Shipping from China to Germany2023-12-23T21:40:41+08:00


Shipping from China to Germany

As a leading shipping agent in China, Winsky Freight has specialized in shipping from China to Germany for over 15 years. We offer comprehensive shipping solutions, including Express freight, Air freight, Sea freight, and Railway freight, to various German cities like Frankfurt, Bremerhaven, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, and more.

Winsky Freight provides fast, reliable, and cost-effective shipping from China to Germany, ensuring on-time and efficient delivery services for all your shipping needs. We handle a wide range of goods shipping from China to Germany, encompassing home decor, toys, electronics, and more.

With Winsky Freight’s service, we guarantee the best routes to get your products to the German market, full compliance with all applicable regulations, established relationships with top ocean and air carriers, seamless coordination between freight and brokerage, reliable capacity and service in Germany, and up-to-date tracking information about your shipment status.

Contact us now for the best shipping cost from China to Germany!

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  • Cheapest shipping rates for air, sea, and railway freight from China to Germany, no additional charges, door to door delivery.
  • Could arrange the pick-up from your suppliers in any city of the China.
  • One-stop door to door service for shipping from China to Amazon in Germany.
  • Expert DDP shipping that takes care of all your import customs and duties when shipping from China to Germany to make sure you experience zero difficulties.
  • The best possible shipping routes so you can get your products into the German market on time.
  • Easily opt for additional services such as insurance, consolidation, and re-packing.

Save up to 70% on the cost of Express, Air & Sea shipping Carrier’s standard prices for sending international shipping from China to Germany.

One-stop Shipping Options from China to Germany

Air Freight from China to Germany

Air Freight from China to Germany

Reliable and fast air cargo options from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing China airports to Berlin, Cologn, Augsburg, Dresden, or any other German airport. Working with carefully selected carriers, manage the movement of your goods from China to Germany Safely.

Sea freight from China to Germany

Sea freight from China to Germany

LCL sea freight Port to Port, Door-to-door service and shipping from China to Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and all other international ports, Global Coverage, Tailored Solutions For Your SEA shipping Needs, Lowest Ocean Freight rates in the market.

Express freight from China to Germany

Express freight from China to Germany

FedEx, UPS, DHL, TNT Express air freight, the fastest way to ship from China supplier to your Germany destination, delivery in 3-5 work days, efficient and smooth customs clearance for door-to-door delivery of express documents and parcels from China.

Door to Door shipping China to Germany

Door to Door shipping China to Germany

China’s self-developed channel for DDP shipping from China to Germany, fast deliveries, time-saving and competitive price, including import customs clearance, duties, local handlings and last mile delivery.

Amazon Shipping from China to Germany

Amazon shipping from China to Germany

Shipping to Germany Amazon from China with free Import Tax and custom Clearance– door-to-door delivery, Professional And Personalized Service, Trained Staff, Tailor-Made Solutions, and Experts Available.

Rail Freight from China to Germany

Rail Freight from China to Germany

Stable railway operations with door to door service, fixed shipping routes, fixed trains, and fixed space between China and Germany, cost is around 50% cheaper than air freight and 40% faster than sea transportation.


” I am very happy with the sea shipping services from China to Germany you provided, as my goods arrived on time. They arrived at my preferred port, Frankfurt, and were in prime condition. I would highly recommend your services to anyone looking for fast and convenient delivery.”

Klaus Buck , Sartorius Impex Gmbh

“Last month, I received my shipment of imported goods from your team and was thoroughly impressed. Besides getting a 50% discount on freight services, the delivery was very fast and seamless. I am so glad to have chosen your reliable services. Thanks again!”

Eric Zimmer , Thomas Trading Gmbh

The Amazon shipping services your team offered me from China to Germany were incredibly fast and hassle-free. I didn’t have to worry about customs clearance regulations, as your team handled it all. I will definitely contact you for my next shipments. Thank You!  

Michael Hubert, Drostin Retail Corp.

“My company opted for Winsky’s DDU/DDP shipping China to Germany for our latest import batch and received excellent services. Your team impressed us with cost-effective delivery rates, along with customs clearance assistance.

We also loved the doorstep delivery of our packages! Will get in touch with your team in the future for other shipments and business orders.

