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Air Freight Shipping from China

Air Freight Shipping from China

The benefits of using Air Freight Forwarding

Speed is the number one reason why people from all over the world choose to ship their goods using this method. Generally speaking, it shouldn’t take more than ten business days to have goods shipped anywhere in the world. The average shipping time though ranges between three to five days. Compared to ocean freight, air freight shipping services are much faster and is highly recommended to clients for whom receiving their goods on time is mandatory.

Air freight shipping always comes with a tracking number so that clients can track their shipment at any given time. It’s important to keep in mind though that the delivery estimate applies only for airport delivery. Customs clearance and inland transportation to the warehouse need to be handled by the client. For door to door deliveries, providers such as TNT, UPS, FedEx, and DHL are recommended.

For those who wonder about the difference between air freight and air courier, the contrast lies in the fact that airfreight ships airport to airport shipping, while air courier ships from door to door.

When time is at the essence, shipping your goods via Air freight is the easiest and fastest way to receive them in a matter of days.

Here at F&C we want to make sure that you’re completely pleased with our services and that is why we walk you through the process at every step of the way.

Below we’ll take a closer at some of the main aspects you need to know about shipping goods from China to your desired destination via air freight.

Air Shipping from China with F&C

If you plan on shipping goods from China to the US, we recommend that you purchase FOB and then have the inland shipping to the airport handled by the supplier. However, F&C can pick up the goods for you if the incoterm is EXW.

Just contact us for a quote, book your shipment, and pay. The rest is handled by us fast and professionally.

How it works:

  1. Request a quote
  2. Submit the booking (By you or your supplier)
  3. Your supplier or we make an arrangements for the inland delivery to the port.
  4. Custom Deceleration and freight forwarding.
  5. Pay the shipping cost
  6. We handle the rest of the hard work on your behalf and will send you the bill of landing or release.

Your shipment will be tracked at every step of the way. Once we receive updates on it, we’ll inform you about it.

We greatly appreciate our partners and want to help you not only save money, but give you the peace of mind that your shipment is handled by an experienced and professional service.

Type of Air Cargo

There are 3 main types of cargo, including special cargo, general cargo and exceptional cases.

Special cargo includes goods requiring temperature control, dangerous goods, and animals. For instance, seafood requires freezing and/or refrigeration from the moment it’s shipped to the time it’s picked up at its destination.

Hazardous or perishable goods are subject to a wide range of regulations. Not only do they have to meet many requirements, but also pass different types of inspections. Also, not every airline delivers such goods.

General cargo includes high value wristwatches, pharmaceutical products, jewelry, and electronics. The latter industry accounts for approximately forty percent of the entire value of international trade. These goods need to be carefully handled during the shipping process.

Depending on the types of products to be shipped, clients are recommended to speak to the shipper about special shipping conditions (if needed). Any important details that may be left out can result in denial of shipment, more fees, and also penalties.

There are cases when people may opt for air freight regardless of the type of product they want to ship. However, this is a mistake and may result in delays and denial of shipment. Always be thorough when using air freight shipping to ship goods to avoid unpleasant situations.

To prevent the items to be shipped from endangering the passengers or the aircraft, special restrictions apply. Some of the main categories of prohibited items are as following:

  1. Infectious materials or biochemical products, including medical waste, hazardous pathogens, etc.
  2. Pastes, powders, liquids and any other similar products.
  3. Corrosive and radioactive materials, organic peroxides, oxidizers, etc.
  4. Items that may compromise human health, including bones, corpses, animal hides, etc.
  5. Magnets or materials that have strong magnetic properties and are not shipped in appropriate packaging, currency detectors, magnetic steel, etc.
  6. Corrosive items, such as batteries.
  7. Toxic products (pesticides, etc).
  8. Substances that emit flammable gasses, pyrophoric substances, flammable solids. Some examples include magnesium powder, dry white phosphorus, safety matches, copra, titanium powder, etc.
  9. Flammable liquids, including air fresheners, insect sprays, turpentine, engine oil, alcohol, etc.
  10. Gases, including gas lighter, gas cartridge, fire extinguishers, dry ice, etc.
  11. Explosives, including detonating fuses, firecrackers, fireworks, etc.
  12. Depending on the destination country, more restrictions may apply.

It’s important to bear in mind that the majority of airlines will refuse to ship products such as electronic boards, air bags, power banks, power supplies, scooters, and lithium battery devices.

Rate Charge

While checking the Air Way Bill, you may notice a column called Rate Charge. This is a rate that’s generated automatically by the airlines based on IATA. This information cannot be changed. As for the charge itself, it’s always higher than the amount the shipper needs to originally pay for shipping the goods.

This represents the billable weight (all-in) rate which is calculated by considering the following:

  • Bulk Unitization Charge or BUC.
  • Commodity Classification Rate or Class Rate or CCR.
  • Specific Commodity Rate or SCR.
  • General Cargo Rate or GCR.

Tracking your Air cargo

Each Air Way Bill has a unique number located on the top section. This is basically the tracking number. You can track your cargo at any given time by entering the tracking number in the appropriate field on the shipper’s official website.

Depending on the service you plan to use, some carriers may provide E-mail alerts. What this means is that at the next scan you will receive an E-mail letting you know the last location the goods where scanned at. This is a very useful function for businesses and you should make the most of it. Third party tools can also be used to track your cargo.

China's International Airports

F&C covers every large airport in China and our prices are very competitive. Based on your destination’s schedule and your shipment’s location, we’ll opt for the best route to ensure your goods are shipped fast and arrive on time to the destination of your choice. We work with a lot of experienced carriers that provide timely, efficient and safe services to importers from all over the world.

IATA has assigned a specific code to each airport in the world. For simple identification, the name of the airports is made of just 3 capitalized letters, as following:

  • Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH).
  • Xian Xianyang International Airport (XIY).
  • Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG).
  • Shenzhen Baoan International Airport (SZX).
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU).
  • Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN).
  • Hongkong International Airport (HKG).
  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).

In terms of cargo shipping, the busiest airport in ’15 was the PVG with three point twenty seven million tons of cargo. On second place was PEK with two point eight hundred and four million tons of cargo. On last place is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport with one point fifty three million tons of cargo.


Air delivery is a very effective, yet at the same time costly way to ship goods. Because of that, we know that you won’t want to run into any types of issues or delays that may disrupt your business. If you want to have the peace of mind everything will be handled properly and professionally, be sure to contact us.

F&C helps you save costs, gain more control over your supply chain, but also ship your goods faster and easier than ever. Let us be your one stop logistics provider while you handle the more important aspects of growing your business.

F&C fully understands that your goods may be of high value, perishable, and need to be shipped fast and that is why we’ll handle them accordingly. We aim to make the shipping process as simple and affordable as possible. Whether you want your goods delivered from the airport to your door or from airport to airport, you can trust us to get the job done for you.

By using us, you’ll enjoy a lot of perks, including:

  1. Cargo insurance.
  2. Customs clearance service at destination or origin.
  3. Great air freight rates.
  4. Single source quoting.
  5. Direct flight to worldwide
  6. Inspection and fumigation.
  7. Door to door service.

Get in touch with us today to receive a free air freight quote from China to Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, United States, and any other destination in the world.

Freight & Cargo Procedure:

  1. Request a Quote and Book Online
  2. Pay and we ship your freight or cargo


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