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Ocean & Air Freight Shipping From India to China

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

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Shipping goods between two of the world’s manufacturing powerhouses is easy with Shipa Freight. We’re an online freight forwarder, and our platform is full of features that take the stress out of ocean and air shipping from India to China.

Get quotes, make payments and track shipments online—and benefit from Agility Logistics’ huge network of supply chain resources.

Whether you’re shipping containers of commercial goods or sending air freight port-to-port, door-to-door, port-to door or door-to-port, the Shipa Freight way takes the hassle away.

Ship a Container by Ocean Freight From India to China

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With many freight forwarders, the complexity of booking ocean shipping from India to China can leave you feeling confused—but with Shipa Freight, the whole shipping process is simple and straightforward.

Our automated online platform brings speed and ease to booking FCL and LCL commercial freight, making it ideal for sending your goods to China via any major Indian port.

Less Than Container Load (LCL) From India to China

Sending sea freight to China that’s less than 15 cubic meters in volume, but over 100kg in weight? LCL is the way to go. Your shipment will share container space on a vessel with freight from other shippers, and cargo handlers in India will wait until they can fill your container before shipping.

Full Container Load (FCL) From India to China

If your shipment is more than 15 cubic meters in volume, we’ll help you book a Full Container Load (FCL). That means your cargo will be transported in a 20 or 40ft container, depending on the size of your shipment.

Cargo Ports of Origin in India

Shipa Freight gives you a wide choice of ports in India to load your consignment to China:

Nhava Sheva

Starting life as an overflow port for nearby Mumbai, Nhava Sheva has since outgrown its neighbor to become India’s largest port. With over half the nation’s container trade passing through its five terminals, the port is a good launch point for your shipment to China and is easily accessed from Central and Western India.

Owned By: Government of India.

Annual Container Volume:>5 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: INNSA.

Chennai

If your Indian manufacturing base or supplier is in the South East or Bay of Bengal area, the port of Chennai will provide a direct ocean route for your shipping container from India to China. On-site container depots provide storage space ahead of shipment, and daily rail services make it easy to get your goods to port.

Owned By: Chennai Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >1.5 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: INMAA.

Kattupalli

Constructed to relieve pressure on the nearby port of Chennai, Kattupalli can guarantee congestion-free approach roads, speeding up access to the port. Factory-stuffed and self-sealed containers also get Direct Port Entry status, making this a potentially quicker alternative to Chennai.

Owned By: Kattupalli Port Private Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >345,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: INKAT.

Pipavav

Located 90km south of Amreli, this port is manned by freight-handling teams specializing in container freight and liquid cargo. It’s a privately owned port close to Nhava Sheva, and has plenty of shipping routes via which you can import from India to China.

Owned By: A.P. Moeller Maersk.

Annual Container Volume: >880,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: INPAV.

Visakhapatnam

If the goods you’re importing from India to China originate in Central India, Visakhapatnam is an ideally located departure gateway. It’s situated between Chennai and Kolkata, with skilled cargo teams on hand to manage general goods, although it’s also known as a steel-handling port.

Owned By: Visakhapatnam Port Trust.

Annual Container Volume: >350,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: INVTZ.

In addition to the five gateways detailed above, other ports in India where your sea freight can start its journey to China are:

  • Hazira
  • Kolkatta
  • Cochin
  • Haldia
  • Tuticorin
  • Krishnapatnam
  • Mormugao
  • Kandla
  • Mundra

Cargo Ports of Arrival in China

Shipa Freight offers plenty of ports in China at which your chosen carrier can discharge your sea freight:

Wuhan

There are 244 berths for sea vessels at Wuhan, a port located at the intersection of the Yangtze and Hanjiang Rivers. Expansion of the port is planned, but for now, its medium-sized terminal gives you a good option for discharging goods shipped from India.

Owned By: Wuhan Port Group Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >500,000 TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNWUH.

