Need to send a consignment of goods from Australia to China? Allow TSL to help. We provide a fully comprehensive service covering both air and sea freight between these two countries. You can rely on us to get your goods the 7,500km-plus from Australia to China safely, quickly – and for a fantastic price.

Sea Freight Services to China

TSL can organise all aspects of your sea freight operation on your behalf. Our comprehensive service offering includes all aspects of freight forwarding including packing, inland travel, customs clearance, warehousing/storage and distribution, both in Australia and China.

China: The Facts

China is Australia’s number one export country, with goods worth a huge AU$118 billion exported there from Australia in 2018. The largest exports from Australia to China are in iron ores, coal and natural gas, and China also imports huge amounts of precious stones, wool, livestock, cereals and wood.

This country has seen rapid economic growth in recent years, with millions being lifted out of poverty. It has a huge population of around 1.4 billion and a growing middle class. China’s rapid economic growth has led to an increased demand for imported products, creating new opportunities for Australian businesses to sell to high-income consumers who are hungry for the products our country has to offer. Factors such as China’s increasing urban density, use of reliable e-commerce platforms, and low-price local delivery services have further increased the Chinese consumer’s access to Australian goods.

There’s huge potential for exporting products such as food, alcoholic beverages including wine and craft beer, and complementary medicines including supplements – this has been contributed to further due to China’s ageing population.

What about China Imports Of Services?

You probably know what a goods export is – but what do we mean when we talk about China’s imports of services? Well, for starters, the annual services trade between Australia and China is worth around AU$21.5 billion (2018 figure) – so it’s definitely worth talking about.

But what are service exports? This term refers to any service provided by a resident in one country to a company or people in another. Such services can cover a wide range of industries. The following are examples of Chinese imports of services from Australia:

  • An Australian translation company providing translation services to clients in China.
  • Rents paid by an Australian resident or company for property in China.
  • Use of Australian franchises in China.
  • Australian visitors in China using local services such as shops, hotels and tours.

Regarding service imports, China’s increased focus on a market-based economy and significant economic growth has meant a higher demand for training and education services. The need for training in areas such as English language, business and management and IT is high, particularly in the country’s built-up centres. In fact, China’s major service imports from Australia are currently in the area of education-related travel.

Free Trade Agreement: ChAFTA

Exporting to China has been made a lot easier in recent years thanks to the ChAFTA (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement) which came into force in 2015. This pact has led to increasingly preferential rates for Australian companies wanting to import goods into China. Many items can now enter China tariff-free.

Our Sea Freight Services to China

We work with the best logistics firms in the world, arranging too-quality sea freight services to China on your behalf. With TSL, exporting to China by sea from Australia takes between 18 and 35 days. Transportation time depends on the following factors:

  • Port of departure/arrival: Both China and Australia are huge countries, so shipping times of course vary depending on your pick-up point and final destination. These are the estimated times for sea freight services to China with TSL:
    Australia to northern China: 20-35 days
    Australia to southern China: 20-30 days
    Australia to eastern China: 18-25 days
  • Container type: Cargo in a private container will arrive into China more quickly than if it’s travelling in shared container loads. This is because hiring private container loads, or full container loads (FCLs), will mean your cargo is subject to fewer delays than if you send it in less than container loads (LCLs).
  • Cargo type: Certain items will be subject to stricter and lengthier customs checks on arrival into China.
  • Weather conditions: These may affect the vessel’s departure from Australia, its progression out at sea and its arrival into its Chinese destination port.
  • If you need to export to China by sea and would like to know more about sea freight services to China with TSL Australia, please get in touch on our website or by giving us a call.