HART Worldwide is a one-stop international freight forwarder that can help you ship from China to India. Or ship your goods from India to China.

HART has rich experience in shipping from China to India. We have a dedicated market team to monitor the market changes continuously. So, we can provide valuable market insights to you; just send your request.

We also have the customs affairs department to study and follow up on India and China’s customs policies. Customs compliance is one of our operation principles, so your shipment from China will always be risk-free.

HART has signed agreements with the major airline and shipping companies, such as ET, TK, EK, QR, CX, AY, CA, CZ airlines, and Maersk, MSC, CMA-CGM, COSCO, Evergreen, APL, PIL, Yang Ming, OOCL, etc., which ensures our space availability and competitive shipping rate.

Standardization and systematization are two significant advantages of HART. Our in-house developed logistics system operates, monitors and tracks all your shipping orders online. The processing doesn’t rely on any individual person; you will always enjoy the smooth services.

No matter if you want to ship from China to India by air, sea, train, express, or door to door, you can get your ideal solution here. Just knock on the door.

Our Services for Shipping from China to India

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Air Freight

Typically a plane takes less than 12 hours to travel from China to India. India has 34 international airports and 24 international cargo terminals. We have our connections in all the airports to transport your shipment fast and secure.

Additionally, we offer customs clearance service and deliver the goods to some specific location. Or vice versa.

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Sea Freight

Sea route represents 95% of the international trade in India. India has 13 major ports as well as 176 minor ports. Therefore, the sea route is the most used method of shipping from China to India.

We securely ship your cargo from China to India with our sea freights at a low cost. Moreover, we can complete the customs clearance procedure smoothly so that you can receive your shipment without any hassle.

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Rail Freight

Rail freight from China to India is costly. Though both countries share, common border rail freight is still not that developed. However, we provide rail freight from China to India and/or additionally finish the customs clearance and make the local delivery or vice versa.

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Door to Door Shipping

To make the shipment process more accessible, we also provide a door-to-door shipping service for your shipment from China to India. Our employees will pick up the goods from your Chinese supplier and send them to your given address in India by air, sea, or train. You can choose any method depending on your need to receive your product.

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Express Services

There are many express couriers in India. We use international expressers like FedEx, DHL, UPS, TNT to ship your products from China to India at a low cost that they will charge you. We identify the best courier and use their service to deliver your product quickly. Moreover, we have contracts with the top express courier services in India, and you can ship your product at an affordable cost from us.

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Customs Clearance

India has one of the most challenging and complex customs clearance processes in the world. So, most importers are asking for assistance from freight forwarder services.

We have a great experience with both country’s customs departments. Our dedicated team is always watching India’s customs department and updating themselves. Our expert team can guarantee to complete all the paperwork correctly so that you can receive your shipment effortlessly.

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Warehousing

India is a large country, and maintaining a beneficial relationship with all the regions is not easy. But, we have our connections all over India to provide you long or short-term warehouse service in India. If you need one in China, we also can offer you one at a meager cost. Just send us a message.

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Pickup & Delivery

We also maintain a strong relationship with India and China’s local trucking services for our Door to Door service. So just give us the addresses in China and India, we send trucks to pick up and make the last local delivery.

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FBX

E-commerce is the most booming business in India. There are lots of online platforms in India, including Amazon, that are doing fantastic business. That’s why we provide e-commerce customers do FBA shipping from China to the Amazon warehouse. Other e-commerce platform services are also available, like shipping to Jumia.

Why Choose Hart to Ship From China to India

Focus

We understand the Indian market. We focus on standardization and systematization to reduce the shipping rate without compromising our service. Our focus is our strength.

Cheap Shipping Rate

We have signed long-term agreements with major express couriers, airlines s and shipping companies of India. We know which express courier provides the best service; we select the best sea route and deliver your product at the lowest possible price. We constantly track the latest updates so that we can deliver your product at the lowest price.

Standardization

Standardized logistics solutions, standardized service procedures, and standardized cargo handling ensure that we can quickly respond to you and maintain quality service level consistency. We fully maintain the standardization set by the government of India.

Systematization

A dedicated in-house software development team developed the customized support system to ensure 100% online paperless operation, monitor, and tracking. You can track your shipping from India that will relax your mind. Procedures don’t rely on any individual person. Dock with your system as well if needed.

Full Self-control

All nodes on the whole value chain are self-controlled. Every checkpoint has a dedicated person to monitor through the in-house software system. Everything is under your control.

