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Shipping from China to France | Air, Sea, Rail Freight [July 2022]

What is the best way to ship goods to France ?

If you are on the verge of exporting goods from China to France and that you still have a doubt when it comes to the regulation or transport method, this is because it is very difficult to find reliable information among the ton of online advice. That is why SINO Shipping has done its “France guide”.

In this guide, you will find reliable information regarding every logistics steps you may when you ship from China to France. You still have some confusion? Feel free to contact our SINO Experts to have dedicated details.

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SUMMARY

What is the best method to ship your goods from China to France?

At SINO Shipping, we offer appropriated type of shipping. We can do airfreight, sea freight and rail freight. Of course, it depends on the nature of your goods, their volume and weight. Our moving consultant will analyze and determine the most suitable solution for your goods.

Let’s see the best transportation methods according to the nature/volume/weight/class of goods

If you speak french You can Check the OFFICIAL SINO-SHIPPING WEBSITE IN FRENCH 

SEA FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE

FCL Container freight rates from China to France (updated july 2022)

 

Route

Container 20’ / usd

Container 40’ / usd

Estimated Transit time

Ningbo-Marseille Fos

7100

12600

30 days

Ningbo-Le Havre

5300

11000

30 days

Shenzhen-Marseille Fos

6600

12300

29 days

Shenzhen-Le Havre

5400

10100

27 days

* The quote on this table are port to port peak season FCL shipping average rates

 

Ocean freight will be the best deal for you if :

  • Your suppliers are located near a major Chinese port
  • Your goods are bigger than 2 CBM
  • You’re not in a hurry to receive them

LCL Consolidation sea freight rates from China to France (updated july 2022)

 

Route

Price per Cubic meter / usd

Estimated Transit time

Ningbo-Marseille Fos

100-120/cbm

33 days

Ningbo-Le Havre

95-105/cbm

30 days

Shenzhen-Marseille Fos

10-20/cbm

28 days

Shenzhen–Le Havre

30-40/cbm

24 days

Contact us now ! Your personal SINO advisor will find out customized solution for your import process from China to France.

Overview – Ocean cargo from China to France

Remark SINO: Bear in mind, the 3 most important criteria for sea freight are the price, the time of transportation, and the security.

Generally, sea freight is the most popular choice for international cargo transfers that are over 200kg. Tens of thousands of tons of cargo are transported daily by sea due to its flexibility and affordability.

Sea freight departure arrangements can be made anywhere in the world, as full containers or part of a consolidated load (for cargo below 15 cubic meters). The size of our containers varies, from 32, 66 to 76 cubic meters and we have a dedicated team of experts to help you identify bespoke sea freight solutions to meet your transportation needs.

At SINO Shipping, we manage all the logistics procedures related to your cargo. We provide suitable and international standard packaging services to minimize the risk of damage or loss to your cargo and our professional and reliable export agents are highly adept at providing hassle-free customs clearance.

Remark SINO : If you’re interested to know more about sea freight from China, check our dedicated article on the topic: Sea Freight China.

Shipping company offering services from China to French ports

At SINO Shipping, we trust that maintaining close and good relations with the main shipping lines that serve French major ports is absolutely essential.

Port of Marseille Fos

The Port of Marseille – Fos/mer is the largest port in France and the natural gateway to Europe. Covering an area as large as the city of Paris, it offers spaces and infrastructure that is able to accommodate maritime, logistics and industrial activities.

A general port, it handles all types of goods: hydrocarbons and liquid bulk (oil, gas, and chemicals), general cargo (containers and other packaging) and dry bulk (ore and grain).

More than 2 million passengers pass through the Port of Marseille Fos each year. In less than ten years, it has become the number one cruise port in France.

Port of Le Havre

It is the second-largest commercial port in France in terms of overall tonnage, and the largest container port, with three sets of terminals. It can accommodate all sizes of world cruise liners, and a major new marina is being planned.

Should I ship by consolidation or full container from China to France?

LCL – Consolidation

This option is adapted when you do not have enough goods to fill one full container. Moreover, it allows you to pay only for the space you need because your goods are loaded in with other customers items and therefore, it is a cost-effective option. We recommend it for shipment which volume is from 0 to 15 cubic meters. Nevertheless, this can change from one port to another so feel free to contact us for more information about this subject

This option is adapted when you do not have enough goods to fill one full container. Moreover, it allows you to pay only for the space you need because your goods are loaded in with other customers items and therefore, it is a cost-effective option. We recommend it for shipment which volume is from 0 to 15 cubic meters. Nevertheless, this can change from one port to another so feel free to contact us for more information about this subject.

