Trading between China and Norway reaches well over $5 billion each year. Even with the large distance between the two countries, there are multiple ways for goods to make their way from China to Norway.
In the following article, we’ll explain the routes and means available to you for shipping your goods and outline some of the strategic choices you can make when you’re importing.
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Sea/Ocean Freight from China to Norway
How long does sea freight via ocean liner take from China to Norway?
Air Freight from China to Norway
What are the advantages of shipping by air freight when transporting goods from China to Norway?
When I’m importing from China to Norway what documentation do I need for customs?
Ocean Cargo Port Guide
Flying Your Freight: Airport Guide
Airports of Origin in China
Airport Facts: Guangzhou is the primary airport of Guangdong province and is one of the world’s busiest freight hubs, with an annual capacity of 2.5 million tonnes of goods. It also has direct routes to Oslo.
IATA Code: CAN.
Airport Facts: Shanghai-Pudong is based around 30km outside of Shanghai and has direct cargo and courier services to Oslo. The airport has six runways and two terminals with cutting edge technical infrastructure.
IATA Code: PVG.
OTHER AIRPORTS IN CHINA
There are of course, many other airports in China and as with sea freight, it may make sense to choose one of these depending on the point of origin of your goods. Remember that when you’re importing from China by air, you will still need to take into account the transit costs of getting your goods from the factory or retail outlet. Therefore, it could make sense to ship from a port closer to the factory.
Airport of Arrival in Norway
Airport Facts: Oslo Airport is located around 35 kilometres northeast of Oslo and has two runways. The cargo terminal has infrastructure for seven gates and areas specifically for pallets and containers. It connects to Shanghai-Pudong and Guangzhou airports in China.
IATA Code: OSL
Is train freight possible for shipping from China to Norway?
Train freight is becoming a more popular way to transport goods across the world. There is a possibility to ship your goods via rail from China to Norway.
Like sea freight, rail freight is generally done via containers. Rail freight is something of a ‘middle ground’ between air and sea freight, being quicker than sea freight and cheaper than air freight.
For more details on rail freight solutions, please contact us or your freight forwarding company and we’ll be able to strategize whether this makes sense for you.
Why choose Sino Shipping as your freight forwarder?
If you’re looking for a company to help manage your shipping between China and Norway, whether it is by air, land or sea, then look no further, as Sino Shipping can handle all your logistics and freight forwarding needs.
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.
Whether you are choosing to ship your goods via air or ocean freight, we help get your cargo from A to B. Our services include:
Picking up your goods from the factory/retailer in China.
With your authorisation we’ll take care of the transit between the factory or retailer in China and the sea or airport of departure.
Packaging of your goods
Packaging is an important yet often forgotten part of the international shipping process. Good packaging can save you money if things are packed snugly, not to mention preventing the risk of damage.
We have experience in shipping goods across the world and we know how to pack your goods to give them the best possible chance of making it to your address in one piece. Also, when you’re shipping goods across borders, the labelling of packages is very important.
Customs officials need to know what is inside the packaging. Mislabelling can be very costly in terms of possible fine and also delays to your shipment. We work with you to make sure your goods are packaged and labelled correctly, so your goods can travel smoothly across borders.
Documentation and Paperwork for customs clearance and duties
As well as the correct labels, your goods will also need to come with the correct documentation according to rules of both exporting and importing countries. 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 Norway, 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.
Loading and unloading cargo
When your goods arrive at ports, they need to be loaded and unloaded into the transport. This can be a bit more complicated than simply checking in your luggage at the airport.
When it comes to cargo and commercial goods, especially large amounts, loading and unloading goods can require some assistance and communication with the port authorities. This is a key part of our service.
Warehousing and Consolidation
If you’re transporting goods from a variety of retailers, then having a warehouse available that can hold your goods while they wait for the rest of the consignment to arrive is essential. Our service from China to Norway also includes warehousing your goods as they await consolidation.
Warehousing may also be an option if you are waiting for a specific time to ship out from China
Advice on Shipping Strategy
One of our most important services is offering our expert knowledge and depth of experience. Our success depends on the success of our clients/ Therefore we have very strong motivation in ensuring that your shipping strategy is one that is economical for your business needs and allows you to be sustainable.
Get in contact with us for a quote and advice on how best to ship your goods and we’ll help you make the choices that are right for you.
Wide service across China
This means in practice we reduce the time it takes for your goods to be transported to ports or alternatively we can help select the port that makes the most economical sense for your goods to be shipped from China to Norway.
We’ll take care of your goods all the way from China to Norway, and our regional knowledge of China, helps give us an edge when it comes to knowing the best ways to get your goods to you without a hassle. Seasonal events and cultural differences can cause delays, but we’ll be able to keep you well-informed so you can stay one step ahead.
How much does express shipping cost and what are the advantages and disadvantages of express shipping?
When it comes to speed, express delivery is the best option. Express delivery refers to courier led delivery by companies such as DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc. As well as speed, express delivery also puts most of the logistics into the hands of the courier company, and may save you on costs such as insurance and using your own transport from port-to-door.
When it comes to customs and duty, generally express delivery companies will pay the custom as the goods pass through the ports and then collect this from the receiving company before delivery.
However, this may be different depending on the express company you choose so be sure to check their rules and regulations when it comes to customs. Your freight forwarder may also be able to assist you with this.
Express shipping is also by far the most expensive option, so if you’re looking to keep your margins tight, then consider whether the advantages of speed and others outweigh the premium cost.
If your company relies on near-instantaneous shipping of small goods, then express delivery services may end up being a good strategy in the long term, as you’ll add value to your company’s reputation for getting goods quickly.
If, on the other hand, you are shipping large quantities of goods in bulk and time is not as important to the business’s bottom line, then you may want to consider other shipping options.
The price of express/courier delivery ranges according to different companies. As we at Sino Shipping work with a wide variety of courier companies, so when you make us your freight forwarding/logistics company, we’ll be able to get you the best deal every time through our extensive networks.