China is the world’s biggest exporter, and one of its largest importers-it’s an economic giant in terms of trade. Shanghai is home to the world’s busiest container port, and is the largest city in the world in terms of population. If you’re looking to source goods from China, to import from Shanghai to the US should thus be an essential component of your business’s growth.

Shanghai is one of the country’s main industrial centers, and is also mainland China’s commercial and financial heart. Over the last twenty years, it has become one of the world’s fastest-developing cities. Shanghai has also been mainland China’s largest free-trade zone since the autumn of 2013. The city has recorded double-digit growth almost annually since 1992. With Shanghai’s location and profile, no one should ignore the benefits of engaging in import from Shanghai to the US.

Full Container Load (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

Shipping a container from Shanghai means you’ll need to decide whether you require your own container (a full container load [FCL]) or can share one via groupage-LCL, a less-than-container load.

A twenty-foot container can ship ten standard pallets, while a forty-foot container can accommodate up to 22. If the volume of your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets, we recommend that you choose FCL.

You should also choose FCL if you are concerned about the risk of damage to your goods that contact with other importers’ goods might pose.

Otherwise, groupage (LCL)-a shared container-is a money-saving choice; with groupage, you pay only for the space you need. See iContainers for information on rates and other important details on FCL and LCL.

Ocean Freight Routes from Shanghai

  • Port of Shanghai
    This port overtook Singapore in 2010 to become the world’s busiest container port; in 2014, it handled over 35 million TEUs, setting a historic record. Managed by the Shanghai International Port Group, it faces Hangzhou Bay to the south and the East China Sea to the east. Yangshan deep-water port, Wusongkuo, and Waigaoqiao together make up the port of Shanghai. These locations have numerous terminals, the most prominent including the Coal Branch (which handles gravel, carbon, and sand); the Baoshan Terminal Branch (which handles general and bulk cargo); and the Zhanghuabang Company (which handles containers, heavy cargo, and iron and steel). The Yangtze hinterland of Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Henan provinces, all of which have dense populations, strong industrial bases, and developed agricultural sectors, are served by the port of Shanghai.

Air Freight Transportation from Shanghai

If your schedule has some flexibility, then ocean freight transportation can be an economical and efficient shipping choice. However, if you are working with a short deadline or a truly urgent shipment, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs. Air freight does impose some limitations of volume and weight on shipments; please have a look at the calculator provided by iContainers to help you determine whether this option is the best choice for you.