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Ocean and Air Shipping From China to Sweden

Information and quote from Chinaa to Sweden for LCL, FCL and Air shipping

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Shipping all over the world is being made easier for all kinds of businesses as more freight forwarders use digital technology. At Shipa Freight, all our processes, from quotes and bookings to tracking and customs, are online. It’s enabling us to offer customers a straightforward platform that simplifies exporting and importing from China to Sweden.

Getting a quote for your consignment and making your payment only takes a few clicks. GPS technology lets you track your air freight or container from China to Sweden. The complexities of customs clearance have been swept away by our compliance engine that ensures your export or import from China to Sweden is accompanied by the correct paperwork.

How to Send Ocean Freight From China to Sweden


At Shipa Freight, we’re experts at helping businesses move their goods along the ocean shipping routes that connect the Far East with Scandinavia. There are two ways to do it. If you have a large load to ship from China to Sweden, an FCL service will see your cargo loaded into a 20 or 40ft container.

For smaller LCL shipments, your sea freight will share container space with other businesses shipping goods.

We can load your international shipment into a container at a number of ports in China, ready for the long journey to one of Sweden’s four main ports that Shipa Freight uses. You can choose your ideal port of origin and arrival, and select from our door-to-door, port-to-port, door-to-port or port-to-door services.

Less than Container Load (LCL) From China to Sweden

When you choose LCL shipping for ocean freight from China to Sweden, your freight will share container space with cargo from other companies. As a result, LCL typically takes longer than FCL. Your goods will be stored in a consolidation warehouse in China until departure, and be held in a de-consolidation warehouse in Sweden before discharge and delivery to your chosen destination.

Full Container Load (FCL) From China to Sweden

FCL means you get one or more 20 or 40ft containers exclusively for your shipment. So, if your cargo is large enough, FCL is worth considering as it’s the quickest way to send ocean freight from China to Sweden. Cargo handlers will seal your container in your Chinese port of choice and, unless customs officials decide otherwise, it will remain sealed until arrival at your chosen destination in Sweden.

Cargo Ports of Origin in China

Shipa Freight gives you a wide choice of ports of origin in China from where your consignment can embark on its journey to Sweden:


Tianjin is Northern China’s largest port, and the world’s ninth-largest. If your goods for import or export to Sweden originate in the Chinese capital, Beijing, shipping from here is a good option. Over 115 container routes connect with the port, so you’ll rarely struggle to find a carrier to ship your goods to Scandinavia.

Owned By: Tianjin Port Group Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >16 million TEUs.



Rated the world’s best-connected port in 2019, Shanghai is also the world’s largest, with regular shipments to Sweden. Your consignment could be the next to make the journey west to Scandinavia from a port that’s well-connected to the city that shares its name, as well as other locations in Zhejiang and Jiangsu.

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.



If your supply chain or manufacturing hub is based in Northern China, Dalian is likely to be the most convenient port for shipping to Sweden. Known as ‘The Gateway To The Pacific”, it is China’s second-largest container shipment hub, and the nation’s most northerly ice-free port.

Owned By: Dalian Port Group Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >9 million TEUs.



With ultra-efficient vessel loading processes, thanks to advanced technological facilities, Ningbo is a good choice for swift shipments to Sweden. This export gateway to the world has five terminals, making it an attractive alternative to the nearby Port of Shanghai.

Owned By: Ningbo-Zhousan Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >26 million TEUs.



Nine container terminals make Xiamen a world top-ten container port. It can handle sixth-generation container vessels, and is a stop-off port for trade routes serving over 50 countries, including Sweden.

Owned By: Xiamen Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >10 million TEUs.


In addition to these ports, there are several more gateways in China from where your consignment to Sweden can begin its journey. They include:

  • Nansha
  • Wuhan
  • Zhuhai
  • Dalian
  • Shenzhen
  • Changsha
  • Chongqing
  • Lianyungang
  • Qinzhou
  • Qingdao
  • Zhongshan
  • Guangzhou
  • Fuzhou
  • Shantou
  • Nanjing

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Sweden


One of Sweden’s most popular ports and its second-biggest, Helsingborg is located in the Oresund Strait. An important shipping and logistics hub, the port’s excellent road and rail links will make your consignment’s onward journey quick and easy.

Owned By: Helsingborg Hamn AB.

Annual Container Volume: >280,000 TEUs.



Serving Norway as well as Sweden, this is the Nordic region’s largest port. The primary imports handled at this combined coastal and river port are food and textiles. There are specialist container terminals where your consignment from China will be discharged, and the port has the capacity to accommodate the largest shipping vessels.

Owned By: City of Gothenburg.

Annual Container Volume: >860,000 TEUs.



Able to accommodate vessels over 500ft long, Sweden’s capital has several freight handling ports. The main container gateway boasts an average container handling time of eight minutes. The port can also handle bulk cargo. A brand new container terminal is opening here in May 2020.

Owned By: City of Stockholm.

Annual Container Volume: >57,400 TEUs.



The Pampus terminal at this port is where your consignment from China will be discharged. The freight teams here specialize in handling consumer goods bound for the region’s many warehouses and distribution centers, with frequent rail services and direct road routes serving both.

