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Shipping from China to Austria: Air and Rail Freight | Best rates and transit times | 2022

Door to Door shipping from China to Austria 


If you’re looking to ship items and goods from China to Austria, SINO Shipping is here to help you. This page will give you all the information you need on choosing the right option for you and your needs.

Our professional freight forwarding service ships from China to Austria via Air, Rail and Truck Freight and we offer door-to-door delivery or delivery to your business or Amazon FBA warehouse.

The average time for delivery is 10-15 days for air freight, 20-25 days for truck freight & 30-35 days for rail freight.


About DDP shipping from China to Austria




We have 3 routes for DDP shipping from China to Austria: DDP air freigh, DDP rail freight and DDP truck freight. Goods need to be sent to our warehouse in Shenzhen, China or authorize us to pick up the goods from your factory.

DDP air freight from China to Austria

  • First Leg: Air freight
  • Shipping Type: LCL (default)
  • Shipping Time: 10-15 days
  • Export Declaration: Your factory may declare themselves as exporter.
  • VAT & EORI: We use the VAT and EORI of our business partners as importers for import declarations.
  • Destination: Business and Private addresses, or Amazon FBA warehouse.

DDP rail freight from China to Austria


  • First Leg: Rail freight
  • Shipping Type: LCL (default)
  • Shipping Time: 30-35 days
  • Export Declaration: If the total weight is more than 100kg, your factory could declare themselves as the exporter.
  • VAT & EORI: We use the VAT and EORI of our business partners as importers for import declarations.
  • Destination: Business and Private addresses, or Amazon FBA warehouse.

DDP truck freight from China to Austria

  • First Leg: Truck freight
  • Shipping Type: LCL (default)
  • Shipping Time: 20-25 days
  • Export Declaration: Your factory may declare themselves as the exporter.
  • VAT & EORI:We use the VAT and EORI of our business partners as importers for import declarations.
  • Destination: Business and Private addresses, or Amazon FBA warehouse.

Item Rules

  • We don’t accept items that break IP rights. 
  • We don’t accept illegal and controlled substances and items such as drugs, cigaretes, alcohol and arms.
  • Packaging and SCU labels must have “Made in China” marks and on the outer carton. 
  • Outer packaging/cartons must be sturdy and new and not have misleading labels or info.
  • Outer cartons should be sealed with clear tape, not coloured tapes.
  • The maximum length should be 120cm at the longest side and 75cm at the second longest side. Maximum size in CM: (Width + Height)*2 + Length<300.

Weight Prices

  • The minimum weight charge is 10KG for Air, 13kg for Rail, and 12kg for Truck. 
  • Waybill minimum charges are 11KG for Air, 13Kg for Rail, 21kg for Truck.
  • The maximum weight for one carton is 30kg.

Amazon FBA Items Requirements

  • Each item needs to have a unique FNSKU label.
  • Two Amazon shipment labels must be attached to each outer carton, one on the front and one on the back.using clear tape or stickers.

Final Delivery

  • Door to door. 
  • By UPS or DHL.


Shipping from China to Austria


Sea freight (ocean freight) for shipping from China to Austria


Sea freight is a popular way to ship your goods from China to Austria and it is suitable for goods that are very large and heavy. It’s also probably the slowest way, so don’t use this method if you are working to a very quick deadline.

But if you can afford to wait a few weeks, then this might be the most economical method for you.


Sea ports for shipping from China to Austria

Major Chinese Seaports include Shanghai, ShenzhenNingboGuangzhou and Qingdao. Arrival Ports in Austria include Vienna, Krems, Enns and Linz.

What’s the difference between FCL and LCL sea freight?


Ocean transport involves transport via containers, and importers can choose whether to import by renting a container solely for their use (FCL) or sharing container space with others (LCL).

These containers can also be transported from the port onto railways, making them multimodal methods of freight transportation. 

Less than Container Load (LCL): This is suitable for small quantities of goods and when air freight is too expensive. Because the quantity is less than a container, it will cost less than full container shipping.

However, there might be a small additional time to wait LCL delivery involves the consolidation (packing) and deconsolidation (unpack) of your goods from the rest of the container items prior to departure and after arrival. 

Full Container Load (FCL): As the name suggests, this method of shipping uses the full shipping container and is thus suitable for loads that are at least that quantity.

If your individual quantities are less than the container, you could LCL or employ a strategy of bundling multiple orders into one container. Flat-rate pricing makes FCL shipping a good deal.

When you’re choosing between LCL and FCL, some points to consider are:

  • Are you ok with your goods sharing a container with other goods from a different company?
  • How many pallets is your order? If it’s over 6 pallets, you should compare the prices of FCL and LCL, as getting a full container may be a better deal, even if you can’t fill it completely.
  • Exporters should know that there are two types of pallets: Standard (1.2m/47 ¼” X 1m/39 3⁄8”) and Euro (1.2m/47 ¼” X .8m/31 ½”). It‘s important to know what pallets you will be using and whether you can stack your cargo.
  • How important is time? FCL will be a bit quicker.
  • Can your business create 12 pallets of orders, enough to fill a container in a timeframe that makes sense to ship them together?
  • Do you wish to seal the container throughout the transportation process? FCL is your choice.

How much does sea freight cost?


The cost of sea freight for shipping from China to Austria in 40ft containers are:

Shanghai120 USD120 USD126 USD140 USD
Hong Kong150 USD140 USD130 USD130 USD
Tianjin170 USD160 USD122 USD125 USD
Shenzhen130 USD140 USD127 USD135 USD
Ningbo155 USD168 USD135 USD140 USD
Guangzhou140 USD154 USD120 USD155 USD

How long does sea freight take from China to Austria?


