Importing from China

Chances are high you searched for 'Importing from China' and ended up on this page. Importing your goods from China can be quite a puzzle. After you have found a reliable supplier, you want the goods to arrive safely at the right place. Probably you have more questions: what does a container cost from China, what are the import rules and which insurance do you need? Read this page to learn more about importing from China or book your first test shipment. 

Importing from China: which mode of transport are you using?

There are several ways you can import your products from China to Europe. Air freight is often chosen because this is fast and the possibilities are literally limitless. But there are also a lot of disadvantages to this method of transport. High costs and the burden on the environment. The Carbon emissions are extremely high. Chances are high that your organization has high sustainability goals, which means air freight is not an option. 

Sea freight is a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative. But it will put your patience to the test: it often takes at least a month before your imported goods from China arrive in Europe. Having your belongings transported in October for the busy December month is tricky. Also responding quickly to trends does not work if you choose to import from China with sea freight. In addition, the corona measures that closed several ports and the problems of the Suez Canal in the spring of 2021 exposed the vulnerabilities of sea freight.

This makes it seem like you have to choose between two evils: expensive and polluting for the environment or cheaper, more environmentally friendly, vulnerable and long transit times. However, there is a third option that combines the advantages of traditional transport methods into one successful package. That is import from China by train.

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The Suez Canal

Importing from China by train

It may not be the first means of transport that comes to mind, but the construction of the New Silk Road has suddenly made it a lot easier to import goods from China by train. This new railway connects the continents of Asia, Europe and North Africa. And that's not the only advantage: rail freight is on average 27x less polluting than airfreight and two times faster than sea freight.

With railcargo you combine the advantages of the traditional transport methods into one successful solutions. Our rail expert loves a logistical challenge. Are you interested in importing your goods from China by train?

The advantages of transporting goods by train
  • The advantages of air freight and sea freight combined
  • Efficient
  • 27 times less CO2 emission compared to air freight
  • Twice as fast compared to sea freight
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What else should you consider when importing from China?

Choosing the right mode of transport and carrier is one thing, but there is much more to take into account. That is why we can take care of the entire process - from A to Z - for you. You will get the most out of your investment and save lots of time. We can help you with customs clearance, analyze the supply chain and provide targeted advice based on this. 

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