International Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker Based in China

Shipping from China to Cuba | Sea & Air Freight Rates

Our services offer the very best in logistics when it comes to importing from China to Cuba.

If you’re planning to ship by air or by sea, we’ll make sure you have the best service.

We know that your business relies on time and money and we’ll make sure your importing logistics offer the best and most affordable service possible.

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Our Freight Shipping Services From China To Cuba

Our team brings years of experience to our role in making sure that your transportation needs are met professionally.

Our years of experience brings with it not only the expert knowledge about the best routes and methods of shipping freight, but has also given us key relationships with carriers, meaning that we can and will work to give you the best possible price on the market as well as being able to gain priority space on carriers.

Sea Freight & Container Shipping From China To Cuba

Transport by sea is one of the most popular options for shipping and this is a key means for goods coming to Cuba from China. In China we can make sure your goods are exported from all major ports such as Shanghai, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Dalian, Tianjin, Xiamen, Macao, and Hong Kong.

We offer a variety of services from full door-to door, to door-to-port, and port-to-port.

With a door-to-door service, your goods will be in our hands from the factory/retailer in China all the way to your address in Cuba.

Goods coming into China arrive at Cuba’s premier ports such as Camagüey, Guantánamo, Holguín, Santa Clara. From there, we’re able to bring your cargo to cities such as Santiago de Cuba, Havana, or Mariel.

Transit from China to Cuba via ocean container shipping takes around 30 to 50 days from port to port. This time varies according to certain factors such as the ports of departure and arrival and season sailing schedules.


Container Shipping by Sea


Transporting your goods via ocean shipping is one of the most popular methods of cargo transit in the world.

While obviously a bit more slower than air freight, sea shipping offers good value for money and can be more flexible than you might realise at first.

Goods transported by sea are normally stored in containers. Below, we’ll tell you about the different options you have when it comes to this.

Not all container shipping is the same! Being aware of the differences can help you make the right decision for your business.

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 okay 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.

Also keep in mind that certain types of freight may require specialised tools when in transit, we’ll be able to provide you with these to ensure your goods remain in perfect condition!



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 Chile before they are delivered to your address.



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.

Air Freight From China To Cuba

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 Cuba 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 Cuba


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 a 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.


Freight Storage And Warehousing

We offer a warehouse service in China, meaning that if you are consolidating many packages at once, we’ll be able to use our warehouse facilities to help store and put them together within a time frame that makes sense for you.

Customs Clearance in Cuba

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 Cuba, 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.

Freight forwarders make it their job 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 the freight forwarder’s job and they’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.


Shipping From Cuba to China- FAQ and Guide.

Contents answered below:

What are the main ways to ship goods from China to Cuba?

Is Shipping between China and Cuba permitted?

How much does it cost to import from China to Cuba?

Does express delivery services ship from China to Cuba?

How much does express delivery cost between China and Cuba?

How long does express shipping take from China to Cuba?

What are the benefits of shipping air freight from China to Cuba?

How much is Air Freight from China to Cuba and how is it calculated?

How much does air freight cost from China to Cuba?

How long does it take to ship air freight from China to Cuba?

What are the rules regarding weight when shipping air freight from China to Cuba?

How much does it cost to ship a 40-foot container via ocean shipping fro China to Cuba?

How long does Ocean shipping from China to Cuba take?

Is transporting freight by Sea cheaper than air from China to Cuba?

What’s the cheapest way to transport goods from China to Cuba?

What’s a good strategy to reduce costs of shipping from China to Cuba?

What do I need for customs clearance when shipping from China to Cuba?

What are factors that affect the time it takes for packages to arrive in Cuba from China?

How much does it cost to go through customs clearance when shipping from China to Cuba?

When shipping from China to Cuba, how is customs import duty calculated?

What should I do if Customs holds my goods when shipping from China to Cuba?

Can I avoid customs charges when shipping from China to Cuba?

Can I track my parcel?

China is the world’s largest exporter and with Cuba being an island nation that relies somewhat on imports, it makes sense that there are trading links between the two countries, especially when their shared history of socialist struggle makes them unique political allies.

