Shipping From China To Germany

Shipping From China To Germany

Written by Dantful, this guide aims toprovide importers with clear options for shipping from China to Germany. We will cover the shipping method, time and cost. Read on to learn why Dantful is fast becoming China Zero

The go-to freight forwarder for sales, high-growth e-commerce brands and FBA .

Shipping From China To Germany


What is the best way to ship from China to Germany?

Express from China to Germany China to Germany by air

Rail freight from China to Germany

Sea freight from China to Germany FBA to Germany

Door to door delivery to Germany Requirements for German imports from China

Documentation requirements for imports from China to Germany German import taxes and duties

How do I ship from China to Germany Why choose us?

What is the best way to ship from China to Germany?

The optimal mode of transport between China and Germany will depend on several factors:

· The type of goods you are shipping

· How soon do you have goods

· Payload (dimensions and weight) of the goods

· And your budget

Depending on your unique requirements, importers have various transportation options to consider when shipping from China to Germany, including

· Air Express

· Cargo by air

· Rail freight

· Sea Freight

As the name suggests, from China to Germany, air freight is your fastest option and sea freight is the slowest mode of transportation for importers. No matter which method you choose, the absolute best way to transport goods between China and Germany is to use a reliable and reputable Chinese freight forwarder like Dantful.


A: We have negotiated rates with carriers for the Chinese market. They are much lower than those quoted by our European competitors. We are passing on the savings to you. And, because of our logistics expertise in shipping goods from China, we are experts in finding the most cost effective routes.

Now we will look at each mode of transport in more detail.

Express delivery from China to Germany

When you need your goods fast, express shipping is your best choice for shipping between China and Germany.

Express shipping includes shipping goods by world-renowned express delivery companies such as DHL, fedex and UPS. They do not

Only handle all the logistics and shipping, and Courier is also an “all inclusive” and “door to door” service, meaning that once you place your order, the Courier will handle every detail of shipping, including customs clearance, until your product arrives at the designated shipping address. Unlike the other modes of transportation detailed in this article, there will never be any additional charges for shipping using Courier.

That being said, all this speed and convenience does come at a huge cost compared to other modes of transport, especially for shipments under 200kg. That’s why we only recommend express delivery if you’re shipping something very small, such as a product sample, or if you need a very fast shipment.

Even if you are using air express, you will want to use a freight forwarder instead of booking directly with the Courier. Why?

Because freight forwarders get exclusive high-volume rates from global Courier companies, which means you pay far less than you would if you signed up with a Courier company on your own.

How long does it take to get a delivery from China to Germany?

Deliveries from China to Germany can run anywhere in 1-4 days and the cost increases with the speed of delivery.

How much does it cost to deliver from China to Germany?

Using express delivery from China to Germany, larger shipments are more economical. Please see the table below for express rates this month.

Less than 10 kg (


Less than 10 kg (↑ HIGH)

Less than 100 kg (


Less than 100 kg (HIGH


Less than 200 kg (


Less than 200 kg (HIGH



kg (↓ LOW)


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Air cargo from China to Germany

If you need your goods quickly and use a freight forwarder, Air China Cargo is a good alternative to express shipping, but you need to keep a few important details in mind.

Air cargo is not a door-to-door service, nor is it “all-inclusive,” so there will be extra work and expense involved in logistics to and from the airport and customs clearance in Germany. Having said that, the sum of these fees will be less than what you pay for express delivery, and if you use our China door-to-door service, this work will be managed by a freight forwarder, making air cargo a great alternative to express shipping.

As with  express delivery, the best price for air freight is between 300 -500kg.

How long does it take for air cargo to ship from China to Germany?

Air freight takes a few days longer than express delivery because goods can’t get in and out of the airport as fast as express delivery, and they spend a day or two longer in customs. The average shipping time from port to port is about 5-8 days, and the average shipping time from door to door Between 6-13 days.

How much is the air freight from China to Germany?

Air freight costs are volatile and will depend on the current demand, season and type of goods being shipped. Up to

The air freight rates from China to Germany in March 2024 are listed below for your reference.

45kg (↓↓ Low) 

45kg (↑


100kg (↓

↓ low) 

100kg high (↑↑) 

200kg (↓

↓ Low) 

200kg high (↑↑) 

300kg (↓

↓ Low) 

300kg high (↑










Airports that offer air cargo services from China to Germany

· Beijing

· Chengdu

· Guangzhou.

· Hong Kong

· Shenzhen

· Shanghai

· Hangzhou

· Xi ‘an

· Xiamen

· Qingdao

· Wuhan

· Tianjin

German airport receiving air cargo from China

· Frankfurt

· Dusseldorf

· Berlin Tegel

· Hamburg

· Munich

· Coln/Bonn

· Berlin Schonefeld

· Stuttgart

Rail freight from China to Germany

Surprisingly, for most importers, rail freight may be a good option for importers to ship goods from China to Germany, as the transit time is faster than sea freight and the cost is lower when the right conditions are met. This condition is that the goods must be containerized to take advantage of rail freight, so it is not an option for anyone who can’t do a container loading order. This makes rail transportation in China ideal for bulk, dry, liquid and mechanical shipments.

Both China and Germany have several rail hubs, and consider using rail freight if you don’t need your goods very fast, or if air freight costs are too high.

How long does it take for rail freight to ship from China to Germany?

The time from China to Germany’s rail transit hub to hub is about 13-14 days, and the time from door to door is about 16-18 days.

How much does a rail container cost to ship from China to Germany?

