How to ship to China

As the world’s largest consumer market, shipping to China is critical for businesses across the globe. However, it can be a little more complicated to ship to than some other countries. Their customs procedures are strict and they have extra controls for certain goods – find out what you need to know and prepare before shipping to China.


What type of goods are strictly regulated?

Examples of strictly regulated goods include food, technology, machine parts and agricultural items.These goods might also require extra certification.

For more information, check out China’s customs website.

What is CIQ?

China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) handles the control and inspection of international shipments – ensuring goods comply with Chinese regulations. It’s important to be aware of it before shipping.

What do I need to check before shipping?

Ask your receiver in China what documents and certifications are needed in advance. It’s also worth asking if you need to send a sample of your goods before sending your main shipment.

If you don’t have the right certification, your goods might be sent back or held by customs.

Anything else?

Make sure you have all the right paperwork in order like an air waybill and commercial invoice – the information on each document must be consistent

And if you’re sending multiple packages or your shipment weights over 100 kg, include a packing list. This document outlines the contents of the package.

Finally, make sure you check Chinese regulations before shipping as they’re frequently updated.

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