International Freight shipping rates and local charges in China
The total international freight shipping rates for shipping containers consist of various components: a basic China sea freight, mandatory surcharges and extra services and other local charges in China.
Below you’ll find a short description of each of the main components, enabling you – if needed – to better understand the international freight shipping rates structure and even the breakdown on your invoice.
Freight shipping rates Quote
Ocean/Sea freight is the biggest shipping containers cost. Different shipping lines have different loading sea ports to different sea ports and the ocean freight are different and changes weekly. There are more or less the same book from different freight forwarder in Chinese marketing. This premise getting lower ocean freight than marketing are:
A: have a lot of container loading in one vessel;
B: provide the details of shipper, consignee, cargo...;
C: good relationship with shipping company. Some types of goods shipping to America also have better sea freight, such as Sofa, LED...
The mandatory surcharges from shipping company and seaport company
A mandatory "surcharge" constitutes a part of the freight shipping rates which are not covered by the basic ocean freight. Mandatory surcharges are established to cover cost items or services that are either pass-through charges (e.g. from terminals) or beyond the basic ocean transport services. These surcharges are applicable to every shipment.
Below you’ll find more information about the most frequent surcharges.
Bunker Adjustment Factor– BAF. The Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) is a charge to account for the fluctuation of bunker prices (oil used by the vessels) that changes on monthly basis. Most of ocean freight have included BAF from China now.
Terminal Handling Charges –THC. Our Terminal Handling Charges are based on the cost of handling the container in the terminals, including loading and discharging containers to/from the vessel.There are two types of THC:
1. RMB670/20FT; RMB1100/40FT/40HC;
2. RMB1100/20FT; RMB1850/40FT/40HC. Different shipping lines may have a little difference. Some sea ports nearly China the THC cost is less, opposite sea ports fast from ports of China the THC is higher.
Documentation Charges. Shipping companies documentation charges is a service whereby we provide you with the necessary transport documents at the origin and destination, based on your shipping instructions.Each bill of lading generally cost RMB400 to RMB500.
Freight shipping rates for Pick up charges
Pick up shipping container charges from inland China cities loading container and back to the sea port. The pick up charges in the former loading place is higher. If you pick up the goods by truck, the freight will be calculated at local rates.
Freight shipping rates - Customs clearance
Each containers need to pay one customs clearance fees, before there are some customs clearance fee in China:
1.All Guangdong sea ports(Guangzhou/Shenzhen...) RMB350/container+sea port charges RMB150/container;
2. Other province sea ports (Xiamen, Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao, Tianjin...) RMB200/containers.
All customs clearance fees depend on supplier who will provide customs clearance documents with export container China. If there are not this documents, it needs to buy export documents for customs clearance.