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Ocean & Air Shipping From China to Norway

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

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Whether your business is new to shipping, or you have a history of exporting and importing from China to Norway, Shipa Freight offers a brand new experience. Our 100% online freight forwarding platform digitizes much of the process, including getting quotes, making bookings and tracking shipments.

We also simplify the sometimes complex world of customs clearance, to help your enterprise benefit, with less difficulty, from the services of global air and ocean freight carriers operating routes from China to Norway. The two nations have a close trading relationship, with exports from China to Norway exceeding the $5 billion mark for the first time in 2008. There’s a huge distance between the countries and a big difference in the number of ports. China has several ports and airports from where your shipment can start its journey west with Shipa Freight. In Norway, all air and ocean cargo will arrive and be discharged in the capital, Oslo.

As a leading international freight forwarder, Shipa Freight will help you decide which Chinese port of origin is best for you, and you can choose from our door to door, port to door, door to port, or port to door services

Shipping Ocean Freight From China to Norway

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Ocean shipping from China to Norway is usually the most cost-efficient way to move your consignment unless you are in a hurry, in which case, air freight is the answer.

If you can wait the six-to-eight weeks it takes for a container ship to ply from China to Norway and you have a large, multi-pallet shipment, your sea freight can go by FCL. For smaller volumes, you might find it more economical to choose LCL.

Either way, Shipa Freight will give you a quick, bespoke quote and our online portal makes booking and payment fast and simple. Our innovative platform is backed-up by the shipping experts at Agility Logistics and features smart GPS technology that will allow you to track the status of your shipment via your smart devices.

Less than Container Load (LCL) From China to Norway

Cargo that fills six pallets or less but weighs over 100kg is best sent by LCL. This cost-effective option entails your freight being loaded into a 20ft or 40ft container at (or near to) your chosen port in China. It will share container space with cargo from other importers or exporters in a process called consolidation. This extra logistics task explains why LCL shipments usually take longer than FCL. De-consolidation will be required on arrival in Oslo.

Full Container Load (FCL) From China to Norway

Shipping a full container load from China to Norway requires no consolidation or de-consolidation, so is often quicker than LCL. But your freight will need to fill at least six standard size pallets to make it worthwhile sending it in a 20ft container, and at least ten pallets to make shipping in a 40ft container commercially viable.

Either way, your container will be sealed at your selected port of origin in China. Unless customs teams intervene, your shipping container from China to Norway won’t be re-opened until it reaches port in Oslo, or its final destination if you’ve chosen Shipa Freight’s port-to-door service. (We also offer port-to-port, door-to-door and door-to-port services.)

Cargo Ports of Origin in China


This 244-berth port is located at the intersection of the Yangtze and Hanjiang Rivers. A reorganization of the port’s layout will create 15 distinct port areas by 2020, each responsible for processing different types of cargo.

Owned By: Wuhan Port Group Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: > 500,000 TEUs.



Awarded 2019’s Best-connected Port In The World accolade, it’s little surprise that many with imports or exports from China to Norway will consider Shanghai. This famous port is well-connected to road and rail routes serving the city of Shanghai and its surrounding areas. Helping the port secure its number one status is the vast cargo complex—home to advanced logistics technology, including the biggest automated container terminal on the planet.

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.



If your supplier or manufacturer is based in Guangdong Province, the port of Nansha will be the most convenient departure point for your shipment to Norway. It’s a major gateway to Europe, located on the Pearl River Delta, close to the South China Sea, with Guangzhou the nearest big city.

Owned By: Guangzhou Port Group Co.

Annual Container Volume: >15 million TEUs.



Spanning China’s southern coast, this series of ports is among the top five container ports in the world. It’s a gateway for over 150 container trade lanes, including routes to Oslo.

Owned By: Shenzhen government.

Annual Container Volume: >25.2 million TEUs.



Situated close to the world-leading Port of Shanghai, Ningbo is another container gateway to consider if you will import or export from China to Norway. Cargo handling facilities here are as advanced as those found in the more illustrious Shanghai port. Your container from China to Norway will be processed in the purpose-built freight terminal which has capacity for sixth-generation container vessels.

Owned By: Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >26 million TEUs.


Other Ports in China

Additional ocean-cargo gateways for freight from China to Norway include:

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

Cargo Port of Arrival in Norway


All ocean exports and imports from China to Norway will arrive in the Port of Oslo. Norway’s largest freight hub is the focal point for all Shipa Freight consignments from China. Over half of Norway’s population lives within three hours of the port, so it’s the ideal location to discharge your cargo for easy distribution across the region. The port’s owners are committed to making the facility one of the world’s first zero-emissions cargo hubs, using environmentally-friendly equipment and processes.

