a shipment of six or more standard pallets. This is because ten standard pallets is the maximum capacity of a 20-foot shipping container, and a shipment of six pallets or more thus occupies more than half of such a container. A 40-foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets.
If you have any need to isolate your goods from those of other exporters, then you should also go with FCL.
A shared container-groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL)-is a good and cost-saving choice if your shipment is less than six standard pallets, and contact with others’ goods is not a concern. This allows you to pay only for the shipping space you require. iContainers can provide you with information on rates and other details.
Maritime export and import forms a huge component of the Chinese economy. The port of Shenzhen is a vital part of this.
Along with ocean freight, air freight is an option that may be right for your shipping needs. It imposes some limitations in terms of volume and weight, but if you are working against a short deadline or with an urgent shipment, it may be more appropriate for you. Consult the calculator provided by iContainers to help you determine the right option.