As of March 2024, the average price of a rail freight container from China to Germany is $13,500.

Serving the Chinese rail hub in Germany

Rail transport from China to Germany originated in the following cities:

· Chongqing

· Hefei

· Xi ‘an

German rail hub with services to China

Rail goods from China to Germany arrive in German cities

· Duisburg

· Hamburg

· Munich







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Sea freight from China to Germany

For importers, sea transportation is the most popular mode of transportation from China to Germany.

While it is not as fast as the other modes of transportation detailed in this article, it is more economical and offers greater flexibility in terms of the types of goods you can transport, the types of loads you can send, and the shipping routes you can take.

For sea freight from China to Germany, there are two options: LCL and FCL. Next we will go into details about what these two methods mean, how long they take and how much they cost.

LCL from China to Germany

LCL shipments are “less than containerized” shipments. In a LCL shipment, your shipment is shipped in the same container as another importer’s shipment. This makes LCL shipping ideal for shipments of 1-15 cubic meters.

FCL from China to Germany

FCL goods are shipped by “full container load”. In FCL shipping, your shipment is packed in its own container, so a shipment of more than 15 cubic meters from China to Germany is ideal.

There are a variety of container loading options for FCL shipments from China to Germany, including:


How long does shipping from China to Germany take?

The sea transport from China to Germany is the slowest of all modes of transport, taking 25-41 days from port to port and door to door

It takes 41-47 days.

Transit time is affected by several variables:

· Distance from the supplier to the port of destination

· The transport route chosen

· Whether you are FCL or LCL

· And your Incoterms

Below is a table where you can refer to the transit times between some of the most traffic-based routes between China and Germany.

 Shipping from Shanghai (CNSHA Port)Shipping from NingboShipping from Shenzhen (CNSZX Port)
Bremen18-22 days18-22 days19-23 days
Bremerhaven18-22 days18-22 days19-23 days
Bremerhaven19-23 days18-22 days19-23 days

These rates are the average port-to-port freight for 180 / CBM .

How much does a container cost to ship from China to Germany?

The cost of shipping a container from China to Germany will depend on the date, route, Incoterms and the type of container being shipped. Below is the average cost as of press time (March 2024).

China to Germany container rate: 40ft container

 Shanghai (↓↓ Low)Shanghai (↑↑)Ningbo (↓↓ low)Ningbo (↑↑)Shenzhen (↓↓ low)Shenzhen (↑↑)
Bremen€ 7,052.00€ 7,544.00€ 7,052.00€ 7,544.00€ 7,052.00€ 7,544.00

The prices quoted in this table are the average freight rates of FCL during peak season from port to port.

What’s the charge for LCL from China to Germany?

The current freight for LCL from China to Germany (March 2024) is:

 Shanghai (↓↓ Low)Shanghai (↑↑)Ningbo (↓↓ low)Ningbo (↑↑)Shenzhen (↓↓ low)Shenzhen(↑↑)
BremenEuro 118.90Euro 131.20Euro 114.80Euro 147.60Euro 114.80Euro 131.20
HamburgEuro 86.10Euro 98.40Euro 98.40Euro 114.80Euro 82.00Euro 98.40

These rates are the average port-to-port freight for 200kg /CBM .

FBA to Germany

Does your shipment need to be shipped from China to an Amazon FBA warehouse in Germany? Dantful is the leader in shipping from China to Amazon FBA and can handle all logistics, integration, inspection, labeling, repacking and shipping.

Door-to-door delivery to Germany

Whether you are using air, rail or sea, Dantful offers all customers the option of door-to-door delivery of goods. This means that you are not responsible for arranging any logistics, documentation, or customs clearance.

Requirements for German imports from China

Germany has a number of import requirements for Chinese importers, including a large list of prohibited items, required documents, and duties and taxes to be paid upon arrival at German customs. Read on to learn more about these requirements.

Document requirements for imports into Germany from China

All goods imported from China to Germany must include the following documents:

· A bill of lading

· Certificate of origin

· Commercial invoice

· Customs value declaration form

· Import declaration form

· Letter of credit

· Packing list

· Proof of insurance

If you need help gathering the required documents, check out our customs clearance service.

German import taxes and duties

German Customs imposes import taxes and duties on all goods shipped to Germany from outside the European Union, including China. Exactly how much you have to pay depends on the type of item being shipped, with most items taxed at 19 percent, with the exception of agricultural products, which are taxed at 19 percent.

The exact taxes and duties will depend on the TARIC code (European Community Consolidated tariff). You can find out more about these fees here.

How do I ship from China to Germany

The first step: Contact a freight forwarder in China

Take advantage of our high volume freight and logistics expertise.

Step 2: Get freight quotes from China

Get an idea of your options based on your budget, time requirements, and the type of product and load you are sending.

Step 3: Purchase China shipping insurance

This is affordable and the best way to protect against catastrophic losses.

Step 4: Arrange customs clearance

Our team will be happy to inform and arrange customs clearance for you. Useful Links

1. Chinese Customs

2. German Customs

Why choose Dantful

Dantful’s team has more than 15 years of experience importing products from China to Germany, and we process hundreds of shipments for our customs every month.

What sets us apart from our competitors is our unique combination of:

· Consistently delivering on-time and stress-free service

· Our logistics expertise

· We have the ability to use multimodal transportation to reduce your costs

· A: The price we have negotiated for large quantities for the Chinese market; We’ll pass on the savings to you

· Our management operations in Europe and America; So there was never a cultural confusion

To start using Dantful on your next shipment from China to Germany, or to get a China shipping quote, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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