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If you are thinking of exporting from China to UK or importing from UK to China, you need to see the experts. In shipping and forwarding business, it is all about the contacts and knowing the right people to handle your shipment in the best possible way.

DFS Worldwide as an approved agent by IATA and BIFA and has established strong partnership with the most reliable agents all over China and Hong Kong.

We provided bonded warehouse services and can deal with consolidated goods coming into the UK, custom clearance and distribution services via DPD or your preferred courier companies and handle your parcels delivery in the UK an Europe.

70% of our business is concentrated on China and Amazon delivery and we are pleased to provide you with bespoke logistics management solutions.

How we can help

  • Amazon FBA Service: We are proud to be one of the leading freight forwarders in the UK offering specialised logistics services for Amazon’s FBA to freight forwarders, brokers, Amazon sellers and suppliers.
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  • UK bonded warehouse & storage facility with distributions as well as packing services.
  • You have ordered your goods from a factory in China and need an agent to collect and deliver into the UK
  • You are planning to send your goods from Europe to China.
  • UK Imports: Your agent has arranged an export from China to the UK and you just need clearance and delivery in the UK.
  • All the above services are applicable for air freight, sea freight, either full container or LCL services.

Sea freight import


Origin port Destination port Sea freight Ratio
Hong Kong Southampton $50.00 P/Cube
Hong Kong Felixstowe $50.00 P/Cube
Hong Kong Manchester $80.00 P/Cube
Ningbo Felixstowe $50.00 P/Cube
Ningbo Southampton $50.00 P/Cube
Ningbo Manchester $80.00 P/Cube
Shanghai Southampton $50.00 P/Cube
Shanghai Felixstowe $50.00 P/Cube
Shanghai Manchester $80.00 P/Cube
Yantian Southampton $50.00 P/Cube
Yantian Felixstowe $50.00 P/Cube
Yantian Manchester $80.00 P/Cube
  • P/Cube=100cm x100cm x100cm
  • Currency: USD


POL POD Carrier Currency 20' GP 40' GP 40' HCU
Hongkong Southampton ONE USD 750 1250 1300
HongKong Southampton YML USD 675 1200 1200
Hongkong Felixstowe EMC USD 750 1400 1450
Southampton ONE USD 750 1250 1300
Yantian Felixstowe EMC USD 750 1400 1450
Yantian Southampton YML USD 675 1200 1200
Xiamen Felixstowe EMC USD 750 1400 1450
Xiamen Southampton YML USD 675 1200 1200
Shanghai Southampton ONE USD 750 1250 1300
Shanghai Felixstowe EMC USD 750 1400 1450
Shanghai Southampton YML USD 675 1200 1200
Ningbo Southampton ONE USD 750 1250 1300
Ningbo Felixstowe EMC USD 750 1400 1450
Ningbo Southampton YML USD 675 1200 1200
Qingdao Felixstowe EMC USD 750 1400 1450
Qingdao Southampton YML USD 675 1200 1200
Xingang Felixstowe EMC USD 750 1400 1450
Xingang Southampton YML USD 675 1200 1200

Sea freight export


Origin port Destination port Ocean freight Ratio
$15.00 P/Cube
$45.00 P/Cube
  • Custom clearance, documentation and local charges are not included.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.


Destination port Arrival Pport 20ft 40ft 40ft HC
Hong Kong
USD 350.00 USD 450.00 USD 450.00
Hong Kong
USD 600.00 USD 800.00 USD 800.00
  • Custom clearance, documentation and local charges are not included.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Our sea freight service: (Less Container Load)

  • Port to Port service.
  • Enjoy our free collection service from anywhere within London UK!
  • We can ship commercial and personal cargo using our sea freight service.
  • UK bonded warehouse

    For any additional enquirers please contact the office directly or complete our online shipping quote in this page so we can get back to you with the best price.

