Are you looking for transportation and logistics services for China to Ethiopia?
We offer a wide variety of services, tailored to your needs.
Whether it’s shipping by air freight or via ocean shipping containers, our team will endeavor to bring you the best and most affordable transport solutions from China to Ethiopia.
This dedicated Ethiopia country guide will give you all the main details related to your shipment from China to Ethiopia: time, rates, processes, duties and taxes…
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What are the Shipping Routes from China to Ethiopia
Door to Door shipping from China to Ethiopia
With your authorization, we can pick up the goods from your factory to transport them to the sea port or airport.
Otherwise, the goods you wish to ship need to be sent to our warehouse in Shenzhen.
Door-to-door quotes include the above, as well as:
- Customs clearance fees. If customs require a further inspection of your cargo, additional fees may be charged.
- Trucking fees
- Cargo insurance (this is a must have. Don’t ship your products without getting them covered!)
DDP air freight
- First Leg: Air freight
- Shipping Type: LCL Shipping
- Shipping Time: 10-15 days
- Export Declaration: Your factory is not the exporter to declare.
- Destination: We can send to your business or private address, as well as Amazon FBA warehouses.
DDP sea shipping
- First Leg: Sea
- Shipping Type: LCL Shipping, check for FCL availability
- Shipping Time: 30-35 days
- Export Declaration: Your factory is not be the exporter to declare
- Destination: We can send to your business or private address, as well as Amazon FBA warehouses.
Sea Freight & Container Shipping From China To Ethiopia
Transport by sea is one of the most popular options for shipping and this is a key means for goods coming to Ethiopia from China.
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
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 Ethiopia.
Goods coming into China arrive at Djibouti’s port. From there, we’re able to bring your goods to cities such as Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Mekele, Bahir Dar, Gonder, Harar and many others.
Transit from China to Ethiopia via ocean container shipping takes around 30 to 35 days from port to port.
This time varies according to certain factors such as the ports of departure and arrival and season sailing schedules.
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 Ethiopia.
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 Ethiopia 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 will be sealed until it arrives at your address or chosen destination.
Air Freight From China To Ethiopia
We have developed a vast network of carriers that specialize in air cargo transportation, offering daily and weekly departures from China’s main airports to any air destination in the globe.
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
Our air freight service from China to Ethiopia provides safe and reliable solutions for all your air transportation needs including time sensitive and high value commodities.
Our shipping options include airport-to-airport, door-to-door, airport-to-door and door-to-airport services, among others.
With our service, we’ll take care of each step of the journey, making sure that your goods arrive at your destination when you need them.
The normal transit time for air freight from China to Ethiopia is around 3 to 7 days.
This can vary owing to seasonal demands and traffic in the freight market at certain times of year. Our years of experience can bring expert knowledge to your logistical needs in this respect.
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 (5000kgs) to 45,000lb (22,000 kgs) which can be transported in crates or boxes, on pallets, or as bulk.
Our part charter and full charter options range from 10.000 lbs (5.000 kgs) to 45.000 lbs (22.000 kgs), loadable in pallets, skids, crates or simply bulk.
What are the Shipping Costs from China to EthiopiaThe shipping costs from China to Ethiopia can vary depending on several factors such as the departure port, the destination port, the type of cargo, the shipping mode, and the shipping company or logistics provider. However, to give you a rough estimate, here are some average shipping costs based on different shipping modes and container sizes:
- Container 20′: $800-$1,200
- Container 40′: $1,300-$2,000
- General Cargo: $3.00-$7.00 per kg
- Express Service: $10.00-$15.00 per kg
How long is shipping from China to Ethiopia right now?
Port to Port (days)
Door to Door (days)
Sea Freight FCL
Sea Freight LCL
What is the cheapest way of shipping from China to Ethiopia?
The most affordable option to ship from China to Ethiopia, regardless of the shipping method you choose, is through a reputed China Freight Forwarder like SINO Shipping.
We at SINO Shipping are able to pass along our high-volume shipping rates in addition to providing a best rate guarantee on all modes of transportation. Start now and get a shipping estimate from China.
How to ship container and import from China to Ethiopia
Step 1: Check trade laws in China and Ethiopia
Each country has its own specific laws and regulations when it comes to importing and exporting.
When you’re importing from China to Ethiopia, this means being aware, or at the very least working with a logistic partner that is aware of the regulations in both countries.
Staying informed is crucial to your business as breaking the law could be a huge legal headache, not to mention potentially causing financial difficulties for your business.
