International Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker Based in China

Shipping from China to Poland: Sea, Air & Rail Freight Rates

If you’re looking for a company that will handle your international freight logistics, then look no further; Sino Shipping has the experience, the expertise, and the networks to make sure that your shipping needs are taken care of professionally.

We have agreements with airlines and shipping companies such as: ET, TK, AY, EK, CA, QR, CX CZ airlines, and Maersk, MSC, CMA-CGM APL, COSCO,PIL, Yang Ming, OOCL, and Evergreen. Our partnerships not only ensure the best price, but also gives us priority when it comes to space, meaning that your parcels will never be left waiting.

About DDP shipping from China to Poland



There are four main methods of transport when shipping from China to Poland. By air, rail, sea and truck. When you’re working with us, we’ll either pick your goods up from the factory or retail outlet in China with your authorisation, or you can have your goods sent to our warehouse in Shenzhen, China.

From there, we’ll transport them onwards to the port for shipping.


DDP air freight from China to Poland

    • Shipping Type: LCL shipping by default
    • Shipping Time: 10-15 days
    • Export Declaration: Your factory is normally the declaring exporter.
    • VAT & EORI: We will utilise our business partners and contacts for import declarations and their VAT and EORI.
    • Destination: Your goods will be delivered to your business and private addresses or your amazon FBA warehouse address.

DDP rail freight from China to Poland

    • Shipping Type: LCL shipping by default
    • Shipping Time: 30-35 days
    • Export Declaration:Your factory is normally the declaring exporter. The chargeable weight should be more than 100Kg.
    • VAT & EORI: We use our business partners as importers for import declarations, so we will use their VAT & EORI.
    • Destination: Your goods will be delivered to your business and private addresses or your amazon FBA warehouse address.

DDP sea shipping from China to Poland

    • First Leg: sea shipping
    • Shipping Type: LCL shipping by default
    • Shipping Time: 30-35 days
    • Export Declaration:Your factory is normally the declaring exporter.
    • VAT & EORI: We will utilise our business partners and contacts for import declarations and their VAT and EORI
    • Destination: Amazon FBA warehouse, Business address and Private address.

DDP truck freight from China to Poland

    • First Leg:Truck freight
    • Shipping Type:LCL shipping by default
    • Shipping Time:20-25 days
    • Export Declaration:Your factory is normally the declaring exporter.
    • VAT & EORI:We will utilise our business partners and contacts for import declarations and their VAT and EORI
    • Destination:Your goods will be delivered to your business and private addresses or your amazon FBA warehouse address.

Item Rules

      • We don’t accept items that break IP rights
    • We don’t accept illegal and controlled substances and items such as drugs, cigarettes, alcohol and arms.
    • Packaging and SCU labels must have “Made in China” marks and on the outer carton too.
    • 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 under 300
Weight Prices and Requirements

    • The minimum weight charge is 10KG for Air, 13kg for Rail, 12Kg for Sea, and 12KG for Truck.
    • Waybill Minimum charges are 11KG for Air, 13 Kg for Rail, 21kg for Sea shipping and 21KG for Truck.

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 delivery.
    • By UPS or DHL.

In this FAQ, we’ll take you through the various steps when it comes to importing from China to Poland, answering the common questions that both new and established businesses have.


1.What are the shipping options available between China and Poland?


There are many different means of transporting your goods between China and Poland. The four main ways are by air, sea, rail and express courier.


Importing businesses generally work with a logistics service/freight forwarding company. Logistics companies take care of your goods from the factory to your address in Poland, or if you’d prefer from port-to-port, or any combination that suits your needs.


Sino Shipping has been involved in global trade logistics for many years and with extensive networks between China and Nigeria, we can offer you the best service when it comes to price and priority.


As a logistics company assisting businesses across the world, we recognise that we share a mutual interest in the success of our clients and thus we endeavour to provide a service that can enable their business to thrive and flourish. We can help you with:

      • Transportation and General Logistics
    • Packaging and display Listing
    • Cargo onboarding and offloading
    • Warehousing
    • Product sourcing
    • Shipping cost evaluation

We offer these services to you to make your importing experience as hassle-free as possible and we always aim to offer you the best possible price, as we know that your business margins are vital to your sustainability.

2. Can I ship from Poland to China?

Yes, Poland, like many countries, engages in international trade and China is one of the key suppliers of goods.

However, there are of course legal restrictions on the types of goods that can be imported to Poland from China. These goods may not always be obvious, so be sure to consult with your freight forwarding company about the goods you wish to import and check with government websites too.

3.How much does it cost to ship goods from Poland to China

This is the all important question for importers from Poland to China. In short, there is no one answer, as your costs will depend on the exact calibration of shipping choices you make

As a general rule, express and air freight are the most expensive methods of transportation. In the middle is rail freight, and finally sea freight is generally the cheapest method.

