Our China transportation division offers comprehensive logistics services, with a variety of schedules and shipping routes, to easily transport your cargo from China to Colombia by air freight or sea container.
SEA FREIGHT & AIR CARGO SHIPPING FROM CHINA TO COLOMBIA
China is often called the new workshop of the world and this is because it has become a huge exporter of goods in many different industries and fields.
The China to Columbia route is no exception to this. In 2019, sales from exports from China to Columbia totalled around USD 9 billion.
Some of the most popular products and commodities being imported to Columbia from Columbia are manufactured items like vehicles (cars, buses and trucks) and household goods, electronics and solar powered objects and LEDS.
Raw materials such as oil, gas, and aluminum are also popular. So too are industrial goods for companies, such as medical and farming equipment and heavy machinery, and factory equipment for food processing.
These goods can be transported from China to Columbia by a variety of different methods.
Air freight and ocean shipping are the two dominant methods.
There are many choices when it comes to picking the right company to handle your goods so make sure that you choose a logistics provider that offers a breadth of knowledge and experience and is able to communicate well when it comes to meeting your needs.
Our Freight Shipping Services From China To Colombia
Our team brings years of experience to our role in making sure that your transportation needs are met professionally.
Our experience brings with it not only the expert knowledge about the best routes and methods of shipping freight, but has given us key relationships with carriers, meaning that we can work to give you the best possible price on the market as well as being able to gain priority space on transport.
Sea Freight & Container Shipping From China To Colombia
When it comes to shipping, sea freight is one of the most popular means of transport in the world. Although it’s obviously slower than air freight, shipping by ocean container ships can be incredibly economic for your business.
With a door-to-door service we take care of your goods from the factory/retailer all the way to your address in Columbia.
We can pick your goods up at Columbia’s ports such as Buenaventura, Cartagena, and Barranquilla.
And on arrival, you can have your goods delivered to many inland cities such as Bogota, Cali, Bucaramanga, Medellin and others.
The transit time to ship a container from China to Colombia is estimated between 20 to 30 days from port to port.
The estimated time that it takes goods to ship between China and Columbia is around 20 to 30 days. This will vary according to routes, time of year and schedules.
Types of Containers for shipping from China to Colombia
There are three main types of container when shipping by ocean from China to Columbia:
20’GP = 20’DV = 20FT = 20′ = 20 feet ( for general purpose to Colombia).
This is for bulky, large goods. For instance, rocks and minerals or heavy machinery.
40’GP = 40’DV = 40FT = 40′ = 40 feet (for general purpose from China)
This is for large, but not ultra-heavy cargo. So this container is suitable for goods such as furniture, tires, consumer goods, etc,
40’HC = 40’HQ = 40 feet high cube for shipping from china to Colombia
General purpose containers usually refer to Dry Containers, also known as DC.
Occasionally fluid goods can be transported by DC as long as they are packed appropriately.
For irregular cargo that won’t fit into regular containers there are some special options available such as Open Top Containers, Reefer Containers, Flat-Rack Containers, Tank Containers, and so on.
We’ll be happy to consult with you on the container that best suits your needs.
FCL and LCL shipping
You can transport your goods by both FCL and LCL shipping. There are many factors you need to consider when shipping from China to Columbia.
A standard 40 foot container can accommodate 22 standard pallets, with a 20 foot container holding 10 pallets. If you’re shipping large volumes and can fill a container, it makes sense to choose FCL (Full Container Load).
The other advantage of Full container load is that your items are kept separate from other importers.
On the other hand, LCL (Less than a Container Load) refers to shipping where your goods share space within a container with other goods.
If you’re OK with that, then LCL shipping (also known as groupage) offers a more economical way to ship smaller quantities that make up less than half of the volume of a full container.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR LCL FREIGHT SHIPPING
LCL shipping means your goods will share space with goods from other companies.
This also means that your delivery might take a little bit longer, because of both the packing and unpacking process.
Before departure, your goods will be stored in a consolidation warehouse in China until departure, and then on arrival be held in a de-consolidation warehouse in Columbia before they are delivered to your address.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR FCL FREIGHT SHIPPING
FCL shipping means renting an entire container for your shipment. If you have a large enough cargo to occupy a container, or even most of a container, FCL shipping may make the most economical sense.
It’s also quicker than LCL shipping as there is no need to consolidate or deconsolidate your items from others.
Your container will also remain sealed throughout the journey and unless customs officials select it for inspection it will be sealed until it arrives at your address or chosen destination.