If you’re importing goods to Cuba from China, we’ve made this FAQ and Guide to take you through some of the most important concepts, options and questions when it comes to this endeavour. By the end, you should have a good idea of what it takes

What are the main ways to ship goods from China to Cuba?

There are 3 main ways to get your goods from China to Cuba:

Express delivery by courier service is the fastest. This involves transporting goods with a courier company such as DHL, UPS FedEx, TNT and others. Courier services are the most expensive option and are suited for packages under 200kg. This service can often be used in conjunction with popular websites such as Alibaba or other B2B websites.

Air freight, by plane, is the second quickest method and makes sense if you’re importing goods from 100kg to 1000kg.

Finally ocean shipping, by sea freight, is the slowest method, but also the most economical by weight. This makes sense if you are shipping bulky goods or large amounts of goods.

For air and sea freight, it could make a lot of business sense to work with a freight forwarder who will handle the logistics of transport from one country to another, allowing you to focus on your core business functions.

Is Shipping between China and Cuba permitted?

Yes, trade between the two countries is permitted and China and Cuba have strong shared histories and political alliances. While in recent years, Cuba imports from China have decreased a little, the island nation still imports many goods from China and other countries.

How much does it cost to import from China to Cuba?

This is the all important question for importing businesses and there is no easy answer. The cost of importing goods relies on a variety of different factors such as the means of transportation, the weight and bulk of your goods and even the time of year you are importing. However, it is possible to calculate the overall cost of your goods.

For express delivery services the charges run from around USD 8 to USD 45 per kg whereas air freight will range from USD 5 to USD 15. As you can see there is a lot of variety and express and air freight charges vary according to carrier, speed, and even the type of product.

With sea freight, charges are normally done according to containers.

A 20ft container will normally cost around USD 4000 to 5000. In general this will work out a lot cheaper if you are importing in bulk.

Larger containers will cost more, as will having a container all to yourself, rather than sharing it with other businesses. Nevertheless, if you have your own container, it will save you time and thus money in consolidation and deconsolidation processes where different goods are put together in the container.

So, be sure to contact your freight forwarder who can offer you advice and information on what will work best for you.

Another factor to take into account is the extent of your freight forwarding service.

A door-to-door service, which handles your goods all the way from the factory in China to your business address in Cuba is going to work out to be more expensive than a port-to-door or port-to-port service.

With these services the responsibility for getting the parcel to the sea or airport is in your and your suppliers hands. Keep in mind though, that while the price at face value may be more expensive, a door-to-door service can save you time and money in the long run as you won’t need to worry about the logistics of getting your goods into transit.

Getting a good idea of the price of shipping involves calculating a lot of moving parts. For this reason it’s advisable to get in touch with your freight forwarding agents to discuss with them the best strategy for making your imports economical viable and getting the lowest possible price for the service you are looking for.

Freight forwarders make it their job to be aware of the different options and means of transport and your success translates to their, so they have an incentive to help you find the best way of facilitating your importing needs.

Does express delivery services ship from China to Cuba?

Yes there are many express delivery services that ship from China to Cuba. Before you plan your shipping make sure that the goods you want to be sent are allowed according to regulations.

With express delivery services you will also need to conform customs clearance and shipment charges too. It normally takes around 3-5 days via express delivery to transport packages from China to Cuba.

How much does express delivery cost between China and Cuba?

There are many companies who offer express delivery services from China to Cuba.

These include DHL, UPS, FedEx, USPS, China Post, and others.

Different companies charge different rates. DHL, for example, charges around USD 8-10 per kg. The price of other agents could be higher or lower.

How long does express shipping take from China to Cuba?

It normally takes around 3-5 days to ship from China to Cuba via express delivery. Occasionally B2B websites may have special offers and can expedite your delivery even quicker.

What are the benefits of shipping air freight from China to Cuba?

Air freight is one of the quickest ways to ship goods from China to Cuba, much faster than ocean freight for example.