FCL – Full Container

SINO Shipping provides weekly shipments to the main ports around the world. For every single shipment, we offer three types of full containers:

  • The 20 feet which has an internal capacity of 33 cubic meters
  • The 40 feet which is able to carry up to 66 cubic meters
  • The 40 feet HQ, which has an internal capacity of 76 cubic meters

SINO Plus : We can handle any kind of shipment, whether it be LCL or FCL. Get in touch with us for further information

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How long does it take to ship from China to France by sea freight?

In order to give you an estimation of the transit times of a cargo shipping between de different Chinese ports of loading and French delivery ports, we created this table. Of course, these are just indicative timing between China and France.

*Please note that those transit times are just indicative timing between China and France

How much does it cost to ship a container from China to France?

The price for shipping goods from China to France depends on different factors such as the port of loading, the port of delivery, the nature of the goods, their volume and weight. Moreover, there is an update of the prices monthly. For all these reasons, we cannot provide you with a unique price, but be sure that our advisor will give you best rates for the shipment of your goods.

Remark SINO : Bear in mind, the 3 most important criteria for sea freight are the price, the time of transportation, and the security.

SINO Advice : Contact our SINO Maritime Specialists now, to see what is possible between China and France. We will give you precise rates and transit times after, as we decided to quote each demand individually. It permits to avoid surprises, because the total costs are depending on all the different services you ask us to provide.

Special sea freight services

Reefer container from China to France

At SINO Shipping, we guarantee an excellent cold chain management and logistics, using temperature’s control transportation and storage to ensure the product remains within its recommended conditions.

Here are the services we offer regarding the shipping of temperature-controlled goods:

  • We ensure the handling conditions are maintained throughout the cold chain.
  • We ensure the appropriate storage conditions throughout the cold chain.
  • We maintain the product safety and integrity throughout the cold chain during all the shipping.

When it comes to the sea freight, we ship your goods thanks to refrigerated cargo containers known as reefers.

Roro/Bulk/OOG from China to France

We are able to provide services for all goods, including oversized ones. Indeed, we can do RORO Bulk shipping that refers to cargo that have to be loaded onto a vessel individually, rather than in a shipping container. Our skilled operations team will take care of your break bulk shipment, including heavy machinery, large equipment, infrastructure building supplies, granite blocks, rolling stock, oil well supplies, and other various types of project cargo

AIR FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE

Air freight rates from China to France (updated july 2022)

Chargeable weight

Price usd per Kg

Transit time

0-50 kg

50-100 kg

USD9.3

4-5 days

100-500 kg

USD8.3

4-5 days

500 kg +

USD7.9

4-5 days

* Average price and TT for shanghai-new york

Air freight will be the most efficient solution if :

  • Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg
  • You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

Remark SINO : Naturally, if your need to get your goods delivered as fast as possible, air freight is the best option for you.

Overview – Classic vs Express air freight

On one hand, air express refers to freight forwarders that ship your items from door to door, that is to say from a pickup point to a delivery address. On the other hand, air freights, or sometimes referred as the “air cargo”, are normally larger shipments via air from port to port.

*if you don’t give priority to the transit time, you can flavor your conveyance with one or several stopovers.

Remark SINO :  we remind you that the flight duration is not the only element to think about. It’s just one component of the whole logistics process: packing, customs clearance, trucking pick up and delivery…

Air freight rates

*The price of your air freight will be calculated based on the chargeable weight of your items.

Two methods are necessary to sort it out, the first is the gross weight, and the second is the volumetric weight. The biggest weight value will be the one kept, to quote your freight.

What is the difference between volumetric and gross weight?

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* Your products will be charged with another method for our express services. The volumetric weight will be calculated with this ratio: 1 CBM = 200 kgs.

On the one side, the gross weight represents the total weight of a shipment of goods, including its packaging. On the other side, the volumetric weight is calculated for bulky goods sent by air. You can calculate it with the general statement of 167 kg = 1 cbm.

Info SINO : Each customer has different requirements, that’s why, at SINO Shipping will determine your quote on a case-by-case method.

Should I choose a Classic Air freight from China to France?

Which airlines company should you ship with?

The main companies that fly from China to France are the following: Air France, China Eastern. This is why our team has excellent relationships with these airlines.

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Air france (formerly known as Air France KLM) is a french airline company. The company has cargo flights to mains airports worldwide.

Info SINO : You want further information about their services ? Check directly the official website: Air France Cargo.

