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Ocean & Air Shipping From China to Finland

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Shipa Freight makes international shipping accessible to all. As a digital-only freight forwarder, we’re breaking down trade barriers and making exporting and importing from China to Finland easier for B2B and B2C businesses.

Finland has long been an important Nordic trading partner for China, with the two nations enjoying strong economic relations. If your supply chain could benefit from a simpler way to export and import from China to Finland, why not try Shipa Freight?

When you book with us, we’ll get things moving instantly by liaising between the goods’ supplier, recipient, and relevant agencies at your chosen ports in China and Finland. You’ll also benefit from our real-time online shipment tracking service, and receive updates and alerts regarding the progress of your consignment from China to Finland.

Whether you’re in the business of exporting or importing products or raw materials, Shipa Freight gives you access to a world of international shipping previously only available to the big players. And we’re ready to help 24/7, no matter what time zone you’re in. You could be in the Far East looking to export from China to Finland, or somewhere in Northern Europe seeking to arrange an import from the Orient.

How to Ship Ocean Freight From China to Finland

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Shipa Freight will help you calculate the best way to ship your sea freight by carrier from China to Finland. Simply input essential information about your consignment when requested by our online booking portal, and we’ll take care of the logistics. In most cases, you can leave things like deciding the best type of container to use or how many containers you need to us.

We’ll even show you which documents you’ll require to clear customs at the port of loading and the port of discharge. And we’ll clear-up any confusion you might have about the difference between LCL and FCL ocean shipping.

So get ready for an ocean shipping experience that makes moving commercial goods between ports in China and Finland straightforward for your business.

LCL Ocean Shipping From China to Finland

Smaller shipments from China to Finland are usually best sent by LCL, which stands for Less Than Container Load. If you don’t have enough goods to fill a whole container and don’t mind if your cargo shares container space with products from other shippers, LCL will be ideal for you.

Shipa Freight will provide a quick quote, with the shipping rate you pay depending on the type of goods you’re seeking to ship, their weight, dimensions, and volume. Your quote will also be affected by which of our delivery services you choose – door to door, door to port, port to port or port to door.

When sending goods by shipping container from China to Finland using LCL, it’s important to remember that your goods will undergo a lot of handling, as there will be a consolidation phase in China and deconsolidation on arrival at your destination in Finland.

Shipping a Full Container Load (FCL) From China to Finland

It’s easy to see why there’s confusion about FCL shipping. Although it stands for Full Container Load, there is no compulsion for you to fill a whole container with goods. Of course, it makes commercial sense when shipping a 20-foot or 40-foot container from China to Finland, to use as much of the available space as possible.

Paying for exclusive use of a container means there’s no consolidation and deconsolidation, so less handling, less chance of delays and less risk of damage to your consignment.

Book your FCL shipment through Shipa Freight, and we’ll work out the number of containers you’ll need. Typically, a 20ft container will hold up to 11 standard pallets, while a 40ft container holds up to 21 pallets. Your freight can also be packed on slightly smaller Euro pallets, skids, or even travel loose in its container.

Cargo Ports of Origin in China


Every top-20 shipping company in the world has trade lanes that call at Xiamen, a huge port with nine container terminals. The facilities here are a match for any you’ll find elsewhere in China, and there’s room for sixth-generation container vessels to dock and unload along its extensive quayside.

Owned By: Xiamen Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >10 million TEUs.



A gateway for over 130 global container shipping lanes, channeling exports from China to Finland through Shenzhen is a wise move. The port is in the world’s top five for container traffic thanks, in part, to its proximity to Hong Kong’s Kowloon peninsula. 2018 saw Shenzhen handle close to 28 million TEUs of container freight, a mark it will look to exceed in 2019.

Owned By: Multiple owners.

Annual Container Volume: >27 million TEUs.



Home to the world’s biggest automated container terminal, Shanghai’s vast port features shallow and deep water zones. If your supplier is manufacturing in one of the many factories across Zhejiang or Jiangsu, the Port of Shanghai is a perfect gateway for your goods to be loaded aboard a vessel bound for Finland.

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.



The Pearl River Delta plays host to this large South China port, a vital export gateway used by manufacturers across Guangdong Province. You should exploit this port’s location and facilities if your manufacturer or supplier is close to the city of Guangzhou, around the river delta or along the South China Sea coastal region.

