1. Express Courier
If you’re just starting out with shipping goods from China, then you may want to use an express courier. The main popular couriers that you can use in China include DHL, FedEx, TNT, and UPS. While it’s popular in the EU, TNT doesn’t have the same popularity in China. The advantages of using a popular express couriers lies in the fact that:
- You can have your goods shipped and delivered fast. The standard shipping times range anywhere from two to five days worldwide.
- A full tracking record and a need of signature when it arrives
Notes: Please consider that each courier charges their own shipping fees based on weight and other factors.
Recommended express couriers for various destinations:
- UPS: If you plan on shipping to the U.S. & Canada
- DHL: If you plan on shipping to UK, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and South East Asia.
- FedEx: If you plan on shipping to Africa, South East Asia, South America, and North America.
- TNT: If you plan on shipping to European Union, Australia
2. Standard Delivery
If you plan on shipping goods with China or HK Post, the goods will be delivered to the destination of your choice in anywhere between two to five weeks.
Notes: Generally, we do not recommend using China or HK Post unless you have budget constraints. They are affordable but they are not consistent and your packages may be lost.
If the delivery time is not an issue and you can wait, then this is one of the most viable shipping options you can consider. It’s also great for small parcels and samples. The goods can also be tracked online, yet tracking info is not always reliable.
3. Air Freight
We recommend you use air freight for cargo of maximum 500 kilograms. Not only is security and control greater with air freight, but they also need to adhere to tighter deadlines.
Notes: We advise that you use air freight if the chargeable weight is more than 250 kilograms. If the weight is below that, be sure to use an international courier.
One thing to bear in mind is that you will need to do a little bit of extra work when the goods arrive at their destination. What we mean by that is that you need to handle the customs clearance and any other documentation by yourself. If you’ve never done this before, it may prove to be a bit difficult. However, you can hire a trucking company or a customs broker to handle this task for you.
4. Sea Freight
Sea freight is undoubtedly slower than most other shipping methods, but it’s certainly a good idea if you’d like to save money. Not only that, but the cargo restrictions that apply with other shipping methods are much looser with sea freight.
Notes: Sea freight is cost effective and also allows you to ship bulky and heavy items.
All you have to do make sure to plan accordingly and if you can wait, then shipping your items using this method is highly recommended. In terms of shipping time, it can range from three days to sixty days for goods to arrive.
Just like with air freight, you need to handle the customs clearance and any other documentation needed to take delivery of the goods. On the other hand, you may also opt for a to door service, meaning that everything will be taken care of by the shipping company and all you have to do is be home to take delivery of the goods. To door services are highly popular in Australia, Europe, Canada, but also the US.