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China cargo airlines is the cargo subsidiary of China Eastern, and it represents the first all-cargo airline operating dedicated freight services.

Info SINO : You want further information about their services ? Check directly the official website: China Eastern Cargo (website in Chinese).

SINO Plus : Our good partnerships with international cargo airlines enables us to propose you interesting rates for great air freight services between China and France. We can plan both regular and courier air freight and add trucking services to deliver your goods everywhere you are. With SINO Shipping, China and Indonesia have never been so close!

How long is the transfer from China to France by air freight?

Here is a table that summarizes the different transit from Chinese airports to french airports. Of course it is only indicative transit time and it may be a bit longer:

Remark SINO : It is hard to estimate as it mainly depends of the budget: a direct flight available within a day is possible, but will probably be more expensive. Also, please note that the transit time doesn’t not include the whole process (pick up & delivery, customs clearance…). In average, you can expect 6/9 days (export/import process included).

How much does it cost to ship a parcel from China to France?

As you may have understood, it is impossible for us to provide rates without this information: distance from airport (departure and arrival), dimensions, weight and nature of the goods. Once you have communicated all these info to us, we guarantee to provide you with the best rates and the most adapted solution

SINO Plus : Each customer has different needs, that’s why, at SINO Shipping will determine your quote on a case-by-case method.

Should I choose an Express Air freight from China to France?

Express service – Perfect solution for small package

The express service offers quick and efficient deadlines transit between China and France. It is appropriate for items, which do not exceed 50 kg and which length, width and height of the outer packaging do not exceed 60 cm and 90 cm. Its price is very competitive, in particular for international shipment. The shipment is easy to do from any post office. But it can also be used for large parcels (50 to 120 kgs).

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How long does it take for a package to be shipped from China to France?

It only takes a few days. It is fast as courier has an internal customs department. Indeed, the speed of delivery is one of the assets of this service; it usually takes between 3 and 5 days for small parcels and between 4 and 7 days for large ones.

How much an Express service costs from China to France?

In the same vein that for airfreight; the prices highly depend on different factors such as the nature of the goods, the dimensions, the weight etc. We have very competitive rates to offer thanks to our close relation with Courier Company such as TNT, DHL, Fedex…

Major airports to ship in France

Roissy Charles De Gaulle (CDG) Airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the second largest airport hub in Europe, after London Heathrow Airport in the UK, and the tenth largest airport in 2017 for passenger traffic with 69.5 million passengers. The airport is managed by Groupe ADP, and operated commercially under the Paris Aéroport brand since 14 April 2016.

Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport

With 10,300,000 passengers in 2017, it ranks as the fourth largest airport in France behind Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Nice Côte d’Azur. It is managed by Aéroports de Lyon.

Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport is a French international airport located in Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes and on the Côte d’Azur. Commercial traffic in 2017 reached 13.3 million passengers. It sets a new annual record for the platform for the seventh consecutive year. International commercial traffic accounts for 65% of the commercial traffic of the platform in 2017.

Info SINO : As you probably know, air freight is the most efficient way to carry your products. But naturally, this effectiveness has a cost.

RAIL FREIGHT FROM CHINA TO FRANCE

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Air freight will be the most efficient solution if :

  • Your goods are smaller than 2 CBM and 200 kg
  • You’re in a hurry to receive/send the goods

Remark SINO : Do not waste time ! Fill our form and get a price within 48H!

Overview – Rail freight from China to France

This mode of transportation is a good compromise between airfreight and sea freight. First of all, its transit time is less than ocean freight; you have to count between 25 and 30 days for rail freight and up to 40/45 days for sea freight. Plus, it is cheaper than airfreight. Moreover, it is perfectly suited for shipping bulky and heavy goods over long distances.

Remark SINO: For further information about our rail freight services, take a look on our dedicated page: rail freight service. Otherwise, please feel free to contact us, we will find you the best option for your shipment. Fill our online form in a minutes and get your quote within 48H!

What are the main train station from China to France?

This map retraces the Silky Road and its different steps when going from China to France:

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How long does it take from China to France by train?

Here is a table that sums up the different transit times between the main Chinese and French train stations. Of course it is hard to estimate, as transit is unpredictable without any precise and accurate information.

*Please note that those transit time are just indicative between China and France

How much does it cost to ship goods by train?

It is impossible to provide prices before having the following information: distance from departure to arrival, dimensions, weight, and nature of the goods… We quote case by case and provide you the best rate for you shipments.

