Why Ship Freight From China to India With IFC Freight, IFC Freight’s pioneering freight-forwarding platform makes it easy for your business to move merchandise from China to India as FCL, LCL, or air freight. You can manage the entire shipping process online, with live support from a team of global logistics specialists whenever you need it.
Here are just a few of the advantages enjoyed by businesses that import from China to India using IFC Freight’s digital forwarding services:
Instant, easy-to-understand quotes for ocean and air freight
Online booking, payment, and shipment tracking
24/7 support from a knowledgeable customer service team
Access to the global logistics network of IFC Freight’s parent company, Agility
Integrated compliance software to ensure you meet regulatory requirements
Dedicated customs clearance experts to help speed your shipments across international borders
Container transport service is a popular option for shipping goods from China to India.
Here are some of the popular container transport services available:
Sea Freight: Sea freight is the most common way to transport goods via containers from China to India. There are several shipping lines that offer regular container services between major ports in China and India. The transit time for sea freight typically ranges from 10-30 days depending on the shipping line, the origin, and the destination ports.
Rail Freight: Rail freight is an emerging option for shipping containers from China to India. The China-India rail route is being developed as a part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The transit time for rail freight is typically shorter than sea freight, but it is more expensive.
Trucking: Trucking is a popular option for transporting containers within China and India, as well as for cross-border shipments. There are several trucking companies that offer door-to-door container transport services between China and India, with transit times ranging from a few days to a few weeks.
Intermodal Transport: Intermodal transport involves using a combination of transport modes such as sea, rail, and trucking to transport containers from China to India. This option can offer a balance between cost and transit time.
When selecting a container transport service, it's important to consider factors such as cost, transit time, reliability, and the types of goods that can be shipped. It's also a good idea to compare multiple container transport services to find the best option for your specific needs
If you move your exports or imports as full container loads, it means you will have a shipping container (or multiple containers) assigned exclusively to your consignment, and your freight will not be mixed with that of other shippers. It does not mean you must fill the container, although the more internal space you utilize, the more cost-effective FCL shipping becomes.
The process for FCL transport is more straightforward than less-than-container-load (LCL) shipment. That’s mainly because your freight forwarder will not need to consolidate your goods with other customers’ consignments before shipping. Similarly, they do not have to arrange de-consolidation after arrival at the port of discharge.
The FCL Shipment Process in Brief:
As an example, suppose you choose door-to-door FCL shipping. You will receive a shipping container, delivered to the point where you store your goods. Your goods will be loaded into the container, which will then be sealed.
It’s important to note that you (or your supplier, if you are the importer) can choose from a couple of options for receiving and loading a shipping container.
Option 1 – Drop and Pick: With this option, a carrier will arrange to drop a shipping container at your point of origin and leave it for a few days. During that time, the container can be loaded, after which the carrier will collect it. This option allows a more leisurely approach to loading, but costs more than option 2.
Option 2 – Live Loading: This option is less costly, because the shipping container will remain attached to its conveyance—typically a truck—which will wait while the container is filled and sealed, before hauling it away to the port of loading.
However, although live loading saves the expense of renting an empty container for a few days, any delays in loading can generate rapidly mounting costs. The loading window is typically no longer than one or two hours, and once it expires, a surcharge will apply for every hour that the container is detained for loading.
Once your container is filled and sealed, the carrier will haul it to the port of loading, where it will be lifted onto the vessel assigned to carry your shipment. On arrival at the port of discharge, your container will be offloaded from the ship. After it clears customs, a domestic carrier will transport it directly to its final place of destination, where it can be unsealed, and the goods unloaded.