Ocean & Air Freight Shipping From China to India
Information and quote from China to India for LCL, FCL and Air shipping
Does your business export merchandise from China to sell in India? If so, don’t struggle with the pain points of global freight shipping.
Shipa Freight is an online freight forwarder that can make it so much easier for you.
Take Advantage of Online Quotes, Booking, Payment, and Tracking
With our intuitive online freight shipping platform, you can simplify your processes for export and import delivery from China to India. However, digital convenience is only the beginning.
To ship with Shipa Freight is to leverage Agility Logistics’ strategic presence in China and India, and gain access to an extensive global network of assets and resources. In short, your business can finally enjoy the global logistics benefits formerly accessible only to large organizations and corporations.
Port to port or door to door shipping from China to India has never been more straightforward for small to medium-sized businesses.
Why not begin with a fast online quote? It will only take a moment to complete the form above.
FCL and LCL Freight From China to India
Shipa Freight specializes in shipping container loads and consolidated commercial freight between China, the world’s largest hub for manufacture, and India, with its vast market potential for Chinese imports. Let us handle your LCL and FCL shipping between the two countries and free-up time to build your business and grow your brand.
We offer the advantage of quick and competitive quotes for shipping across hundreds of trade lanes. If you have a large consignment of goods to ship from China, choose our FCL service. FCL might also be ideal if you have a partial container load but don’t want to wait too long for delivery.
Use LCL shipping for smaller consignments. In most cases, this will cost less than FCL. However, the time between dispatch of your products and their delivery in India will be longer, because they will have to undergo consolidation and deconsolidation processes.
Our forwarding platform and services are tailored for small to medium-sized businesses, and we simplify everything for you, from quoting and booking, through to compliance and shipment tracking. Whether you ship door-to-port, port-to-door, port-to-port or door-to-door, we’ll get your goods from China to India, quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost care for their quality.
China: Ports of Origin
Shipa Freight provides full-container-load (FCL) and less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping to India from many of China’s coastal and inland freight terminals, including those listed below.
Nansha New Port is strategically situated on the Pearl River Delta, just north of the South China Sea. It is a perfect departure point for goods from the city of Guangzhou, the localities surrounding the delta, and Guangdong province.
Nansha is the largest comprehensive port in South China. It's also a vital export gateway for manufacturers in the region, connecting them with trading partners in America, Europe, Asia, and of course, the Indian subcontinent.
Owned By: Guangzhou Port Group Co.
Annual Container Volume: >15 million TEUs.
Tianjin Port is the export gateway for China’s capital, Beijing, and is the largest port in Northern China. It’s also notable for being China’s biggest man-made seaport, and one of the biggest in the world. With an annual throughput of more than 16 million TEUs, Tianjin is the world’s ninth-largest container port. More than 115 regular container routes connect Tianjin with some 600 ports in 180 countries.
Several maritime carriers operate services from this port to Indian destinations like Nhava Sheva and Visakhapatnam. Therefore, for most of the year, except for the annual peak shipping periods (including China's Golden Week and New Year holidays), you should have no problem getting your freight onto a vessel.
Owned By: Tianjin Port Group Ltd.
Annual Container Volume: >16 million TEUs.
Ningbo Port’s container terminal is one of the most efficient in the world. Vessel loading and unloading times are short, which is good news if you want to keep shipping durations to a minimum. The terminal has sophisticated technological capabilities, which helps to turn vessels around quickly and keep costs down.
If your exports to India are sourced from facilities in the port's catchment area, excellent road and rail networks also ensure efficiency and speed in door-to-door services. These advantages make Ningbo an ideal alternative to nearby Shanghai as an export gateway.
Owned By: Ningbo Zhoushan Port Co., Ltd.
Annual Container Volume: >26 million TEUs.