2. AIR FREIGHT FROM/TO FRANCE
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Remark SINO : Trucking is a must in international shipment, indeed we need it to handle local delivery: Pick up from warehouse to port/airport of departure, and obviously delivery from port/airport of arrival to final destination. SINO Shippingunderstood it and aim to offer the most suitable solution for our customers, that’s why we decided to provide Door to Door services from/to China.

Contact us now! Your personal SINO advisor will find out customized solution for your import process from China to France.

Air freight transit times

On door-to-door, 1 day is required for your shipment to transit to Brazil, when departing from China by cargo plane. To receive your items at your address, around ten days are required, when transfering them via a regular air freight. With a courier air freight (express), ­6 days on average are necessary to provide the same transport performance.

Overview – Door to Door

We have partners who are based worldwide and thank to them, we are able to offer door-to-door services, which is an “all inclusive” service. Our services begin at your location (your home, your premises or your providers’ warehouse or factory) and your goods are shipped to the arrival

Remark SINO : For further information about our Door-to-Door service, take a look to our dedicated page: Door to door service.Otherwise, please feel free to contact us, we will find you the best option for your shipment. Fill our online form in a minutes and get your quote within 48H.

Why door to door service is necessary?

There are some steps that are mandatories such as customs clearance (you must hire freight forwarder for this step). Moreover here are the services that SINO Shipping provides:

  • Pick upPackingand transfer of your goods from your starting point
  • Preparation of transport documents(packing list, commercial invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin)
  • Handlingloadingand unloading at the port or airport and customs clearance
  • The freightto all ports / airports worldwide
  • The delivery to your final address

*Therefore, as you may have understood, it is largely easier to let us do everything so that you have to worry about nothing.

SINO Shipping – Door to Door specialist

We believe that doing our best to ensure direct flow of goods from the supplier to the delivery address is essential for you in order that you should not worry about anything. In order to be the best at this process, we focus on two main things: the proximity with our customers and the quality of our logistic services. This is why we have a multilingual team, worldwide experts, and that we take pride in helping you with any trouble you may have to cope with when shipping your goods. We struggle in providing you best rates and adapted services.

LTL and FTL Trucking

For both countries, China and France, we are flexible thanks to our fleet of trucks. That’s why, we are able to manage trucking service, LTL as well as FTL :

  • As container, LTL or less than Truckload, is referred to load stands for less than the capacity of the truck. Naturally, the pricewill be based on the space used.
  • On the other hand, FTL or Full Truckload shipping refers to when customers has enough goods to fill the truckload. In reality, some clients use it to save time, because the shipment will be delivered faster.

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OUR CUSTOMS BROKER INFORM YOU

CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN FRANCE

When your goods arrive at the EU customs office, they are placed into temporary storage under customs monitoring (no longer than 90 days) until they are set aside for release for free circulation or special procedures

Info SINO :  You want further information about the process? Check the official customs website to get it: EU import procedures.

How much duties and taxes will I pay ?

Calculate applicable tariff with the HS code

The Harmonized System (HS Code) is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers that aims at classifying traded products in order to determine tariff barriers. It was implemented in 1988 and today; it gathers more than 200 member countries, including France.

 

The HS code is the identification number attributed to goods through the HTS. Here is all the information contained in a HS code:

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If you didn’t determine the HS code of your goods yet, we advise you to find it on this valuable website: Find HS Code. You can also find it on the official European customs website just here: Tariff Number.

You just need to enter keywords that are describing your products. If you have the opportunity, you can also find the HS Code directly with your supplier. In the case of a “pineapple”, you will find the HS code 0804.30 as a result.

You found or know already the HS Code of your products? You now have the necessary information to find the duties and taxes that you are liable to. Reach the dedicated and official page of the France customs: TARIC System – Taxation and customs in Europe.

Let’s continue with the “pineapple” as an example, it will provide you these rates :

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Different taxes existing for your goods

In this part, we explain which taxes exist and to which goods and situations they apply.

Info SINO :  Bear in Mind that The tariff structure is subject to frequent changes.

EU anti-dumping taxes

If you speak french, you can check our sourcing website and find all relevant informations regarding importing and clearing products in the EU

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It is important to follow closely the evolution of anti-dumping taxes from the European Union when it comes to Chinese importations. In order to facilitate you this task, we gather here the main EU anti-dumping taxes for Chinese importations. We recommend you to look before if some taxes exist for your specific goods before importing them.

When it comes to steel

The European Commission has prolonged the 2011 anti-dumping measures on Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes of stainless steel until 2023. The duties go from 48.3% up to 71.9%.

