UK/China Shipping Rates
Container sea freight

China Shipping Rates

LCL export rates from London TW14 to main China ports

Origin port Destination port Ocean Freight Ratio
Feltham TW14 HONG KONG $15.00 P/Cube
Feltham TW14 SHANGHAI $15.00 P/Cube
Feltham TW14 NINGBO $40.00 P/Cube
Feltham TW14 YANTIAN $125.00 P/Cube
  • P/Cube=100cm x100cm x100cm
  • Currency: USD


POL POD Carrier 20' GP 40' GP 40' HC Etd T/T LSS(Low Sulphur Surcharge)
Hongkong Felixstowe EMC 900 1600 1700 Sat 24 USD20/40/40
Yantian Felixstowe EMC 900 1600 1700 Sun 25 USD20/40/40
Yantian Southampton Maersk 1000 1700 1700 Wed 29 USD30/60/60
Felixstowe Maersk 1000 1700 1700 Mon 24 USD15/30/30
Yantian Felixstowe Hanjin 1000 1800 1900 Fri 28 USD25/50/50
Xiamen Felixstowe EMC 950 1700 1800 Mon 26 USD20/40/40
Xiamen Felixstowe Maersk 100 1700 1700 Tue 33 USD15/30/30
Shanghai Felixstowe EMC 900 1600 1700 Thu 28 USD20/40/40
Shanghai Felixstowe Hanjin 1000 1800 1900 Thu 28 USD25/50/50
Shanghai Felixstowe Maersk 1000 1700 1700 Sat 29 USD15/30/30
Shanghai Southampton HPL 950 1750 1850 Mon 29 USD30/60/60
Southampton Maersk 1000 1700 1750 Sat 28 USD15/30/30
Ningbo Felixstowe EMC 900 1600 1700 Fri 26 USD20/40/40
Ningbo Felixstowe Maersk 1000 1700 1700 Mon 30 USD15/30/30
Ningbo Southampton HPL 950 1750 1850 Sat 29 USD30/60/60
Ningbo Felixstowe Hanjin 1000 1800 1900 Fri 28 USD25/50/50
Qingdao Felixstowe Hamburg-Sur 900 1600 1650 Fri 36 USD15/30/30



FCL - Full container load rates

From Felixstowe and Southampton to main ports in China

Destination port (POD) Felixstowe
Southampton (POA)
20' 40'
HONG KONG $450 $550
SHANGHAI $450 $550
YANTIAN $450 $550
NINGBO $450 $550


FCL - Full container load rates

From main China ports to Felixstowe port, UK

HONG KONG Felixstowe $1250 $2350
SHANGHAI Felixstowe $1250 $2350
YANTIAN Felixstowe $1250 $2350
NINGBO Felixstowe $1250 $2350



LCL - Less than container load rates

From main China ports to Southampton and Felixstowe port, UK

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   


Our sea freight service: (Less Container Load)

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

    For any additional enquirers please contact the office directly or complete our online shipping quote in this page (opposite) 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



Import and Export from China

If you 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.

Here is some examples of how we can help:

  • You have ordered your goods from a factory in China and need an agent to collect and deliver to your door in Europe, USA or any other part of the world.

  • You are planning to send your goods from Europe to China

  • 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.


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.

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. The link is also enclosed below, please lodge this with Revenue and Customs to complete the registration process. [email protected]

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 door to door 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 door to door.

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:
Tel number : +44 20 8867 0904
Email: [email protected]

We also offer UK bonded warehouse & storage facility with distributions as well as packing services.


Why use DFS?

Competitive shipping rates

Tailor made Logistics

International import & export

Cargo system with GPS.

Worldwide partnerships

China: Which freight option is right for you?


UK Road freight from/to China
Full truck and Groupage
over 25 days


UK/China container shipping
The most cost effective way
26 to 42 days


Fastest UK/China shipping method
China air freight takes:
4 to 7 days