Aside from being the largest container port in the world, Shanghai also received recognition in 2019 as being the world’s best-connected. Whether you trade with customers or suppliers in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, or areas further into the Chinese hinterland, a wealth of container services between Shanghai and India, as well as excellent internal road and rail connections, make Shanghai a perfect interchange between land and ocean transportation in your door-to-door freight movements.
Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.
Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.
Not so much a single complex as a collection of ports (including Chiwan, Shekou, and Yantian) spread along Southern China's coastline, Shenzhen is among the top five ports in the world for container throughput. It’s divided into West and East Ports, each of which sits on one side of Hong Kong’s Kowloon peninsula. In 2018, the port handled nearly 28 million TEUs of container freight. A gateway for more than 130 international container shipping trade lanes, there can be no better port through which to channel exports from China for your business in India.
Owned By: Multiple owners.
Annual Container Volume: >27 million TEUs.
Along with the five major ports mentioned above, Shipa Freight operates LCL and FCL forwarding services from the following Chinese container gateways:
- Changsha (inland port)
- Chongqing (inland port)
- Guangzhou (Huangpu)
- Nanjing (inland port)
India: Ports of Arrival
Wherever your business may be located on the Indian subcontinent, there’ll be a container port or terminal within a reasonable distance. Shipa Freight can bring your imports into the country via West and East Coast ports. We operate FCL and consolidated freight services to the following Indian container hubs.
More than half of India’s container trade passes through its largest port, Nhava Sheva, otherwise known as Jawaharlal Nehru or JNPT. The port achieved a throughput of 5 million TEUs in the year 2018-2019, making it the first port in the country to do so.
Originally built as an overflow port for Mumbai, JNPT has grown rapidly and extensively. Today it boasts five container terminals and enjoys excellent connections to inland container yards all over India. That connectivity makes it a perfect import gateway for goods manufactured in China. If your business imports Chinese products, Shipa Freight can move them from any of several ports in China, via Nhava Sheva, to just about anywhere in West or Central India.
Owned By: Government of India.
Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.
The port of Mundra, in Northwest India’s westernmost state of Gujarat, is ranked number 34 among the world’s top 50 container ports and is the largest privately-owned port in India. If your business is based in the North or Northwest of the country, shipping via Mundra will provide you with a logistics cost advantage, as the port is a natural gateway for these regions. Mundra boasts four container terminals and is an arrival and departure point for more than 30 global ocean-freight trade lanes.
Owned By: Adani Group.
Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.
Chennai Port is situated on the Bay of Bengal, serving the city from which it gets its name, as well as the entire Southeastern corner of India. It is the port that gave Chennai its reputation as the “Gateway of South India.” The port has two container terminals, both of which are connected to internal container depots by daily rail service. The terminals are served by direct ocean routes from China, as well as West Africa, North America, and Europe.
Owned By: Chennai Port Trust.
Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.
If you operate a business based in India's Northeast, Haldia is one of the ports through which you will most likely bring your international shipments from China. If so, and you have a policy of environmental friendliness, you might also be pleased to know that Haldia has been officially designated as a green port since 2015. The accolade was received when port operators installed equipment enabling Haldia's trucks and materials handling equipment to run on bio-diesel.
Owned By: Kolkata Port Trust.
Annual Container Volume: >150,000 TEUs.
The only port in Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam is a useful arrival point for any door-to-door shipments arriving from China en-route to central Indian destinations. Although container throughput at the port is not high in comparison with most of the other facilities mentioned above, Visakhapatnam is nevertheless a vital gateway. Shipa Freight provides several services for shipping freight here from container terminals in China.
Owned By: Visakhapatnam Port Trust.
Annual Container Volume: >350,000 TEUs.
Other Container Ports in India
In addition to the container ports covered so far on this page, Shipa Freight also offers freight forwarding services to the following ports of unloading in India:
Trade Lanes and Transit Times
When shipping freight from China to India, you have a wide variety of trade lanes to utilize, but sometimes too much choice can lead to confusion and indecision. At Shipa Freight, we can help you access the route(s) that are optimal for your supply chain operation.