Owned By: Municipality of Oslo.

Annual Container Volume: >200,000 TEUs.


Air Freight From China to Norway

The fastest way to get your consignment from China to Norway is via air shipping. This is your best option if your business has urgent orders to meet, or if you need to transport perishable or delicate goods such as food or flowers.

Both Shanghai-Pudong Airport and Guangzhou Airport offer direct, cargo-only flights into Oslo. Assuming your freight occupies just a few pallets, Shipa Freight will get your cargo on board a Norway-bound flight. We offer airport-to-airport, door-to-door, door-to-airport and airport-to-door services to suit your needs.

We recommend air shipping not just for its unrivaled speed, but also because:

  • It’s the most secure way to transport goods
  • If offers more flexibility for your freight
  • It makes sense to fly your goods if your dispatch point in China is nearer an airport than a seaport

Airports of Origin in China


Guangdong Province’s major airport is China’s third-biggest for cargo and ranks in the world’s top 20 freight hubs. Ethiopian Airlines Cargo is one carrier operating direct flights to Oslo Airport, with shipments taking around eight days – a fraction of the ocean shipment time from China to Norway. If you’re in a rush to get your goods to Oslo, a cargo flight from Guangzhou will help you meet your deadline.

Norway Airports Served: Oslo.

Guangzhou to Norway Cargo-Only Operators: Ethiopian Airlines Cargo.



Make the most of the cargo-only flights that operate between this, the world’s third-biggest freight airport, and Oslo. Pudong has six runways and two high-tech terminals, and is home to many of China’s key airlines.

Norway Airports Served: Oslo.

Shanghai to Norway Cargo-Only Operators: DHL Aviation.


Other Airports in China

Shipa Freight will be able to get your consignment on-board flights from these other airports in China:

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

Airport of Arrival in Norway


When you choose to fly your freight from China to Norway, Oslo is the destination where Shipa Freight will arrange to land and discharge your goods. Located 35km Northeast of the city, Oslo Gardermoen covers a 13 square kilometer site and has two runways. The cargo terminal has seven gates for freight aircraft to load and unload. The airport also has areas set aside for constructing containers and pallets.

Connected Airports in China: Guangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong.

China to Oslo Cargo-Only Operators: DHL Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo.


Customs Clearance Procedures in China and Norway

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Shipa Freight brings fresh simplicity to customs clearance procedures, so often a source of frustration and confusion for shippers worldwide. We can help you with guidance and advice on the paperwork required to get your consignment through Chinese and Norwegian customs.

Customs Documentation

Customs officials in both China and Norway will require the following documents to be accurately completed and signed:

  • Packing list
  • Credit letter
  • Bill of lading (Shipa Freight will sort this out for you)
  • Commercial invoice
  • Certificate of origin
  • Tax invoice

All the documents listed above need to be provided by the exporter and importer of the cargo. You can find more details about customs clearance on this handy page of documents.

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

If you choose to send ocean freight from China to Norway, you need to allow at least six weeks for your consignment to reach its destination in Oslo. Air freight will be much quicker, taking approximately eight days, making it the fastest option for smaller consignments that fill just a few pallets.

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

There’s plenty of ocean between China and Norway. You should allow at least five weeks for your container vessel to complete the journey. Transit times will be affected by the location of your port of origin, and if you are shipping LCL or FCL. Here are some estimated shipping durations between origin ports in China and Oslo:

  • Wuhan to Oslo – 54 days FCL
  • Shanghai to Oslo – 46 days FCL, 43 days LCL
  • Tianjin to Oslo – 49 days FCL
  • Nansha to Oslo – 45 days FCL
  • Shenzhen to Oslo – 43 days FCL, 36 days LCL
  • Ningbo to Oslo – 46 days FCL, 36 days LCL

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

All air freight from China to Norway will be subject to customs checks in both territories. Allowing for that, here are some typical air shipping times between China and Norway:

  • Shanghai-Pudong to Oslo – 8 days
  • Guangzhou to Oslo – 8 days

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

The nature of the goods you wish to ship from China to Norway will affect the price we quote you. As will your choice of service, be it port to port, door to door, door to port, or port to door.

Your decision to ship by either air or sea will no doubt be driven as much by time constraints as by cost. Air freight is faster but more expensive, and most economical for shipments weighing under 100kg. If your consignment is above that weight, and you can afford to wait, ocean shipping will be your most cost-effective option.

Please note that Shipa Freight does not ship consignments weighing less than 35kg. These small shipments are not suitable for freight forwarding, but an international courier company will be able to ship them for you.

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