Home to the world’s second-largest market, China is an economic powerhouse. It’s low labor costs and advanced technology makes it one of the world’s largest producers, and it’s safe to say a great deal of products currently being sold around the world either originated wholly from or have parts that were produced in China. Importing from China provides tons of business opportunities and should be part of any importer’s strategy.
Beneficial it may be, importing from China has its complexities, especially given the difference in language, culture, and working style. It’s important to read up on the finer details of how to import from China before starting on your journey.
Given the many strategically placed and large ports in China, your options for obtaining competitive container shipping rates from China are basically endless. Some popular ocean routes to import from China include:
iContainers also offers door-to-door services from China. If you’re importing from China to the US, Spain, Netherlands, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, or UAE, we operate in these places to provide you with the best service.
Ocean freight from China is one of the most common ways to import from China as it offers importers many choices to choose from. From FCL and LCL shipping to the different types of containers available, you will be able to fine-tune the details of your import from China to cater to your specific needs.
There are certain additional documents that may be needed for your import from China. Some of these include the Certificate of Origin, Form A, and other test reports that may be required for specific products according to each importing country’s regulation.
For more information on the specific documents you require for your merchandise and country destination, speak to your shipping agent at destination.
Incoterms are international terms that govern the conditions under which an international transaction is conducted by determining the responsibilities of the importer and the exporter in each part of the process.
The Incoterm you choose for your import from China can greatly affect your overall shipping costs as there may be control over certain expenses that are out of your control. That said, it’s extremely important to know the specific conditions of the Incoterms available to you.
Imports from China tend to be done with the EXW, FOB, or CIF Incoterm. We recommend choosing the FOB Incoterm as even though you’re responsible for a large part of the transaction, it also puts you in control over costs. Read our article on FOB, EXW, or CIF Incoterm when importing from China for a better idea of these three Incoterms.
The General Rate Increase, or GRI, are freight rate increases implemented by the shipping lines in response to market movements. These usually take effect at the beginning of the peak season and only once a year.
As you prepare your import from China, it’s best to do so well in advance to have the flexibility of avoiding a GRI by opting for an earlier vessel departure date. You may speak to our consultants to secure a rate over the medium term so that your rates are locked in and protected from the GRI. For more information about the GRI in China, you may give our article on how to prepare your China import Christmas campaign a read.
Given the market potential and volume of trade China does with the rest of the world, it should come as no surprise that all of the world’s top carriers operate in China.
|Main carriers in China|
|Hamburg Sud||Yang Ming||MSC||Seago||Transglory||Maritima Davila|
|Maersk||Safmarine||Catalana del mar||ACG Newtral||Romeu||Vanguard|
Booking a shipment for your import from China has never been easier. With iContainers’ easy-to-use platform, you can complete your reservation in minutes. Before proceeding, you should have the following information in hand to get the most accurate quote: port of origin in China, port/country of destination, type of container, and whether you’ll be shipping FCL or LCL.
After entering this information, you’ll get to choose from a list of rates that vary according to transit time and carrier. Once you’ve selected the rate and route that best suit your needs, choose the additional services that you may require and you may proceed to make payment. Our sales representatives will be in touch with you shortly to confirm your reservation and proceed with arranging your pick up.
|Clothes and textiles||$233B|
|Plastics and rubbers||$87.5B|
|Footwear and headwear||$60.9B|
|Office machine parts||$42.8B|
Understanding the Chinese way of doing business is key for a successful import from China. The Chinese culture may be very different from yours, and it’s important to know how to orientate and adapt yourself to theirs to prevent accidentally offending them.
To understand the Chinese business and negotiation style, read our article on how to successfully negotiate with Chinese companies.