Chapter 1: Air Shipping from China to Kenya
No doubt air freight is the fastest means of transportation in the world.
In international shipping, air freight can deliver your items from China to any part of the world in less than five working days.
To Kenya, it could even be less – say three days to get your items from China to Kenya.
This is in high contrast to ocean shipping which can take a month or even more deliver items from China.
Well, it is apparent that air freight, in this case, can save you a lot of waiting time.
Now, other than speed, there are more reasons why you should choose air shipping from China to Kenya.
· Reliable Shipping Schedules
Air freight schedules are usually very reliable.
This is because it has a few reasons that can cause flight delays.
And if a delay occurs, you can be sure that your shipment will arriveon the next flight as soon as it is available.
Thus, if you compare to other means of transport, air shipping schedules are more convenient.
· Broad Reach
Air freight can send goods to any region in Kenya; be it Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, or Eldoret.
This is because service providers have set up schedules with numerous carriers to ensure that you enjoy hassle-free shipping – no matter your destination.
· Low Insurance Premiums
Although air shipping tends to be costlier than sea shipping, it offers a money saving opportunity.
You see, air transportation is comparatively shorter, as such it tends to attract low insurance premiums.
· Low Risk of Damage/Loss of Goods
Air freight tends to have a higher level of security.
The safety measures put in airports help to ensure that there is less exposure of goods to risks such as loss or damage.
This means that with air freight, you can rest easy knowing that you will receive your goods safely from China.
· No Need for Warehousing
Unless otherwise, air freight will reduce your need for storage.
Again, this is because air transport is quicker thus it reduces the time of stocking items.
In most cases, you will find that the inspection, clearance processes, and cargo handling are more efficient in air freight.
This, therefore, makes your cargo to be cleared for admission into Kenya much faster.
· Lower Packaging Costs
You don’t need to stuff your items in heavy packaging when air shipping.
This means that you will use less packaging material which will save on both time and money.
· Easy Tracking
Using internet software offered by air freight service providers today, you can monitor the progress of your shipment while in transit.
Therefore, you can have peace of mind knowing that things are running as smoothly as you expect them to.
When shipping from China to Kenya, your air freight experience will highly depend on the service provider you use.
It also greatly depends on the airports you choose to ship your goods from and to.
You can enjoy airport to airport shipping as well as door to door services upon arrival of goods to Kenya.
You can also choose consolidation services to help improve your experience.
Working with a reliable shipping agent can help ease the worries of air shipping from China.
At Panda, we can handle the entire shipping process from booking to delivery at your doorstep without any hassles.
So do contact us if at all you need help to air ship items from China to Kenya.
As you do that, let us find out from which airports you can ship your items toChina.
1.1. Main Airports in China
China has quite some airports.
Airports in China
The main ones are:
- The Beijing capital international airport in Beijing
- Guangzhou international airport in Guangdong, Guangzhou
- Chengdu shuangilu international airport in Sichuan, Chengdu
- Shanghai Pudong international airport located in Shanghai
- Shenzhen Baoan international airport in Guangdong, Shenzhen
- Kunming Changshui international airport in Yunnan
- Shanghai Hongqiao international airport in Shanghai
- Xi’an Xianyang International Airport in Shaanxi, Xi’an
- Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing
- Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang
- Nanjing Lukou International Airport Jiangsu, Nanjing
- Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport in Fujian, Xiamen
- Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport Henan, Zhengzhou
- Changsha Huanghua International Airport in Hunan, Changsha
- Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Shandong, Qingdao
You should note that the airport you ship from in China is what you’ll refer to as the departure/origin/loading port.
Therefore, always strive to use the port that is nearest to your supplier to help cut on transportation costs.
The same applies to ocean shipping.
1.2. Major Airports in Kenya
In contrast to China, Kenya has very few international airports.
These are Jomo Kenyatta international airport, Kisumu international airport, and the Moi international airport.
Airports in Kenya
Allow me to tell you a bit about these airports and the advantages of using each to ship items to Kenya.
· Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport popularly known as the JKIA international airport is the largest and main airport in Kenya.
The airport is located in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi and just about 15 km from the central business district.
It might interest you to know that the JKIA airport was founded in the year 1954 but began operations in early 1958.
The airport started out as Embakasi airport but was later renamed Jomo Kenyatta international airport (after Kenya’s first president) in 1978.
Note that this airport is centrally located and has the latest facilities and machinery for cargo handling.
Custom clearances at this airport are also quick as it is the main airport in Kenya and is located close to customs headquarters.
So you don’t have to worry about handling of your cargo or delayed clearance processes.
