Chapter 5: Sea freight shipping service from China to Egypt
Now, shipping from China to Egypt can be done it two ways, by air or by sea.
Sea shipping is the most popular means of freight used by importers from China to Egypt.
This is because sea freight is cheaper, more convenient and reliable.
It is however quite slow in delivering goods from China to Egypt unlike air freight.
Sea freight delivery takes up to 45 days to deliver goods from China to Egypt.
Air freight delivers in a maximum of 3 days.
Nonetheless shipping by sea is way more cost efficient.
Besides, it offers you the possibility of shipping any form cargo regardless of weight, volume, and type of goods you’re shipping.
With that knowledge, let us explore the various sea ports and routes that you can use to ship goods from China to Egypt.
Main Sea Ports in China
China has numerous seaports used for international shipping.
Sea Ports in China – Photo courtesy: PHOENIXRYZING
For imports to Egypt, I recommend you consider the following seaports:
– Dalian seaport
– Tianjin port
– Qingdao seaport
– Shanghai seaport
– Port of Ningbo
– Xiamen seaport
– Port of Guangzhou
– Shenzhen sea port
While these are not all the seaports in China, they are the best to use for international shipping to Egypt.
Why do I say this?
Shipping distance greatly influences the cost of sea freight. And to be honest, it’s a very long way to Egypt from China.
Due to this, it is wise that you choose a seaport with the shortest distance from China to Egypt.
Also, you need a seaport with modern facilities and cargo handling equipment.
This will give you peace of mind as you’ll be assured that your cargo will be handled properly.
So based on these two facts, any of the above seaports would be great for cargo shipping to Egypt.
Remember that as you choose a port to ship from China to Egypt, you should consider the route.
As I’ve said, it is wise to choose the route that’s shortest to your destination.
Allow me to show you the common shipping routes from China to Egypt below.
Sea Route from China to Egypt
There are many routes that carriers use to move goods from China to Egypt.
Some of these routes are quite long while some are short. So depending on your final destination, you should choose a route that’s not just short but also that is convenient for you.
Sea route from China to Egypt
You don’t want to incur unnecessary costs to transport goods from a sea port that very far from your final destination.
The table below simplifies the routes, total distance from origin to destination port as well as the transit time for shipping.
|Origin port||Destination port||Distance in nautical miles (nm)||Transit time in number of days
|Dalian||Alexandria/Port Said/Damietta||8935/ 8671/ 8767||36/31/40
Shipping Companies from China to Egypt
The above are the ports and routes that you can use to ship items from China to Egypt.
Note that each of these ports and routes has its pros and cons.
So as you choose any of them, make sure that it is the right port/route for your shipping needs.
To ensure hassle free shipping from China to Egypt, you should also choose the right carrier for the process.
Now, there are many shipping companies operating the sea routes from China to Egypt.
Not all of these companies are suitable for your needs.
So you need to be very careful when choosing any particular carrier to work with.
To make things easier for you, we have selected a few companies for you.
These are companies that we believe will provide you with fast, affordable and reliable shipping services from China to Egypt.
- COSCO; fully known as China Ocean Shipping Company, COSCO is one of the largest container shipping lines in the world.
It is also the most popularly used lines to ship goods from China to other parts of the world.
- Maersk Line; this is the largest container shipping company in the world. It is a popular name on the waters running from China to Egypt.
Shipping with Maersk will not only give you competitive shipping rates but also reliable, safe and fast shipping
- Hapag Lloyd; this is a German company that will offer you competitive shipping rates from China to any destination in Egypt.
- MSC; this shipping line is well-known for offering scheduled shipping services from Asia to most parts of Africa. It’s shipping rates and container line services are known to be one of the most reliable and affordable in the sea freight industry.
Like I said, there are very many shipping companies offering freight services from China to Egypt.
The above are less than a handful of them.
So due to this vast majority, it is essential that you choose the right shipping company to work with.
For instance, the company you’re working with should have experience in shipping your kind of goods whether it is perishables or dry bulk cargo.
Also, it should be an expert in shipping to your route.
It should also be reliable and affordable.
Always consider these things to ensure that you pick the right carrier for your shipping needs.
Otherwise, you will have to face issues of shipping delays, damage and loss of goods, exorbitant freight rates among others.
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Shipping from China to Egypt Incoterms
A question that you should ask yourself anytime you’re shipping from China to Egypt is, ‘who pays for freight costs’?
It is essential that you do this as it will help you to better understand your role in the shipping process.
It will also help ease the process of shipping your goods from China to Egypt.
Now, who pays for freight costs is something that is determined by Incoterms 2010.
Incoterms are an international set of trade terms that determines the responsibility of the party for bearing the charges of freight.
They also decide the point of time when shipment is passed over from a seller to a buyer.
Incoterms are used to eliminate costly mistakes in the international shipping process.
That said, here is a list of the most commonly used incoterms when shipping from China to Egypt.
- EXW; also known as EX Works, this term is usually followed by the name of the destination i.e. EXW Cairo.
This means that the seller is responsible for ensuring that the goods are available at the seller’s location.
The EXW in this case will then determine where the goods are sent.
In this case, they will be sent to Cairo.
Note that in EXW, the seller is not responsible for freight costs.
- FAS; FAS is often followed by the name of the shipping port i.e. FAS Alexandria.
Here, the seller is responsible for transporting the goods from his factory to the named port in China.
From here, the buyer will take care of all costs of shipping the goods from the port in China to final destination.
- FOB; free on board which is usually followed by the name of port i.e. FOB Guangzhou. In this case, the seller will deliver the goods to the shipping port and oversee the loading of goods for shipping.
The cost of shipping from origin port to destination port will be handled by either the buyer or the seller. It depends on the agreement.
- CFR; this stands for Cost and Freight and is also usually followed by a named destination i.e. CFR Damietta.
In this incoterm, the seller pays for all the costs needed to transport the goods to the named destination.
All other costs are transferred to the buyer once the goods reach the named destination place.
- CIF or Cost Insurance and Freight is a term that is also followed by a name of port or destination i.e. CIF Alexandria.
CIF note is quite similar to CFR but with additional conditions for the seller like insurance.
Here, the seller is responsible for paying the goods insurance premium.
Note that the above are mainly departure incoterms.
There are also incoterms for arrival that determine the condition of goods as they arrive at the destination port or place.
These incoterms include, DAT (delivered at terminal), DAP (delivered at place) and DDP (delivered duty paid) just to name a few.