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Ocean & Air Shipping From China to Brazil

Information and quote from China to Brazil for LCL, FCL and Air shipping

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China is Brazil’s largest export market, and the dominant flow of goods between the two countries is from west to east. Nevertheless, while the Asian giant might be suffering an export deficit in the relationship, China still counts Brazil as its number-one Latin American trading partner.

The close commercial bond between the two countries can only be good news if your supply chain involves shipping freight from China to Brazil. However, it doesn’t necessarily reduce the traditional complexities of global ocean and air freight shipping. Importing from China to Brazil, in particular, can be time-consuming, and even troublesome if your business is new to the process, or is a smaller international player.

Perhaps you’ve already experienced the challenges, or are preparing to do so. In either case, Shipa Freight is the one freight forwarder that can simplify things for you. We do that by providing you with an online platform to get quotes, book, pay, and track ocean or air freight, door to door, between China and Brazil.

How to Ship Ocean Freight From China to Brazil

Freight forwarding expert studying shipping documents, between a Chinese flag to the left and a Brazilian flag to the right

Ocean freight is the most common, and least expensive way to import or export from China to Brazil. If you choose this option, your goods will probably be transported in a shipping container. The only exception is if you are in the business of buying or selling bulk or break-bulk materials. In that case, your cargo might not be suitable for containerized shipping.

Assuming that's not the case, though, there are two ways to move your commodities in a shipping container from China to Brazil. Your chosen approach will typically come down to the size of your shipment.

The two options are FCL shipping, for larger consignments, and LCL shipping for smaller quantities of goods.

At Shipa Freight, we can help you import from China to Brazil using either shipping mode. We can supply you with fast, affordable quotes for port-to-port sea freight from all China’s main ocean gateways, or for door-to-door shipping between any two points in China and Brazil.

Less than Container Load (LCL) From China to Brazil

LCL shipping is typically the most inexpensive and cost-effective way to ship smaller quantities of ocean freight from China to Brazil. It’s a method best suited for shipments requiring fewer than six standard pallets. Shipping LCL does take a little longer than full container loads, though, so that's something to keep in mind if time-saving is essential.

The reason for the longer shipping time is because, with LCL shipping, your goods will be consolidated with those of other shippers to fill up a 20-foot or 40-foot container. The consolidation before shipment, and subsequent de-consolidation afterward, means more steps in the logistics process, which adds to the overall transit time.

Full Container Load (FCL) From China to Brazil

For shipments of more than six pallets, you might find it more beneficial to use FCL shipping services when importing from China to Brazil. FCL can be viable, even if you aren't transporting enough goods to fill a container.

There is a break-even point at which FCL becomes less expensive than LCL shipping. That's because dimensional weight is not used as a basis for full-container shipping fees. Instead, you will be charged a flat rate per container. This break-even point generally occurs at around the six-pallet mark for a 20-foot container, and at around ten pallets for a 40-foot container.

Pricing factors aside, you might also consider FCL if you want your goods in Brazil by a guaranteed date, or to reach their destination as soon as possible. Without the need for consolidation and deconsolidation, FCL shipping can shave a few days off the overall transit time.

Cargo Ports of Origin in China

Fuzhou

Located on the Minjiang River in the Southeast of China, Fuzhou Port is a deep-water, man-made port. With more than 100 berths, it is one of the ten busiest container ports in mainland China, and the closest to the Chinese Republic of Taiwan.

Owned By: Fuzhou Port Group Corporation Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: > 3 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNFOC.

Nanjing

Nanjing Port has existed since the third century AD, a fact that testifies to its importance in Chinese sea trade. Today it ranks among the top 100 ports in the world. It also happens to be the world’s biggest inland port, located at the head of the Yangtze Delta.

Owned By: Nanjing Port (Group) Co Ltd.

Annual Container Volume:>3 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNNJG.

Nansha

Nansha is a critical ocean port for exporters in Southern China, connecting them via direct routes to Europe, Asia, India, and North and South America, including, of course, Brazil. It's the biggest comprehensive port in the South China region, serving all localities surrounding the Pearl River Delta. Nansha is especially convenient for shippers exporting out of Guangdong Province.

Owned By: Guangzhou Port Group Co.

Annual Container Volume: >15 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNNSA.