The list of trade lanes below is not exhaustive, but will give you some possibilities to consider for your international shipping from China to India. You can also see estimated shipping durations for each route, to help you determine how long your Chinese imports will take to arrive in India.
Don't forget to add time estimations for land transportation if you plan to use our door-to-door shipping services, and to consider the time involved in customs processing.
|Port of Origin||Destination Port||Est. Transit Time|
|Ningbo||Nhava Sheva||17 Days|
|Nansha||Nhava Sheva||13 Days|
|Shanghai||Nhava Sheva||18 Days|
|Qingdao||Nhava Sheva||22 Days|
|Xiamen||Nhava Sheva||16 Days|
|Tianjin||Nhava Sheva||27 Days|
Air Freight From China to India
There can be several reasons for choosing to ship goods from China to India as air freight. For example, your objective might be to:
- Reduce cash-to-cash cycle time (as air freight is faster than LCL or even FCL shipping)
- Transport goods with short shelf-life (perishable goods, for example)
- Meet urgent orders
- Mitigate against peak season delays around Chinese New Year (by shipping a small portion of a larger consignment as air freight)
- Minimize risk to your goods-in-transit (air freight spends less time in transit, which means less exposure to risk)
Air-freight shipping charges are costly in comparison with ocean freight, so it’s not a solution suitable for every business. However, if you typically ship goods in small quantities, you might consider using either air freight or courier service, both of which involve transportation by plane.
In weighing up the pros and cons of couriers versus air freight, remember there is a tipping point at which air freight becomes the more economical option. That point is often around the 100kg mark (using chargeable weight). Air freight also makes sense for shipping goods of high value, especially if the air-freight cost amounts to 20% of your goods’ value or less.
As with our ocean freight forwarding services, we can ship your exports from China into India as air freight, whether you want port-to-port or door-to-door shipping. You can get a fast quote for your shipment using the form at the top of this page.
China Airports of Origin
If you import products from China, particularly electronics, they were likely made in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, a key area for outsourced manufacture.
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport is the perfect gateway for goods from the region. It is the home of SF Airlines, a Chinese cargo carrier operating a direct route to Chennai in India. Although Chennai is in the south of India, Shipa Freight can arrange door-to-door shipping from Shenzhen, via Chennai Airport's import facility, to any location on the subcontinent.
India Airports Served: Chennai.
Shenzhen to India Cargo-Only Operators: SF Airlines.
IATA Code: SZX.
Guangzhou is the 17th busiest airport in the world and the third busiest in China. The freight facilities saw a cargo throughput of 1.8 million tonnes in 2018. With direct flights operating from Guangzhou to Delhi and Mumbai, Guangzhou is a strategic and natural gateway for air freight from China to locations all over India.
India Airports Served: Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore.
Guangzhou to India Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Lufthansa Cargo.
IATA Code: CAN.
Chengdu Shuangliu International airport is a critical cargo hub for Western China. In 2018, more than 660,000 tonnes of cargo passed through the airport’s cargo terminals, making it the fifth busiest airport in China for cargo throughput. Several airlines operate services from Chengdu to airports in India, including IndiGo and Korean Air Cargo.
India Airports Served: Delhi, Chennai.
Chengdu to India Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Korean Air Cargo.
IATA Code: CTU.
In 2018, Shanghai Pudong airport handled 3.7 million tonnes of freight, making it one of the busiest cargo airports in the world. Only Hong Kong and Memphis can boast higher volumes of cargo. If you wish to ship air freight from China to India via Pudong, you can choose from routes operated by several airlines, including at least three cargo-only carriers.
India Airports Served: Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai.
Shanghai to India Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Etihad Cargo, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, AirBridge Cargo.
IATA Code: PVG.
Beijing Capital International Airport is one of the world's highest-volume air-freight centers. More than 2 million tonnes of cargo pass through its facilities each year. Due to the airport's location outside the capital city, and excellent transport connections to other Chinese regions, goods produced anywhere in China can be conveniently routed through Beijing Capital.