Columbian Ports Receiving Sea freight from China
Almost 90% of imports into Columbia come via its ports.
There are nine major seaports in Columbia: Buenaventura and Tumaco on the pacific coast and la Guajira, Golfo de Morrosquillo, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Ciénaga, Cartagena, Urabá y San Andrés on the Caribbean Coast.
Chinese Ports that can export to Columbia from China.
China is a large country and as such, has many ports. Here are some of the major ports below:
- Shanghai Port
This port is located in Shanghai Municipality on the East Coast near the tip of the Yangtze River delta. This location gives it good access to Chinese hinterlands in the exterior through the thousands of miles of rivers and waterways. It can connect well to factories in nearby Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.
- Shenzhen Port
This port is in Guangdong Province, on the South Coast of China and is a gateway to the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong. This port connects well to the China’s souther hinterlands.
- Ningbo-Zhoushan Port
This port is on the east coast in Zhejiang Province. Zhejiang is a rich region with strong manufacturing industries and in recent years has been increasing its reach into the Chinese exterior. This has also meant that the port has taken on larger volumes of cargo.
- Hong Kong Port
This port is on the South Coast and is in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It is a busy port with around 340 container services each week that connect the port to around 470 regions of the world, including Columbia.
Hong Kong is fast becoming an “international shipping service hub”.
- Guangzhou Port
This is a port located on the South coast in Guangdong Province.
Near to the Pearl River Delta, this port is a historically significant port and has been crucial in Chinese history. It is an international shipping hub as a part of the new maritime Silk Road.
This port has many available options for importers and exporters from China to Columbia
6. Qingdao Port
This east coast port is in the province of Shangdong. Qingdao is an important and influential port that is part of the Bohai Bay cluster of ports that serves this region.
It has good services when it comes to e-commerce, mechanisation and is becoming a top port in China.
Owing to its location, Qingdao port can link up to the Central Asian region, meaning that it has become a strategic link for countries such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and to European countries trading east.
- Tianjin Port
This port is on the north coast in Tianjin Municipality. This is one of the busiest ports in China and comes only behind Qingdao in terms of capacity.
There are currently plans for improving the container-handling market at the port in order to better service the international clamour for container shipping worldwide.
- Xiamen Port
This port is located on the South Coast in Fujian Province close to the mouth of the Jiulongjiang River. From this port cargo can be shipped around the world, to around 50 different countries including Columbia. Owing to its location, it also has strong links to trade in Taiwan.
This Port is located on the north coast of China in Liaoning province. This port is China’s most northern port that is ice-free. It has many strong connections to places around the world and can serve 160 countries including Columbia, As well as this service it can also serve East and North Asia and regions in the Pacific Rim.
With China’s Belt and Road Policy, the port has scaled up its operations, opening up new routes for international container shipping and introducing multimodal carrier systems.
With its location and advantage, it hopes to be a key strategic port for links to the transcontinental railway between China and Europe.
Air Freight From China To Colombia
While most goods are transported by sea, of all your transport options, air freight is without a doubt the quickest option. Our service can transport your goods from China to any airport in the world.
Air freight from China to Colombia normally takes around 3 to 7 days depending on how busy air traffic is at certain times of the year.
However, be aware that speed comes with a price and air freight can be costly too.
On the other hand, if you are shipping small goods or if quick shipping is a premium part of your business that adds value then air freight may still be a valid economical option.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, then feel free to send us a message and our expert customer service team will get in contact to discuss your options and find a solution that works for you.
Our logistics team will work to find the best combination of time and speed when you choose to ship with us by air. According to the service you require, we can take care of your goods from the factory to your business or other address.
We offer airport-to-airport, door-to-door, airport-to-door and door-to-airport services.
Air Cargo Charter from China to Colombia
Air cargo charter is for those times when you need to make a delivery and the regular schedules can’t meet your capacity or time needs. Air Cargo Charter allows you to charter air services to meet your transportation needs.
The charter service offers you peace of mind and bespoke services as well as long list of goods that are possible to ship. We can arrange this service for you and ship goods such as:
- Consumer goods
- High-value goods
- Sensitive cargo such as hazardous, fresh, or perishable goods
- Time-critical freight
- Medical supply & humanitarian relief aid
- Heavy load & oversized equipment
- Car, Aircraft and ships spare parts
When it comes to weight, we offer options from 10,000lb to 45,000lb which can be transported in crates or boxes, on pallets, or as bulk.
Airports in Colombia for receiving Air freight from China
There are many airports in Columbia that can receive your imported goods.