Custom Clearance Service

India and China don’t have any free trade agreements. So, you have to pay the total tax on the product you shipped from China. Moreover, India contains one of the complex customs systems in the world. We have experience shipping products from China to India, and we know how to complete all the papers correctly so that you don’t have to pay extra money or wait a long time for your product.

Wide Coverage

Branches or warehouses in more than 20 Chinese cities. Warehouses in the UK, Germany, Poland, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and African countries like Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, etc.

Highly Trained Team

We attach immense importance to staff training, so we provide continuous systematized training to all employees. Timely summary and replay to make sure they always provide excellent services to you.

Professionalism

In India, you have to be street smart. Our skilled and experienced tea can be smart enough to tackle any kind of issues you can face while shipping from China to India.

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Qualifications and Honor for Shipping from China to India

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Business Form for International Freight Forwarders

According to the <Foreign Trade Laws of the People’s Republic of China> and < Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Administration of International Cargo Transport Agency> implemented and approved by the Ministry of Commerce, all international freight forwarders in China must have this certificate when shipping from China to India.

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NVOCC Business Operation Qualification Registration Certificate

It is another requirement when shipping from China to India. Most international freight forwarders in China are not NVOCC. It requests registration with the Ministry of Transportation of China, which has much higher requirements than an ordinary freight forwarder in China. NVOCC has advantages in booking and shipping and can issue its own bills of lading, helping you better control the goods.

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ISO9001 2015 Quality Management System Certificate

In order to assure an excellent experience for customers and avoid any mistakes, even misunderstanding with customers, the government of India has made ISO certification compulsory in international transportation. HART has a global quality management system in the shipping system. And we strive to provide a consistent quality service level to all customers. This certified system regulates our communications and working procedures.

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Certificate of Membership for WCA

World Cargo Transportation Alliance (WCA) is the world’s largest and most powerful network of independent freight forwarders. Being a member of it, HART is automatically covered by the most generous and extensive financial protection program in the industry, which allows us to conduct business with other WCA members with complete security and peace of mind.

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Certificate of Membership for CIFA

China International Freight Forwarders Association, CIFA (China freight forwarding Association), is a national social organization in China’s international freight forwarding industry guided by China’s Ministry of Commerce. As it reflects the security of shipping goods, the businesses of India require this certificate. The mission of CIFA is to strengthen industry self-discipline and coordination management and create a fair competition market environment.

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Member Unit for SIFFA

Shenzhen International Freight Forwarders Association (SIFFA) is a social organization with a legal personality approved by Shenzhen Civil Affairs Bureau. The mission of SIFFA is to guide, protect and coordinate the members to exchange information, coordinate relations, enhance mutual cooperation, and member interests to promote the international freight forwarding industry.

Our Network on the World

We have branches or warehouses in more than 20 Chinese cities, including Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Yiwu, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Taizhou, Jinhua, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Putian, Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Suzhou, Zhengzhou, Changsha, etc. Representatives or warehouses in UK, Germany, Poland, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and African countries like Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Morocco, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, Rwanda, etc.

Shipping from China to India – The Ultimate FAQ Guide

Introduction:

If you are into international trade from India, you have to import from China.

In 2019, India imported 14% of its total imports from China, roughly US $480 billion.

China is the largest exporting country globally, exporting more than 2 trillion dollars worldwide in 2019.

So, shipping from China to India is not a complicated business.

But, before you start, you should have some previous knowledge as a silly mistake can cost you your shipment from China to India.

To help you, we prepared an ultimate FAQ guide on shipping from China to India.

This article will discuss shipping costs from China to India, the cheapest shipping from China to India, and some other vital international trading questions.

 

Table of Content:

  1. How Do I Get My Products Shipped From China to India?
  2. Is shipping from China allowed in India?
  3. How Much Time Does A Shipping Company Take To Ship From China To India?
  4. What Is The Average Shipping Cost While Delivering Products China to India?
  5. Is FedEx Express Shipping available From China to India?
  6. Which Is The Best Express Courier Service From China To India?
  7. 7.Is It Possible To Ship From China Without Going Myself?
  8. What Are The Advantages Of Air Cargo From China to India?
  9. How Is Air Freight Cost Calculated At The Time of Shipping From China to India?
  10. What Is The Average Air Freight Cost When Purchasing From China to India?
  11. How Much Time It Takes To Ship From China To India By An Air Freight?
  12. How Much for a 40-foot Container To Ship From China to India?
  13. How Many Days Does A Cargo Ship Take From China To India?
  14. Is It Cheaper To Ship By Air Or Courier From China to India?
  15. What Is The Cost-Effective Way To Ship From China to India?
  16. How Can I Reduce Shipping Costs From China to India?
  17. Do All Packages Shipped From China To India Go Through Customs?
  18. How Much Does Customs Clearance Cost in India For Shipping From China?
  19. What Happens If Customs Holds My Package When I Ship Goods From China to India?
  20. How Can I Minimize Customs Charges From My Shipping From China to India?

