Sea Freight Import From China To Australia

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Is your business looking to carry out sea freight imports from China to Australia? Want to make the most of a fantastic Free Trade Agreement and ample opportunities for new business ventures? Allow TSL to step in and help. We are a logistics firm based in Melbourne, Australia, offering a comprehensive freight forwarding service covering Asia and beyond. We can organise every aspect of the process at really competitive prices. Our excellent contacts and connections enable us to provide a highly professional service in sea freight exports from China to Australia.

Sea Freight Export: China To Australia

Sending your consignment from China to Australia by ocean is the cheapest method of transportation. Naturally, it takes longer than air travel: transit times are 12-30 days compared to 1-5 days by plane. Ocean shipping times vary depending on factors such as weather conditions and the location within China that the produce originates from. The type of shipping container you send your goods in will also affect the timings. Hiring out a private container is quicker, as you will not be delayed by other users. With shared (or consolidated) containers, your consignment is at risk of being delayed by other people’s cargo.

Why Send Produce Via The Ocean?

Ocean shipping is an economical solution for larger shipments, with a particularly high cost effectiveness for consignments weighing over 120kgs. If you want to import products from China into Australia, ocean travel is a great option – especially if your cargo is bulky or heavy. TSL Australia is here to organise all aspects of your sea freight operation for you. We can also provide all associated services such as packing, distribution and warehousing.

Free Trade Deals: China And Australia

Trade between China and Australia is covered by the ChAFTA (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement), which came into force in 2015. The ChAFTA has reduced many of the import tariffs for trade, meaning customs duty is between 0% and 10%. For many items it is 0%.

Why Import Products From China?

There are several reasons why you may choose to import products from China as an Australian company. China has significant long-term potential for foreign traders, thanks to cheap manufacturing costs, good-quality produce and an impressive variation of items produced. Profit margins are usually good, 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.

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 are expressed with the family name first.
  • It can take a while to build up a business relationship with Chinese businesspeople. To get started, using a neutral go-between is a good idea.
  • When sourcing suppliers in China, websites such as as, 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.

To Find Out More…

You can find out more about TSL’s services for sea freight import from China to Australia Click the Contact link below on our website, or by dropping us an email. If you’d rather speak to us directly, just give us a call.