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Ocean and Air Freight Shipping From China to Indonesia

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China is Indonesia’s biggest trade partner. The southeast Asian country imports all kinds of Chinese goods, chiefly food and beverages, via air and ocean freight trade lanes.

Given the size of the People’s Republic, the distances traveled by imports and exports from China to Indonesia varies immensely. For instance, it’s 5,200km from Beijing Airport to Jakarta Airport. But it’s only 3,290km from the port of Shenzhen in Southern China to Jakarta.

Wherever you’re shipping from in China, a freight forwarder can help by making it easier to transport your commercial goods to Indonesia. They can give you the information you need to choose:

  • Whether to ship by air or sea
  • Which airports or sea ports to use
  • Whether FCL or LCL ocean shipping is best for your business

Shipping Ocean Freight From China to Indonesia

Flags of China and Indonesia to show Shipa Freight capacity to ship from China to Indonesia A freight forwarder can help ship your goods in a container from China to Indonesia. To obtain a quote, you will need to give the forwarder some details about your consignment, such as the nature of the goods, their weight, size, and volume.

The type of container you will need will depend on the nature of your goods. If your goods aren’t suitable for shipping in a standard container, a freight forwarder might recommend one of the following containers:

  • Extra-high
  • Refrigerated
  • Half-height
  • Open-top
  • Flat-rack

Your sea freight can be sent from a port in China to a destination in Indonesia by FCL or LCL. These ocean shipping terms are explained below. Whichever one you choose, and whatever ports you decide to ship from and to, your freight forwarder can help you work out precisely what you need.

Shipping LCL Ocean Freight From China to Indonesia

LCL ocean shipping requires your cargo to share container space with freight from other companies exporting or importing from China to Indonesia. LCL is popular with businesses that have smaller consignments to send—goods totaling less than the 33 cubic meter capacity of the smallest containers.

LCL typically takes longer than FCL due to the logistics required to combine shipments from various businesses in one container. LCL goods go through a lot of handling, so you must pack your products carefully, to protect them as they are transported in a shipping container from China to Indonesia.
Learn more about Less than Container Load on our dedicated page on LCL Shipping.

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

FCL shipping means you have a container exclusively for your freight. It could work out as your most cost-effective option if your consignment is big enough to fill at least six standard pallets in a 20ft container, or 12 in a 40ft container.

With FCL shipping, no consolidation is required in China or de-consolidation in Indonesia, so there will be fewer touches of your goods. That’s reassuring if you are shipping fragile freight. Your consignment will travel from China to Indonesia sealed in its container, unless customs officials in either nation decide to inspect the goods.
Learn more about Full Container Load on our dedicated page on FCL Shipping.

What’s The Cost of Ocean and Air Shipping From China to Indonesia?

Freight forwarders will require information about your shipping to calculate a bespoke quote for your consignment. The details they’ll need include:

  • The nature of your goods
  • Your choice of ocean or air shipping
  • The weight, volume, and size of your consignment
  • Your preferred method of delivery. You can choose between door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-port.

If your goods weigh under 100kg sending them as air cargo can be just as economical as using an ocean carrier—and it will be quicker. Consignments weighing over 100kg that aren’t urgently required in Indonesia will generally be more economical to ship by ocean.

Shipa Freight does not provide quotes for shipments weighing under 35kg.

How Long Does Ocean and Air Shipping From China to Indonesia Take?

Hourglass and calendar to resprensent the transit times of shipping with Shipa Freight Delivery deadlines are likely to influence your choice of air or ocean shipping for your import or export from China to Indonesia. Air shipping is the fastest, with shipments completed in as few as four days, but it can be costly.

For businesses with a limited budget, less pressing delivery deadlines or consignments that are too big to fly, ocean freight is the answer. You should allow between 9 and 31 days for your goods to be shipped in a container vessel.

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

As the examples here show, ocean shipping between China and Indonesia takes between nine and 31 days:

  • Shanghai to Jakarta – 17 days FCL, 13 days LCL
  • Qingdao to Jakarta – 19 days FCL, 17 days LCL
  • Ningbo to Jakarta – 20 days FCL, 14 days LCL
  • Huangpu to Jakarta – 13 days FCL, 19 days LCL
  • Tianjin to Jakarta – 19 days FCL, 18 days LCL
  • Shanghai to Belawan Sumatra – 27 days FCL, 19 days LCL
  • Shanghai to Surabaya – 14 days FCL, 18 days LCL
  • Xiamen to Jakarta– 15 days FCL, 20 days LCL
  • Shenzhen to Jakarta – 31 days FCL, 15 days LCL
  • Nansha to Jakarta – 17 days LCL
  • Shanghai to Semarang - 25 days LCL
  • Qingdao to Belawan Sumatra - 25 days FCL, 14 days LCL
  • Tianjin to Surabaya - 16 days LCL
  • Dalian to Jakarta - 16 days FCL
  • Lianyungang to Belawan Sumatra, Surabaya, or Jakarta - 31 days FCL
  • Ningbo to Belawan Sumatra - 22 days FCL
  • Ningbo to Surabaya - 21 days FCL
  • Ningbo to Semarang - 12 days FCL
  • Qingdao to Surabaya - 31 days FCL
  • Shanghai to Semarang - 14 days FCL
  • Shekou to Belawan Sumatra - 9 days FCL
  • Shekou to Jakarta or Surabaya - 12 days FCL
  • Shekou to Surabaya - 11 days FCL
  • Tianjin to Semarang - 20 days FCL
  • Xiamen to Surabaya - 10 days FCL
  • Zhongshan to Belawan Sumatra - 13 days FCL
  • Zhongshan to Jakarta - 18 days FCL
  • Zhuhai to Surabaya - 13 days FCL

How Long to Ship Cargo by Air From China to Indonesia?

