Routes for the delivery of goods from China

Importo company now delivers goods from China using the following routes:

1) Ocean freight from China nowadays is the most demanded due to the following factors:

A) Relatively cost-effective ocean freight;

B) Location of the main industrial production in China in the coastal zone.

C) Sea transportation of goods from China in containers is safe enough in terms of

The main seaports of China are:

  • Port of Hong Kong;
  • Port of Guangzhou;
  • Port of Dalian;
  • Port of Ningbo;
  • Port of Xiamen;
  • Port of Tianjin;
  • Port of Qingdao;
  • Port of Shanghai;
  • Port of Shekou;
  • Port of Shenzhen;
  • Port of Yantian.

The main ports of destination in the Russian Federation are:

  • ports of the Pacific coast (port Vostochny, sea port of Vladivostok, Nakhodka commercial sea port);
  • Baltic ports (Kaliningrad, Big Port Saint-Petersburg, Ust-Luga);
  • Novorossiysk port.

In addition, the ports of Finland (Kotka, Hamina) and the ports of the Baltic countries (Riga, Klaipeda, Tallinn) are often used.

Containers are being delivered from ports by rail or by road to the final destinations. Customs clearance can be effected both in sea ports (Saint-Petersburg, Novorossiysk, Far East) and at the inland terminals at the destination (in case
of delivery via the ports of neighbouring states).

Transit times:

  • from ports of China – to Far Eastern ports of the Russian Federation – 7-10 days;
  • delivery by rail across the Russian Federation (Russian Far East ports – Moscow) – 7 – 25 days;
  • from ports of China – to Baltic ports of the Russian Federation – 35-50 days;
  • from ports of China – to ports of the Baltic countries – St. Petersburg (Moscow) – 45-60 days.

2) Carriage by rail from China to Russia

Carriage by rail from China is a fairly popular method of transportation, in view of the optimal time / cost ratio.

The route runs as follows: goods from factories (suppliers) arrive in the north of China, then follow along the Harbin Railway, pass through border crossings Manzhouli -Zabaikalsk, Suifenhe-Ussuriysk, Kamyshovaya-Hunchun. Further, the cargoes
follow along Trans-Siberian railway through Russian territory to the final destination.

Recently China authorities have significantly subsidized for the development of accelerated container block-trains aiming export increase within transnational project “One Belt One Road”, which allows to systematically reduce rates for transportation
of standard 20’ and 40’ containers.

The number of accelerated container block trains on the directions China – Russia, China – Western Europe, China – Eastern Europe is growing every year.

Transit time from China along railways:

By accelerated container block trains from the cities:

  • Chengdu;
  • Guangzhou;
  • Suzhou;
  • YiWu;
  • Xiamen;
  • Zhengzhou;
  • Taiyuan/Xi’an;
  • Shijiazhuang;
  • Chongqing;

till Vorsino/Khovrino station (Moscow region)

Transit time is about 14-18 days.

3) Trucking from China to Russia

Trucking from China to Russia is carried out along several main corridors:

A) Far East corridor. Border crossing takes place at border crossing points Suifenhe (China) – Grodekovo (RF) or Manzhouli (China) – Zabaikalsk (RF). Further along the territory of the Russian Federation, goods are usually delivered by rail.

B) Central Asian corridor. Cargoes are usually consolidated in Urumchi (China), then through border crossing points on the Kazakh-Chinese border (Khorgos, Dostyk, Kolzhat, Bakhty) follow to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, from
where they enter the Russian Federation.

Transit time for road transportation from China:

A) Far East corridor: ports of China – Moscow – from 25 to 35 days;

B) Central Asian corridor: ports of China – Moscow – from 20 days.

4) Airfreight from China to Russia

is it the most expensive, but the quickest mode of delivery. This type of transportation allows you to significantly save delivery time. It is widely used for the delivery of goods up to 1000 kg if it is necessary to strictly adhere to the
delivery time (“Just in Time”).

The largest international airports in China:

  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK);
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG);
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN);
  • Hong Kong International Airport (HKG);
  • Sanya Fenghuang International Airport (SYX).

Air delivery can be arranged directly to the airports of Russia:

  • Moscow;
  • Saint-Petersburg;
  • Krasnoyarsk;
  • Ekaterinburg;
  • Vladivostok.

In order to reduce the cost of air freight, multimodal transportation schemes with delivery by air to the largest European airports (Frankfurt, Amsterdam, etc.) and further shipment of goods to Russia by road are used.

Transit time for airfreight from China

A) direct flights China – Russia – up to 4 days;

B) Flights China – Europe (further trucking to Saint-Petersburg or Moscow) – from 14 to 16 days.

With us China will become closer for you, and working with Chinese partners becomes faster and more efficient.

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