India Airports Served: Delhi, Mumbai.
Beijing to India Cargo-Only Operators: None.
IATA Code: PEK.
Other Airports in China
In addition to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Shenzhen, Shipa Freight can help you move your Chinese imports via indirect air freight routes from the following airports:
- Shanghai Hongqiao
International Air Freight From China: Destination Airports in India
In 2015, Indira Gandhi International Airport overtook Mumbai to take its place as the busiest cargo airport in India, and in recent years, has handled around one million tons of freight annually. If you plan to air-freight your imports from China to locations in the northern half of India, Delhi is likely to be your favored option as an airport of discharge.
Connected Airports in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu.
China to Delhi Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Lufthansa Cargo.
IATA Code: DEL.
With a cargo throughput of around 900,000 tonnes of cargo per year, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is the second busiest in India, having fallen behind Delhi a few years ago. Situated close to the West Coast of India, Mumbai's primary airport has a large cargo terminal. Its apron is capable of handling five wide-bodied freighters simultaneously, and it has a dedicated center for perishable cargo.
Connected Airports in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou.
China to Mumbai Cargo-Only Operators: Atlas Air, Emirates SkyCargo, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, FedEx Express.
IATA Code: BOM.
If your Chinese exports are bound for the southern regions of India, you will do well to book them onto a flight to Chennai International. Ranked number three in India’s list of busiest cargo airports, Chennai is connected to several Chinese cities by operators such as Etihad and SF Airlines.
Connected Airports in China: Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu.
China to Chennai Cargo-Only Operators: Etihad Cargo, Korean Air Cargo, SF Airlines.
IATA Code: MAA.
Air Freight From China: Other Entry Points in India
Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai are the most well-known and vital airports for bringing freight into India from China’s manufacturing regions, and are all served by operators with direct flights. However, at Shipa Freight, we also provide indirect routings from China into other Indian airports, such as Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Cochin, Pune, and Coimbatore.
Air Freight From China to India: The Trade Lanes
The following table illustrates a few of the routes connecting airports in China and India. The transit times stated are for airport-to-airport shipping only, and don’t account for customs processing or domestic transportation in the case of door-to-door shipping.
Expect air freight to take around a week to ship from your Chinese supplier to its delivery location in India. Of course, the actual duration will depend on seasonal volumes and whether or not your freight clears customs without any hitches.
|Airport of Origin||Destination Airport||Est. Transit Time|
China to India With Shipa Freight: The Benefits
Regardless of the scope and scale of your business, Shipa Freight can simplify your processes for importing or exporting from China to India. Apart from the advantages of our user-friendly, integrated online forwarding tools, we put the resources of one of the world's top shipping companies in your hands.
A Truly Global Freight Forwarding Partner
Shipa Freight is a division of Agility Logistics, a global leader in warehouse operation and cargo transportation, with a physical presence in several major cities, both in China and India.
|Offices in China||Offices in India|
Leading Technology and Expertise
Our digital online platform and multi-skilled logistics team provide everything you need to meet the challenges of international freight shipping.
- When you need straightforward, self-service management applications, our platform puts you in control of your shipping activity.
- Sometimes you will need human experts to advise, guide, and assist you. For those times, our shipping specialists are just an online chat, email, or phone call away, and available 24/7.
Customs Clearance Made Easy
As well as shipping your goods quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively, we’re able to help you comply with customs requirements and shipping regulations.
- If you’d like some basic customs information for shipping from China to India, you’ll find it in our International Shipping Guide.
- When you book your freight, our compliance engine will prompt you for all the information we need to ensure straightforward customs clearance.
- You may have questions about Indian or Chinese customs duties or procedures, or we might sometimes need extra information. If so, we'll provide clear guidance applicable to your goods, their origin, and their characteristics.
It’s time to remove the complexity from your export and import operations. Put your freight in our hands, and see what plain sailing really looks like.
For your next shipment from China to India, try Shipa Freight.
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