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Ocean & Air Shipping From China to Denmark

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China and Denmark’s trading history dates back to the 1600s when the first Danish ships landed in the Far East. The two countries enjoy strong trading relations today, with China now Denmark’s largest trading partner outside of Europe.

The air and ocean freight routes between the two are well-traveled, and Shipa Freight is making it easier and quicker for you, as a shipper or supplier, to import and export from China to Denmark.

Using online technology, our platform speeds-up quotes and bookings, with GPS allowing you to track your air or ocean shipments. It’s a system that’s enabling businesses of all sizes to access carriers and build their presence on the international stage—something that was previously only possible for the biggest companies.

If you have commercial goods to export or import from China to Denmark, see how Shipa Freight’s logistics platform can help you get your freight from the Far East to Northern Europe.

How to Ship Ocean Freight From China to Denmark

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The complexity is gone. So too the confusion. As a modern freight forwarder, Shipa Freight brings welcome simplicity when you send goods in a shipping container from China to Denmark.

Whether the size of your commercial consignment calls for FCL or LCL, our online platform makes it easy to choose a port of origin in China and a discharge location in Denmark. We can generate your quote quickly, and provide swift booking and payment options for your sea freight. We also make it simple to track every stage of your shipment from any smart device.

Less than Container Load (LCL) From China to Denmark

Do you have enough goods to fill up to six standard pallets? If your consignment weighs over 100kg, choose LCL from China to Denmark. The logistics are a little more complex than FCL, because your freight will occupy a container housing multiple consignments.

Cargo handling teams in your chosen port of origin in China will consolidate your consignment with other exporters’ goods. This could mean a short delay in port before your ocean freight from China to Denmark takes to the seas. De-consolidation will occur in Denmark when your container arrives.

Full Container Load (FCL) From China to Denmark

We will ensure your freight from China to Denmark is loaded into a 20ft or 40ft container in China. The size of your container will depend on the volume of your goods.

For example, if your consignment will not be big enough to fill at least six standard size pallets, FCL shipping will, in most cases, be impractical. For six to ten pallets, a 20-foot container will typically be sufficient. For between 10 and 20 pallets, you might need 2 x 20-foot containers or 1 x 40-foot container.

After sealing, your container will remain unopened until it arrives in your chosen port in Denmark, or at another destination if you choose our port-to-door or door-to-door service. Because no consolidation or de-consolidation is required, FCL is usually the quickest way to ship a container from China to Denmark.

Cargo Ports of Origin in China

Take your pick from a wide choice of ports where your container from China to Denmark can be loaded:


More a collection of ports than a single entity, Shenzhen is among the world’s top-five busiest container hubs for 2019. If your manufacturing base or supply chain is within easy reach of this area of China’s South Coast, Shenzhen is a great location from which to channel your export from China to Denmark, as it’s a gateway for over 130 container shipping trade lanes.

Owned By: Multiple owners.

Annual Container Volume: >27 million TEUs.



A vast maritime complex with deep and shallow water zones, Shanghai is a major world container port. If your products destined for Denmark are manufactured in one of the many factories across the Jiangsu and Zhejiang regions, this is an ideal port of origin for your goods. It boasts the largest automated container terminal in the world.

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.



Ningbo-Zhoushan offers an alternative export gateway to the nearby Port of Shanghai. Ningbo is served by excellent rail and road links, and your cargo will be processed using technologically advanced equipment in a state-of-the-art terminal.

Owned By: Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >26 million TEUs.



Trade routes from Qingdao connect to over 700 ports worldwide. It’s the main freight hub in Shandong Province, an area that’s one of the many manufacturing powerhouses dotted across China. Your goods will be readied for export to your chosen Danish destination in one of two container terminals.

Owned By: Qingdao Port (Group) Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >18 million TEUs.



As the lone port in China’s Guangdong Province, Shantou serves as an important export gateway for products manufactured in the region. A river port close to the South China Sea, Shantou is scheduled for major expansion, having experienced substantial growth over the last few years.

Owned By: Shantou Port Affairs Bureau.

Annual Container Volume: >1.25 million TEUs.


Other gateways in China at which your freight can be loaded into containers bound for Denmark are:

  • Nansha
  • Wuhan
  • Zhuhai
  • Dalian
  • Changsha
  • Chongqing
  • Lianyungang
  • Qinzhou
  • Xiamen
  • Zhongshan
  • Guangzhou
  • Fuzhou
  • Nanjing
  • Tianjin

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Denmark


The Port of Copenhagen has a proud history that dates back to the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it’s one of the largest of the Nordic ports. Its container terminal is a relatively recent addition, opening in 2001 and featuring a storage area of 175,000 square meters. Located in the heart of Oresund, the port serves as a vital gateway, giving suppliers and shippers easy access to over 100 million consumers across the Baltic region.

Owned By: Copenhagen Malmo Port and By & Havn.

Annual Container Volume: >194,000 TEUs.