While there are over a hundred possible airports, below we highlight some of the most important and the methods of delivery they suit:
1- Air Freight from China to El Dorado International Airport Colombia. Air Freight from China.
2- José María Córdova International Airport Colombia. Cargo freight from China.
3-Rafael Núñez International Airport Colombia.
4-Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport Colombia, Door to Airport Service.
5-Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport Colombia. Airport to Airport service.
6-Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport Colombia Air Shipping from China.
7-Simón Bolívar International Airport Colombia Cargo Shipping.
8-Palonegro International Airport Colombia.
9-Matecaña International Airport Colombia DDP Service from China.
10-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport Colombia. Express service from China.
11-Los Garzones Airport Colombia. Door to door service from China.
12-Camilo Daza International Airport Colombia. Air Cargo Service from China.
13- El Eden Airport Colombia. Air Freight from China.
14-Alfonso Lopez Airport Colombia Air Freight from China.
15-Antonio Narino Airport Colombia. Cargo freight from China.
If you have any questions, then please let us know and we’ll arrange the best landing spot for your goods!
What are the Advantages of air freight from China to Colombia?
Air freight is the quickest way to transport your goods from China to Columbia, but of course there are positives and negatives when it comes to this means of transportation.
Apart from the obvious advantage of speed, Air freight also offers reliability when it comes to arrivals and departures.
Planes have a schedule to keep and it’s rare that these schedules change dramatically.
So when you order transport by plane, you can have a very clear idea of when your package will depart and arrive at each airport. This can be crucial if you’re a business that relies on precise timing.
Another good reason is the flexibility of where you ship from.
With air freight, you can ship from almost anywhere in China. So while air freight can be more expensive on a weight and size basis, by eliminating the extra travel costs to a sea port, it could be economical for your business.
Similarly, because air freight takes less time than other methods, the insurance premiums for the goods in transit could be a lot less, saving you money in this way.
Insurance is also lower in general because air freight tends to be more secure than other methods. Air ports are some of the most secure places in the world, meaning that it’s less likely your goods will be tampered with.
Furthermore, because of the speed of transport there are less opportunities for your goods to be damaged in transit.
Transporting goods by air also means that you’ll probably have less requirements for local warehousing and stock consolidation.
With the faster times associated with air freight, your goods can go straight to the airport rather than waiting in warehouses to be consolidated into containers.
Air freight also requires less packaging than sea freight. You won’t have to worry about containers.
As you can see, while air freight remains the most expensive option on a per weight basis, there are numerous economic savings to be made through this method which could add up in the long run.
Warehousing and Storing your Freight
We offer a warehousing service for all your logistic needs.
When transporting goods you might want to temporarily store them in a warehouse, especially if you are sourcing your cargo from many different outlets.
Warehousing means you can collect and consolidate your goods which can save you money in the long run, especially if it means you can collect enough to make a full container economically viable.
Our facilities provide all the standard services when it comes to warehouse logistics such as loading, unloading, crating, palletizing, and temporary storage.
Navigating the waters of customs documentation as well as arranging for your goods to be transported in the most cost and time-efficient way can be a daunting task for importers.
That’s why it makes financial sense to utilise the services of a freight forwarder, who will not only take care of the details but also bring their wealth of knowledge and contacts to negotiate the best deals for your transportation needs.
If you’re transporting goods from China to Columbia, then choosing the right freight forwarder can make a huge difference to the success of your business.
You’ll save not only money but time as well, which can be just as important to businesses.
We make it our business to be familiar with the ins and outs and the fine print of importing laws and regulations. Of course, each country has different regulations and expected standards when it comes to importing.
By using a freight forwarding service, you save yourself the hassle of having to learn all the different contexts and required documentation.
That’s our job and we’ll be able to make sure your goods’ journey is as smooth as possible while you can devote your time to better serving your bottom line elsewhere.
Should I choose EXW or FOB when shipping from China to Colombia?
If you lack experience or you’re dealing with certain types of goods that could have trouble clearing customs (for instance wooden furniture), then FOB might be a better option for you.
However, if you are transporting small goods with little weight, then EXW could be the best and most economical option in these cases.
If in doubt about a seller’s estimate for delivery pricing within China, then contact us and we can assess for you whether it makes economic sense.
We have years of experience in this industry and we know how to calibrate your business’ logistics so you are always shipping goods in the way that makes sense.
Don’t forget that our local knowledge of China makes us the perfect forwarding agency for people shipping goods from China to Columbia.
