Cost of Shipping a Container to China

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To China?

China Container Shipping Cost
China Container Shipping Cost

Shipping your cargo to China requires careful planning at every step. Even after leading the globalization era, Beijing has strict rules and restrictions regarding shipping to and from Chinese docks. A simple solution is to make a sound decision while choosing a shipping service with experience and proficiency in international shipments like Three Men And A Truck. Their track record of conducting thousands of shipping consignments regularly in China speaks for itself.

Factors that affect the cost of shipping

While the cost of your shipping consignment is directly related to the weight or volume of the goods, some additional factors also influence it. The choice of transport, the total distance of the journey, the destination port in China, etc., are a few to name. But the most important one is the time of the year you are shipping the container.

The peak season months for shipping around the globe are generally August and September. But China also experiences the peak season after the Chinese New Year, around January and February. The prices skyrocket during these times, and we suggest you plan to freight your container outside these time frames to save a few bucks.

Which size of shipping container works best for me?

You can choose from either a 40ft container or a 20ft one for your shipping needs. The 40ft container can easily accommodate the contents of a house with four or more bedrooms, while its smaller alternative is roughly the size of a garage and can store the furniture of a three-bedroom house. For a better comparison, the 20ft container can house almost six motorcycles, but a car can be only stored in a 40ft container. However, the 40ft container does give a better value for money than the smaller one.

Understanding the different types of freight transportation

Freighting your container through the air mediums is the best and quickest way. However, it costs approximately five times more than the sea freighting options and is not a better ecological choice than the latter. If the duration is flexible, you should opt for sea freighting your container to China.

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Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to China of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$385
40 ft Container$480

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to China.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$46/CBM
Personal Effects$385
Household Goods$430
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to China services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$395
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1957
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2303
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$2807

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to China via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$1075
SUV (Container)$1157
Sedan via RORO$895
SUV via RORO$940

Additional shipping costs

There are some additional shipping costs that you should take note of:

  • Custom duties and taxes
  • Container inspection fees
  • General Rate Increase
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance for the container and goods inside

Container inspection fees will be levied to you by the shipping service if the customs staff is bound to open your container (for any number of reasons) for an inspection of the goods. However, it is highly unlikely that such an inspection will be deemed necessary in Chinese ports.

During the inspection, if the customs officer found any goods that do not meet China’s safety and quality standards or possess any unclean outdoor equipment, you will also be liable to pay the quarantine fees for the number of days your goods need to stay at the port.

What’s next?

We hope that the information on the blog helps you to get some idea of the price structure to ship your container to the Central African Republic. Get an additional free quote by filling the form on our website or calling at (888) 908-6496 anytime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to China?

According to the China Country Commercial Guide, the Chinese importer (agent, distributor, joint-venture partner, or FIE) will need to gather the documents necessary for importing goods and provide them to Chinese Customs agents. Necessary documents vary by product but may include standard documents. Please refer to the list below:

● A bill of lading
● Invoice
● Shipping list
● Customs declaration
● Insurance policy
● Sales contract

Furthermore, here is a list of other specialized documents necessary for shipping to China:

● Import quota certificate for general commodities (if applicable)
● Import license (if applicable)
● Inspection certificate issued by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ) or its local bureau (where applicable)
● Other safety or quality licenses.

What Is a Bill of Lading?

The Bill of Lading is a document provided by a carrier acknowledging receipt of items which embodies an agreement to transport the goods to a stated destination.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to China?

As China is a continental economy with diverse ecosystems and a wide variety of food preferences, it is also home to eight ministries regulating food safety, quality, and trade. These agencies run the gamut of food regulation, inspection, packaging, scanning, storage, labeling, quality control, record keeping, and import requirements. Chinese regulators are engaged in releasing new rules that reflect the needs and support implementing the 2015 Food Safety Law.

What Kind of Taxes, Duties, and/or Fees Do I Have to Pay When Shipping to China?

According to Dezan Shira & Associates’ China Briefing, “China has promulgated a series of regulations to reduce import-export taxes and duties to promote a higher level of openness and domestic consumption. These changes could affect companies that import and export taxable goods and services with China.

Value-Added Tax for imported goods. The 9 percent tax is available for certain goods that fall mainly within agricultural and utility items. In comparison, the 13 percent tax applies to other goods subject to the VAT, like manufactured goods.

Consumption Tax for imported goods. China’s consumption tax (CT) is imposed on companies and organizations that manufacture and import taxable products, taxable process products under consignment, or sell taxable products. Imported products taxable under China’s consumption tax include those harmful to one’s health like tobacco or alcohol, luxury goods like jewelry and cosmetics, and high-end products, such as passenger cars and motorcycles.
For imported goods, the consumption tax rate varies depending on the type of product being brought into the country.

Customs Energy. Customs duties include import and export duties. Customs duty rates on imports have most-favored-nation (MFN) duty rates, conventional duty rates, special preferential duty rates, tariff-rate quota (TRQ) duty rates, general duty rates, and provisional duty rates for imports that may be implemented for a specified period.
For more information, visit China Briefing’s Website

How Long Does It Take for Cargo to Clear Customs in China?

It usually just takes a few minutes or hours for a package to clear customs. However, it can take days or sometimes weeks if there are problems.