Shenzhen

Exporters in Guangdong Province are spoiled for choice when it comes to departure ports for their cargoes. Along with Nansha, they have easy access to Shenzhen Port, which is an amalgamation of several public and industrial dock facilities. Together, they form one of the world’s largest container gateways. The main Shenzhen Port areas are situated around 40 kilometers from Hong Kong, to the north.

Owned By: Shenzhen government.

Annual Container Volume: >25.2 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNSHK.

Shanghai

If your Brazilian business works with a supplier or manufacturer in Zhejiang or Jiangsu, Shanghai will probably be the most convenient Chinese port from which to ship your imports. That said, Shanghai Port needs little introduction, as it’s a headliner in the container shipping world.

As one of the busiest ports globally, it is home to the biggest automated container terminal anywhere, and comprises a massive complex of shallow and deep water zones. Little wonder then, that many importers in Brazil receive their goods via FCL and LCL ocean freight straight from Shanghai.

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNSHA.

Other Ports in China

As well as the five ports described above, Shipa Freight can also dispatch your freight from China via the following container gateways:

  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Chongqing
  • Lianyungang
  • Qinzhou
  • Shantou
  • Zhuhai
  • Zhongshan
  • Guangzhou
  • Xiamen
  • Qingdao
  • Dalian

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Brazil

Port of Salvador

Located in a sheltered harbor and immune to tidal fluctuations, Salvador’s port has a 700-meter wide anchoring area, and benefits from multiple road and rail connections with Brazil’s interior. Shipa Freight can bring your imports into Brazil via this relatively small port from Ningbo, Shanghai, and other export gateways in China.

Owned By: Companhia das Docas do Estado da Bahia (CODEBA).

Annual Container Volume: >300,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: BRSSA.

Suape

Lying to the south of Recife, Suape Port plays a critical role in the economy of Pernambuco State. It is one of the most vital container gateways in Brazil's Northeast. The port can accept vessels of up to 170,000 DWT, and boasts a sophisticated monitoring and laser-enabled docking system. As well as Pernambuco, Suape Port serves the nearby states of Paraiba and Alagoas.

Owned By: SUAPE - Governor Eraldo Gueiros Industrial Port Complex.

Annual Container Volume: >400,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: BRSUA.

Rio Grande Do Sul

Rio Grande is a fast-growing seaport in the south of Brazil, is the home of Tecon Rio Grande, a leading container terminal in the country with the ability to handle the largest vessels afloat today. It is especially notable for high volumes of Brazilian exports passing through its facilities but is also utilized for imports, with China being just one of the countries served by its inbound trade lanes.

Annual Container Volume:>700,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: BRRIG.

Santos

Sao Paulo’s port of Santos is the largest ocean port in Latin America, Brazil’s most modern, and the busiest in the country for container traffic. It is also the 37th largest container port in the world, so there is a good chance that your shipments from China will enter Brazil via this gateway.

Santos is not without its difficulties as an import hub. Inbound goods throughput has already surpassed the optimal capacity of road and rail connections into and out of the port. However, several projects are planned to enhance the infrastructure, which should improve goods flow markedly by the time they are complete in 2024.

Owned By: Federal Government of Brazil.

Annual Container Volume:>4 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: BRSSZ.

Paranagua

The port of Paranagua is situated to the Southwest of Sao Paulo and close to the city of Curitiba. It is the third-largest container port in Brazil. Shipa Freight offers LCL and FCL ocean freight services to Paranagua from Shanghai and other ports of origin in China.

Owned By: Administração dos Portos de Paranaguá e Antonina.

Annual Container Volume: >2 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: BRPNG.

Other Ports in Brazil

If you’d like your freight from China to ship into a port other than one of those outlined above, we can also help you secure space on vessels arriving at the following destinations:

-Belem

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Itajai
  • Itapoa
  • Pecem
  • Manaus
  • Vitoria
  • Navegantes
  • Itaguai
  • Belo Horizonte
  • Porto Alegre

Air Freight From China to Brazil

Ocean freight is not the only possibility you have for shipping your cargo between China and Brazil. If speed is more important than price, you can opt to fly your goods using airport-to-airport or door-to-door air freight services. Air freight is best for small shipments that need to be moved rapidly, or for high-value, perishable, or fragile products.

