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Ocean and Air Shipping From China to Thailand

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

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Exporting and importing from China to Thailand has traditionally centered on computer components, consumer electronics, clothing, and machinery. Perhaps your business is seeking an easier way to ship such goods, or maybe you have completely different products to import or export from China to Thailand?

Either way, Shipa Freight offers a new, online-only platform that makes it easier to move commercial goods between the two nations.

As a freight forwarder born in the digital age, our platform is specifically developed to take advantage of the ease and convenience the internet brings to so many aspects of the shipping process, such as:

  • Faster shipping quotes
  • Easier booking of consignments
  • Ability to track the progress of ocean and air freight in real-time

Shipa Freight also offers a door-to-door service that will see your freight picked-up from your chosen location in China, taken to your selected port and, upon arrival in Thailand, transported to your desired destination. And you can book and pay for everything on our easy-to-follow online platform. That’s the Shipa Freight difference.

How to Ship Ocean Freight From China to Thailand

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Ocean shipping between two of Asia’s manufacturing heavyweights will be free of complexity when you choose to book your import or export from China to Thailand through Shipa Freight. Confusion is replaced with clarity on a platform that automates much of the shipping process.

Tell us the nature of your shipment, including its size, weight, and volume, and our innovative freight forwarding platform will generate a quote just for you. If you choose to accept it, we will organize things like the best shipping container to use for your goods and how many you’ll need to ship. We’ll also give you information about the ports in China you can choose as your dispatch location, and which port in Thailand at which to discharge.

Shipa Freight makes shipping even easier by showing you the customs clearance documentation you’ll need to accompany your sea freight, and we even explain the difference between FCL and LCL ocean shipping.

Choosing LCL Shipping From China to Thailand

Think of LCL (which stands for Less Than Container Load) as a bit like sharing a cab with other passengers. You’re all heading in the same direction and you’ve decided to share the available space to cut costs. With LCL, your cargo shares container space with other goods being shipped by other companies using the same trade lane.

Businesses tend to choose LCL when they have a small shipment to export or import from China to Thailand. It’s slower than air freight but cheaper. You should factor-in extra time in China for your goods to be consolidated with others, and again in Thailand when de-consolidation occurs.

Shipping a Full Container From China to Thailand

The first thing to know about sending ocean freight from China to Thailand by FCL (Full Container Load) is that, despite the name, you don’t have to fill a whole container. While it makes financial sense to load as much product into a 20ft or 40ft container as you can, when you book FCL, you get a whole container exclusively for your goods, so you can load as little or as much as you like.

Unlike LCL, when sending a full shipping container from China to Thailand, you can seal your container at your manufacturing hub and it will stay closed until it’s opened at your arrival destination (unless customs officials intervene). The FCL process entails less handling than LCL, so there’s less risk of damage to your goods, and no waiting or paying for consolidation and deconsolidation.

Cargo Ports of Origin in China


This is the world’s largest container port which, in 2019, was recognized as the world’s best-connected port. The accolade makes it an attractive port of origin for shipments to Thailand, wherever in the People’s Republic your goods are manufactured, or your supplier is based.

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.



Chongqing is the deepest inland port in China that’s accessible to foreign traders. There are 181 production berths at a facility that’s divided into eight areas and spans the shores of three rivers – the Wujiang, Yangtze, and Jialing.

Owned By: People’s Republic of China.

Annual Container Volume: >1 million TEUs.



One of China’s smaller ports in both size and container throughput, Wuhu is still deserving of consideration as your port of origin especially if your supply chain or production center is in Anhui Province. The region is the center of China’s rice trade and is also now a burgeoning manufacturing hub with new developments in the area increasing demand for imports and exports.

Owned By: Wuhu Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >500,000 TEUs.



Sophisticated container-handling processes and systems make this a top choice as a port of origin for your consignment to Thailand. Vessel turnaround times are fast and road and rail links strong, helping you efficiently get your goods into port, ready for shipping to the Port of Bangkok or Laem Chebang.

Owned By: Ningbo-Zhoushan Port Co. Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >26 million TEUs.



South China’s largest comprehensive port is a vital economic transport center in the region, serving neighboring Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan Provinces as well as its own Guangdong Province. Its harbor extends along the coast of the Pearl River. The region’s buoyant economy has seen international container exports boom in recent years.

Owned By: Guangzhou Port Group.

Annual Container Volume: >21.9 million TEUs.


Other Ports in China

In addition to the ports above, Shipa Freight can organize the export of freight from China to Thailand via these gateways:

  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Shantou
  • Xiamen
  • Qinzhou
  • Zhuhai
  • Zhongshan
  • Qingdao
  • Dalian
  • Shenzhen
  • Lianyungang

Cargo Ports of Arrival in Thailand


Also known as Khlong Toei Port because of the district it’s located in, this port serves the Thai capital city of Bangkok. Ranked one of the world’s top 100 container ports, it’s on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and enjoys excellent road and rail connections to Bangkok City.

Owned By: Port Authority of Thailand.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.


Laem Chebang

This deep sea port was built in the 1990s to relieve pressure on Bangkok and encourage development in other regions of Thailand. Situated 25km north of Pattaya, it’s become Thailand’s largest port and is now the 22nd busiest container port in the world. There are seven container terminals here plus a general cargo terminal.

Owned By: Hutchison Laem Chebang International Terminal Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >500,000 TEUs.


Air Freight From China to Thailand

If your consignment is small and suitable for inclusion in the hold of a cargo or passenger plane, air shipping is usually just as cost-efficient as ocean freight, and always faster. Of course, you can ship bigger loads in multiple pallets by air freight but you should expect to pay more than you would to send a similar load by ocean freight.