1. How Do I Get My Products Shipped From China to India?

You can ship from China to India using three methods.

Many international courier services ship products from China to India.

There are many popular courier services in India.

Some popular couriers services in India are, FedEx India, DHL Express India, Blue Dart, TNT, First Flight, etc.

Express shipping from China to India is fast, delivering your products between 3-7 working days but courier services increase the shipping cost.

To minimize the shipping cost you can select the air service.

Air freight service is also fast; it typically takes 5-10 with additional 5 days for transport.

Air freight is not the cheapest method, but it reduces the shipping cost from China to India by a great deal compared to express shipping.

And, lastly, there is sea freight.

The cheapest shipping from China to India is the sea route.

Sea freight takes a lot of time, but it will reduce China’s shipping cost to India by a great deal.

If you are shipping for the first time and the quality of your product is less than 150Kg, we recommend express courier service.

If your product is more than 150 Kg and less than 500 Kg, we recommend using air freight to ship from China to India.

But, if your product is more than 500 Kg, then you should use the sea route as it is the cheapest shipping method.

Hart Logistics provides all three shipping methods as we described earlier.

Please ask for a quote if you have anything to ship from China to India.

2. Is Shipping From China to India Allowed?

India is a big importer of Chinese goods. Therefore, shipping from China to India is obviously allowed.

You can ship from China to India
You can ship from China to India

After border tension in 2020, Chinese imports from India dropped by 20%, yet India and China have an excellent trading relationship.

Indian many industries largely depend on Chinese products and raw materials.

So, shipping from China to India is allowed and warmly welcomed by the Indian Government.

If you are shipping less than 150 Kg, we recommend express courier shipping from China to India.

If you are importing higher than 150 Kg and under 500 Kg, we recommend using air freight.

Hart logistics is a global freight forwarder from China. We offer the cheapest shipping from China to India with air freight.

You also can hire a freight forwarder in India to assist you with your shipment from China to India.

Here are other tips from us. Alibaba and some other B2B websites deliver services to export from China to India.

You can contact a seller from Alibaba to import from China, but remember,  finding a good supplier in Alibaba is a very challenging task.

3. How Much Time  Does A Shipping Company Take To Ship From China To India?

The time for your shipment from China to India depends on the method of shipping. Express couriers can deliver your shipment from China in 3-5 working days.

Remember, express courier is a door-to-door service, and you don’t have to wait for transit or take care of customs clearance.

Express courier is the fastest method for shipping from China
Express courier is the fastest method for shipping from China

Air freight takes 5-10 days.

Add 5 more days with that as it will be required for transit, and customs clearance is your responsibility here.

Sea freight from China to India takes 15-20 days.

But you have to add additional 10-20 days for transit when using sea freight .

  1. What Is The Average Shipping Cost While Delivering Products China to India?

The shipping cost from China to India varies with the shipping method and agency. The shipping rate changes for the kind of product and the service method you are asking for.

For express shipping from China to India, courier services will charge  US $15-$45 per kg.

Air freight will cost you US $5-$15 per kg.

And Sea freight can cost you US $3500-$4000  for a 40-ft container.

Some freight forwarder agencies have special contracts with courier services like DHL, FedEx, etc.

Those freight forwarders can send express shipping at a low cost.

Hart Logistics is one of those companies.

You can contact us for the express courier at a low rate or for any other shipping method at a low price.

5. Is FedEx Express Shipping Available From China To India?

Yes, FedEx is available for shipping to India.

FedEx can pick up your shipment from China and deliver it to your door.

FedEx can deliver your shipment from China in as little as 3 days.

FedEx is available in India
FedEx is available in India

But FedEx is expensive compared to other express services in India.

The lowest rate of FedEx is  US $36 per kg for shipping from China to India.

6. Which Is The Best Express Courier Service From China To India?

Well, there is no definite answer to this question.

The three most famous express shipping services in India are UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Here is the comparison of these three express shipping from China to India.

UPS 

UPS is a worldwide express shipping courier service, and they offer more delivery options from China than any other service.

Like other express services, the price depends on the package’s weight and delivery time.

