About Shipping

International Trade Terms, FCL, LCL, Bill of Lading.

For beginners, the term itself can be frustrating.

Most importantly, most people in the industry can’t explain in simple English how the shipping process operates between 0 and 1.

There is a lot of knowledge that International Marine knows, but for furniture, we only need to learn the following:

When you start to import from China, shipping is an essential thing to be concerned.

You could choose the size according to your product volume.

  1. 20” GP container: 5.9*2.32*2.36m; Capacity: 25-28CBM; Payload:17.5 Ton
  2. 40” GP container: 11.6*2.32*2.36m; Capacity: 55-58CBM; Payload:22 Ton
  3. 40” HQ container: 11.6*2.32*2.68m; Capacity: 65-68CBM; Payload:22 Ton
  4. 45” GP container: 13.58*2.34*2.71m; Capacity: 78-86CBM; Payload:29 Ton

Please check the following information for more regular terms:

1, EXW( Ex-works)

You must arrange transportation all the way from factories/warehouse in Foshan to the destination port. And you are responsible for all export process.

2,FOB ( Free on board)

The FOB price includes EXW price, trucking charge, THC(terminal handling charge), customs cost. Normally the trucking charge and THC will be depending on the total volume of the shipment.

We will arrange cargo to the port of Guangzhou or Shenzhen, handling the export process.  Your own forwarder will manage to ship from Port Guangzhou/Shenzhen to your place.

LCL( less than container load) and FCL (Full container load,including 20GP,40GP, 40HQ, 45GP) are both available.

3,CIF( Cost , Insurance and Freight)

We will arrange shipment to your port of destination.

But you need to manage the shipment from destination port to your warehouse and handle the import process.

One more tip for shipping:

If the CIF price is at a very low price, please pay more attention.

This is the method that forwarder uses to attract customers.

It will charge you a lot when picking up cargo at the port of destination.

Normally the charge of destination port can be asked in advance.

If you could find a reliable forwarder at your side, FOB or EXW terms will be better than CIF.

Shipping Tool

Shipping rates, tax tariffs depends on logistics agents, location, season etc. Please, contact us out for more detailed information.

Please choose your region on the left below and the port city nearest to your location or the city of destination on the right.

Attention: calculator only provides estimated cost without customs clearance in the county of destination.


Shipping cost calculator

Here you can calculate the delivery cost of your products to the nearest port.

If you can’t find the port you need above, you can contact us.




Approximate shipping costs from Foshan (China) to Singapore (Singapore) are 1350$ for 20ft container and 1550$ for 40ft container.

Shipping time for furniture from China

Shipping time starts when a container leaves the port in China and ends when reaches the port of destination.

Delivery time for furniture (or other goods) from China depends on the country and a city of destination.

For Northern and Southern America, African, Asian countries and UAE delivery time is about 30 days.

For the rest of the countries delivery time is about 40 days.