While more costly than sea freight, shipping by air is exponentially faster. However, as with ocean shipping, it can take time to get quotes together, decide upon a carrier, and book your shipment. That's no issue when you choose Shipa Freight, however. Our freight forwarding platform provides fast, online access to thousands of cargo flights between airports in China and Brazil.

If you only have a small number of pallets to ship and need the speed and flexibility advantages of air freight, you can get an online quote right here. It takes just a moment to complete the form at the top of this page.

Airports of Origin in China

Shenzhen

With the addition of a second runway in 2011, cargo throughput at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport has seen steady increases in recent years. Its freight terminal handled more than 1.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, earning the airport a ranking of 24 in the line-up of the world’s busiest cargo airports.

If you have Chinese exports manufactured in the Pearl River Delta area, flying them from Shenzhen should ensure a swift arrival at their destination in Brazil. That said, it's necessary to keep in mind that the flight will not be direct, so a little extra time for one or more transshipments must be allowed.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Shenzhen to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA CODE: SZX.

Guangzhou

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is the third-busiest airport in China and the 17th busiest globally. In 2018, some 1.8 million tonnes of cargo passed through the freight terminal here. Although there are no direct flights from Guangzhou to Brazilian airports, Shipa Freight can move your air freight using connecting services.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Guangzhou to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: CAN.

Wuhan

Wuhan International Airport has served the Chinese province of Hubei for the past 25 years. Situated 26 kilometers from Wuhan City, the airport is the busiest in Central China. Although airlines are operating direct flights from Wuhan to the United States, there are currently no direct connections to South America. However, if you wish to ship air freight through Wuhan, Shipa Freight can help you. We'll use connecting services to have your goods in Brazil within ten days of departure.

Brazil Airports Served: None

Wuhan to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA CODE: WUH.

Chengdu

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the fourth-busiest for cargo in China. It serves a vital role as a hub for exports from the country’s western regions. Like many other cargo airports in China, Chengdu can be used for exporting to Brazil, though there are currently no direct flights to South America.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Chengdu to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA CODE: CTU.

Shanghai Pudong

Pudong International airport is one of the world’s highest-throughput cargo airports. A staggering 3.7 million tonnes of cargo passed through its freight terminals in 2018. In 2019, Air Cargo World bestowed its Air Cargo Excellence Diamond Award upon the facility, naming it the world’s top cargo airport.

The volume of freight traffic through Pudong is bested only by Memphis Airport in the United States, and Hong Kong International Airport. Still, like the other Chinese international airports covered here, there are no direct flights between Shanghai and Brazil. Therefore your air freight will fly via indirect routes.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Shanghai to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: PVG.

Other Airports in China

In addition to Shanghai Pudong, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Wuhan, and Shenzhen, Shipa Freight can route your air freight (via indirect flights) to Brazil from the following Chinese airports:

  • Qingdao
  • Xiamen
  • Beijing
  • Zhengzhou
  • Shanghai Hongqiao

Airports of Arrival in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro International Airport serves the city from which it takes its name, along with surrounding localities. It’s the second-busiest airport in Brazil, and a gateway for air freight imports from countries all over the world, including China. Note, though, that your cargo will not fly non-stop, as there are no direct flights from China to this airport.

Connected Airports in China: None.

China to Rio De Janeiro Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: GIG.

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo Guarulhos is Brazil’s busiest airport for international cargo, so it’s the most likely arrival point for your China to Brazil air-freight shipments. Shipa Freight offers door-to-door or airport-to-airport shipping for Chinese exports, with indirect flights from several airports in China.

Connected Airports in China: None.

China to Sao Paulo Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: GRU.

Viracopos

Viracopos International Airport is situated just outside the city of Campinas, which in turn is not far from Sao Paulo. It is sometimes known as Sao Paulo/Campinas Airport. It’s the second-busiest cargo airport in Brazil, after Sao Paulo Guarulhos, and boasts a cargo handling area of 77,000 square meters. Specialist freight facilities at Viracopos include 1,480 cubic meters of refrigerated storage.

Connected Airports in China: None.

China to Viracopos Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: VCP.