Marco Biermann, Marco Import & Export

“I needed speedy shipping from China to Germany within 4 days and contacted Winsky Freight. They impressed me with their convenient Express shipping services that came with door-to-door delivery. Will surely work with them later on! ”

Clive Torsten , Smartfit Enterprises Ltd.

Get best shipping rate from China to Germany, and save up to 70% on the cost of carrier’s standard prices for sending shipment & get a smooth delivery of your consignment.

FAQ for Shipping from China to Germany

How much does it cost to ship from china to Germany?2022-11-02T09:05:45+08:00

Mostly, shipping costs from China to Germany depended on the carrier, service, weight, and size of your package. For example, shipping a small 1Kg package from China to Germany may cost about US$15. Larger packages will generally cost more, but Winsky Freight has many options for shipping from China to Germany depending on your budget and delivery time request.

How long does it take to ship from China to Germany?2022-11-02T09:05:16+08:00

For courier services, such as DHL, UPS, FedEx, and TNT. It usually takes 3 to 5 business days from China to Germany, and it is the fastest way to ship to Germany. For Air Freight, it takes about 3-5 business days, but it ships to the airport only and is cheaper than the courier service, and is suitable for heavier goods. Sea Freight normally takes around 35-50 days, Sea freight shipping times have several factors that would affect the time of delivery. These factors include but are not limited to customs inspection, weather, transport truck, and employment delays.

What documents are required to ship to Germany?2022-11-02T09:04:43+08:00

When you ship the goods from China to Germany, you will be required to complete the custom clearance documents like Commercial Invoice and packing list, these documents can be fulfilled by your China Manufacturers.

What is the cheapest way to ship goods from China to Germany?2022-11-02T09:04:12+08:00

Sea freight is the cheapest and cost-effective ways to ship internationally. It’s also ideal for large shipments or moving abroad, Sea freight options are ideal when time is not the issue and you want to send heavyweight or bulky items overseas economically. But normally it is not suitable to ship goods below 2CBM, as the cost including destination port fee will be higher than Express or Air freight door-to-door.

What is the best price incoterms for shipping from China to Germany?2022-11-02T09:03:38+08:00

If it is just samples or small cargo below 100KGS, the most recommended incoterms with your supplier is EXW, let your freight forwarder handle all for you, if cargo above 100Kgs, we recommend the incoterms with your supplier with FOB for saving your China local cost, that they can be responsible for the transport from their factory to the China port.

Do I need to buy insurance for shipping from China to Germany?2022-11-02T09:02:51+08:00

If your goods are of low value, it doesn’t a matter if you don’t buy insurance, however, if your goods are with a high unit price, we highly recommend you buy goods insurance to cover your risk, the insurance cost is 0.3% of the product value, and minimum cost is US$25 per shipment.

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The Complete Guide 2023 | Shipping from China to Germany

Germany is China’s biggest trading partner and exporter in Europe.
Each year, millions of euros worth of goods are exchanged between the two countries.

However, shipping goods from China to Germany is a challenging task.
There are many procedures, confusing terminologies, and complex processes involved.

If you are looking for a complete, handy guide that covers all the details of shipping from China to Germany, this article is for you.

What are the Shipping options from China to Germany?

There are four shipping options available from China to Germany:

Express Air freight

Also known as expedited shipping, this method is ideal if you want your goods delivered from China to Germany quickly. Express Air freight service providers include DHL, FedEx, TNT, and UPS. The Express cost is high, so it is suitable for small-volume cargo like samples, high-value goods and weight below 200KG. The door-to-door Express air shipping time is around 1-5 work days, and shipping cost varies on the cargo type, seasons, and Express Courier selected.

Standard Air freight

This is the second fastest shipping way compared with sea and train freight from China to Germany, you can ship by Port to Port, Door to Door or any combination according to your shipping demands. Standard Air freight is perfect for medium shipments between 100 to 500 KG that require fast but not urgent delivery like Express air; transit time is around 2-10 work days, the cost depending on the shipping volume, seasons, selected airlines and shipping routes.

