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Air Freight Shipping From China

Are you looking for a reliable service provider for air freight imports from China to Australia? TSL provides a fully comprehensive freight forwarding service, organising all aspects of international freight operations between these two countries. Our activities cover both sea and air freight shipping from China to Australia. We are based in Melbourne with our services extending all over the globe and spanning several industries. TSL works with businesses in both countries, helping them export and import goods and providing low-cost sea freight from China, as well as low-cost air freight services.

Why use air freight imports from China to Australia?

Shipping goods on an airplane is, of course, the quickest way of transporting them the 7,500 or so kilometres between Australia and China. It is ideal if your consignment is not too heavy or bulky. With TSL, air freight imports from China to Australia usually take between one and five days. The total time taken will depend on a number of factors, such as where your pick-up and delivery points are, and how much inland transportation is required in each country. Please note, this mode of transportation is more expensive than sending goods via the ocean.

Why Trade With China?

There are several reasons why you may choose to import goods from China as an Australian company. China has significant long-term potential for foreign traders, thanks to cheap manufacturing costs, good-quality produce and a good variation of items produced. Profit margins are often high, with resale prices in Australia sometimes ten times what you paid for them wholesale. China has also been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which regulates global trade, since 2001.
In 2018, two-way merchandise trade between Australia and China was valued at a huge AU$193 billion. China’s first export destination is the United States, which receives around 19% of its exports. The next is Hong Kong, which receives about 12% of Chinese exports. Japan is third, receiving about 6% of the country’s exports. Australia is 13th and receives approximately 2% of Chinese exports. This equates to around AU$75 billion per year.

To find out more about China’s trade relationship with Australia, please see this report from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There is also some useful information about China’s market profile on the Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s website.

TSL’s Quick Tips For Doing Business In China

  • Digital communication is very important for carrying out business in China. WeChat is the main platform, with over 1 billion users.
  • The Chinese Yuan is expressed in two ways: CNH and CNY. CNH refers to trade on the offshore market, so outside of mainland China.
  • Chinese names place the family name first, followed by the forename.
  • It can take a while to build up good business relationships with the Chinese. To get started, using a neutral intermediary is a good idea.
  • When sourcing suppliers in China, websites such as made-in-china.com, Joybuy and Ali Baba can be useful. It’s always recommended to request a sample and have it independently assessed before proceeding with a larger order.

What Can’t Be Imported Into Australia from China?

Not all goods can be brought into Australia from China. Examples of restricted items include antibiotics, cigarette lighters, pornography, pesticides and certain cosmetics. For more information, please click here.

Low-Cost Sea Freight From China

As well as offering great options for air freight shipping from China to Australia, TSL can help you out with low-cost sea freight from China. Transporting your goods via the sea is cheaper than carrying out air freight imports from China to Australia and is undoubtedly the best-value way of transferring goods from China. Ocean cargo will usually take 12-18 days to reach Australia from southern or eastern China, and 18-30+ days from destinations in northern China. It is ideal if the goods you wish to import are unwieldy or heavy. For more information about this (or about any other aspect of freight forwarding between Australia and China), please contact TSL today.

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