Aarhus processes over 50% of Denmark’s container traffic. Situated at the mouth of the River Aarhus and in a bay that shares the Aarhus name, there is plenty of room on the container terminal’s 1300 meter pier for the vessel carrying your cargo from China. One of eight cranes will lift your consignment off the ship and over the quay, ready for customs clearance and the final leg of its journey.

Owned By: Aarhus Municipality.

Annual Container Volume: >540,000 TEUs.


Air Freight From China to Denmark

Got an immovable, seemingly impossible delivery deadline in Denmark? There’s no faster way of importing from China to Denmark than by air shipping.

The quicker delivery time isn’t just down to the power and speed of the aircraft that will transport your goods. Airport cargo handlers can process and load pallets faster than their counterparts in seaports. And delays are less frequent with air shipping because of the tighter schedules airlines run. Other good reasons to choose air freight from China to Denmark include:

  • Quicker delivery
  • Better security
  • Potentially lower insurance premiums
  • More flexibility for your cargo

Airports of Origin in China


Pudong is the world’s third-busiest for cargo traffic, and a shipping hub for many a major air freight carrier, including China Cargo Airlines, DHL Aviation, and China Southern Cargo. Train and metro services link the airport to the thriving city of Shanghai which is 30km west of the airport.

Danish Airports Served: Copenhagen.

Shanghai-Pudong to Denmark Cargo-Only Operators: Air China Cargo, China Cargo Airlines.



North of Shuangdu District and 16km Southwest of Chengdu City, this airport is China’s fourth-busiest for cargo traffic. There are two terminals and two runways. Sichuan Airlines flies passengers direct to Denmark, and Shipa Freight can arrange for your cargo to be in the hold aboard one of those flights.

Danish Airports Served: Copenhagen.

Shenzhen to Denmark Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in China

Your consignment to Denmark can also be booked on flights from these Chinese airports of origin: Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Beijing, Qingdao, Wuhan, Xiamen, Zhengzhou, and Shanghai Hongqiao.

Airports of Arrival in Denmark


Copenhagen is the largest airport in the Nordic region, and one of the oldest in Europe. Located on the island of Amager, only 8km south of the city center, three cargo terminals with a combined storage capacity of nearly 40,000 square meters are reserved for air freight. The nearby Oresund Link connects Denmark to Sweden, so if you have cargo from China that’s destined for either or both countries, landing at Copenhagen is a good option for your business.

Connected Airports in China: Shanghai-Pudong, Chengdu.

China to Copenhagen Cargo-Only Operators: China Cargo Airlines, Air China Cargo.


Clearing Customs in China and Denmark

Shipa Freight brings clarity and certainty to the sometimes complex issue of customs clearance. Finding out which documents you need to accompany your consignment is no longer a hassle. We’ve included details of the paperwork the authorities in China and Denmark will need to see:

  • Your commercial invoice
  • Your letter of credit
  • Your certificate of origin
  • Your packing list
  • Your tax invoice
  • Your bill of lading (Shipa Freight will provide this)

Perhaps you’d like some more information about these documents. So we’ve compiled comprehensive details on this page to help demystify customs preparation for the borders of China and Denmark.

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

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Choosing either air freight or ocean shipping will make a big difference to the transit times of exports or imports from China to Denmark. Flying your goods is quicker, as you can expect them to arrive in Copenhagen in around 8 days. Ocean shipments can take at least 37 days, even as many as 51 days.

The big difference in timings is reflected in the cost, with ocean freight usually significantly cheaper. So if time is on your side, ocean shipping will usually prove the most cost-effective approach.

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

As the list below shows, ocean freight shipping times will vary, depending on your port of origin and arrival, and whether your consignment is best suited to FCL or LCL shipping:

  • Shenzhen to Copenhagen – 37 days FCL, 44 days LCL
  • Shanghai to Aarhus – 46 days FCL, 45 days LCL
  • Shenzhen to Aarhus – 37 days FCL, 44 days LCL
  • Ningbo to Copenhagen – 46 days FCL, 51 days LCL
  • Qingdao to Aarhus – 44 days LCL
  • Shanghai to Copenhagen – 46 days FCL, 46 days LCL
  • Shantou to Copenhagen – 41 days FCL, 45 days LCL

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

Air shipping from China to Denmark takes around eight days. That includes all processing and customs clearance at your chosen airport of origin in China, and Copenhagen in Denmark.

How Much Does Ocean and Air Shipping From China to Denmark Cost?

Shipa Freight will generate a custom quote for your consignment from China to Denmark. It will take into account the nature of the goods you wish to send, as well as their weight. Choosing to ship by air or ocean will affect the pricing, as will your choice of port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door services.

If your goods weigh under 100kg, air freight can be nearly as affordable as shipping by sea. Anything above that weight, though, tips the cost equation in favor of ocean freight.

Shipa Freight’s services are not available for consignments that weigh under 35kg. For shipments of this weight or below, we recommend you engage an express courier service

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