Train freight

China to Europe Railway freight has been a new and popular shipping solution since 2010. It optimizes the existing railway network and goes to European countries via Kazakhstan and Russia; the rail transport hubs in China include Xi’an, Hei Fei, and Chong Qing, and the destination stations in Germany include Hamburg, Munich, and Duisburg. When importing from China to Germany, you can always opt for door-to-door train shipping directly to your address in Germany.

Sea Freight

It is the cheapest and slowest shipping solution for shipping from China to Germany and suitable for bulk quantities shipment over 2CBM without urgency; it has both FCL (full container load) and LCL (less than container load) for sea freight shipping to Germany; transit takes around 28-50 days depending on port conditions and seasons.

FCL sea freight to Germany

FCL sea freight to Germany

Full Container Load (FCL) means that your cargo will occupy one container without sharing it with others.

If your shipment volume is over 20CBM, it will be suitable to go for Full Container Load service.

Also, if safety is a concern, it’s best to hire an entire container for yourself if you can afford it.

FCL freight shipping reduces the risk of loss or damage to your cargo.


LCL  sea freight to Germany

Less than Container Load (LCL) means that your cargo will share a container with other consignees or shippers.

This mode is ideal for smaller volume that below 16CBM, and only require part of the whole space capacity of an entire container.

LCL is convenient for both small parcels and oversized cargo.

If your cargo is small and requires less urgency, LCL is suitable.

Each shipping option has advantages and disadvantages, and you can choose any shipping option according to your shipping requirements. If you are still unsure which shipping option is best, don’t hesitate to contact Winsky Freight for more help.

How much is the Shipping cost from China to Germany?

The cost of shipping from China to Germany is unstable; it depends on many factors, such as the type of goods, weight, volume, destination, and shipping season, so it is better to ask the China freight forwarder to get the exact cost for you checking.

Express freight rates from China to Germany:

Generally speaking, Express freight is the most expensive and fastest shipping option to Germany. Express Air is usually carried out by air couriers, which allows you to ship packages up to 300kg per shipment quickly; check below express delivery per kilogram dated 24-December 2023 from China to Germany for your information.

Express Air freight per kilogram:

 Carrier  Weight  Price Range(USD)  Weight  Price Range(USD)  Weight  Price (USD)
 FedEx  ≥21kgs  8.7-9.8  ≥69kgs  6.8-8.3  ≥100kgs  6.9-7.8
 UPS  ≥21kgs  8.5-10.2  ≥69kgs  7.0-8.5  ≥100kgs  7.2-8.4
 DHL  ≥21kgs  8.9-10.8  ≥69kgs  7.2-8.9  ≥100kgs  7.5-8.8

Air freight rates from China to Germany:

Generally speaking, standard air freight is with port-to-port service, and the cost is more economical if you have a larger shipment over 300 kg; the minimum charge weight is 45 kg for standard air freight service. Also, the exact shipping cost differs via shipping route.

The direct shipping route to Germany costs more, and the indirect shipping route costs much less with a longer delivery time; check below the Standard air freight per kilogram dated 24 December 2023 from China to Germany for your information.

Standard Air freight per kilogram

 Port of Origin  City  Weight  Price (USD)  Weight  Price (USD)  Weight  Price (USD)
 Shenzhen/Shanghai/Ningob  Cologne  ≥45kgs  6.5-7.9  ≥100kgs  5.5-6.9  ≥300kgs  5.2-6.8
 Hamburg  ≥45kgs  6.4-7.6  ≥100kgs 5.2-6.8  ≥300kgs  5.0-7.4
 Munich  ≥45kgs  6.8-8.3  ≥100kgs  5.8-7.5  ≥300kgs  5.5-6.8
 Frankfurt  ≥45kgs  6.2-7.5  ≥100kgs  5.4-7.2  ≥300kgs  5.2-7.0

Railway shipping cost from China to Germany:

Compared with Express Air shipping and Standard Air freight, Railway transport is much cheaper and more economical; this is ideal if you are shipping bulk goods but don’t want to wait too long like sea freight.

Check below the railway freight per kilogram dated 24 December 2023 from China to Germany for your information. Please note train freight per KG cost, including import customs clearance and duties, so we only need you to receive goods at your doorstep.