Owned By: Guangzhou Port Group Company.

Annual Container Volume: >15 million TEUs.



When your supplier or manufacturer is based in Northern China, the Port of Dalian is a good departure point for your consignment to Finland. It’s China’s most northerly ice-free port and the largest multi-purpose cargo facility in Northeastern China.

Owned By: Dalian Port Corp Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >9.7 million TEUs.


Other Ports in China

Shipa Freight can also dispatch your goods to Finland from any of these other container ports in China:

  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Chongqing
  • Shantou
  • Lianyungang
  • Qinzhou
  • Zhuhai
  • Zhongshan
  • Ningbo-Zhoushan
  • Guangzhou
  • Qingdao
  • Wuhu

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Finland

Helsinki Helsingfors

Finland’s leading port for foreign trade, Helsinki specializes in the import of daily consumer goods. Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea, over half of Finland’s imports are handled here. It should be your port of discharge if your cargo from China is bound for the industrial or consumer hubs in and around the Finnish capital.

Owned By: City of Helsinki.

Annual Container Volume: >509,000 TEUs.


Uleaborg (Oulu)

Three separate harbors in the mouth of the Oulujoki River form Uleaborg, a port which handles container freight from all over the world, mainly in its Oritikan docks complex. The largest port in Bothnian Bay, the facility serves as a major logistics center with onward sea, rail and road routes enabling your consignment from China to reach various locations in Northern Scandinavia and Russia.

Owned By: City of Oulu.

Annual Container Volume: >51,000 TEUs.



Created by the merger of the ports of Hamina and Kotka in 2011, this is Finland’s most prolific port for container throughput. The Mussalo container terminal here is the biggest in Finland, with the capacity to process 1.5 million TEUs every year. Given the current annual throughput is just 55,000 TEUs, there’s plenty of room here for more freight.

Located on the Northern shores of the Gulf of Finland, it’s an important European trade hub in the Baltic Sea. Onward transportation of your goods from China into Northern Scandinavia is made easier by excellent rail and road links from the port.

Owned By: HaminaKotka Satama Oy.

Annual Container Volume: >55,000 TEUs.



If the final destination for your goods from China is in Western Finland, the Port of Rauma is the place to discharge them. It’s the biggest container port on the Finnish West Coast, with the number of container units processed here hitting the quarter of a million mark in 2017. That’s thanks to the impressive container terminal and storage facilities and a new harbor road connecting the port to the Finnish highway network.

Owned By: Port of Rauma.

Annual Container Volume: >278,000 TEUs.


Air Freight From China to Finland

If your need for speed is greater than concerns over costs, air shipping from China to Finland is for you. Shipa Freight can get your cargo loaded onto pallets and secured in the hold of a direct or indirect flight from numerous airports in China to Helsinki Airport in Finland.

Fragile and perishable goods such as food, plants, and flowers are sure to benefit from the quick shipping times when you send them by air freight from China to Finland—but there are other benefits to be gained from choosing air freight over ocean shipping. They include:

  • Higher levels of security
  • Less handling of your goods
  • A cheaper insurance premium for your consignment
  • More cost-effectiveness for smaller shipments

Airports of Origin in China

Beijing Capital

Flying your goods to Finland out of Beijing Capital makes sense wherever in China your goods are being manufactured, as road and rail links to the airport are plentiful. Such is the popularity of the airport among international shippers, over 2 million tonnes of cargo are processed here annually.

Finland Airports Served: Helsinki.

Beijing to Finland Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Nanjing Loukou International Airport serves the capital of Jiangsu Province with a 34,000 square meter cargo center ready to process your shipment to Finland. Expressways and speedy rail links make it easy to access the airport from regions close to the Yangtze River Delta and Nanjing City.

Finland Airports Served: Helsinki.

Nanjing to Finland Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Shanghai Pudong

Only Hong Kong and Memphis out-perform Shanghai in terms of cargo throughput. The world’s number three for air freight volume is a magnet for commercial traders seeking international shipments. So much so that in 2018, a huge 3.7 million tonnes of air freight passed through its freight terminals.

Finland Airports Served: Helsinki.

Shanghai to Finland Cargo-Only Operators: None.



China’s third-busiest cargo airport ranks in the world’s top 20. It’s yet another of China’s strategically important freight gateways to the world, with cargo throughput reaching 1.8 million tonnes in 2018.