Shipa Freight will give you a quick quote, an easy way to book, and real-time tracking of your air freight from China to Thailand. It’s the quickest way to get goods to their destination in Thailand. But the speed of air shipping isn’t its only advantage over ocean freight:

  • Less transit time and less handling make it ideal for perishable and delicate cargo
  • Airport and airline security is tighter than ocean shipping
  • IIt can be nearly as economical as sea freight if you’re sending a small load
  • Insurance quotes are usually lower

Airports of Origin in China


On the shores of the Taiwan Strait, 50km from Fuzhou City, Fuzhou Changle is an in-demand international airport with big expansion plans in the pipeline. A second runway has been approved for construction, along with eight more cargo aircraft stands to increase carrier capacity. These developments mark out Fuzhou as a choice airport of origin for cargo flights to Thailand and beyond.

Thailand Airports Served: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

Fuzhou to Thailand Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Over 600,000 tonnes of freight was processed in this West China airport in 2018, making it the nation’s fifth-busiest. If your business’ supply chain includes a manufacturing base in Sichuan Province, you should seriously consider Chengdu when deciding which Chinese airport to use for your shipment to Thailand.

Thailand Airports Served: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

Chengdu to Thailand Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Goods manufactured anywhere in China can be routed to Thailand via Beijing-Capital, thanks to the quality and quantity of transport connections serving the airport. Such strong road and rail links attract all kinds of international shippers, evidenced by the fact that 2 million tonnes of cargo passed through its freight terminals in 2018.

Thailand Airports Served: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

Beijing-Capital to Thailand Cargo-Only Operators: None.



This is the world’s third-busiest cargo hub for a reason. The freight-handling facilities are state-of-the-art, and getting your goods to the airport is made easier by the road and rail connections that serve the facility. 2018 saw 3.7 million tonnes of freight processed here, with that figure likely to be matched or even exceeded when the 2019 results are calculated.

Thailand Airports Served: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

Shanghai-Pudong to Thailand Cargo-Only Operators: China Cargo Airlines, Qantas Cargo, Saudia Cargo, Supama Airlines.



Over 220,000 tonnes of air freight is handled in this Central China airport annually. Wuhan Tianhe International serves the capital of Hubei Province, and 2020 will see its 25th year of service. If your manufacturing base isn’t close to a seaport, choosing this central China airport to fly your goods to Thailand could be a time-saving alternative.

Thailand Airports Served: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

Wuhan to Thailand Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Airports in China

In addition to the airports above, Shipa Freight can route your air cargo to Thailand from these airports:

  • Qingdao
  • Xiamen
  • Shenzhen
  • Zhengzhou
  • Guangzhou
  • Shanghai Hongqiao

Arrival Airport in Bangkok

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi

One of the biggest airports in Southeast Asia, Suvarnabhumi Airport (which means ‘land of gold’) is the newest of Bangkok’s two international airports. It opened in 2006 and is located in Racha Thewa which sits in Samut Prakas Province. The airport handles 3 million tonnes of air cargo every year and 95 freight airlines use its logistics and cargo-handling facilities.

Connected Airports in China: Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Shanghai-Pudong, Tianjin, Changsha, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Lianyungang, Dalian, Fuzhou.

China to Bangkok Cargo-Only Operators: Cargolux, China Airlines Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, FedEx Express, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Suparna Airlines.


Customs Clearance Procedures in China and Thailand

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Which customs rules and regulations apply to your shipment from China to Thailand? What paperwork will be required to ensure your consignment clears customs checks at its port of origin and arrival? These are complicated questions that Shipa Freight will quickly answer. It’s another advantage you get from using our platform to arrange shipping from China to Thailand.

Save yourself time and hassle. Let us highlight the forms you need to fill in. The documents you’ll require are:

  • Bill of lading (this is a form Shipa Freight will provide)
  • Packing list
  • A commercial and tax invoice
  • Certificate of origin
  • A letter of credit

Need further details about these documents? We’ve collated useful information on this handy shipping and customs documentation page.

Timescales for Shipping Freight From China to Thailand

Shipping by air freight from China to Thailand takes between four and eight days, depending on your choice of departure airport and the size and nature of your cargo. Ocean shipping is a slower process, with extra logistics required for LCL shipping in particular. So you should allow between ten and 27 days for your consignment to reach port in Bangkok or Laem Chebang.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo by Ocean From China to Thailand?

Ocean shipping from China to Thailand can be as fast as ten days or take as long as 27 days as the examples below show:

  • Shanghai to Bangkok – 12 days LCL
  • Guangzhou to Bangkok – 12 days FCL, 13 days LCL
  • Wuhu to Bangkok – 21 days LCL
  • Shenzhen to Bangkok – 10 days FCL
  • Ningbo to Bangkok – 31 days FCL, 15 days LCL
  • Chongqing to Bangkok – 27 days FCL, 17 days LCL
  • Huangpu to Bangkok – 16 days FCL, 14 days LCL

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

Shipa Freight will give you a competitive quote for getting your freight from China to Thailand. You will receive an all-inclusive price with no hidden extras that will take into account:

  • The nature of the goods you wish to ship
  • Your preference of air shipping or ocean freight
  • The dimensions, weight, and volume of your goods
  • Whether you want a port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-port or door-to-door service

As a guide, freight weighing under 100kg is usually just as cost-effectively sent by air freight as ocean shipping. Above that weight, air shipments start offering less value for money than sea freight.

Shipa Freight’s services are not available for consignments that weigh under 35kg. For shipments of this weight or below, we recommend you engage an express courier service

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