Railway freight per KG

 City  Weight  Price Range(USD)  Weight  Price Range(USD)  Weight  Price (USD)
 Hamburg  ≥21kgs  1.9-4.5  ≥100kgs  1.7-2.8  ≥300kgs  1.5-2.5
 Munich  ≥21kgs  1.9-4.5  ≥100kgs 1.7-2.8  ≥300kgs 1.5-2.5
 Frankfurt  ≥21kgs  1.9-4.5  ≥100kgs 1.7-2.8  ≥300kgs 1.5-2.5

Sea freight rates from China to Germany:

Sea freight is the cheapest and slowest shipping method. It has LCL and FCL sea freight services, and the cost varies according to shipping weight and volume, cargo type, and shipping route; LCL shipping naturally costs less than FCL as you do not have to rent an entire container for yourself.

It is helpful to mention that destination port charges are a big part of LCL shipping costs; not many people are aware of how much these can take up their shipping charges, so require your shipping supplier to offer the destination port fee when they offer you the sea freight cost, check below sea freight per CBM dated 24-December, 2023 from China to Germany for your information.

Sea freight Rates

 Port of Origin  Port of Destination  LCL Price (USD/CBM) Transit Time 40″ FCL Price (USD) Transit Time
Shenzhen/Shanghai/Ningbo  Hamburg  20-45 28-35 Days 850-1250 25-30 Days
 Bremen  30-55 28-35 Days 850-1250 25-30 Days
 Berlin  32-55 28-35 Days 850-1250 25-30 Days
 Cologne  25-45 28-35 Days 850-1250 25-30 Days

I hope you have a general idea about the shipping cost from China to Germany; if you are looking for the best shipping rates from China to Germany, please contact us for the best shipping quotes.

How long is the Shipping Time from China to Germany?

shipping time from China to Germany

The shipping time from China to Germany varies by shipping options, port of origin, and port of destination; below is the reference shipping time for your information.

Express Shipping takes about 1-5 work days for door-to-door delivery. The speed of Express Air is fast, but the cost is also the highest.

Standard air freight takes about 3-10 working days, depending on the cargo volume and the shipping route you choose. Shipping via direct air freight is faster and can take only two days. Shipping via in-direct air freight could take as long as a week; if you opt for door-to-door shipping, the duration will take 6-14 days.

Train freight transit takes about 16 days for the train freight from the start station to the destination station; rail transit times take around 28-40 days for door-to-door shipping, including container loading & unloading, import customs clearance and duties, and last-mile delivery.

Sea freight, LCL, is considerably cheaper than FCL but takes more time to ship your cargo. LCL freights take anywhere from 28 to 40 days from port to port.

If you go for door-to-door shipping, the duration can take 40-48 days.

What are the Shipping port from China to Germany?

There are many shipping ports from China to Germany, and many shipping routes you can choose from, below are the basic shipping port between China and Germany.

China Shipping ports:

Shenzhen Port

Shanghai Port

Ningbo Port

Qingdao Port

Germany Shipping ports:

Hamburg Port

Port of Bremen

Port of Cologne

Duisburg Port.

There are some other ports between China and Germany, you can choose the departure and arrival port depending on your factory location and your delivery address.

What are the Import Custom and Duties from China to Germany?

When you import goods from China to Germany, you must pay customs duty and VAT before your goods are released into Germany.

Factors that Affect Customs Duties

The tax amount you must pay depends upon the code specified for your goods under the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC).

As a general rule of thumb, the three factors that affect customs duties when shipping from China to Germany are:

  • Product Classification
  • The commercial value of your imported goods
  • The exact origin of your imported goods

For accurate import duty calculations, refer to the TARIC Consultation Database.

For some products, the tax rate imposed could be as low as 0%, such as those on furniture.

It could also be as high as 17%, such as those on fabric and clothing items.

If you are shipping industrial items, be prepared to be subjected to a 19% import sales tax.

What Documents are Required for Import from China to Germany?

All shippers are required to fill out certain documents before departure from China.

These documents must be presented upon arrival to Germany as they are required for customs clearance.

Commercial Invoice: A commercial invoice usually includes product descriptions, quantity, transaction value, and an invoice number for reference.