Sea freight from China to Austria will take around 20-30 working days.



Air freight for shipping from China to Austria


Air freight is the quickest way to transport your consignments and goods across the world.

It’s also the most expensive. Air shipping makes sense for fragile and/or small quantities of goods, as well as goods that need to arrive promptly.


What are the airports that can ship from China to Austria?


Chinese airports that are important for China-Austria travel are Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Guangzhou.

Destination airports in Austria are Vienna Airport, Salzburg Airport, Innsbruck Airport, Graz Airport, Linz Airport and Klagenfurt Airport.


How much does Air freight cost from China to Austria?


Below is a table of the average costs per kilogram of goods associated with shipping from China to Austria. 

 Vienna AirportSalzburg AirportInnsbruck AirportGraz AirportLinz AirportKlagenfurt Airport
Shanghai3 USD1.5 USD3 USD1.5 USD3 USD1.5 USD
Hong Kong1.5 USD2 USD2 USD2 USD2 USD2 USD
Shenzhen2 USD3 USD1.5 USD3 USD1.5 USD3 USD
Tianjin1 USD2.5 USD2 USD2 USD2 USD1 USD
Ningbo3 USD1 USD1 USD1.5 USD3 USD2 USD
Guangzhou2.5 USD3 USD3 USD2 USD2 USD2.5 USD


How long does air freight from China to Austria take?


Air freight is very quick and there are options to make the process even quicker, but of course this is more expensive.

Traditional air freight services can take 4-8 working days from China to Austria, while ‘Express services’ can take 1-3 days.

Rail freight for shipping from China to Austria


China’s Rail freight industry is becoming a popular ‘middle ground’ for shipping options and the infrastructure has received much investment in the past decade.

Rail freight is quicker than sea and cheaper than air and it’s also suitable for large bulky goods, as well as specialist goods including perishable goods and raw materials that would not be allowed on planes.


International shipping agents for shipping from China to Austria

Carrier companies act as couriers for your delivery throughout the journey, while forwarding companies are intermediary senders.

Some of the international carrier and forwarding services that serve customers wishing to ship between China and Austria are:

  • DHL Express 
  • DB Schencker
  • FedEx
  • United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • Blue Dart Company 
  • Royal mail 
  • PostNL
  • Purolator 
  • On Trace Inc.
  • TFL International
  • Laser ship Inc.
  • S.F. Holdings 
  • ZTO Express ( Cayman)
  • Yunda Holdings 
  • YAMTO Holdings 
  • B Post SA/NY
  • DTDC
  • Japan Post Group 


Why is Incoterms important in shipping from China to Austria?


Incoterms means International Commercial Terms.

The purpose of Incoterms is to provide international rules for interpreting foreign trade, with the aim of reducing misunderstandings between customers and countries.


What do I need for Customs clearance for shipping from China to Austria?


Customs clearance can be painful, but as long as you’re prepared, it will be easy. We’re here to help you along each step of the way. The following documents are required:

  • Bill of Landing 
  • Letter of Credit
  • Licenses and Certificates ( if it is needed)
  • A commercial invoice

Goods also need a H.S code that must be recognized for shipping from China to Austria.


What is HS code for shipping from China to Austria?


HS Code or Harmonized System is a standardization function of product identification and is shared by 200 countries across the world to aid in categorising goods.

It helps countries to assign the correct customs and duties to imported items.

Each HS CU has its numeric code. This code consists of 10 digits; all codes are divided into 21 sections and 97 groups.

The 10-digit numeric code of the product has the following structure (according to the HS code):

  • XX Section
  • XXXX main group
  • XXXXXX Main Subgroup (HS WTO)
  • XXXXXXXX goods


What do I need to do with the Bill of Lading?


There are three types of bill of lading relevant to transport of goods from China to Austria, Sea, Air and Railway.

In issuing the bill of lading according to the rules and regulations, senders, receivers must also follow the rules.

Some of these rules are as follows:

Exporters (transport company or institution):

  • Completing the contents of the Bill
  • Issuance of the bill of lading from the legal origin of the company to other parts of the country;
  • Obtaining a pass for traffic loads and also issuing a bill of lading for them;
  • Issuance of bill of lading covered by liability insurance (civil liability of carriers)
  • Senders:
  • Announcing load details and the exact address of the place of loading;
  • Announcing the details of the consignee and the exact address of the place of unloading;
  • Announcement of product specifications in terms of quantity, weight, height, length, width and type of packaging
  • Timely loading and dispatching of the fleet to prevent possible damages.
  • Recipients:
  • Timely evacuation of the fleet to avoid paying the stop fee;
  • Payment of the total fare stated in the bill of lading issued by the company or institution of the beneficiary transport of the truck, van, or trailer carrying the goods


What items are prohibited to be imported to Austria?


According to Austrian law, the following items cannot be imported:

  • animals,
  • Bonsai plants, Citrus and grapevines
  • food products,
  • medication,
  • weapons
  • Atlantic red tuna from Beliz, Panama or Hondura
  • Toys and games containing copper sulfate
  • Items includes flexible metal
  • Asbestos Fibers
  • Rubber eraser similar to food
  • Nutritional Supplemets
  • All products contain Biocide dimethylfumarate
  • Flag of Austria with ensign


What is a Door-to-Door service for shipping from China to Austria?


Door to Door service means that the shipping company will do most of the work in getting your goods from A to B, taking responsibility in picking up the goods from the warehouse in China all the way to your address in Austria.