Dalian

If your goods for export from India to China are destined for the North of the Chinese mainland, Dalian, as the nation’s most northerly ice-free port, should probably be your discharge location of choice. Traditionally a coal port, it’s become busier since the Liaoning Free Trade Zone was created nearby. Now the port is dubbed “The Gateway to The Pacific” and is the biggest multi-purpose port in Northeast China.

Owned By: Dalian Port Corporation Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >9.7 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNDLC.

Tianjin

If your business needs a port with quick access to Beijing, Tianjin is a good option. China’s capital city is just 170km Northwest of Tianjin, the world’s ninth-largest container port, and the largest in North China. As you might imagine then, Tianjin has plenty of capacity to receive cargo via the 115 carriers bringing goods across the ocean trade lanes from India.

Owned By: Tianjin Port Group Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >16 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNTNG.

Shanghai

Rated the world’s best-connected port in 2019, Shanghai is also the world’s largest port for container freight. The wealth of road and rail links to destinations across China, make this destination worthy of serious consideration for sea freight shipments from India.

Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.

Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNSHA.

Xiamen

There are nine container terminals at Xiamen port at which your ocean freight from India can be discharged. It’s a major shipping hub close to Taiwan and can handle sixth-generation container vessels.

Owned By: Xiamen Port Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >10.3 million TEUs.

UN/LOCODE: CNMXG.

Air Freight From India to China

When deadlines are tight, and your cargo has to be in China urgently, it makes sense to choose air shipping.

Quicker journey times are one advantage, but as air freight shipments tend to be smaller, it’s usually processed and loaded onto pallets faster than sea freight. Furthermore, since airports run tighter schedules than ocean gateways, delays are less frequent.

Air freight is also best if you’re shipping temperature or time-sensitive cargo—food or flowers for example. And you’re likely to get cheaper insurance for air freight due to less handling and less time in transit, reducing the risk of damage.

Airports of Origin in India

Shipa Freight can get your cargo on flights to China from the following Indian airports:

Delhi

Now India’s busiest airport for cargo, Delhi handles over 900,000 tonnes of air freight every year. If your cargo is coming from the Northern half of India, it’s the ideal place to put it onboard a direct flight to China.

China Airports Served: Beijing, Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou, Chengdu.

Delhi to China Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Lufthansa Cargo.

IATA CODE: DEL.

Mumbai

Still a major cargo hub, despite falling behind Delhi recently, Mumbai serves Western India with a huge cargo terminal and capacity for up to five wide-bodied air freighters at once. The airport also has a dedicated center for perishable shipments.

China Airports Served: Beijing, Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou.

Mumbai to China Cargo-Only Operators: Atlas Air, Emirates Sky Cargo, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, FedEx Express.

IATA CODE: BOM.

Chennai

If you need an airport that’s easily reached by road and rail from destinations in Southern India, Chennai is a good option. The airport covers over 8 hectares and can handle three wide-bodied air freighters at one time. A new, state-of-the-art freight terminal is currently under construction.

China Airports Served: Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Chengdu.

Chennai to China Cargo-Only Operators: Etihad Cargo, Korean Air Cargo, SF Airlines.

IATA CODE: MAA.

Bangalore

Serving the state capital of Karnataka, this airport has three cargo-only terminals which include pharmaceutical storage facilities. Strong road and rail links to Bangalore City make it easy to get your freight here and onto flights to China.

China Airports Served: Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou.

Bangalore to China Cargo-Only Operators: None.

IATA CODE: BLR.

Shipa Freight is also able to offer indirect flights to China from other airports in India, including: Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Cochin, Pune, and Coimbatore.

Airports of Arrival in China

Your consignments of goods from India can enter China through any of the following cargo airports:

Chengdu

Discharge your air freight from India here for easy onward access by road and rail to regions across Western China, including Sichuan Province. This is China’s fifth-busiest cargo hub, with direct flights to and from Delhi and Chennai in India.