Packing List: It details specific information about your freight, such as packaging method, dimensions, weight, and content.

Bill of Lading: Issued by the shipping carrier or its agent, it proves that the shipping carrier has received the goods and the goods are to be delivered to the specified destination.

What Items are Prohibited or Restricted to Enter Germany?

As an importer, you must be aware of any import restrictions enforced by your country.

Much like any other country, Germany prohibits certain items or goods from entering its borders.

Here is a list of the prohibited items that you should avoid shipping from China to Germany:

  • Medicinal products and certain nutritional supplements are considered medications by German regulations.
  • Explosives – 1.3 and 1.4S excluding UN0349, UN0384, and UN0481
  • Fireworks
  • Dangerous or Fighting Dog Breeds
  • Illegally acquired historical or cultural references, works of art, or other cultural assets
  • Counterfeit or pirated goods
  • Goods bearing false origin statements
  • Goods infringing a copyright or trademark
  • Live plants and animals
  • Products that contain certain animal or plant substances

How to track your shipment from China to Germany?

You can track shipments from China to Germany in the following ways:

  1. Shipping forwarder website: If you are shipping goods by shipping forwarder, you can input the tracking numbers provided by the shipping forwarder and log on to the tracking website that the freight forwarder supplied to you, or you can ask the shipping forwarder to update the shipping status to you.
  1. Shipping by Express Company: if you ship by the Express solution, you can check the good’s status from the Express company’s official website, like DHL, UPS, or FedEx, and enter the tracking number you have; the whole tracking information can be available then.
  1. Third-party freight tracking sites: like 17-track, provide LL-IN-ONE PACKAGE TRACKING and support 1500+ carriers and 120+ airlines worldwide; you can input the shipping bill number to find detailed shipping information.

When is the Best Time to Ship From China to Germany?

Freight charges are heavily influenced by season when importing from China.

During seasonal peaks, shipping costs are much higher as demand overtakes supply in the market.

Shipping companies are likely to increase their costs when there is intense demand regardless of lean services.

When scheduling your shipment, consider these events that can drastically affect freight rates, so try to avoid shipping from China during the times below.

  1. Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year takes place from late January to early February.
  2. Chinese national holiday starts every October 1st and continues for an entire week.
  3. Dragon Boat Festival: There may be better times to schedule your shipments than the traditional Chinese holiday. This holiday takes place every June; the dates follow the 5th day of the 5th month in the lunar calendar. 

An early booking is crucial if you don’t want to get caught up with the surges during peak seasons.

 Why Should You Use a Freight Forwarder?

Importing goods from China brings excellent opportunities for your business.

But, importing goods from a different country can be overwhelming, especially for new businesses.

If you want to save time and money and avoid costly mistakes, it is more efficient to hire a freight forwarder.

Experienced freight forwarders have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your shipments are moved efficiently to their destination.

Hiring a professional forwarder allows peace of mind and saves you time so you can focus on more essential aspects of your business.

How to Choose the Best freight forwarder from China to Germany?

There are five main factors in finding the best freight forwarder from China to Germany.

1. Shipping Experience: how long have they been in this field? Are they familiar with the shipping document and import customs clearance?

2. Scope of service: can they provide full door-to-door service from the origin of China to your German destination with different shipping options?

3. Shipping price: Do they can provide competitive shipping costs? It is one of the essential factors to choose the best shipping forwarder; it can cut off your import cost to the minimum.

4. Customized shipping service: can they provide customized services like consolidation, repacking, insurance, and customs clearance support?

5. Reputation and customer review: you can check the company histories and customer feedback to get an Impression of the company.

Ultimately, choosing a freight forwarder who can provide tailored solutions to meet your specific needs while ensuring high-quality service and timely communication throughout the shipping process is essential.


Shipping from China to Germany may be complicated, especially if you go solo.

There are many technical terms and procedural processes that you need to learn so you can ship efficiently and avoid mistakes.

You can streamline and simplify your shipping by hiring a professional freight forwarder.

Here at Winsky Freight, we offer the best solutions to your shipping needs.

We’ll get your cargo shipping from China to Germany faster, safer, and cheaper.

Contact us today for a free quote for your new shipment from China to Germany.

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