UPS will pick up your shipment from China and will deliver it to your door.

Moreover, you can track your shipment from China from the UPS tracking system.

UPS offers more options than other express courier services
UPS offers more options than other express courier services
Pros of UPS
  • Offer more delivery options from China than other courier services.
  • Connected with many shipping partners who can reduce cost
  • Picks up package from your given location
  • Transports packages of all sizes.
Cons Of UPS
  • Accelerate service cost is high

DHL

DHL is another famous courier for its worldwide presence.

The courier also picks up the product from the given location and delivers it to your door.

Pros of DHL
  • Offers cost-effective air and sea service
  • Extended international presence
  • No pickup fees
Cons Of DHL
  • Higher shipping cost
  • More surcharge

FedEx

FedEx is another express shipping from China to India.

FedEx also picks up your product from the given location and delivers it to your door.

You can track your shipment status with the FedEx tracker.

Pros of FedEx
  • Lots of shipping partners to reduce the shipping cost from China to India
  • For bulk, the shipping price is better than other couriers.
  • Picks up package from your given location
Cons Of FedEx

The package can delay for customs issue

Overpriced compared to UPS and DHL

Price list for Express shipping from China to India

Name of the courier service Service Type Cost per Kg Expected Delivery Time
UPS Accelerated Delivery $30-$35 2-5 working days
UPS Regular Delivery $22-$28 6-10 working days
FedEx Accelerated Delivery $36-$40 3-5 working days
FedEx Regular Delivery $33-$35 6-10 working days
DHL  Accelerated Delivery $28-$35 3-6 working days

7.Is It Possible To Ship From China Without Going Myself?

Yes, Possible. There is no need to  go to China for shipping from China to India.

You can book a door-to-door service that will collect your shipment from the supplier and deliver it straight to India’s address.

You can also hire a freight forwarder who will receive your shipment from China and deliver it to India’s port.

 

8. What Are The Advantages Of Air Cargo For Shipping To India?

Air freight from China to India is beneficial in so many ways.

First, air cargo is the fastest way of shipping goods to India or any other country compared to sea transport.

Besides the speed, air cargo is also trustworthy, and you can ship nearly everything you need. Air cargo stays on a tight schedule, and even if your goods miss a flight, they will arrive soon.

Air Cargo is cheaper than Express Courier services
Air Cargo is cheaper than Express Courier services

Now the most vital point why you should use air route to ship goods from China to India is:

Air shipments usually ask for less heavy packing than other shipping methods.

Also, with air freight, you won’t need a local warehousing facility. Moreover, the insurance premiums are lower with air freight.

This way, you can save some cost on additional packaging, warehousing, and insurance.

When it comes to shipping goods with air freight from China to India, you can get some companies’ different discount offers.

 

9. How Is Air Freight Cost Calculated At The Time of  Shipping From China to India?

Like other countries, the air freight costs depend on two parameters: Actual weight and Volumetric weight.

If your shipment’s actual weight from China to India is higher than the Volumetric weight, you will be charged for Volumetric weight.

Again, if the normal weight is higher than the volumetric weight, then the air freight agency will charge you for the product’s actual or average weight.

Many importers get confused when they see that they have been charged for the volumetric weight instead of the actual weight.

That’s why every importer should have a clear understanding of how to calculate the applied weight of your product you are going to import.

Just remember this easy formula of 1:167.

Suppose you have a 1 cubic meter package.

If the actual weight of your package weighs lower than 167Kg, you will be charged 167 KG.

If the actual weight is more than 167KG, then you will be charged for the actual weight.

For express delivery, the formula changes to 1:200.

 

10. What Is The Average Air Freight Cost When Purchasing From China to India?

The rate is between $2.5-$5.0 per kg for Air freight. The price will vary for different reasons like the type of cargo, available space in the cargo, etc.

Moreover, the variable price depends on how many products you will ship from China to India. The higher the weight, the lesser the cost.

Price variations also depend on the transit time and insurance policy.

International couriers charge higher, but you can get it at a lower price from other companies such as Hart Logistics.

11. How Much Time It Takes To Ship From China To India By An Air Freight?

Air freight from China to India takes 5-10 working days to deliver your shipment from China.

You have to add 5 extra days with this for transit.

The delivery time varies from company to company, so pick your freight forwarder wisely.

12. How Much for  a 40-foot Container To Ship From China to India?

A 40-foot container typically costs between US $3500-$4000 in sea freight from China to India.

Sea cargo is the cheapest way to ship from China to India
Sea cargo is the cheapest way to ship from China to India

You should separate your customs duties and trucking cost from the sea freight cost.