Plus, you don’t have to beat your head over not shipping to Nairobi.
JKIA is connected to areas within and outside Nairobi.
You can ship to JKIA and have your goods delivered to the final destination by road, or rail.
· Moi International Airport
The Moi International Airport is the 2nd largest and busiest airport in Kenya.
It is located in the coastal city of Mombasa – about 425 km southeast of the JKIA international airport.
The Kenya airport authority operates the airport,and it serves over 50 destinations across the globe.
Look, when your shipping destination is far from Mombasa, and for some reason, this is the only airport that you can ship to, don’t worry.
It is because the Moi international airport is well connected to several major transport networks.
There is the standard gauge railway that runs from Mombasa to Nairobi.
There is also a highway that runs from Mombasa through Nairobi up to the western regions of Kenya.
All of these connect to several other transport systems that allow you easy access from Mombasa.
· Eldoret International Airport
The Eldoret International Airport is also a large airport in Kenya.
The airport is located in Eldoret town in the rift valley region of Kenya.
It is under the ownership and management of the Kenya airport’s authority.
The Eldoret airport serves the town of Eldoret and its surrounding environs.
It was established in 1995, and it currently has two scheduled international cargo flights and several weekly ad hoc freighters.
· Kisumu International Airport
This is an airport in the western region of Kenya, in Kisumu city.
Like the Moi airport, Kisumu International Airportis also operated by the Kenya airports authority.
And although it doesn’t handle much of international flights, you can still ship your items from China to this airport if shipping to western, Nyanza or rift valley regions.
Please that the Kisumu international airport is not as big.
Nonetheless, it serves its purpose as a landing zone for flights to and from the regions above.
1.3. Airfreight Terminologies
For first-timers, shipping from China to Kenya tends to be a little complicated.
However, it can be made easy even in the first trial and, learn air freight terminology is a great place to start.
Here are the most common air freight terms that you might come across.
· Air Waybill (AWB)
An airway bill is an air freight document that acts as a contract of carriage between the carrier and shipper.
It includes the carrier’s conditions of carriage, i.e., procedures for claims and liability limits.
It also contains the shipper’s specific shipping requirements to the respective shipping airlines.
These instructions include the shipment specifications, shipping cost, etc. and it is non-negotiable.
· Accessorial Services/Fees
In addition to the usual shipping service, airlines provide other services like pickup and delivery, storage, demur-rage, loading and unloading, and C.O.D.
Charges for these services are never included in the basic weight rate charge and as such are billed as accessorial fees.
· Dangerous Goods
According to IATA, dangerous goods are those that can pose a significant health or safety risk to a person or any property during transport via air vessels.
To transport these goods, therefore, one must follow certain set conditions.
These conditions are put to ensure the safety of the items as well as that of the persons handling it and the environment.
Note that your respective airline will advise you if the goods you are shipping are dangerous or not.
Duty is generally a tariff imposed by customs authorities on imports to a country.
This duty is often based on the value of the imports, its weight or a combination of weight, value and other factors
Full for “estimated time of arrival,” ETA refers to the time your cargo is expected to arrive at the destination airport.
Full for “estimated time of departure,” ETD refers to time your cargo is expected to depart from origin airport.
· ATA and ATD
Full for “actual time of arrival,” ATA refers to the actual time of cargo delivery at the destination port.
ATD, on the other hand, stands for actual time of departure which refers to the exact time your cargo departs from the origin airport.
· HS Code
This is a harmonized system code used to classify goods for customs clearance purposes.
The code is unique to each category of goods, and it is majorly used in the determination of import tariffs.
· Dimensional Weight
Also known as volumetric weight, dimensional weight is the weight that is measured by height, width, and length of cargo.
The metric unit of this weight is cubic meters “cbm3.”
· Actual Weight
The actual weight of cargo on a weighing scale.
· Chargeable Weight
The billable weight of cargo. It could be the dimensional or actual weight.
Whatever is higher between the two is what air carriers use to calculate freight rates.
This stands for International Air Transportation Association.
It is a body that establishes air freight rules, regulations, and fares.
It generally governs air freight activities carried out by airlines, governments, and shipping agents.
· IATA Approved Agent
This is an agent, forwarder, or broker who is recognized and approved by IATA.
Most IATA agents are appointees of carrier companies that authorize them to receive and prepare shipments.
They also collect charges as directed by the respective carrier.
· Customs Clearance
The accompanying procedures for the clearance of goods by customs for entry into a country
A situation where goods from different shippers are brought together for shipping to the same airport.