As well as the speed, air freight also brings advantages in terms of scheduling. Air transport runs to a much tighter schedule than other modes of transport and so if your business relies on precise timing then air freight makes sense.

Furthermore, with air freight, because of the quick nature of the transit, insurance is normally cheaper on a weight basis than other options.

Long periods of warehousing are generally not needed either so in these cases prices could be cheaper on the whole.

How much is Air Freight from China to Cuba and how is it calculated?

The price of air freight is calculated based on either the actual/natural weight or the volumetric weight.

Actual weight of your product is calculated from the gross and net weight. This is then compared to the volumetric weight to determine the fees. The charge is by whichever one is greater.

It pays to understand the difference as it may be a shock if you get charged by volumetric weight if you aren’t aware that this is a possibility.

The volumetric weight, also know as dimensional weight, is calculated by reference to the volume of your goods (e.g. the space it takes up). This calculation is made by a specific industry formula.

To find out the volumetric weight, the ratio is normally around 1:167 for air and 1:200 for express delivery. This means that a cubic meter is calculated to be equivalent to around 167 kilograms for air freight and 200 kilograms for express delivery.

In short, if you are shipping something large and bulky then it is likely that it will be charged according to the size not the weight.

How much does air freight cost from China to Cuba?

Many factors influence the price of air freight, but in general, the price of shipping via air from China to Cuba is around 5 to 15 USD per kg.

Price can vary according to weight, while the more weight you have the higher the cost, you may also be able to save in terms of bulk quantities.

Prices also vary according to the time spent in transit and also your insurance policy. Carriers, courier and freight forwarders also offer a big variation in price, with different companies offering different prices according to their services.

How long does it take to ship air freight from China to Cuba?

Air freight (as opposed to express delivery) normally takes around 7-10 days from China to Cuba. Like with all methods, this can vary from company to company, and generally the more you spend the quicker it takes.

Don’t forget that customs clearance can also take time and is why these average times are longer than the flight time.

What are the rules regarding weight when shipping air freight from China to Cuba?

The maximum air freight for shipping from China to Cuba varies according to the plane and the carrier. The most robust planes can handle combined cargo weights of 82,000 to 95,000 kg.

How much does it cost to ship a 40-foot container via ocean shipping fro China to Cuba?

When it comes to transportation options, shipping by sea is a popular choice. Ocean shipping is based around containers.

A 40 Foot container from China to Cuba will cost around 1000 to 4000 USD.

Like with all options the cost varies according to company. Also be aware that there may be charges too in the transportation from the warehouse to the port and from the port to your address.

How long does Ocean shipping from China to Cuba take?

Slower than air, but much better value for money, cargo ships travelling from China to Cuba, take at minimum around 15 days and at maximum 60 days.

Some companies may offer special deals with guaranteed shorter delivery time. It pays to be aware of the different options available and consult with your freight forwarder on your options.

Is transporting freight by sea cheaper than air from China to Cuba?

While you need to pay for a container, in terms of weight, sea freight costs around USD 2 per kg, compared to USD 8 to 15 for air freight, so in that case, sea freight is much cheaper than air freight.

However be aware that sea freight does bring some additional costs when it comes to shipping such as warehousing. Be sure to consult with your freight forwarder on this.

What’s the cheapest way to transport goods from China to Cuba?

While it obviously takes more time, sea freight is generally the cheapest option. While it can take up to a month or more to transport, it can make economical and environmental sense.

Times are also getting quicker due to improvements in technology and shipping routes.

What’s a good strategy to reduce costs of shipping from China to Cuba?

Your shipping logistics are much more than just the choice of the mode of transport. There are many other factors to consider if you are looking to reduce costs.

Make sure to research thoroughly when it comes to this as being armed with knowledge can bring you big savings in the long term.

Choosing a reliable freight forwarder is one way to reduce costs. Freight forwarders with experience and great customer service can make a big difference.

The best freight forwarders will be able to consult with you to find a strategy that makes sense for your business needs. They bring not only a wealth of experience but valuable networks that can lead to savings on both an ad-hoc and established basis.