Manaus

Manaus International Airport is the third-busiest of Brazil’s airports for cargo movements, and operates three freight terminals, one of which is exclusively for imports. Together, those three terminals make up an area of 49,000 square meters and can handle up to 12,000 tonnes of cargo per month.

Connected Airports in China: None.

China to Manaus Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: MAO.

Porto Alegre

If you wish to fly goods from China into the southernmost states of Brazil, Porto Alegre might be the most favorable airport of entry. While this airport handles only around 30,000 tonnes of freight per year, it is still a practical gateway for imports into the States of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande Do Sul.

Connected Airports in China: None.

China to Manaus Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: POA.

Other Airports in Brazil

Shipa Freight operates air-freight services from China to four more Brazilian airports in addition to those mentioned above. We can help you fly your freight into Recife, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, and Curitiba.

Customs Clearance Procedures in China and Brazil

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Customs clearance can be one of the most complicated elements of global freight shipping to get your head around and manage—and mistakes can be costly.

A reputable freight forwarder or customs broker will help you to clear your goods. However, there are certain documentation requirements that you will need to meet before your agents can even think about filing customs declarations.

Customs Documentation

You will need to ensure the following documents are completed accurately and submitted correctly to the customs authorities in China for export clearance. The Brazilian customs service will also require them for the import clearance process:

  • Bill of lading (Shipa Freight will provided this for you)
  • Letter of credit
  • Certificate of origin
  • Tax invoice
  • Packing list
  • Commercial invoice

Except for bills of lading, the documents listed above must be obtained and provided by the shipper (exporter) and the importer of the goods.

In most cases, the supplier must obtain the certificate of origin, packing list, and invoices. Meanwhile, the buyer is responsible for raising and issuing the letter of credit (with the supplier as the beneficiary).

You can find out more about these documents and any others that might be necessary, and see examples of them, in our handy documents list.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Cargo From China to Brazil?

Perhaps you’re wondering just how long your shipments from China to Brazil will be at sea or in the air. Naturally, the transit times will be quite different for air and ocean freight. Typical air-freight transit times are five to eight days, allowing for customs clearance upon export and import, and domestic land transportation.

Ocean freight, of course, takes significantly longer, and you should expect shipping durations of anything from four to seven weeks when shipping from China to Brazil.

If shipping time is a concern, and air freight is not a viable option for your shipments, FCL will usually be the fastest form of ocean transportation. However, if you don't have enough cargo to fill a container, and hence choose LCL shipping, you'll need to account for the slightly longer transit times involved.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Sea From China to Brazil?

Here are a few examples of ocean-freight transit times for routes we operate between China and Brazil:

  • Shanghai to Santos or Paranagua – 36 days FCL and LCL
  • Shanghai or Ningbo to Salvador – 36 days FCL
  • Dalian to Santos – 36 days FCL, 48 days LCL
  • Xiamen or Qingdao to Santos – 36 days FCL, 42 days LCL
  • Shenzhen to Santos – 28 days FCL, 35 days LCL
  • Ningbo to Santos – 37 days FCL and LCL

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Air From China to Brazil?

For small shipments, or if your business can stand the extra cost of air freight, you can be assured of fast shipping times from China to Brazil. Cargo that is flown from Shanghai Pudong, for example, can be cleared through customs in Salvador within a week.

Most other air freight routes involve slightly longer transit times—typically around eight days for the following trade lanes:

  • Guangzhou to Viracopos or Rio De Janeiro
  • Shenzhen to Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Viracopos, or Belo Horizonte
  • Shanghai to Sao Paulo or Viracopos
  • Beijing to Sao Paulo

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Cargo From China to Brazil?

For shipments weighing up to 100 kilograms, there is little difference in cost between air freight and LCL ocean freight. Above 100 kilograms, the cost difference begins to widen. Although much slower, ocean freight quickly becomes far more economical than shipping by air when higher weights and dimensions are involved.

Remember, too, that if your shipment weighs less than 35 kilograms, you will probably need to use an international courier service, rather than working with a freight forwarder.

Whichever method of freight shipping you wish to use, Shipa Freight can provide you with fast, competitive quotes. We also make it easy to navigate the business of finding a carrier, booking your shipments, and tracking them from their origin to their final destination.

“With Shipa Freight, I could do everything from quotation to booking with just a click”.

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