Although flights between the two countries take a matter of hours, the logistics of importing from China to Indonesia using air freight requires additional time. Therefore, you should expect your air-freight shipments to take between four and nine days, as this table shows:

  • Beijing to Jakarta – 4 days
  • Qingdao or Xiamen to Jakarta – 5 days
  • Beijing or Qingdao to Surabaya – 5 days
  • Shenzhen or Guangzhou to Jakarta – 8 days
  • Guangzhou to Surabaya - 9 days
  • Chengdu to Denpasar Bali - 8 days
  • Shanghai to Denpasar Bali - 4 days
  • Shanghai to Jakarta or Surabaya - 6 days
  • Shenzhen to Denpasar Bali - 9 days
  • Shenzhen to Surabaya - 8 days

Customs Clearance in China and Indonesia

The sheer number of rules, regulations, codes, and paperwork required can make international shipping a baffling business. To make things easier and clearer, Shipa Freight has pinpointed the documents you’ll need to accompany your freight from China to Indonesia:

  1. Commercial Invoice
  2. Packing List
  3. Certificate of Origin
  4. Letter of Credit or other payment terms (depends on the contract between the parties involved)
  5. Bill of Lading for ocean freight or Airway Bill for air freight (Shipa Freight will provide this for you)

Please note that you may be required to provide additional documentation with your shipment. More information about the paperwork that’s essential to secure customs clearance in China and Indonesia can be found on this page. You can review some examples of customs clearance documents on our documents list.

Ocean Freight

Cargo Ports of Origin in China

Wuhu

Wuhu is one of China’s smaller container hubs, but a good choice if your supply chain requires the movement of goods from Anhui Province. It’s an area of China known for rice trading. However, manufacturing businesses are setting up in the area, increasing the popularity of export services from the port.

Owned By: Wuhu Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >500,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNWHI.

Xiamen

Xiamen is a world top-ten cargo handling hub. Nine container terminals process over ten million TEUs annually with consignments being shipped to more than 50 nations around the world, including Indonesia.

Owned By: Xiamen Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >10 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNXMN.

Qingdao

Do you have a manufacturer or supplier in Shandong Province? The Port of Qingdao serves this area of China’s industrial heartland. Container vessels from over 700 locations around the world use the port. Your LCL or FCL shipment to Indonesia could be processed and dispatched aboard a container vessel from here.

Owned By: Qingdao Port (Group)Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >18 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNTAO.

Shanghai

2019 saw Shanghai retain its status as the world’s biggest container port. The reasons why so many international shippers choose to use the port include:

  • Quality road and rail links into the seaport from the surrounding area
  • Advanced freight handling technology
  • Convenient location close to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNSHA.

Shekou

Located in the Dawan District, Guangdong Province, Shekou is used by many freight forwarders as an alternative to the nearby (and much busier) port of Shenzhen. One container terminal processes all freight, including goods bound for Indonesia.

Owned By: China Merchants Shekou Port Service Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >46,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNSHK.

Other Ports in China

The list below shows other ports in China from where shipments to Indonesia can originate:

  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Ningbo-Zhoushan
  • Qinzhou
  • Zhuhai
  • Zhongshan
  • Shantou
  • Shenzhen
  • Lianyungang
  • Guangzhou
  • Dalian

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Indonesia

Surabaya

Below are some key facts about this port in Indonesia which is also called Tanjung Perak:

  • It’s accessed via the Madura Strait, a very narrow 40km-long channel
  • It’s regarded as the main hub for inter-island shipping in Indonesia
  • Typically, it takes 13 days to ship goods from the Port of Shanghai using FCL shipping

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II.

Annual Container Volume: >3.8 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: IDSUB.

Jakarta

Key facts:

  • More than half of Indonesia’s container goods are handled here
  • The seaport is also called Cabang Tanjung Priok
  • There are three container terminals
  • 600,000 square meters of storage space

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II.

Annual Container Volume: >8 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: IDJKT.

Semarang

Freight forwarders could recommend Semarang as your port of arrival if you want to benefit from the container-handling services at Indonesia’s third-largest port. It’s a good choice if your goods for import from China to Indonesia are required in northern coastal regions of Java, or the cities of Kendal, Salatiga, or Demak.

Owned By: PT Pelabuhan III Indonesia.

Annual Container Volume: >730,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: IDSRG.