When it comes to solar panel

In September 2017, the European Commission has established the basis for anti-dumping duties imposed on solar products imported from China. The minimum import price known as the MIP has progressively been cut every three months, from October 2017 to July 2018. Against this background, companies that want to sell solar products below the set minimum price have to pay import duties of up to 64.9 %.

When it comes to mono-crystalline and poly-crystalline products

In September 2017, the European Commission has decided to lower the MIP for China-made crystalline silicon photovoltaic products on a quarterly basis to match with the global average.

When it comes to bikes

The European Union is still thinking over whether to extend anti-dumping duties on Chinese bicycles or not, after that European makers expressed their fear about how the influx of Asian imports could impact negatively their industry.

Special taxes

The goods that you import for professional or trade purpose are not duty free. Although they are authorized to import, you will effectively have duties to pay on them.

 

Here is the list of the goods that are not free of duty :

  • Goods for a secondary residence (duties + 20% VAT)
  • Raw materials + semi-finished products
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol and cellar provisions

 

As detailed above, for goods destined for a secondary residence, you will have to transmit to customs:

  • A certificate from the regional customs directorate of the secondary residence area and its duplicate
  • The detailed packing list with the value prices of the goods in €, this signed and dated
  • Documents testifying of the ownership or renting
  • Documents testifying of the normal residence
  • Insurance of the transferred goods
  • Bill of Lading
  • A well completed cerfa form n°14727*01, supported by any valuable documents
  • The dutiable amount in cash or bank check

Info SINO : You can find further information on the official website: Here you will find all customs related form: Formulaires : opérations commerciales (échanges commerciaux). Also you can directly have a look on the cerfa No 14727, you will find it here: Cerfa n° 14727 Formulaire DAU.

How to get taxes exemption for personal effects?

For your goods to be tax-free, here is what is required :

  • Your personal goods must have no professional purpose at all
  • Your personal goods must be acquired at least 6 months before you move
  • You must have lived out of the European Union for at least 12 months before your move
  • You’re transferring your principal residence to France
  • You’re importing your belongings within 12 months after your settlement in France

What should I do to be tax exempted for my relocation to France?

To be not dutiable of any taxes when moving to France, you must provide these documents to customs :

  • A detailed packing list dated and signed in two copies, that indicates all the goods and furniture you will transfer to France
  • All documents proving that you were living out of the EU and that you’re now settling in France
  • Before you leave, you can ask to the embassy or consulate you depend on the certificate of change of residence
  • The cerfa form n°10070*03 declaring personal belongings for entrance in France, well completed and signed for all your precious goods and vehicle.

Info SINO : You want further information about the taxes exemption on personal effects? Check directly the following page: Déclaration d’entrée en France en franchise de biens personnels en provenance de pays tiers à l’Union Européenne (page in French language).

Does Sino Shipping charge duty?

You will not be paying to SINO Shipping any further shipping costs. Indeed, you will be asked instead to pay customs duties, taxes and other import charges related to customs clearance in your home country, as per local regulations.

Customs contact in China
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Official name: General Administration of Customs of China

Official Website: Chinese Customs Website

Customs contact in France
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Official name: Directorate-General of Customs and Indirect Taxes

Official Website: French Customs Website

Customs clearance process

Here is a step-by-step scheme that details the customs clearance process from the entrance of the container on the French territory to the release of goods by customs officers.

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Remark SINO : You still have a doubt regarding regarding the whole process? You still have some questions about the taxes you may have to pay? Feel free to contact our experts ! They are at your disposal to answer every single question ! Fill our form in a minute and get an answer within 48h !

What are the Licenses required (import & export)?

Remark SINO:  In order to get more information about this subject, please look at the article “Exporting from Chine into the EU” and you will get all reliable information when it comes to the customs requirements. You will find the article in the following link: Export from China.

Necessary documents

The Bill of Lading or Airway bill (BL)

The Bill of lading (or the airway bill in case of Air freight) represents the basic contact between the importer and the shipper. It allows the shipping line (such Maersk, CMA-CGM…) to transport goods (or “container”) to your port/airport of destination and also serve as a receipt and proof for the importer. It could be considered as an official title of purchasing goods.

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Here we’re detailing you how is built a BL:

1 = Shipper
2 = Consignee
3 = Notify party
4 = Vessel No.
5 = Port of loading / discharge
6 = Place of receipt / delivery
7 = Containers No.
8 = Goods description
9 = Net weight
10 = Dimensions / volume

A packing list

This is the document that the custom considered when they check your shipment. It is essential to make it properly with all information, usually we detail the HS code(Harmonized System of Tariff Nomenclature) even in the packing list.