If you’re in any doubt about the best option then don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Shipping Terms from China to Colombia – EXW/FOB/CIF/DAP
After you have chosen your method of transportation there are some other calibrations of shipping to consider.
Being aware of the different choices and knowing how cargo moves along the supply chain will give you some insight into the next step.
Some terms to understand: FOB, EXW, CIF, and DAP
FOB stands for Free on Board and is used to indicate the liability for any goods that are damaged or destroyed during transit. On sites like Alibaba, FOB is the primary mode of shipping, which means that your supplier in China will be responsible for transportation from the factory to the port where it will be loaded as cargo.
Following that step, you will be responsible for the next two steps the freight takes which are: from the Chinese airport or seaport to the Columbian airport/seaport; from the Columbia airport/seaport to your business or receiving address.
EXW stands for Ex-Works is a term used in international trade to designate a situation where the buyer is responsible for the cost of transport from a designated location where the seller has made it available. In terms of shipping from China, EXW means that the buyer is responsible for the shipping costs and transportation from the factory/sales point to the port in China.
This means that you essentially have to cover three steps; from the factory to the port: from the Chinese port to the Columbian port;from the Columbian port to your address. In these cases, a Chinese freight forwarding company can help you immensely.
CIF stands for Cost, Insurance, and Freight and is paid by the supplier to cover against the risk of damage while the goods are in transit to their destination port, for example from a Chinese factory all the way to the port in Columbia. Therefore under a CIF arrangement the buyer is responsible only for transport from the domestic port to the business address.
While a CIF arrangement can remove some of the hassle from the shipping process, they can be more expensive than alternatives.
Your supplier will likely be using a freight forwarder of their own in these arrangements.
Thus you might want to consider whether it could be a better business strategy to simply invest in your own freight forwarding partner who will take care of the logistics at what will likely be a cheaper price than paying for the CIF arrangement.
DAP stands for Delivered at Place and this, as the name suggests, means a trading arrangement where the supplier agrees to take care of all the steps in the shipping process, from their point of supply all the way to your business address.
In this step the seller pays all the fees and customs, etc and is also responsible for any losses during the transit.
While this is probably the most simply way to order products it also has some downfalls.
Firstly the cost is likely to be much more than other arrangements. Secondly, in comparison to using a freight forwarder to handle your shipping, the supplier might not have the capacity to do much of the work such as warehousing your goods, making sure they have the correct labels, providing real time tracking and customer service and knowing how to handle a goods inspection.
What items cannot be sent to Colombia?
Every country has its own list of items that are prohibited. Columbia is no exception and we list below some of the key items that are prohibited.
- Antiques(especially fragile) from China to Colombia
- Asbestos to Colombia from China
- Animal Furs shipments are exported from China to Colombia
- Military equipment by air or sea freight from China to Colombia
- Dangerous or flammable materials (as determined in IATA Regulations) shipping from China to Colombia
- Weapons such as guns and explosives
- Dangerous goods, such as haz. or comb. mats to Colombia
- Pornography from China to Colombia
Also prohibited are some forms of food and organic materials such as vegetables, plants and plant substances.
Meat and animal-based food is also forbidden to be imported from China to Columbia.
If in any doubt at all then please get in contact with us and we’ll be able to assess whether your proposed shipment is viable or not. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in this regard.
Regulations of Colombian Customs
When you’re exporting to Columbia from China it will be necessary to make an agreement with a Customs Agency in Columbia to receive the cargo and clear it through customs in Columbia.
This process has a few steps:
You will need to fill out the “Andean Custom Value Declaration” if the value of the goods you are importing is more than USD5000 in a FOB shipment.
You will also need to fill out an import declaration from China to Columbia if the value is over USD 1000.
Your customs broker in Columbia should be responsible for making sure all the paperwork is in order and clear the shipment as it passes through Columbian customs. You will then need to pay the correct Import Duties, surcharges, VAT, and any other fees required for the shipment.
Also make sure that you can show any necessary documents for shipping from China to Columbia. These documents should be kept by the importer for at least five years.
What documents do you need?
You will need a commercial invoice, which has detailed information about the goods you are importing and must show the buyer and seller as well as the details of the sale.
You will also need a packing list, which will be used by customs to check the cargo freight and should define the type of package. Remember this is not a substitute for the commercial invoice.
You also need a bill of lading (BOL) which is the document used by the carrier to confirm their receipt of goods.
This is essential if you need to claim insurance and also helps when tracking goods.
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