When it comes to importing, having the right documents ready every time is of the utmost importance.
Step 2: Decide what you are importing
For each business, being aware of the market is crucial for success.
While you may find a commodity that you like, be sure to check that there is enough demand for it and that in cases where there are other suppliers you are serving a need they aren’t providing.
Step 3: Choose a viable shipping method
Depending on your volume and regularity of shipping, choosing the right method of transportation could be crucial for your business.
While obviously air freight is going to be more expensive, it also offers advantages in speed which could mean that it is an economically viable option.
Step 4: Find a supplier
Locating and ordering from a supplier is of course a vital step.
When you start to regularly ship you may start building a relationship with your supplier, one that can have mutually-beneficial outcomes for both sides.
The perfect scenario is getting quality goods while your supplier gets regular business.
Chinese suppliers can be found via a variety of means.
For example there are very famous websites that act as a portal for Chinese businesses and you can find websites that offer business-to-business and business-to-client services. Another option may be to visit Chinese trade fairs.
While this takes a lot more planning, seeing products in person and getting to speak to their representatives can be well worth the time and money it takes to travel.
Your freight forwarding agents may also be a great source of information. Their jobs involve logistical planning of goods and cargo so its very likely they’ll have a lot of contacts already in Chinese industry.
Feel free to get in contact with us and let us know your business and we can do our best to find you a suitable partner.
Finally, specialist Chinese sourcing companies may be an option as they provide a service based on sourcing what you need from China and save the hassle of going through long lists of suppliers.
As a company with a long history of freight logistics, we have experience in this field, so if you are looking for help with price negotiation or transportation logistics, then let us know and we’ll help you get the best price and arrangement for your business.
Step 5: Check and estimate your tax liability.
Each country has its own tax and customs regime and if you’re importing from China to Ethiopia, you’ll need to be aware of Ethiopia’s.
Make sure you know ahead of time what the fees will be as this will affect your business plan.
Step 6: Define your incoterms
Incoterms refers to the internationally recognised rules governing global trade.
These rules refer to the various responsibilities along supply chains.
Such rules could be who is responsible for monitoring shipments or making payments at certain stages in the process.
Make sure you’re familiar with them.
Step 7: Customs clearance from China to Ethiopia
Customs clearance can be frustrating, but it’s a necessary part of doing business internationally.
Make sure you are aware of all the stages, including declaration, obtaining permits, warehousing (if needed), and exiting the goods.
Step 8: Hiring a freight forwarder
Transporting goods is a complex procedure which is why businesses of all sizes choose to use freight forwarders to help them get their goods from A to B.
Experienced freight forwarders such as ourselves know exactly what it takes to ship goods from one country to another and we can handle your goods from door-to-door, port-to-port, or anything in-between.
Hiring a freight forwarder to handle the bureaucracy and logistics of international trade can be a very economical decision. Get in contact with us today, and we’ll arrange a quote for you.
Do I have to pay customs duties for a package sent from China to Ethiopia?
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 utilize 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 Ethiopia, 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.
SINO Shipping’s Freight Storage And Warehousing service
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.
Door to door delivery
This means that after the buyer places an order, the seller will deliver the goods to the buyer’s delivery address in China, which is also a door-to-door delivery method. It is more flexible, and the seller needs to find a freight forwarder or a courier company to transport the goods.
In terms of cost, the cost of self-delivery is mainly from domestic to international shipping, and the cost is relatively low.
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Not every product available on Alibaba can be delivered straight to Ethiopia.
To check if a product can be sent to Ethiopia from China you should ask one of our experts.
What items cannot be sent to Ethiopia?
Every country has its own list of items that are prohibited. Ethiopia is no exception and we list below some of the key items that are prohibited.
It’s important to know this as being aware of the law when it comes to importing is vital to making your business a success. If in any doubt at all, then make sure you contact your freight forwarder who will be able to properly assess whether the goods you want to import are feasible and legal.
Failure to do so could result in a nasty surprise when it comes to customs and as the importer you’ll be responsible. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to importing, so get in contact with us.
Restricted and prohibited goods for importing into Ethiopia
Remember that this list can also change as regulations and laws on which goods can be imported are subject to regular change, so consult with your freight forwarder for any recent updates.
SINO Shipping – Freight Forwarder China to Ethiopia
Who we are
SINO Shipping by FS International has become one of the most trusted names in global logistics and transportation in its region and the world.
