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Shipping from China to USA

Shipping from China to the United States is the most popular in China, Both of them are the big economic area in the world, as a professional freight forwarder in China-U.S market, we would like to introduce more than what you need.     

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Are you facing complications in your logistics operations? Whether your concerns are regarding transportation, customs clearance, transhipment or documentation, Hola Logsitics Online's experienced logistics team is always provide you the assistance and guidance you need for successful shipping procedures.

Shipping from China can be a costly, time-consuming affair. It's best to familiarize yourself with standard shipping costs and time estimates to avoid disappointment. Importers who manufacture products in China for sale in the United States have various shipping options available to them, including express shipping, air freight and sea freight. 

China is home to many worldwide suppliers, yet shipping from China to the US isn't always straightforward. Regardless of the method used, most importers will rely on a China Freight Forwarder to manage their shippments. This is because a reputable freight forwarding company like Hola intl Logistics can help them navigate complex logistical requirements ,while also providing significant savings thanks to their high-volume shipping agreements with major sea lines and airlines and freighters servicing China.

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What is the Best Way to Ship from China to the United States?

1, Product and Load: different products need different ways to ship the cargo, but always DG cargo like batteries need full documents which suppliers are hard to get all,.If suppliers have full documents, we can help to ship by sea or air without any problem as we get the rights to do that. as a China freight forwarder in China, Hola intl logistics have sent a lot of scooter, electronic bicycle, etc, all of them have batteries include, more and more products like unmanned aerial vehicle, speaker, lights include batteries, also like eletric cars. 

2, Destination: United States is vast in territory, except in the United States west coast and united states east coast, there are IPI and RIPI destination we can choose, but no matter you cargoes need to be sent to office or warehouse in the  United States, we have many ways to help which can save your cost that you can focus in your products and get more profit. 

3, Timing Requirements: If cargo is needed urgently, there is no faster way than shipping by air. For some containerized shipments going by sea, the transport time could be reduced by shipping to the West Coast, as opposed to the East Coast, and then fulfilled from truck or rail once the cargo arrives in America. 

If timie is not a priority, shipping by ocean freight to a popular port close to the final destination, and trucking the final leg of the journey is most likely the least expensive option.  We are committed to maintaining ultra-efficient communications and simplification of the process for your ultimate convenience.

Shipping from China to USA: What ways can you ship with?

There are various methods you can rely on for shipments from China to the United States. Here are the most common ways for you as below,

FCL and LCL shipping by Sealine ship from China to USA.

● You can transport your goods by both FCL and LCL shipping. 

● There are many factors you need to consider when shipping from China to the US.

● A standard 40 foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets, with a 20 foot container holding 10 pallets.

● If you’re shipping large volumes and can fill a container, it makes sense to choose FCL (Full Container Load). 

● The other advantage of Full container load is that your items are kept separate from other importers.

● On the other hand, LCL (Less than a Container Load) refers to shipping where your goods share space within a container with other goods.

● If you’re OK with that, then LCL shipping (also known as groupage) offers a more economical way to ship smaller quantities that make up less than half of the volume of a full container.


Considerations for LCL Freight Shipping

● Choosing LCL means your goods will share space with goods from other companies who send cargo from same PORTS OF LOADING to same PORT OF DISCHARGE.

● This also means that your delivery mayn take a bit longer, because of both the packing and unpacking process in our warehouse. 

● Before departure, your goods will be stored in a consolidation warehouse. In China our warehouse until departure, and then on arrival be held in Hola intl logistics de-consolidation warehouse in the US before they are delivered to your address.

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Considerations for FCL Freight Shipping

● FCL shipping means using an entire container for your shipment by sea lines, like COSCO, EVERGREEN, MAERSK, HAPPA-LLOYD, CMA, etc.

● If you have more than 20cbm cargo to occupy a container, or even most of a container, FCL shipping may make the most economical sense, there are standard container like 20 feet container, 40 feet container, 40 high cube feet container. 

● It's also quicker than LCL shipping as there is no need to consolidate or deconsolidate your items from others, cargoes will go directly from POL to POD and then deliveried to your address after customs clearance.

● Your container will also remain sealed throughout the journey unless customs officials select it for inspection will be sealed until it arrives at your address or chosen destination.

So, what are the advantages that you will get when you go for FCL shipping?

● It is easier to track FCL directly through the shipping company’s website. by this way, you can know easily its arrival with accuracy.

● Under FCL, your items will be safer. FCL means that your items will not be mixed with other companies' shipments. There will be less risk of your cargo being damaged or getting lost since fewer people will be handling it, and won't face the problem about the customs check.

● FCL can be processed faster because your shipment will be the only one that will be loaded into a container. Under LCL, the shipment will be consolidated with others first.

● As mentioned, FCL is cheaper when the cost is broken down per unit if you cargo fullfill in a container.

