Ningbo is a city in China’s northeast Zhejiang province, consisting of the urban districts of Ningbo itself, three satellite cities, and a number of rural counties. Its port is among the busiest in the world, and is spread across several locations. As the world’s largest exporter, and one of its largest importers, the People’s Republic of China is a major economic power, and Ningbo is one of its key import/export locations. Ocean freight transportation to Ningbo offers exporters a well-developed entry point to the vast Chinese market.
Ningbo has a total population of 7.6 million, with 3.5 million people in the six urban districts of Ningbo itself. The private economy of the city is especially well-developed; the city now serves as the economic center for the southern Yangtze River Delta, and has been ranked among China’s most competitive cities. Make ocean freight transportation to Ningbo a key part of your China export strategy.
A couple of different container shipping options are available to those shipping a container to Ningbo: there is the option of a full container load (FCL), or that of a less-than-container load (LCL)-a shared container, or groupage.
A 20-foot shipping container can take a maximum of 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets. This can be helpful to know, because if the volume of your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets, you’ll need to go with a full container load. You should also choose FCL if you are concerned about any potential for damage to your goods that contact with others’ goods may pose.
Groupage-LCL, or a shared container-is an economical choice if your shipment is less than six standard pallets, and isolation of goods isn’t a concern. With LCL, you pay only for the shipping space you require. Contact iContainers for information on rates and other important details.
Ningbo is one of China’s busiest commercial ports. As China’s foreign trade has grown over the past fifteen years, ports like Ningbo have become increasingly important elements of China’s vital import and export activity.
If you are dealing with a tight schedule or have an urgent shipment, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight. Air freight does, however, impose some limitations of volume and weight on your shipment. We recommend that you consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine the right option for you.