    * Rates are subject to space availability and may change without prior notice.
    * This special offer is valid for general cargo and does not include any hazardous, valuable or live stock cargo.

sea freight to China

Importing goods from China - Our tips

Here are our Top 7 Tips for importing goods from China; we hope that they will help you to keep your costs down and save your time.

Email our China specialist: [email protected]

Tip 1 - Correct Customs Information

Having the correct customs information is critical. The shipping paperwork such as bills of lading, ID labels invoices and packing lists must include the following information: In the case of the commercial invoice you must show the authorised sender and receiver's full address information, a clear description of the goods and what they are made of and the quantity of the goods being imported and a very clear value of the goods. A fully typed invoice is required with no hand writing.

These are the first basic points if you have not had solid experience of importing from china before, then please ensure you use a BIFA accredited freight forwarder such as DFS Shipping to ensure these procedures are followed correctly.

Tip 2 - VAT Number - EORI Approved

Along with the above information an importer must also ensure his company VAT number is EORI approved. This stands for Economic Operator registration identification. There is a simple online form to complete that DFS can forward to you.

If your company is not Vat registered you still use the enclosed link and revenue and customs will issue you with a non-VAT registered EORI number.

Tip 3 - Consider using DFS Shipping

Importing from china can appear daunting at the outset but all DFS Shipping require is the supplier details in China or the country of origin and we can then obtain the weight and CBM of your goods and give you a clear price and handle the customs clearance of goods in the UK at all major ports.

This will ensure a hassle free shipment from your supplier's door to your door in the UK. For more information on this please contact our team at [email protected],

Tip 4 - Calculating Import Tariffs & Duty Rates

Let us look at import tariffs and duty rates. It is very important to understand that different products have very different import duties attached to them.

You can contact Revenue and Customs or you can use our guide below which gives a broad idea of various import duty rates. We want to stress this is a very important step to understand and this will give you a clear costing platform.

You will need to calculate the value of your goods plus the cost of freight (sea or air), the UK landed charges and your import duty and add all of these factors together.

This will ensure you make solid calculations to give you a total price for your product per piece. At DFS we have seen several importers miscalculate there charges and it can be costly so please contact our team if you require any further advice on this importing from china subject.

Tip 5 - Trading Standards & Food Safety

Please ensure that you check with the relevant trading standards or food health agency (in the case of foodstuffs) that all licence requirements are met and that there are no potential copyright infringements.

It's important to let you know that for certain products and goods being imported from China you will need to acquire an import licence (don't worry, we can help with this).

Many goods that are manufactured in China and across the globe have certain restrictions when being imported into the UK.

Please contact DFS for any assistance regarding this matter. Some of the types of goods which are heavily controlled and legislated are military and arms goods, technology, artwork and antiques, plants and animals, medical supplies and chemical supplies.

There are also special controls on importing foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and hazardous chemicals.

The export and import of these types of goods without the right licence and documents is a criminal offence, so it's important to take advice from your UK freight and shipping agent.

Tip 6 - Marine Insurance

Importing from china can be a very rewarding and lucrative business when done correctly. One other small piece of advice is to ensure your goods are insured.

If instructions are given to us in writing, we can provide insurance for your goods at very competitive rates.

This means you have your own marine policy tailor-made for your own shipment. Also one other simple tip is to make sure that any agent or freight forwarder that you use can give you real testimonials and references from their customers.

Tip 7 - Importing from China Services

Finally, don't just take the first quote you receive from an agent or Freight Forwarding company. At DFS we don't just promote our services based on price but also on what we can give to our client with regard to our knowledge and experience and a personal service.

We give all our clients a client manager who will work to build a long term relationship with them and fully understand their individual needs.

No client is the same we understand this and that's why we have produced this importing from china newsletter.

We hope this has been useful for you and if you have any further questions about importing full container loads from China or LCL /groupage shipments from China then either call or email one of the team.

China UK Shipping Questions?

  • Submit the form in this page or WECHAT id: dfs-Betty wechat
  • Or email us directly: [email protected]
  • Or call +44 20 8867 0904 & ask for our commercial logistics specialist.

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