Owned By: Norrkopings Hamn Och Stuveri AB.

Annual Container Volume: >132,000 TEUs.


Air Freight From China to Sweden

When ocean freight timings can’t meet the urgency of your business needs, turn to air freight. It’s significantly faster, and booking by Shipa Freight will make it easy to decide which airport to use in Sweden and China.

Direct flights to Sweden take-off from Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen and Fuzhou. As with our ocean shipping services, you can choose port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-port or door-to-door to meet the needs of your business.

We recommend you consider air shipping not only because of the quicker transit time, but also when:

  • Your cargo is perishable
  • You want the highest levels of security in transit
  • Your pick-up and drop-off points are nearer to airports than seaports
  • You want to pay less insurance for your consignment
  • Your goods can be shipped on a small number of pallets

Airports of Origin in China


Only airports in Memphis and Hong Kong handle more air freight annually than here. 3.7 million tonnes of cargo were handled by freight teams in 2018, and your consignment can be flown directly to Stockholm in as little as eight days.

Swedish Airports Served: Stockholm-Arlanda.

Shanghai-Pudong to Sweden Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Having recently opened a second runway and new terminal, Shenzhen has upped its cargo handling credentials. And with direct flights to Malmo-Sturup, it’s a good take-off point for your shipment to Sweden. If your goods bound for Sweden are being manufactured in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, this is the airport for you.

Swedish Airports Served: Malmo-Sturup.

Shenzhen to Sweden Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Located in Fujian Province, Fuzhou Changle International Airport is a relatively new airport serving the region. Opened in 1997, it already ranks in the world’s top 30 busiest cargo hubs, and has been cleared for further expansion during the next decade. Choose this as your origin airport for your consignment to Sweden if your supplier or manufacturing HQ is based in Fujian Province.

Swedish Airports Served: Gothenburg.

Fuzhou to Sweden Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in China

As an international freight forwarder, Shipa Freight is able to book your consignment to Sweden on flights from these airports in China, some of which offer indirect flights only: Guangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing, Qingdao, Wuhan, Xiamen, Zhengzhou and Shanghai Hongqiao

Airports of Arrival in Sweden


Located 37km north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm-Arlanda is the largest of the city’s two airports. Its southern section is home to Cargo City, with a number of international airlines operating cargo flights. It’s currently the only airport in Sweden with direct flights from Shanghai. If your cargo is suitable for shipment aboard a passenger flight, this is likely to be the quickest way to get it from China to the Swedish capital.

Connected Airports in China: Shanghai-Pudong.

China to Stockholm-Arlanda Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Gothenburg Landvetter is Sweden’s second-largest airport and an important freight hub in the Nordic region. It is only 20km outside the city center, so once your air freight is discharged, it’s quick and easy to transport it into Gothenburg and beyond.

Connected Airports in China: Fuzhou.

China to Gothenburg Cargo-Only Operators: None.



This is Sweden’s fourth-busiest airport, situated 28km east of Malmo city. There are two cargo terminals ready to receive your shipment from China via a direct flight from Shenzhen, or indirect flights from other Chinese airports.

Connected Airports in China: Shenzhen.

China to Malmo-Sturup Cargo-Only Operators: None.


There are two other airports in Sweden at which Shipa Freight can discharge your cargo from China: Jonkoping and Norrkoping.

Customs Clearance Procedures in China and Sweden

Shipa Freight is dedicated to answering those complex questions about customs clearance, making shipping less hassle. Our platform features an advanced compliance engine to ensure that when you ship from China to Sweden, you know precisely which documentation must accompany your freight to clear it through ports and airports.

Generally speaking, these are the items of paperwork required:

  • A commercial invoice
  • A certificate of origin
  • A letter of credit
  • A packing list
  • A tax invoice
  • A bill of lading (this will be provided by Shipa Freight)

To help you out, we’ve included information and templates about the above on one useful page.

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

The inter-continental journey between China and Sweden is a long one, but air freight is considerably quicker than ocean freight. Typically, the air transit time between the two nations is eight days. For ocean freight, you should anticipate a journey time of 35-45 days.

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

Moving your shipping container from China to Sweden will take 5 to 7 weeks if you choose FCL or LCL ocean shipping between ports such as:

  • Ningbo and Gothenburg
  • Shanghai and Gothenburg
  • Ningbo and Helsingborg

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

Air freight transit times are a fraction of those taken by ocean shipping. Allowing for customs checks and transportation to and from airports, you should expect air freight from China to Sweden to take eight days on the direct flights that operate between the following airports:

  • Shanghai-Pudong and Stockholm-Arlanda
  • Shenzhen and Malmo
  • Fuzhou and Gothenburg

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

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Given that the size and nature of shipments can vary, there’s no standard price guide for shipping between China and Sweden. The Shipa Freight platform will give you a custom quote for your consignment.

The size and weight of your freight will be a factor, but please note that we can only accept orders for shipments of 35kg and above. If your shipment weighs 35 to 100kg, air freight is likely to be your most cost-effective option. Anything above 100kg will be more economical to send by ocean freight, unless you need the speed of air freight.

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