Sea freight is generally the cheapest option. Within this option it is useful to understand the difference between FCL and LCL shipping and establish which is better for your needs.

LCL is cheaper, but because you are sharing with other businesses, it can also add time to the process.

FCL could prove a better option even if you don’t have a full container.

Also make sure to package and label your goods correctly. Failure to do so may result in fines and so it pays to be careful when it comes to this.

What do I need for customs clearance when shipping from China to Cuba?

All cargo, goods and packages coming from China to Cuba must got through customs. This means that businesses must be prepared and have the correct documents in order when importing.

Importing requires a number of documents:

  • Customs Entry Document. This is issues by customs and is prepared by your broker
  • Customs Bond. This applies to certain goods being imported. Check with your freight forwarder about this.
  • Legal Undertaking LUT: This applies to claiming certain benefits from the Chinese government depending on the goods.
  • Customs declarations wherever applicable:
  • Import Licence
  • Certificates of Inspection
  • Commercial invoice cum packing list from the Chinese Exporter
  • Certificate of origin: issued in China
  • Certificate of Analysis: issued if required by authorities
  • Certificate of free sale: applies for goods being imported that are not for commercial sale.
  • Weight Certificate:

There’s a lot of factors when it comes to documenting your import process. Not all of the above documents will be needed. Having a reliable freight forwarder who can talk you through the different documents you need and advise you on how to use them is essential.

What are factors that affect the time it takes for packages to arrive in Cuba from China?

There are many factors that affect time taken for goods and cargo to be shipped from China to Cuba.

Firstly it can depend on the traffic of parcels.

At busy times of year, there may be a big queue of parcels ready to be shipped but not enough transport capacity.

This applies to both sea and ocean-based shipping.

Cultural factors, such as seasonal holidays also play into this. Pandemics, natural disasters and other factors also shape the transportation process.

How much does it cost to go through customs clearance when shipping from China to Cuba?

Different products will have different customs procedures and taxes. If you are importing goods from China, be sure to be aware of these.

Agricultural products in particular have a higher customs clearance fee (37%) than others (9.4%).

Be aware that these could change and consult with your freight forwarder in order to get more detailed information.

When shipping from China to Cuba, how is customs import duty calculated?

On average, customs duty for importing into Cuba is around 21%. With goods coming from World Trade Organization member countries, Cuba applies the most favoured nation (MFN) clause.

What should I do if Customs holds my goods when shipping from China to Cuba?

All packages must go through customs as it is the customs officers job to ensure that imports do not break the law.

Officials will check that the items you are importing match the description and declaration on the paperwork.

Generally customs procedures in Cuba mean that goods take around three days to pass through customs.

This can depend on a variety of reasons such as time of year.

You will generally have to wait until you receive the message from the customs officials that your goods are ready to go?

Can I avoid customs charges when shipping from China to Cuba?

This is not possible. Customs will always charge you for your goods you are importing.

With the exception of goods on the no tax list. Consult with your freight forwarding company on this to ensure that you are following the law correctly.

Can I track my parcel?

Most transport companies, including freight forwarders should be able to provide you with a way to track your goods in transit from start to finish. When your order is placed you will be given a tracking number.

You can enter this tracking number on interfaces than are available on the freight forwarding company’s website or even in a phone conversation with a consultant.

That way you’ll be able to have peace of mind when transporting your goods from one country to another.


China is often called the new workshop of the world because it has become a huge exporter of goods to many different industries and fields globally. The China to Cuba route is no exception to this. In 2019, sales from exports from China to Cuba totalled around USD790 Million.

Some of the most popular products and commodities being imported to Cuba from China 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 Cuba 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.



About SINO

SINO Shipping is a trusted international freight forwarder with over 35 years of experience, offering a full range of logistics and transport services. With a strong presence in China and a commitment to efficiency, reliability, and customer satisfaction, SINO Shipping ensures stress-free and cost-effective logistics solutions for businesses worldwide.