My Container Is Being Delivered to My Home. How Much Space Is Required?

Before deciding to schedule container delivery to your site, you must consider a few factors. You must know in advance the details about delivery fees, permitting requirements, ground conditions, and clearance space. The worst thing you can experience right before you ship your container is removing it because you didn’t do your homework on specific site requirements!

A 20-foot storage container usually requires about 75 feet of straight clearance. A 40-foot storage container will need about 100 feet of straightforward clearance. For most containers, you need a minimum of 12 feet of width clearance and 20 feet of overhead clearance.

How Important Is It to Get Insurance for My Cargo?

In some cases, containers either get lost, destroyed, or even stolen. To make the company pay for such commotion, purchase insurance beforehand. To prevent paying for additional costs, ensure that you have your Bill of Lading with you to protect the cargo against inevitable losses. In the event of failure, a cargo insurance policy indemnifies the cargo interest. Most cargo insurance policies are underwritten on an “all-risk basis.” This means that the insured is covered for risk of loss or damage except for those risks that are expressly excluded in the policy, such as loss or damage due to willful destruction of the goods by the insured or the inherent vice of the goods.

Do I Need to Be Present When My Container Is Delivered?

Because your signature will be required to sign specific documents, you must be physically present when the container is delivered. You must also supervise the moving crew when the container arrives so that you can ensure that the goods are still intact.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Men And A Truck can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to China:

Afghanistan to China
Albania to China
Algeria to China
Andorra to China
Angola to China
Antigua to China
Argentina to China
Armenia to China
Australia to China
Austria to China
Azerbaijan to China
Bahamas to China
Bahrain to China
Bangladesh to China
Barbados to China
Belarus to China
Belgium to China
Belize to China
Benin to China
Bhutan to China
Bolivia to China
Bosnia Herzegovina to China
Botswana to China
Brazil to China
Brunei to China
Bulgaria to China
Burkina to China
Burundi to China
Cambodia to China
Cameroon to China
Canada to China
Cape Verde to China
Central African Rep to China
Chad to China
Chile to China
Colombia to China
Comoros to China
Congo to China
Congo {Democratic Rep} to China
Costa Rica to China
Croatia to China
Cuba to China
Cyprus to China
Czech Republic to China
Denmark to China
Djibouti to China
Dominica to China
Dominican Republic to China
East Timor to China
Ecuador to China
Egypt to China
El Salvador to China
Equatorial Guinea to China
Eritrea to China
Estonia to China
Ethiopia to China
Fiji to China
Finland to China
France to China
Gabon to China
Gambia to China
Georgia to China
Germany to China
Ghana to China
Greece to China
Grenada to China

Guatemala to China
Guinea to China
Guinea-Bissau to China
Guyana to China
Haiti to China
Honduras to China
Hungary to China
Iceland to China
India to China
Indonesia to China
Iran to China
Iraq to China
Ireland to China
Israel to China
Italy to China
Ivory Coast to China
Jamaica to China
Japan to China
Jordan to China
Kazakhstan to China
Kenya to China
Kiribati to China
Korea North to China
Korea South to China
Kosovo to China
Kuwait to China
Kyrgyzstan to China
Laos to China
Latvia to China
Lebanon to China
Lesotho to China
Liberia to China
Libya to China
Liechtenstein to China
Lithuania to China
Luxembourg to China
Macedonia to China
Madagascar to China
Malawi to China
Malaysia to China
Maldives to China
Mali to China
Malta to China
Marshall Islands to China
Mauritania to China
Mauritius to China
Mexico to China
Micronesia to China
Moldova to China
Monaco to China
Mongolia to China
Montenegro to China
Morocco to China
Mozambique to China
Myanmar, {Burma} to China
Namibia to China
Nauru to China
Nepal to China
Netherlands to China
New Zealand to China
Nicaragua to China
Niger to China
Nigeria to China
Norway to China
Oman to China
Pakistan to China

Palau to China
Palestine to China
Panama to China
Papua New Guinea to China
Paraguay to China
Peru to China
Philippines to China
Poland to China
Portugal to China
Qatar to China
Romania to China
Russian Federation to China
Rwanda to China
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to China
Samoa to China
San Marino to China
Sao Tome & Principe to China
Saudi Arabia to China
Senegal to China
Serbia to China
Seychelles to China
Sierra Leone to China
Singapore to China
Slovakia to China
Slovenia to China
Solomon Islands to China
Somalia to China
South Africa to China
South Sudan to China
Spain to China
Sri Lanka to China
St Kitts & Nevis to China
St Lucia to China
Sudan to China
Suriname to China
Swaziland to China
Sweden to China
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to China
Syria to China
Taiwan to China
Tajikistan to China
Tanzania to China
Thailand to China
Timor-Leste to China
Togo to China
Tonga to China
Trinidad & Tobago to China
Tunisia to China
Turkey to China
Turkmenistan to China
Tuvalu to China
Uganda to China
Ukraine to China
United Arab Emirates to China
United Kingdom to China
United States to China
Uruguay to China
Uzbekistan to China
Vanuatu to China
Vatican City to China
Venezuela to China
Vietnam to China
Yemen to China
Zambia to China
Zimbabwe to China

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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