A guide in the best transport methods when shipping from China to the UK
This blog discusses the best shipping method from China to the UK. Looking at the three main options for transporting goods and comparing the price and transit time for each. The three main options are air freight, sea freight and road freight. The cost of shipment will be determined by the type of goods, the mode of transport, the dimensional weight of cargo and the total distance to the destination. There are other factors to consider within the specific modes of transport such as FCL and LCL methods. This blog will provide an indication of the shipping costs from the UK to China and the popular ports in China and the UK.
Aver Logistics has unique relationships and trusted agents in all major countries worldwide and this enables the team to provide you with significant savings. Shipping from China to the UK is a popular route that we have extensive experience in delivering.
Air Freight from China to the UK
Shipping from China to the UK using our air freight solution is a great option. It is generally the fastest mode of transport but can be more expensive. However, it can often be economical when shipment loads are between 300 and 500 kilograms. Our air freight quotes can include shipping insurance, transport from your factory in China to the airport and customs clearance on arrival to the UK.
The Benefits of using Air freight from China to the UK
The speed of transport relative to sea freight is a significant advantage of this method. The cargo can also be delivered anywhere including all necessary consolidation and deconsolidation processes. It also provides the option to send sensitive or valuable cargo with fewer chances of damage.
How Long Does Air Freight Take from China to the UK?
Air freight shipping from China to the UK can take anywhere from 5-15 days. We suggest that regular shipping is between 8-10 days with air express being as fast as just 3 days.
How much Does Air Freight Cost from China to the UK?
As previously mentioned, when shipment weighs more than around 500 kg, shipping by sea becomes the cheaper option.
To find out the rate at which you can ship your goods, it is important that we consider not only weight but also demand. For example, if there are very few ships in operation or none at all then our costs will increase due to lack of supply and competition among shipping companies for business; however these same factors mean low rates when fewer containers exist on racks waiting their turn (because they’re full) – so this may actually be an opportunity.
When deciding which shipping mode is best, it’s important to consider both base and variable costs. Smaller shipments have a lower base cost while larger ones have higher fixed expenses no matter what method you use; this means they will be more expensive overall even if one starts out with high initial prices for these items! For a quotation, please click here! to complete the form and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss!
Sea Freight from China to the UK
Sea freight shipping from China to the UK provides two options using either LCL or FLC shipping. LCL (less than a container load) involves the shipment of goods in your own container. FCL (full container load) involves the shipment of goods in your own container.
How long does sea freight shipping take from China to the UK?
Aver Logistics advises that sea freight from China to the UK can take anywhere between 25-60 days. As with air freight, there are variables that will impact this such as the origin, destination, the cargo itself and whether additional transport is required for door-door options. It is also important to consider port congestion, customs delays and bad weather conditions which can impact time. Please see the table below for estimates of shipping time on some of our most popular routes.
|Shipping from Shanghai (CNSHA Port)||Shipping from Ningbo
|Shipping from Shenzhen (CNSZX Port)|
|Shipping to Southampton (GBSOU Port)||26-32 days||32-35 days||29-38 days|
|Shipping to Felixstowe (GBFXT Port)||23-29 days||28-36 days||29-32 days|
|Shipping to London (GBLON Port)||32-38 days||42-45 days||44-46 days|
How much does Sea shipping from China to the UK cost?
Shipping by sea is the cheaper option when shipping weighs 500+kgs. However, since the pandemic prices have risen. Aver Logistics can make sure that we find the best possible and cost-effective solution for your business. For an accurate quotation, please click here to fill in our shipping form and get a quotation!
How much does road freight cost from China to the UK?
For all road freight quotations, please click here and complete the quote form! A member of our expert team will then be in touch to provide a cost and advise on the best options available tailored to your requirements.