A Certificate of Origin (CO)

Certified document provided by the government, we can also call it “Birth certificate“. The Certificate of origin will show every details regarding the origin of the product

A commercial invoice

This document is the common one, provided directly by the supplier it indicates the goods, quantity and prices but also the buyer and supplier details. A commercial invoice could also indicate several details such HS code, weight, dimensions..

Insurance certificate

The official document from insurance services, it will be considered by the customs when they fix the price of your duties and taxes (if any).

Shipper’s export/import declaration

This document refers to the contact information of the exporter and buyer, which contains a full description, declared value, and destination of the products being shipped.

Remark SINO : Some documents are not mentioned above as it is just an indicative list, please feel free to check what will be the requirements with our SINO Customs experts.

OUR CUSTOMS BROKER INFORM YOU

PROHIBITED & RESTRICTED ITEMS

Remark SINO : If you have one of the following item, you should check directly with our SINO Experts. Some of those items are restricted or even totally prohibited, it is important to anticipate such shipment to avoid any problem.

Drug Contraband
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Explosives
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Biohazard
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Chemicals
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Corrosive
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Counterfeit
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Ivory
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Batteries
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Flammable
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Firearms
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Drugs
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Counterfeit Notes
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Poison
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Pornography
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Knife
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Tobacco
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Gambling
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Hazardous
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Trade agreement

Most of the trade relations between the EU and China are based on a bilateral basis, meaning that China has particular trade relationship with each member state and not with the EU as a whole. Consequently, it can have negative effect on the capacity of the EU to use their collective economic influence on China when trading. Moreover, the fact that EU is split opposite China has stopped it from implementing an effective strategy regarding its relation with China.

The EU has to try to find a new balance for its relationship with China in order to conserve its economic independence. To do so, the EU has to trade with China as a unit, this is why a EU-China Free Trade Agreement may be a potential means to impulse a policy change. Today, neither the EU nor China is ready for a FTA even though it is evolving on the right path

Trade relationship

Though China is France’s second largest supplier after Germany, the Chinese market is only the seventh largest market for French exports. Trade between both countries effectively remains moderate. However, the rise in the value of French exports to China and the imports of Chinese products in France over the past year indicate an encouraging development of the trade between both countries.

Regarding French industries, there are positive results in China in 2017. On one hand, aerospace construction products’ exports account for 34 % of the value of French exports to China. On the other hand, clothing, communication and peripheral equipment and computers represent the most imported products in France from China.

It is true that China is an important market for French companies. Some French industries record improve their revenue thanks to exports to China, especially when it comes to luxury products, food and beverage, high-tech goods and art.  In France, we count currently more than 700 Chinese and Honk-Kong companies’ subsidiaries.

SINO Remark : Because the entire procedure must be done quick, and it will be a headache for a novice, you can fully trust on our efficiency with French customs procedures. The origin of our company is French, a certain number of our crew are french speakers which allows us to service the best between those 2 countries: China and France. Don’t waste time, contact us and check it by yourself !

Additional shipping services

Our warehousing services

Storage service in China

Thanks to our worldwide network, we can store your goods in China in all the major cities.  Our company is proud to offer storage solutions with a multitude of storage options suited to your needs.

Indeed, we believe that one of the key points of a supply chain is warehousing. In order to meet the demand, our facilities are multi-users and this allows a great flexibility. You have also the possibility to choose customized and unique warehouses.

Whether you need a maximum level of storage security for precious goods, or refrigerated storage services, we offer full warehouses services monitored by our skilled staff

Info SINO: You want further information about our warehousing services ? Check directly our dedicated page: Storage services.

Storage service in France

We can store your goods in China before departure but we can also store them in France before delivery.

Just like in China, be sure that in addition to warehousing, we aim at facilitating you the task when in France, by taking charge of everything things, including:

  • Competitive storage rates
  • Receive stocks
  • Track stored products
  • CCTV Security 24/7

Our packing/unpacking services

Packaging is a key and indispensable step in any shipment. In order to optimize the transport conditions, a professional packing service is highly recommended for the safety of your goods. Our packing experts will work with you and your product’s specificities, and provide solutions for packaging options to ensure safe transport and delivery.

Info SINO : Packing is essential for convey products under optimal conditions all along the logistics process.

Packing material

Carton boxes are the most basic type of packing material. There are different kinds of carton boxes: corrugated, plywood boxes etc. Cartons are still the main item used to pack small and medium goods, even if it is an old school method.