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.


As there are many different companies operating in this sector, there can be a wide variety of companies offering their services, with a correspondingly wide range of prices and schedules. Express delivery services via courier can take as little as 3-5 working days to get from China to Poland.


In terms of cost, the range of courier services can be anywhere from $15 to $35 per kg of cargo. This is another area where it pays to balance the advantages and disadvantages of different companies and take a close look at what they are offering. Those who have a premium price may offer economic advantages in other areas such as time or additional services


If you’re using a freight forwarding/logistic company for the bulk of your goods, and you want to ship some cargo quickly via an Express service, it can be useful to consult with your freight forwarder on the available options for express delivery and which might best suit your needs.


Freight forwarders bring experience, networks and knowledge to international transportation and can draw on this when they advise you on the best shipping strategy.

How can I monitor my express delivery orders?


We know that once you’ve placed an order, you might want to keep an eye on where it is. This is especially true for business where accurate timing is all part of the service.


For example, if you’re ordering a specific item for a client or customer, it makes you look professional if you can tell them exactly where their goods are and give an accurate estimate of the time it will take to arrive.


With air freight, and especially express delivery, you can track your goods as they move across the continent. Most express delivery services will have a tracking application on their website.You’ll simply need to enter your order number and then you’ll be given a live update on the status of your goods as well as an estimated time of arrival.

What is the difference between Express and Air Freight?

With express delivery (also known as air courier) you pay a courier company to transport your goods from one address to another. With ‘regular’ air freight, we refer to the port-to-port cost of transporting your goods.

After they reach the port of arrival, it is your (or more likely, your freight forwarding partner’s) responsibility to ensure they pass through customs and are delivered.While this is obviously more work and documentation, it is the cheaper option compared to express delivery via courier, even when taking into account partnering with a freight forwarder/logistics company.

With air freight, you need to keep a track of the different additional prices involved for handling your goods after arrival, nevertheless, if you’re shipping larger quantities of goods, air freight will be a more economic choice for your air shipping needs.

Of course, if you’re shipping much larger quantities of goods, and time is not a problem, then you may want to look into sea shipping.

What are the advantages of shipping by air freight when transporting goods from China to Poland?

Air freight brings many advantages for importers. Firstly, the speed of air freight is much quicker than shipping by sea. This is not just a question of getting goods quicker, but it’s also near-essential if you’re shipping certain goods that may spoil if transported for lengthy periods of goods.

Another advantage is that air transport is normally a more safer and stable mode of transport for fragile or goods that could break. This is due both to the reduced time in handling and to the means of transportation itself. With both rail and sea, there is a small risk of water or damage due to bumps, etc.

Air freight also allows much more precision when it comes to scheduling your transport logistics. Air travel is rarely delayed meaning your goods will mostly arrive when they are scheduled to. Furthermore, with the higher frequency of flights, you have a much wider choice when it comes to shipping at your convenience.

Another reason for favouring air freight is that it could mean lower insurance premiums as the transportation time is quicker than other methods and thus there is less overall risk of goods being damaged.

A final benefit is that with air freight you don’t need to package the goods as thoroughly as you would have to with sea freight.

How long does air freight take between China and Poland?

Generally, air freight between China and Poland will take around 7 to 9 days. Express air will take around 3-5 days. Compared to shipping by sea, which will take at least 3 weeks, this is much quicker and could therefore give you additional value. If you’re shipping goods that are time sensitive, then air freight could make a lot of sense.

How is the price of air freight calculated when shipping from China to Poland?

Air travel is a sophisticated means of transportation but it also costs a lot to maintain, thus the costs of air freight are high compared to ground and ocean transport. When transporting goods by air, you need to be aware of two concepts: Actual Weight and Volumetric weight.

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.

Volume weight is calculated by first multiplying the width of the package by the height and the length (WxLxH). Following this, the volumetric weight is calculated by dividing the number by 6000 (or by 5000 for Express delivery).

As airlines are trying to maximise their own revenues, they will charge you according to whichever is greater, the actual weight or the volumetric weight. The charge will be according to whichever one is greater.

The reason for this is that if you have something that is large but relatively light, the transportation companies would want to charge you by the space it takes up rather than the weight, otherwise they would end up not being able to make sustainable income.

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

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. If you would like a more in-depth explanation of this with added detail and calculations, we will be happy to help you.

Just get in contact with our expert team and we’ll talk you through the process and make some estimates as to whether your goods will be charged according to volume or actual weight.

How much does air freight between China and Poland cost?

Regular air freight is usually a little cheaper than express delivery freight by air and more expensive than sea freight. The costs of air freight encompass the speed of the service as well as the relative safety of the goods that are being shipped.