Belawan Sumatra

Indonesia’s busiest container port outside of Java is a magnet for businesses shipping goods from all over the world. Rubber, coffee beans, and tea leaves are among the products most frequently shipped from here. The port is in Northwestern Sumatra and shipping from here to Shanghai typically takes between 20 and 31 days.

Owned By: Pelni.

Annual Container Volume: >400,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: IDBLW.

Air Shipping

Air Freight From China to Indonesia

The fastest way to move freight from China to Indonesia is air shipping. A carrier will ship your cargo in the hold of a passenger plane or freighter aircraft bound for Indonesia. Usually, businesses choose to send their products by air freight if:

  • They are urgently required in Indonesia
  • Their freight is fragile and will benefit from minimal handling
  • Their consignment fills no more than two to four standard pallets
  • Their consignment is valuable and they want the peace of mind provided by stringent airport and airline security protocols


Learn more about Air Freight on our dedicated page by clicking here.

Airports of Origin in China

Chengdu

This former military airfield lies in Sichuan Province, north of Shuangdu District and 16km southwest of the city of Chengdu. The airport:

  • Operates two runways
  • Is officially known as Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
  • Processed over 600,000 tonnes of air cargo in 2018

Indonesia Airports Served: Jakarta, Denpasar Bali.

Chengdu to Indonesia Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA CODE: CTU.

Shanghai Pudong

Most businesses needing to ship goods by air freight from China to Indonesia are likely to consider Shanghai-Pudong as their airport of origin. That’s because:

  • It is the world’s third-busiest air cargo hub
  • It processes over 3.7 million tonnes of freight per year
  • Goods can be shipped to Jakarta from here in four days

Indonesia Airports Served: Jakarta, Denpasar Bali.

Shanghai to Indonesia Cargo-Only Operators: None

IATA Code: PVG.

Chongqing

This airport serves the Yubei District in West China. It is:

  • 19km north of Chongqing City
  • China’s tenth-busiest air cargo hub
  • Popular with multinational IT companies who ship goods overseas
  • Due to open a fourth terminal within the next decade

Indonesia Airports Served: Denpasar Bali.

Chongqing to Indonesia Cargo-Only Operators: None.

ATA Code: CKG.

Guangzhou

Located in the geographical center of China’s air network, this important air freight hub:

  • Is also known as Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
  • Is the world’s 19th-busiest air freight hub
  • Is China’s third-busiest air cargo facility
  • Has the capacity to process 1 million tonnes of freight, which is due to increase to 2.5 million during 2020.

Indonesia Airports Served: Jakarta, Denpasar Bali.

Guangzhou to Indonesia Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express.

IATA Code: CAN.

Shenzhen

A freight forwarder might recommend Shenzhen as your airport of origin for freight to Indonesia if:

  • Your manufacturers or suppliers are located in the Special Economic Zone
  • You want quicker shipping to Indonesia than the seaport in Shenzhen can deliver
  • Your goods originate in Hong Kong or regions around the Pearl River Delta.

Indonesia Airports Served: Jakarta, Denpasar Bali.

Shenzhen to Indonesia Cargo-Only Operators: Cardig Air.

IATA CODE: SZX.

Other Airports in China

Additionally, your goods can be flown to Indonesia from the following airports in China:

  • Qingdao
  • Wuhan
  • Xiamen
  • Dalian
  • Tianjin
  • Beijing
  • Zhengzhou
  • Shanghai Hongqiao

Airports of Arrival in Indonesia

Jakarta

The airport serving Indonesia’s capital on the island of Java is:

  • Known as SHIA for short (it stands for Soekarno Hatta International Airport)
  • 20 kilometers northwest of Jakarta
  • Home to three runways, the latest of which opened in 2019
  • An airport to which goods from Shanghai can be shipped and ready for onward distribution in four days

Connected Airports in China: Beijing-Capital, Shenzhen, Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen.

China to Jakarta Cargo-Only Operators: Cardig Air, FedEx Express.

IATA Code: CGK.

Surabaya

Indonesia’s third-busiest air cargo hub offers international shippers:

  • An airport of discharge just 12km from Surabaya City in East Java
  • A single-runway air cargo hub that handles 120,000 tonnes of freight every year
  • An air facility to which shipments from Shanghai can be completed in five days

Connected Airports in China: None.

China to Surabaya Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: SUB.

Denpasar Bali

Here are some key facts about an airport that’s located in one of the world’s top tourist destinations and is also popular with air cargo shippers:

  • It’s also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport
  • It’s Indonesia’s second-busiest airport—only Jakarta is busier
  • It’s close to Kuta and Jimbaran

Connected Airports in China: Beijing-Capital, Guangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong, Xiamen, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Tianjin (charter), Wuhan (charter), Chongqing (charter), Fuzhou (charter), Nanjing (charter), Zhengzhou (charter).

China to Denpasar Bali Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA Code: DPS.

6 Reasons to Choose Shipa Freight for Cargo From China to Indonesia

  1. Quick online quotes
  2. Simple online bookings and payments
  3. Track your shipment on your smart device
  4. Get clarity on customs clearance from shipping experts
  5. A 24/7 customer support service is available by email, phone, or online chat
  6. You get a choice of door-to-door, door-to-port, port-to-port or port-to-door delivery

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