Connected Airports in India: Delhi, Chennai.

India to Chengdu Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Korean Air Cargo.

IATA CODE: CTU.

Shanghai-Pudong

A world top-three airport for cargo volume, a huge 3.35 million hectares of air freight passed through here in 2018, cementing the location’s status as a world leader in logistics. That makes it a popular arrival airport for shipments from India.

Connected Airports in India: Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai.

India to Shanghai Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Etihad Cargo, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, AirBridge Cargo.

IATA CODE: PVG.

Guangzhou

China’s third-biggest cargo airport is an ideal landing site for your freight from India, especially if its onward journey will take it into Guangdong Province, a key manufacturing region in China.

Connected Airports in India: Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore.

India to Guangzhou Cargo-Only Operators: FedEx Express, Lufthansa Cargo.

IATA CODE: CAN.

Beijing

Access China’s capital with ease from its airport just outside the city. Beijing offers a huge market for your goods from India and a variety of transport links to the rest of China. More than 1.8 million tonnes of air freight is processed here annually across three cargo terminals.

Connected Airports in India: Delhi, Mumbai.

India to Beijing Cargo-Only operators: None.

IATA CODE: PEK.

Shenzhen

Less than 30km from Shenzhen City, this airport has received a boost in cargo capacity from its recently-built second runway. With direct flights from Chennai in India, Shenzhen Airport might be ideal for discharging your cargo.

Connected Airports in India: Chennai.

India to Shenzhen Cargo-Only Operators: SF Airlines.

IATA CODE: SZX.

Other airports in China where you can offload air freight from India, albeit via indirect flights, include: Qingdao, Chongqing, Wuhan, Xiamen, Zhengzhou, Dalian, Shanghai-Hongqiao and Tianjin.

Customs Clearance Procedures In India and China

Cutting through the complexities of customs clearance is another of Shipa Freight’s advantages. Upon arrival in China, your freight will again have to clear customs. The Shipa Freight compliance engine will make it clear which information you are required to supply in order to secure customs clearance for imports and exports.

To save you time, we have gathered further information about the essential documents you need on this page. Typically, you will need to provide the following documentation:

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Tax Invoice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Letter of Credit
  • Bill of Lading (provided by Shipa Freight)

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo From India to China?

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Shipping times from India to the Far East depend on the mode of transit you choose. Unsurprisingly, sending your freight by air cargo will be quicker than using ocean routes. To give you an idea of air freight shipping durations, you should allow at least three days for your consignment to be flown from India to China.

Shipments by sea will take significantly longer, so please allow between three and five weeks for the transit of LCL or FCL freight.

How Long Does It Take to Ship Cargo By Sea From India to China?

You should allow three to five weeks for your consignment to ship by ocean from India to China, as this rough guide to transit timings shows:

  • Nhava Sheva to Shanghai – 25 days FCL, 26 days LCL
  • Chennai to Shanghai – 25 days FCL, 20 days LCL
  • Kolkata to Shanghai – 36 days FCL
  • Chennai to Ningbo – 28 days FCL

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

Allowing for customs clearance and flight times from your chosen airport in India to arrival in China, the following table shows approximate air-freight transit times between the two nations:

  • Mumbai to Shanghai-Pudong – 5 days
  • Chennai to Shanghai-Pudong – 5 days
  • Chennai to Qingdao – 3 days
  • Mumbai to Chengdu – 3 days

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Cargo From India to China?

Shipping costs take into account plenty of factors. The volume and weight of your consignment will affect the price, so too the nature of the goods you wish to send, and whether you are looking for a door-to-door, port-to-port, door-to-port or port-to-door service.

If your shipment weighs less than 100 kilograms, air freight will probably work out just as economical as sending it by ocean freight. 35 kilograms is the minimum weight we accept for shipping orders at Shipa Freight. Anything below this weight ought to be sent via courier service.

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