● These are the advantages of FCL shipping but remember that LCL is better when you are shipment is a small one. As your business progresses and your shipment grows bigger, then FCL may become the more cost-effective option for you.

Major Sea ports in China

1) Shanghai: The largest seaport in the world since overtaking Singapore’s position in 2010. The Shanghai seaport spans over 3500 km2 which is connected to other, smaller ports, allowing it to process much more cargo than any different port in the world.

In 2020, the port of Shanghai handled containers with a capacity of 43.3 million TEU. The vast majority of incoming and outgoing traffic is handled by the Yangshan Port, which is the largest automated port in the world.

2) Shenzhen: The second largest seaport in China and fourth-largest in the world. It is located in the southern part of China, in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Similar to the port of Shanghai, it is also formed by several smaller ports, and it is one of the fastest-growing seaports in the world. Closely located to Hong Kong, it is part of the Hong-Kong-Shenzhen Western corridor, which crosses the border between China and Hong Kong. In 2020, the total container throughput reached over 25 million TEUs.

3) Ningbo: The busiest seaport globally in terms of cargo tonnage, it is responsible for shipping over a billion tons of cargo every year. It is located in the Zhejiang province, which is nowadays one of the more prosperous Chinese provinces. As of 2020, Zhoushan is now the art of the Zhejiang Free-Trade Zone, meant to lead technical and digital innovation, although currently, it is mainly responsible for transporting mineral fuels. In 2020, Ningbo-Zhoushan handled 27.5 million TEU.

4) Hong Kong: Although it is a part of China, Hong Kong functions under different administrative laws, which might be more beneficial to American entrepreneurs. It is a deep-water seaport located in the south of China. It is one of the busiest seaports in the world, connecting over 600 destinations worldwide. The port of Hong Kong includes mid-stream sites, which allow ships to empty the vessel during hazardous weather conditions safely. In 2020, this seaport handled over 18 million TEUs of containers.

5) Guangzhou: The fifth-largest container port in the world as of 2018. It is currently one of the most well-connected ports in mainland China, with easy access to most Chinese provinces. Ships from the port of Guangzhou also reach over 80 countries worldwide. This seaport is a key economic element of the Pearl River Delta region and its surrounding provinces. The deep-water port of Nansha handles over 70% of all cargo in Guangzhou. In 2020, the port’s throughput exceeded 21.1 million TEU.

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Air Freight From China To the USA

We have developed a vast network of carriers that specialize in air cargo transportation, offering daily and weekly departures from China’s main airports to any air destination in the globe.

Air freight will be the most efficient solution if :

● Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg

● You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

Our Hola intl logistics air freight service from China to the USA provides safe and reliable solutions for all your air transportation needs including time sensitive and high value commodities.

Our logistics options include airport-to-airport, door-to-door, airport-to-door and door-to-airport services, which can provide one-stop service.

With our service, we'll take care of each step of the journey, making sure that your goods arrive at your destination when you need them.

The normal transit time for air freight from China to the USA is around 2 to 10 days which depends on different season.

This can vary owing to seasonal demands and traffic in the freight market at certain times of year. Our years of experience can bring expert knowledge to your logistical needs in this respect.

The air charter service offers you peace of mind and bespoke services as well as a long list of goods that are possible to ship. We can arrange this service for you and ship goods such as:

• Consumer goods

• High-value goods

• Sensitive cargo such as hazardous, fresh, or perishable goods

• Time-critical freight

• Medical supply & humanitarian relief aid

• Heavy load & oversized equipment

• Car, Aircraft and ships spare parts

When it comes to weight, we offer options from 10,000lb (5000kgs) to 45,000lb (22,000 kgs) which can be transported in crates or boxes, on pallets, or as bulk.

Our part charter and full charter options range from 10.000 lbs (5.000 kgs) to 45.000 lbs (22.000 kgs), loadable in pallets, skids, crates or simply bulk.


Major cargo airports in China

1) Hong Kong International Airport: This airport, first opened in 1988, was the largest cargo airport in the world until very recently. In 2020 cargo traffic reached almost 4.5 million tons, accounting for nearly half of Hong Kong’s external trade. Hong Kong International Airport is considered the world’s premier international airfreight hub due to its many available services and facilities. It handles over 100 airlines and services in over 180 cities worldwide.

2) Shanghai Pudong International Airport: The second-largest cargo airport hub in China and third largest in the world. It was first opened in 1999. In 2020, Shanghai Pudong International’s total cargo air volume increased by 1,4%, reaching 3,1 million tons. It is home to DHL’s largest express hub in Asia, as well as FedEx and UPS.

3) Beijing Capital International: One of two international cargo airports in Beijing, Beijing Capital International is the third-largest cargo hub in China. It has been operating since the late fifties. Currently, it is also the 15th busiest airport in the world in terms of cargo traffic. In 2020, its total throughput reached almost 2 million tons.

