Shipping from China to Thailand | Air and Sea Freight Rates


Are you in search of the most suitable solution for shipping from China to Thailand?

Navigating international freight can be a complex process, and we understand how challenging it can be for customers to find accurate information about shipping procedures. Therefore, we've compiled this comprehensive guide to assist you in your shipping journey from China to Thailand. As seasoned international freight agents with rich experience in Southeast Asia, we are equipped to address any queries you may have.

Whether you are a first-time importer, a business with regular shipping needs, or any other merchant with specific requirements, fret not. We tailor logistics solutions to diverse clients and are committed to providing services that best suit your logistics needs. Read this guide carefully and feel free to reach out to us for any additional information whenever you need.

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Sea freight shipping to Thailand

Thailand stands as one of China's largest export markets, and sea freight presents a cost-effective solution for transporting substantial volumes from China to Thailand. It is the most common mode of transportation due to its versatility and reliability.

The only constraint with sea freight is the slower transit time, requiring a longer waiting period. The specific duration depends on the type of cargo and the departure and arrival ports.

Sea freight operates on both Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) systems. It's crucial to consider container sizes when obtaining price estimates, as FCL and LCL prices vary.

Full Container Load (FCL) Less than Container Load (LCL)
FCL refers to an entire container being used by a single shipper for their cargo, reducing transit time and minimizing the risk of damage. However, you are responsible for the entire container cost. LCL means sharing a container with cargo from multiple shippers. Cost-effective for smaller shipments as you only pay for the space your cargo occupies.

At JIKE logistics, we handle your goods from the start, ensuring efficient transportation from any city in China to various locations in Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, etc.). We offer both FCL and LCL shipping and handle challenging shipments such as oversized items, bulk cargo, and roll-on/roll-off shipments. Additionally, we assist with customs clearance and provide insurance options for your cargo.

If you need to import goods from China to Thailand, JIKE Logistics is honoured to provide comprehensive, customized services.

Thailand's major ports

  • Port of Bangkok (Khlong Toei Port): Situated in the capital city, Bangkok, this is the largest and busiest port in Thailand. It serves as a key gateway for imports and exports, handling various types of cargo.

  • Laem Chabang Port: Located near Pattaya, Laem Chabang is Thailand's primary deep-sea port and one of the largest container ports in Southeast Asia. It plays a vital role in the country's international trade.

  • Songkhla Port: Situated in the southern part of Thailand, Songkhla Port is strategically positioned near the border with Malaysia. It handles both domestic and international trade, particularly in the southern region.

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Sea Shipping Duration to Thailand from China

The sea shipping transit time from China to Thailand typically ranges from 10 to 25 days. You have the flexibility to choose various shipping routes and different sailing schedules. For door-to-door shipping from China to Thailand, the overall transit time is approximately 25-35 days.

Please note that factors such as customs clearance, port congestion, and the timetable of the selected shipping service may impact the overall transportation timeline.

Bangkok / Laem Chabang
Hong Kong / Shenzhen 7 – 9 days
Tianjin 13 – 15 days
Ningbo 10 – 12 days
Shanghai 12 – 15 days
Guangzhou 11 – 14 days

Air Freight to Thailand

Air freight is ideal for transporting high-value, urgent, and relatively small goods. Compared to other shipping methods, you'll get door-to-door delivery in a shorter time frame. It's also safer, faster, and more convenient, although it comes at a higher cost.

Bangkok boasts one of the busiest airports globally, ensuring daily flights from major airlines to Suvarnabhumi. We leverage this intense competition as an advantage to better meet your budget. If you need swift air freight arrangements, we'll work with you to understand your requirements and provide the most suitable logistics solution.

Airports in Thailand

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): Located in Bangkok, it is a major international aviation gateway to and from Thailand and a key logistics hub in Southeast Asia.

  • Don Mueang International Airport (DMK): Also located in Bangkok, it serves as a hub for domestic and international flights, with most charter flights providing services to this airport daily.

Apart from Bangkok, we also offer discounted air freight services to destinations like Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and more.

Air Freight Timing to Thailand

The typical transit time for air freight from China to Thailand is usually 1-3 days. The specific timing depends on factors such as the type of goods, origin, destination, and chosen shipping service.

Please note that air freight usually involves transporting goods to airports in Thailand, not the final destination. If you need door-to-door delivery, door-to-door service can transport the goods to the final destination and clear customs through Thai customs.

Considerations for Air Freight to Thailand

  1. After confirming air freight, you need to provide detailed information about the goods, such as weight and dimensions. Your freight agent will then furnish you with the flight departure time and other relevant details.
  2. Goods must be packaged according to the regulations of the airline.
  3. Avoid unnecessary markings on the outer packaging, except for the address label. For fragile items, ensure that fragile labels are prominently displayed on the outer packaging.

Choosing air freight to Thailand offers speed and efficiency, and we're here to guide you through the process. If you have any questions or concerns, our experienced team is available to assist you.

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Road Freight to Thailand

Road freight presents another viable option for shipping goods from China to Thailand, offering a middle-ground solution between air and sea freight that is relatively cost-effective and swift.

Departing from the southern and western regions of China, traversing through Vietnam and Laos, the route eventually reaches Thailand. We can transport goods to any location in Thailand, ranging from major cities to remote areas. This mode of transportation requires pre-planning, so feel free to contact us in advance. We can arrange the optimal route and establish the most cost-effective options for you.

We offer flexible transportation choices, allowing you to save up to 40% on costs.

Road Freight Transit Times

The transit time for road freight varies based on the specific route, distance, and inclement weather. On average, road freight typically takes approximately 7-14 days, striking a balance between cost and transit time.

Customs Clearance in Thailand

Customs clearance is a crucial step in the international shipping process, ensuring the smooth entry of your goods into Thailand. All goods imported into Thailand are governed by the Customs Act, Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act, and Import and Export Control Act.

  • Thanks to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between China and Thailand, most products imported from China to Thailand are no longer subject to significant import duties. Products such as dairy, pharmaceuticals, dishwashers, and more benefit from reduced or exempted tariffs.

  • Another category exempt from duties is "privileged goods." These goods benefit from agreements signed with the United Nations, international laws, treaties, or reciprocal arrangements through diplomatic channels.

Prohibited and Restricted Items

shipping from china to thailand

Every country has its restrictions on certain items' imports. If you are uncertain about specific items, please verify directly with us. Some items are restricted or entirely prohibited, making it crucial to anticipate such shipments to avoid any issues.

Cargo Shipping Insurance

Insurance premium calculation = 1% of the declared value of the goods.

We strongly recommend purchasing cargo insurance services. This ensures compensation in case of any damage or loss to your goods. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, having cargo insurance can prevent additional costs.

JIKE Logistics is your reliable partner in navigating complex international shipping. We provide cargo insurance services to ensure your goods are protected, guaranteeing a secure and worry-free shipping experience from China to Thailand. Trust us to handle the intricacies, making your shipping journey smooth and hassle-free.

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