Palletization

Palletization is considered to be the main packing option for almost all goods, and all transportation modes. Compared to the delivery of non-palletized goods, pallet shipping represents a significant cost. On the other hand, the price-quality ratio due to the real minimization of risks and potential damage to deliveries makes the pallet of goods an indispensable tool in the goods transport industry.

  • Wooden pallets are strong and resistant. They also offer an elevated level of safety because wood provides a high level of friction, which is a substantial advantage over plastic. This ensures that goods will not slip easily once on the pallet.
  • Plastic pallets are also an excellent option for goods packing. However, as plastic is more expensive than wood, it implies that the initial costs can be considerable. So this is an obvious disadvantage.
Wooden boxes

The wooden boxes are a really advantageous type of packing because they provide full protection to your goods during transit. Moreover, our company offers a wide range of wooden boxes. It is adapted for voluminous and heavy items like furniture… Indeed, this gives them a better protection during the transfer and ease and secures the handling steps.

Others: bubble wrap, tape, wrapping paper…

We advise you to wrap all your fragile/sensitive goods with bubble wrap, like glass or porcelain to prevent breakage. We offer specific packing according to your items’ needs.

Why packing is important for the insurance?

Packing is very important for the insurance because your insurers could reject the refund if they consider the packaging of the damaged goods to be insufficient.

Freight insurance

We negotiated with the best-certified insurers to select the most attractive package for our clients, both in terms of cost and safety. We propose moving insurance because it is really important that our customers may be insured in case of incidents.

How much does a freight insurance cost?

The method of calculation of your insurance cost is the following. You have to add the value of your goods and the value of your freight, then you apply a 1-3% factor on it, depending on your products’ category.

SINO Info : You can go deeper, to know what freight insurance will suit the best to your cargo by consulting our dedicated article Freight Insurance.

Control quality in China

Our experts systematically control the quality of your goods, because we highly think that it essential in order to avoid any issue. Furthermore, we establish close relationship with your supplier to keep your freight safe.

Relationship with supplier

As we speak Chinese, it is easier for us to discuss with suppliers to arrange pick up, packing needs, licenses and the compliance of your products with EU norms. Moreover, even if your incoterm of purchase FOB, we check all for you with your supplier, such as the volume, the weight, the HS codes. Indeed, we believe that having close relationship with the suppliers is essential in order to reduce the risks of unpredictable events and not to have misunderstandings

3PL Services in China

Order fulfillment/Packing & labelling in China

Order fulfillment is defined as the steps involved in receiving, processing and delivering orders to end customers. As a freight forwarder, we provide this service and we consider that it is absolutely essential to do perfect orders, that is to say, orders that are on time, complete, and undamaged, along with the correct paperwork to accompany it.

Last mile delivery

As consumers increasingly turn to e-commerce for all their shopping needs, the need of last mile delivery is rampant. This notion describes the movement of people and goods from a transportation hub to a final destination in the home. At SINO Shipping, we provide this service for small parcels.

Shipping personal effects from China

Excess baggage

If you have excess baggage such as a suitcase that exceeds the permitted airline weight, or simply bulky goods that you want to take with you, we can help you deal with it. Indeed, we can provide tailored baggage-shipping quotes in order that you may pay only for the space that your goods occupy in the container.

Moving service from China to France

We also offer relocation services. In order to get more information about them, please go on our dedicated website and do not hesitate to contact one of our moving department experts: SINO Relocation.

Free regulation advisor

Beyond shipping services, we take time to accompany you for all administrative paperwork you may need to get and deal with during your international shipment.

More than 10 years of expertise in Asia, enables us to deliver tailor-made freight solutions at hyper competitive prices. Do not hesitate to contact our dedicated staff for more information about your transfer, we’re always happy to serve and spread knowledge!

FAQ – For 1st time importer from China

FAQ – Regulation

The Bill of Lading, the Packing List and the Commercial Invoice are the three types of documents that are required in every import process. Other paperwork such as Certificate of Origin, Product Licenses, Product Certification, etc. can also be required for specific goods.

Yes, you will need a license to import goods from China to France. The type of license you need depends of the category of your goods (permitted, restricted of prohibited). Please refer to the dedicated part of our article about import and export licenses for more information.

Yes you need a customs broker once in France and our company can provide you this service.

An EORI number is a EU registration and identification number for businesses that undertake the import or export of goods into or out of the EU. Any business or individual established in the EU has to obtain an EORI number from their national customs authority before commencing customs activities in the EU.

You can validate your EORI numbers online: EORI Service.