When we start
What we do
SINO Shipping provides a full range of logistics and transportation services with particular emphasis on efficiency and reliability at a competitive rate and, of course, the assurance of personal service. Our tactical services include import/export freight-forwarding, ocean and air transportation, overland transportation, custom brokerage and regulatory compliance, project cargo services, warehousing and distribution, supply chain management and information management.
Where we are
Headquartered in Hong Kong , the company has branch offices in major cities in the Far East. Together with our agents in over 50 countries worldwide, we are able to extend our logistics, know-how and experience in serving our clients.
How we do it
Through recognition of consolidated strengths to benefit our global client SINO Shipping by FS International founded together with its long years business partners an international network namely EUROPE ASIA ALLIANCE (EAA) back in 2007. Over the years EAA has grown to a medium sized freight forwarding network with remarkable success due to its binding rule “exclusivity” which is the key to make ourselves distinctive from the other networks.
Why we do it
SINO Shipping’s business philosophy focuses on the principles of honesty, integrity and complete dedication to our clients. Our operations and management staff adhere to these principles with much enthusiasm and professionalism. In addition to providing superb customer services to our clients, we commit ourselves to know what matters most to our clients, by listening, by learning, by comprehending and by delivering tailored solutions. Cross-functional teams of professionals from every unit in our organization work with every one of our clients closely, continuously seeking opportunities for process improvement and savings. Ready to deliver attention to every detail, on every shipment, every time is our promise.
Our intense customer focus is well complimented by a strong, mature global network of agents that enable us to meet our clients’ most complicated shipping challenges, delivering even greater bottom-line value to their supply chain.
At SINO Shipping, we’ve been helping customers grow for years by never losing sight of two basic values: We care. And we keep our promises.
SINO Shipping – Dedicated freight forwarder in Ethiopia
Due to our attractive pricing & dedication, many customers trust our services and we thanks them. Stop to overpay the services and save money with our tailored package matching will all type of shipment, from small volume to full container, let us find the best and cost-effective option.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different shipping modes available for shipping from China to Ethiopia?
The different shipping modes available for shipping from China to Ethiopia are Ocean Freight and Air Freight. Ocean Freight is suitable for large shipments or heavy cargo that can be loaded into containers, while Air Freight is suitable for urgent shipments or small and lightweight cargo.
How do I choose the best shipping mode for my shipment from China to Ethiopia?
You can choose the best shipping mode for your shipment based on several factors such as the type of cargo, the urgency of delivery, the shipping cost, and the transit time. For example, if you have a large shipment of heavy cargo that is not time-sensitive, then Ocean Freight would be a more cost-effective option. On the other hand, if you have a small and urgent shipment, then Air Freight would be a better option.
What are the different container sizes available for Ocean Freight shipping from China to Ethiopia?
The different container sizes available for Ocean Freight shipping from China to Ethiopia are 20-foot containers and 40-foot containers. A 20-foot container can hold up to 10-11 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can hold up to 20-21 standard pallets.
What are the different Incoterms available for shipping from China to Ethiopia?
The different Incoterms available for shipping from China to Ethiopia are EXW (Ex Works), FOB (Free on Board), CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight), and DDP (Delivered Duty Paid). The Incoterm you choose will determine the responsibilities and costs of both the buyer and the seller during the shipping process.
What documents do I need to prepare for shipping from China to Ethiopia?
The documents you need to prepare for shipping from China to Ethiopia include a commercial invoice, a packing list, a bill of lading, a certificate of origin, and any necessary permits or licenses.
How do I track my shipment from China to Ethiopia?
You can track your shipment from China to Ethiopia by using the tracking number provided by your shipping company or logistics provider. Most shipping companies offer online tracking services that allow you to track the status of your shipment in real-time.
How long does it take to clear customs in Ethiopia?
The customs clearance process in Ethiopia can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on several factors such as the type of cargo, the origin of the cargo, and the accuracy and completeness of the customs documentation.
What are the customs duties and taxes I need to pay when importing goods into Ethiopia?
The customs duties and taxes you need to pay when importing goods into Ethiopia depend on several factors such as the type of goods, the origin of the goods, and the value of the goods. It is always advisable to consult with a customs broker or logistics provider to determine the exact customs duties and taxes applicable to your shipment.
How can I ensure the safe and secure delivery of my shipment from China to Ethiopia?
To ensure the safe and secure delivery of your shipment from China to Ethiopia, you should choose a reliable and experienced shipping company or logistics provider. You should also ensure that your cargo is properly packaged and labeled, and that all necessary customs documentation is complete and accurate. Finally, you should consider purchasing insurance to protect your shipment against loss or damage during transit.