Air freight shipping from China to Poland can cost as little as $8 per kg up to around $1 kg at most. In general, if you’re shipping many goods at once, you may be able to get cheaper deals with the service. With Express delivery/courier services, the price can be from $15 to $35.

Also keep in mind that costs can vary according to the time of year, as different seasons can be busier than others according to natural or cultural events such as Chinese new year, etc. Sino Shipping has key insight and experience in this regard and can advise you on selecting the best option for your transportation needs from China to Poland.


How long do goods take to be transported from China to Poland?

Air freight is one of the quickest means of transportation from China to Poland. With Express delivery services, your goods can arrive at your address in around 3 to 4 days from order. With regular air freight, it may take around 7 to 9 days at maximum.

Of course, these times are general estimates and transportation can often be quicker.

How much weight can air freight ship from China to Poland?

With Express delivery/courier services, the maximum weight is normally around 300kg. Although different companies have different regulations regarding this, you may find that they can hold up to 1000kg

If you’re looking to ship greater amounts then you might want to consider rail or sea freight, as these are more suited for larger and bulkier shipping.

What goods cannot be shipped from China to Poland by Air freight?

There are legal restrictions on goods being imported from China to Poland by any means of transport. On top of this, air freight brings its own restrictions.

It is imperative that you understand what items can and cannot be transported before you purchase them, as it will be a huge problem if you place an order only to find out that you cannot get the items into the country.

Some of the items that are banned from air freight are:

Ammunition, currency (coins are allowed), fireworks, narcotics, postage stamps, shark fin, corpses, watches exceeding $500 in value.

What is the cost of sea freight from China to Poland?

Sea shipping is done via containers. On average renting a 20 foot container from China to Poland, will cost around $3000- $5000. Prices vary according to different times of year, carrier and many other factors. This is one of the areas your freight forwarder will be able to advise you on.

Sea shipping will take around 41-45 days to reach Poland from China.

What is the difference between LCL and FCL shipping via Sea freight?

Sea freight is generally the cheapest option. Within this option it is useful to understand the difference between FCL (Full Container Load) and LCL Less than Container Load) shipping and establish which is better for your needs.

FCL is when you hire a whole container for your own use. LCL is when your goods are transported in a container with goods from other importers and companies.

If you aren’t transporting a lot of goods then 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.

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).

FCL shipping brings many advantages when it comes to logistics as if everything inside the container belongs to one company, then generally this makes things run a lot more smoothly, which can have a cost benefit too.

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.

However LCL can also mean that your goods can take longer to arrive as the process of loading and unloading takes longer.

Smart packaging can also help you save money. Packaging goods tightly and safely, can get you more value for the space you occupy, as well as preventing any unnecessary breakages.

You’ll also want to make sure that you know the exact weights of your goods. This can be useful when comparing them to your freight forwarder’s quotes.

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

Can I ship from China to Poland via rail freight?

China is actively seeking to increase its rail connections to the world and so it’s possible to ship from China to Poland via rail. Trains run from China through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus before reaching Poland. Similar to sea freight, rail freight runs with containers.

This service will take around 11-12 days, which falls in between air and sea freight in terms of time. It’s also a cheaper option than air freight. If you’re interested in rail freight, then contact us for advice on whether this method makes logistical sense for you and your business.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of air and sea freight shipping from China to Poland?

Both sea and air shipping bring their own benefits and drawbacks

In terms of cost, sea shipping is a lot cheaper than air freight. Sea freight is also more environmentally friendly than other options

Conversely, in terms of time, air freight is the fastest option, with express delivery being the fastest. Because of the speed of air freight, it also brings other advantages. If you’re shipping perishable goods, then time becomes important.

Furthermore, the quick time for air freight means that insurance will be cheaper.

Lastly, the nature of air freight also means that it can be much more secure than other forms of shipping.

Do I need to pay customs and taxes when importing goods from China to Poland?

Yes, you will need to be aware of the current rules and regulations with regards to costumes and taxes. As the importer, the responsibility belongs to you to ensure these are paid.

There are also considerations to be made for your goods as they leave China.

However, you may come to an arrangement with your seller about different responsibilities for the package as it makes its way to your address. For this you will need to be familiar with the various incoterms. Incoterms refer to the arrangements of shipping between seller and buyer.

Your freight forwarding company will be able to advise and liaise with your seller on this.

If you are shipping via Express delivery/courier service, then it may be the case that the courier will pay the customs and then invoice you on delivery to your address.

What charges should I expect to pay on imports from China?

There is a wide range of tariffs on goods being imported from China to Poland with tariffs being anywhere from 0-400%. You will need to check on what the rules specifically say about the goods that you wish to import.

Also be aware that goods entering Poland will be subject to a 5% import tax and VAT, which is dependent on the product.


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.