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Air cargo from China to Africa
If you are looking for a freight forwarder to handle your shipping from China to Africa, VIPU can be a very good choice. Whether you want air shipping or sea shipping from China to Africa, Bansar can provide very competitive shipping rate from China to any seaport and airport.
We will help you ship from any place in China to any area of Africa like East Africa, West Africa, North Africa and South Africa.
Airfreight from China to Africa
While 90% of goods are transported by sea, when importers and exporters need to transport high-value items quickly and reliably to Africa, such as seasonal goods, clothes, electronics and/or products that cannot be near water, they use air freight. If your load is around 100 kg, air freight will become a cheaper option. In a matter of days, air freight can take your cargo from the factory floor in China to your destination. Air transport reduces the shipping time between China and South Africa to 5 to 8 days for shipment from port to port and 6 to 13 days for delivery from door to door.
There are two ways to determine the cost of air freight. The first method is the price per kilogram multiplied by the weight of the freight, and for the second method, for low-density cargo (low-weight and high-volume) will be billed on the basis of the volume it occupies. There are two classes of air freight, economy, and express or fast air transport.
1. Economical air freight. The service applies to general cargo (no dangerous goods, overweight or temperature-controlled goods). For this class, the price is relatively low compared to express air freight. If shipping is not a matter of urgency and this service meets your requirements, then it is probably the best choice. Shipping from China to South Africa will be shipped within 5 to 8 days.
2. Fast air transportation. With this service, you can move cargo of all shapes, sizes, and types, including dangerous and overweight goods, in a short time. This operation has the advantage of time relative to commercial freight. If you have an urgent shipment or just want to deliver goods that are not appropriate for economic air freight, this is the best option. Shipping from China to South Africa will be delivered within 1 to 4 days for door-to-door delivery.
Should you choose a freight forwarder from China or Africa?
If you are looking for a freight forwarder to handle your shipment from China to Africa, whether you want air, sea or multimodal shipping, it is always better to choose a freight forwarder from China. The Chinese freight forwarder is the ideal choice for overseas transporters because there is the advantage of language and geography. You will also need a Chinese warehouse for storage and preparation in the shipping process. Choosing a local forwarder (from Africa) will make you spend a lot of money and time because they will possibly need to contact another agent in China to manage pick-up, packing, processing, and customs clearance; and the language barrier will also be a problem.
For the past 11 consecutive years, China has been Africa's largest trading partner. Now, as African nations accumulate more purchasing power, consumers want Chinese-made fabrics, green tea, apparel, home appliances, and electronics. To put that into numbers, the African e-commerce market is projected to reach US$34.6bn by 2024, with an average annual growth rate of 17.1%. And in 2019 alone, Nigeria purchased the largest amount of Chinese goods in the world.
As such, Africa is Cainiao’s most critical emerging market. One might imagine that the global pandemic would have put a damper on Chinese-African e-commerce and trade, but according to the General Administration of Customs People’s Republic of China, bilateral trade between the two regions increased in Q1 of 2021 to US$51.2bn. Together with local logistics partners’, explained Xiong, ‘we strive to provide African consumers with efficient door-to-door delivery’.
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