FAQ – Shipping budget optimization

If you want to import cargo which weight is less than 150 kg, we highly recommend you to ship your goods by airfreight. If it is more, it won’t be more expensive for you because the freight forwarder will charge you with the volumetric weight.

As we said previously, it is essential to pay insurance in order to avoid any issue.

We strongly recommend you to declare the right value and not to underestimate it.

No, you do not have to pay duties and taxes in China.

The import tariff is based on the HS code of your product. You can check here the import tariff of your products: Import tariff base

FAQ – SINO Tips

Here are the responsibilities that vary according to each of these 3 incoterms:

  • When shipping under EXW, the supplier is responsible for making the goods available and ready for dispatch when coming out of the factory. The carrier or the freight forwarder is responsible of the shipment from the reception of the goods outside of the factory to the final delivery location.
  • When shipping under FOB, the supplier is responsible for forwarding the goods to the port of loading, on the vessel. At this point, the responsibility is transferred to the freight forwarder, until the final delivery location.
  • When shipping under CIF, the carrier takes care of freight and transport insurance to the port of arrival.

As a general rule, the incoterm is clearly defined in the proforma invoice.

Yes it can affect your shipment. Therefore, we recommend you not to plan a shipment of these periods, just to be sure that you won’t have bad news.

Here are the different methods of payment you can use for your imports:

  • The Telegraphic Transfer: Generally, all Chinese manufacturers that have a bank accept this method of payment. However, even if it is the standard method, it offers no protection by itself.
  • The Letter of Credit: Contrary to the Telegraphic Transfer, here, you can improve the security of the payment by forcing the supplier to meet with predetermined requirements before the transaction. However, please note that there is no deposit payment required, which reduces the risks for the buyer only a little bit.
  • PayPal payments: This method of payment is adapted for samples or very small parcels given that the fees of transaction are proportionally high – from 3.4% up to 4.4% – .
  • Alibaba Trade Assurance: It is similar to a letter of credit, in the sense that the money is only released when the supplier fulfills some objectives.
  • When shipping your goods under CIF of CFR incoterm, you have to hire a local agent.
  • When shipping goods under DAT or DAP incoterm with us, we will take care of everything until the delivery at your home.

You have to give us the following information:

  • If EXW incoterm: the exact address of your supplier in China. If FOB incoterm: the port/ airport of loading.
  • The packing list, proforma invoice and HS codes of your goods.
  • The exact delivery address of your goods.

We believe that the main characteristic for selecting a good supplier is that he should be:

  • Proactive with the product specifications and requirements
  • Fast and friendly to answer and that he should respond to all of your questions/ interrogations
  • Offering you an initial quote price that is feasible
  • Offering suggestions or advice that you have not yet thought about, meaning that he knows what he is doing

Of course, as we understand it may be difficult for you to identify a good supplier, we can check it out for you

Conclusion

At SINO-Shipping, our experience in every stage of the supply chain is an important asset.

We are leveraging our expertise in the field to offer and develop services which are tailored to suit our customers’ requirements and always adaptable according to their specific needs.

Recurrent questions regarding the shipping from China to France

LCL: 60 USD /cbm FCL: 1000 USD/20’: 1450 USD/40’ Express shipping door to door (10kg): 480 USD

Average transit time by sea: 40 days Average transit time by airfreight: 7 days (daily direct flight) Average transit time by rail freight: 27days Express shipping door to door (10kg): 4 days

There are 3 options, by sea, by air or by railway, it depends on how big the volume and the weight are, and then you will decide which shipping methods is more adequate. You must calculate the ration time/cost.

The import duty is a percentage that is calculated based on the customs value. How much you pay, depends on the HS code. The European Commission has prolonged the 2011 anti-dumping measures on Chinese imports of seamless pipes and tubes of stainless steel until 2023. The duties go from 48.3% up to 71.9%.

No, they don’t immediately open your package without any reason. … They will only instantly check what’s inside of your package if: Your package has been damaged when it reached the Customs office or desk. The damages can include broken seals or plastic or any cover of your package.

When you make a shipping request, you’ll have to declare the value of your shipment. The value you enter on your request form is the value that will be declared at customs, so it is important that you declare accurately. If you declare too high a value, you may be assessed more taxes than you want to pay! If you declare too low a value, your declared value may be considered unreasonable and adjusted upward.

-Negotiate with multiple carriers -Get suppliers to use your shipping account number -Use packaging provided by your carrier -Consider a regional carrier -Use online shipping -Invest in prepaid shipping -Buy insurance from a third party -Factor in all shipping fees before billing customers -Consider hybrid services -Ask about association discounts

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