Shanghai is a huge motor in the economic powerhouse that is China. Located in the Yangtze River Delta in east China, Shanghai is located near the mouth of the Yangtze near the middle of the Chinese coast. It is the world’s largest city in terms of population, and the home of the world’s busiest container port. If you’re an exporter, ocean freight transportation to Shanghai should be an essential building block of your business.
As well as being one of China’s main industrial centers, Shanghai is also the commercial and financial center of the country. It has been one of the fastest-developing cities in the world over the last twenty years. Shanghai is home to mainland China’s largest free-trade zone, known as the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free-Trade Zone. The city has recorded double-digit growth almost every year since 1992. With Shanghai’s profile and location being what they are, exporters can’t afford to ignore the benefits of ocean freight transportation to Shanghai.
A full container load (FCL) is indicated if your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets-a little more than half the capacity of a 20-foot container, which can take ten standard pallets. A 40-foot container can accommodate up to 22 standard pallets.
If you have any concerns about your goods coming into contact with those of other exporters, you should also choose FCL.
Groupage-a shared container (also known as a less-than-container load, or LCL)-is, otherwise, a good choice, and a cost-efficient one; with this arrangement, you pay only for the shipping space you need. See iContainers for information on rates and other important details.
Ocean freight transportation is an efficient and economical choice for your shipping needs; under certain circumstances, however, air freight may be more appropriate. This is especially so if you are working with an urgent shipment or against a short deadline. Air freight does impose some limitations on shipping in terms of volume and weight; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine which option is right for your needs.