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Air Cargo From China To USA


Air Cargo From China To USA


Shipping by air is generally faster but more expensive than shipping by ocean, so the mode you choose will depend on the size and weight of your shipment, and how quickly you need it to arrive at destination.


Air Express from China to the USA

Air express is a door to door courier service from companies like Fed Ex, UPS, and DHL that rely on a single company to collect, ship, and deliver small shipments. It’s ideal for shipments that are urgent and weigh less than 150 kilograms.


Air Freight from China to the USA

Air freight, on the other hand, is an airport to airport service for shipments of larger volumes and requires additional arrangements for pickup from your factory and delivery from the final destination airport.

The DDP air freight special line operate like this: goods loaded into the container, then arrange the custom document and export clearance, ship out by air freight to USA Airport, then USA destination port agent handle import customs clearance and delivery including customs declaration and inspection, warehousing and distribution, cargo insurance, document processing and other one-stop logistics service. This mode of head-end air transportation + back-end UPS dispatch, the combination of air transportation and UPS end delivery will safely deliver you goods to the warehouse at the fastest speed.

Finding the main and busy airports is not a very hard job because they are usually located near large and populated cities but there are some other factors; such as, workforce, geography, technology and infrastructure. Five famous airports in air freight from China to USA are listed below:

Memphis International Airport (MEM): it is specifically about cargo. As FedEx’s SuperHub is located in this city, a big number of packages should be transferred per hour which leads to about 400 flights every day.

Louisville International Airport (SDF): as UPS’ Worldport is located in this city, about 400000 packages should be transferred hourly to different domestic destination. The airport is near the highway and railroad which makes it more accessible.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): Los Angeles, as a metropolitan city, has an important international airport. It is located in the center of some big cities in the US; such as, Ontario and San Diego which can be accessible by railroads and land roads.

Miami International Airport (MIA): it is the capital of Latin American cargos both for import and export. Its advantage over other airports is its innovation in eliminating paperwork and install different internet-based real-time cargo tracker.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD): 25 percent of cargos arrived to this airport are from China while it is about 13 hours from Shanghai to Chicago by plane. Its Midwest location makes this city a great place for Asian freight.

How Much Does Air Freight from China Cost?

China air freight costs vary, depending upon the total volume, and if the rates are “all-included”, such as when you use a freight forwarder like Guided Imports.

What are All-Included Air Freight Costs?

All-included air freight costs include all costs associated with the shipment of cargo, allowing the shipper to receive a door to door service at a single quoted rate. When a freighting and logistics company like Guided Imports provides a quote that is  “all-included”, it means their rates most likely include the following;

China side logistics: from the factory to the airport

Shipping from China to destination

Customs Clearance

US Side Logistics: Airport to Final Destination


Be sure to read your quotation carefully, as some forwarders will include import duty and customs clearance, and others will bill those services separately. This largely depends on what the products consist of, and if a forwarder is comfortable guessing the duty and import fees based on the explanation of the cargo. When in doubt, double-check with your freight forwarder or logistics provider.


Actual Weight vs. Volumetric Weight

The cost of air freight from China is calculated by first determining the actual weight vs. the volumetric weight of your cargo. Airlines will take the greater of the two weights to calculate the chargeable weight.



Main airports and cities for Cargo in China

a.      Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

b.      Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

c.       Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)

d.      Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX)

e.      Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH)

f.        Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)

g.      Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)


Main Airports for Cargo in USA

a.      Memphis International Airport (MEM)

b.      Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

c.       Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF)

d.      Miami International Airport (MIA)

e.      Los Angeles International Airport. (LAX)

f.        Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)


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