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Air Shipping from China to North America

If you are looking for ways to get your consignment shipped from China, it will be a good idea to have an understanding of the various methods and their individual benefits and drawbacks first.

This will help you determine the most efficient shipping method for your individual purpose and also save you a lot in terms of time, effort and money.

Air Shipping

As the fastest and most convenient shipping methods available in China, air freight shipping has become a viable option for many products. 

Why Air shipping?

Let us have a look at some of the major advantages of shipping your consignment through air freight in China.


One of the most important benefits that make air freight a better shipping option than sea freight is the shorter delivery times.

While sea freight can take more than a month from reaching the desired destination, air freight can transport your goods from the factory floor in China to your office or warehouse overseas within five to seven days!

Studies indicate that nearly 30% of all international cargo in the world is delivered via air freight.

Easy to Track

When you ship your cargo through air freight, a tracking ID is generated. As long as you have your tracking ID, you can instantly check the current status and location of your cargo online.

Simple Process

Air freight shipping is simpler and a more convenient option as compared to other transportation modes.

The air shipping companies follow highly standardized procedures that require the minimum involvement of the cargo importer.

This implies that once the cargo has been shipped, you can rest assured that you do not have to perform any additional formalities or paperwork and that the goods will be at your doorstep within a few days.

North American Ports for Shipping from China

Some of the most popular ports in North America include Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, New York, Savannah, Norfolk, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Tampa and so on.

Photo by Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue of Hofstra University

Air Shipping Process

1. Once the order is placed, the seller will deliver the cargo to an airport in China.

2. The air freight company will then handle all the airport formalities such as export clearance and such.

3. The cargo will be loaded onto the airplane and flown to the destination country.

4. The cargo will be received at the destination airport and unloaded by the air freight company.

5. The air freight company will take care of the customs clearance formalities.

6. The air freight company will make all the VAT and custom fees payments and then deliver the cargo to the address of the consignee.

No importer reaction required unless you have paid only for the delivery to your destination port. In that case, you will have to make your own arrangements for the delivery.


Regardless of whether you are importing smaller quantities of goods or larger volumes, air freight shipping will be a more expensive option as compared to other modes of transportation.  

Also, air freight is only viable for a cargo of lower volume, higher density, and higher value goods.

There are certain limitations for cargo that can be shipped via air freight and you might want to check out with your air freight company if it’s a suitable option for you or not.

At PakFactory, we always provide the best possible solution for your freight & fulfillment concerns. It is our goal to make sure you take no extra hassle from the complexities of shipping!

About author

Mark Velarga is PakFactory's Director of Digital & Content Marketing. He writes about all things related to design, business and technology and how it serves value to customers, business owners, packaging designers and industry experts. Connect with him on Linkedin.
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