The cost should vary differently for various agencies.

Hart Logistics delivers secured and fast sea shipping service between China and India.

 

13. How Many Days Does A Cargo Ship Take From China To India?

The time for a cargo ship to reach India departing from China depends on so many factors.

Of these factors, the shipping company you choose is the most crucial factor.

On average, a cargo takes 15 days to 20 days to ship goods.

This is port-to-port transit time.

And, you have to add waiting time with this transit time.

Roughly your shipment from China to India will arrive between 30-60 days in a cargo ship.

14. Is It Cheaper To Ship By Air Or Courier From China to India?

Courier will bring your shipment in 3-6 days, but it will cost more.

Air freight is cheaper than courier services to ship from China to India.

Air freight takes 6-10 days to ship your product from China to India at a significantly lower cost than the courier services.

15. What Is The Cheapest Way To Ship From China to India?

If you are looking for the cheapest shipping from China to India, you should go for the sea route.

A 40-ft container costs US $3500-$4000 to ship from China to India.

If you don’t need a full container, you can go for LCL or less than a full shipping method to cut the cost.

You can book LCL shipping at US $100.

You can ship from China to India at as cheap as less than a dollar per kg with sea cargo.

To know how to reduce shipping cost you can watch this video

16. How Can I Reduce Shipping Costs From China to India?

Reducing shipping costs from China to India depends on many things.

First, you have to choose the shipping method that best suits your type and amount of products.

With some products, you are bound to ship by air, and with some, you are bound to ship by sea.

Another factor is how fast you want to bring your shipment from China.

If you are dealing with urgent products, you have to choose between courier or air freight.

For urgent products, we recommend you choose air freight as express courier services are highly expensive.

An important point to note that the shipping price largely depends on the freight forwarder you are hiring.

Do not hire the first one.

Do your research, ask for quotes from multiple freight forwarders.

After getting the quote select the freight forwarder who gives the best service at the cheapest rate.

Another thing, try to reduce your LCL shipments.

Last suggestion, make a good relation with your freight forwarder.

Be a regular customer, and you can get an occasional discount on your shipment from China.

 

17. Do All Packages Shipped From China To India Go Through Customs?

Yes, all products you ship from anywhere in the world will go through customs.

Any Indian willing to ship from China to India has to register with the Director-General Of Foreign Trade.

You have to pay customs duty to bing your shipment
You have to pay customs duty to bing your shipment

Upon your registration, you will be provided a registration number.

You have to provide the following documents after your shipment from China arrives in India.

  • Certificate of origin
  • Industrial license if applicable
express shipping from china to india
  • Entry Bill
  • Letter of credit
  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list
  • Import declaration form from customs
  • Bill of lading

Without these documents, you won’t be able to clear your shipment from Indian customs.

You can always hire a customs broker to help you out filling up all the documents perfectly.

 

18. How Much Does Customs Clearance Cost in India For Shipping From China?

The custom tariff structure of India is consists of various duties, such as:

Basic Customs Duty: Standard duty charge imposed on all imports

Additional Customs Duty: It applies to all goods except alcohol and spirits.

Special Additional Duty: This service tax is applied to all products, including alcohol products.

There are some other duties such as social welfare surcharge and antidumping duty.

So, as you can see, India’s customs clearance cost is a complicated calculation and depends on many factors.

Remember, the duty will be calculated upon your entire shipping cost, not only on your product’s price.

 

19. What Happens If Customs Holds My Package When I Ship Goods From China to India?

Every shipment from China to India must be cleared, and it is your right to have it.

But if customs suspects you are bringing unauthorized product, they can cease your shipment.

Again, if you can not show all the necessary documents related to your shipment, customs can hold your shipment.

Basically, you can do nothing but wait for their response to your product and wait for their call.

 

20. How Can I Minimize Customs Charges From My Shipping From China to India?

Sorry, you can not avoid the customs charge other than some special situation.

But you can minimize it by following the proper guidelines of the customs department.

 

Final words:

India imports lots of products from China.

Shipping from China to India technically is not a challenging task.

But you need to know the complete process as without proper preparation you can lose lots of money or even your shipment from China.

Moreover, a wrong decision can impact the shipping cost from China to India.

Hart Logistics is a leading freight forwarder in China and delivers goods in India at a meager cost.

You can book our air or freight cargo to ship from China at a low cost.

We hope this FAQ guide will help you to make the right decision before you ship from China.

All the best with your shipment from China.

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