4) Guangzhou Baiyun International: China's fourth busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic as of 2020 has been operating since 2004. Worldwide, Guangzhou’s airport is listed as the 16th busiest cargo hub, with total cargo traffic reaching 1,9 million tons, increasing 1,7%. It is one of the leading Asian hubs for FedEx Express. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was also the busiest airport globally in terms of passenger traffic.

5) Shenzhen Bao'an International: Since its first opening in 1991, it is currently the fifth busiest cargo hub in China. With a 9 percent growth in freight volume in 2020, Shenzhen airport is expected to surpass other Chinese airports in the near future. The airport has recently undergone various renovations and expansions to increase and better its available services. Additionally, it is the main Asian-Pacific hub for UPS Airlines.

How long does shipping from China take?

Average shipping time from China to United States.

As you may expect, the time ship a shipment from China how long takes is dependent on which way you choose, Sea or Air or Express.

When you send small cargo by parcel express, while some express delivery services promise to have the goods at your door within a single business day, most deliveries take a lot longer to arrive. It can take up to 40 days with some shipping methods such as ocean freight.

As a general rule of thumb, the quicker you need the shipment, the more you’ll have to pay.

When you send LCL/FCL cargo from China, if FCL to West coast of US, about 15-20days, to East coast of US, about 25-40days, to Chicago/Detroid/Dallas/Las Vegas, etc, about 25-35days, to Houston/Miami,etc, about 35days, by LCL, it needs 5days more or longer when the warehouse are full. 

Shipping from China to the US – Tariffs and Taxes

When shipping products from China to the US, it is essential to read about the various import duties, customs fees, and taxes that will need to be paid once the products enter US territory.

Firstly, goods valued over 800 USD will be taxed. By calculating tariffs, importers need to declare the transaction value of their products. Since Trump’s imposed tariffs on Chinese goods, nearly 370 billion USD worth of Chinese goods has been affected. Currently, three official lists detail the HS codes of all products affected by the 25% tariff. althought some will be cancelled soon, but it times. These products range from machinery parts to seafood and clothing accessories.

Before importing products from China, you must know if your cargo will need to pay the US-sanctioned tariffs or not. As of May 2021, President Biden has not yet commented on a possible review of the conditions of the US-China trade war.

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Shipping from China to the US – Costs

In order to facilitate the process of importing goods from China, it might be beneficial to compare offers from different shipping companies. By checking freight with Hola intl logistics, you will send email or online chat with us, you will be able to easily compare freight rates, depending on your chosen mode of shipment and cargo. Contact us right now and find the best way of shipping from China to the US!

Tips to Save Time and Money When Shipping From China to the USA

Here are a few tips that you can use in order to save time and money when you ship cargoes from China to the United States:

Know Chinese Holidays

This is such an easy thing to do but a lot of importers forget to check this. Aside from the fact that most companies are closed during this time, there is also port congestion then, since many merchants want to ship their cargo as soon as possible.

Not being aware of  Chinese holidays can cause a delay in your shipment.

Pick Experienced Companies: Hola intl logistics

Picking a Chinese company that you will work with can be tricky if you are just starting to import. Working with experienced suppliers and freight forwarders is one way that you can guarantee to minimize the problems which you might face. Hola intl logistics have experience over 10years, we have FMC licences: 029329 and we are golden members of Jctrans which is biggest freight forwarder network in China.

Completing Clearance Paperwork

One of the things that can cause delay upon the arrival of your shipment is the failure to complete the clearance paperwork correctly. Your shipment is going to be stopped at customs if the paperwork is not complete or if there are missing details.

Most of the time, errors are honest mistakes. But there are also times when some suppliers will make intentional errors with the aim of making more money.

Make sure that you contact a supplier that has worked with clients in the United States before. There are ways that you can find that out.

Get Documents Ready

Make sure that all your documents for the shipment are ready even before it arrives. One of the most important documents that you need would be the International Security Filing or ISF.

Keep in mind that shippers will file the ISF even if they don’t have all the info about a shipment. They usually do this even before the cargo is loaded into a ship.

Now, you can make changes to the ISF before your shipment reaches its port of destination.

Remember that if your shipment arrives without an ISF, or if it is filled with incorrect information, then you could be fined. The fine could be as high as $5,000. Other documents that will be needed in order to get the shipment through customs are:

  • Entry or Immediate Delivery Form

  • Bill of Lading

  • Certificate of Origins Commercial Invoice

  • Packing List

If you are shipping your cargo via sea freight, then you should have enough time to prepare all of these documents.

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I’ve arranged multiple shipments through Hola Logistics Online from Shenzhen to Miami, and I haven’t been disappointed once. They are very professionals; it was my pleasure doing business with them. Would recommend to my friends who have business relate South East Asia for affordable delivery.
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