Finland Airports Served: Helsinki.

Guangzhou to Finland Cargo-Only Operators: None.



A new terminal and runway have expanded the air cargo processing capacity of this Southern China airport. If shipping goods to Finland from Shenzhen’s nearby seaport simply won’t meet your pressing delivery deadline, taking to the skies from the city’s airport is the answer.

Finland Airports Served: None.

Shenzhen to Finland Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in China

In addition to those airports of origin detailed above, there are other airports in China from which Shipa Freight can arrange to fly your consignment to Finland:

  • Qingdao
  • Wuhan
  • Xiamen
  • Chengdu
  • Zhengzhou
  • Shanghai Hongqiao

Airport of Arrival in Finland


Finland’s major international airport provides the focus for all Shipa Freight air shipments arriving from China. Located to the North of the city center, cargo transit facilities dominate the Southeastern area of the airport.

A state-of-the-art freight terminal called the Cool Nordic Cargo Hub opened in 2017 to help meet the increasing cargo capacity needs brought about by the introduction of Airbus A350 XWBs into FinnAir’s fleet of cargo carriers. This cargo hub in Helsinki specializes in storing and processing high volumes of temperature-sensitive cargo.

Connected Airports in China: Beijing-Capital, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai-Pudong.

China to Helsinki Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Customs Clearance Procedures in China and Finland

Your shipment of commercial goods will need to comply with local and international rules and regulations to be cleared for export in China and entry into Finland. This sometimes complicated procedure requires the presence of correct documentation with your shipment, and is something the Shipa Freight platform can help you with.

When you input details of your freight, we will isolate the paperwork you will need to send with your consignment.

When shipping from China to Finland, the following will be required:

  • A bill of lading (you can leave this one to Shipa Freight)
  • A packing list
  • A certificate of origin
  • A tax invoice
  • A commercial invoice
  • A letter of credit

Should you wish to see examples of these documents and/or would like to find out more about each of them, we’ve saved you even more time by compiling information about them all on this shipping and customs documentation page.

So How Long Does it Take to Ship Cargo From China to Finland?

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Knowing how long it takes to ship goods from China to Finland will help you plan business strategies and manage client expectations. Both ocean and air shipments will take significantly longer than the actual journey time and are subject to variables too numerous to list here. But Shipa Freight can estimate the timings of exports from China to Finland, thanks to the international shipping and logistics experience of our parent company Agility Logistics.

Air freight between the two nations will typically take between 5 and 8 days to ship, while you should allow between 38 and 46 days for your LCL or FCL ocean freight to arrive.

How Long Should You Allow to Ship Cargo by Sea From China to Finland?

Ocean trade lanes from China to Finland head west from the People’s Republic and circumnavigate much of Europe to reach the Nordic nation. Estimated shipping times for FCL and LCL ocean freight from China to Finland are as follows:

  • Shanghai to Helsinki – 46 days FCL, 38 days LCL
  • Shenzhen to Helsinki – 43 days FCL, 43 days LCL
  • Xiamen to Helsinki – 46 days FCL, 42 days LCL

Transit Times For Shipping Cargo by Air From China to Finland

Air freight is considerably faster than ocean shipping. You should allow the following times for your consignment to reach Helsinki when shipped from the following airports in China:

  • Shanghai-Pudong to Helsinki – 8 days
  • Shenzhen to Helsinki – 5 days
  • Xiamen to Helsinki – 5 days

The Cost of Shipping Cargo From China to Finland

Shipa Freight will provide you with a fast, bespoke quote when you enter your shipment details into the requested fields on our online platform.

The price you are quoted will be affected by various factors. The nature of the goods you wish to ship will have an impact, as some goods require more care and attention than others.

We also offer door-to-door, door-to-port, port-to-door, and port-to-port services, each of which is priced differently, depending on the distances involved. The weight, dimensions, and volume of your consignment will also affect the cost, as will your choice of air shipping or ocean shipping by FCL or LCL.

Should you need help deciding between air and sea freight, as a rough guide, if your shipment weighs under 100kg, air freight will probably work out as economical as ocean freight. Shipping goods above this weight by air usually makes financial sense only if your goods are urgently required in Finland. If time is on your side, ocean shipping is likely to be the most cost-effective choice.

Shipa Freight does not process shipments weighing less than 35kg.

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