Shipping from China to all over the world is a challenging issue for many businessmen and businesswomen.
As you know, there are different ways for freight forwarding, such as air freight or sea freight, and sometimes people are confused that which one is the best choice!
If you have detailed information about each of these ways, you can easily decide.
This article aims to discuss “why to choose air cargo for shipping from China to the United Kingdom.” After finishing this article, you will have enough information to decide.
The advantages of air cargo
Before we talk about the air cargo for shipping from China to the United Kingdom, it is better to increase information about air cargo benefits.
Many businessmen and businesswomen mistakenly think that air cargo is more expensive than sea freight, and it is not a suitable way for freight forwarding.
Although air cargo is more expensive, it doesn’t mean that way is not suitable. The benefits of air cargo are as below:
- High speed
- Easy tracking
- High security
- Light packaging
- Low insurance
The air cargo only takes 3 to 8 days. Then, if you, as a businessman and businesswoman, are in a hurry, this way is the best!
When to choose air cargo for shipping from China to the United Kingdom
Besides being in a hurry, there are other issues that you must take into consideration for choosing air cargo for shipping from China to the United Kingdom.
Two critical factors influence the way you want to choose:
- The nature of the goods
If the cargo is less than 200 kg or the goods’ nature is not something forbidden by the air regulations, air cargo is the best solution. The prohibited items by air cargo are as below:
- Liquids such as acids, aerosols, pesticides, ethanol, and other flammable ingredients
- Tools and equipment such as gas oil or oil
- Car batteries, ion batteries, or any other things that can explode
If you have general goods (that they are not on the above list or are not too heavy), it is the best way to choose air cargo.
The air cargo from China to the United Kingdom
If you are in China, and as a businessman or businesswoman, wants to use this service for freight forwarding, it is better to know the airports from China to the United Kingdom. The Chinese airports are as below:
- Wuhan ( to London- Heathrow)
- Beijing (to London- Heathrow, Manchester)
- Shanghai – Pudong ( to London – Heathrow)
- Zhengzhou ( to London – Heathrow)
- Qingdao (to London – Heathrow)
Other vital airports from China to the United Kingdom are as below:
The airports in the United Kingdom are as below:
- London / Heathrow
If a businessman or businesswoman’s location is in other cities in the United Kingdom, the packages are usually trucked from these airports to that city.
One crucial question for air cargo for shipping from China to the United Kingdom is its costs. Because the price is an essential factor for each businessman or businesswoman and she/he can decide based on this factor for the future of the business.
All these factors influence the price:
- The type of freight
- The amount of freight
- The type of service (classic or express)
Then, it is not a reasonable way to offer a price here. For more information about this, you can consult with professional freight forwarders.
How long for air cargo for shipping from China to the United Kingdom?
Generally, the transit time for air cargo from China to the United Kingdom takes four to seven days. In the below table, you can see the transit time:
- Guangzhou to Glasgow – 7 days
- Guangzhou or Shanghai to London Heathrow – 5 days
- Zhengzhou to London Heathrow – 7 days
- Beijing to Manchester – 4 days
- Shanghai to Glasgow or Birmingham – 4 days
- Shanghai to Manchester – 5 days
- Shenzhen to Birmingham – 7 days
- Shenzhen to London Heathrow – 4 days
- Shenzhen to Manchester – 7 days
- Xiamen to London Heathrow – 6 days
If you choose air cargo for shipping from China to the United Kingdom, the freight forwarder will do all the customs clearance for you.
Some documents that are needed for freight forwarding and the customer must prepare them are as following:
- Commercial invoice
- Packing list
- Certificate of Origin
- Letters of Credit
- Bill of Landing for ocean freight or Airway Bill for air freight
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It takes usually 3 to 7 days. This time includes the transit time.
When you are in a hurry, and you want your packages within 10 days. when your goods are less than 200 kg, and when the nature of the goods are not in the list of forbidden items by the air regulation, the air cargo is the best solution!