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Shipping from China to Singapore

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Neptune Global Logistics is committed to railway transportation and international combined transportation in China, the CIS region, and Europe, including international rail transportation, sea-rail combined transportation, steam-rail combined transportation, air transportation, etc. Through the integration of cross-border integrated logistics resources, we provide customers with a one-stop multi-link one-stop logistics service for transporting goods from a takeover location in one country to another country or a designated delivery location in a third country. At the same time, it has also established a branch in Singapore, with a team that fully understands local culture, laws, customs policies, taxation, and other business elements, and has accumulated a lot of operating experience and rich business resources.

Now Singapore has also launched a dedicated line of transportation for users to choose from. Compared with international express and other methods, Singapore's transportation method has the advantages of affordable and high efficiency, and it also provides many value-added services. At present, there are mainly three modes of special lines in Singapore: air freight, sea freight, and international express. The price and timeliness of air freight lines are relatively good; while sea freight is more suitable for bulky items and has the lowest price.

Singapore is a leading logistics and supply chain management center in the Asia-Pacific region. Singapore's Changi Airport is the world's fourth largest cargo airport, with 4,000 weekly flights connecting 182 cities in 57 countries. The airport has a Changi Air Cargo Center (also known as a logistics park) with an area of 47 hectares and is a 24-hour free trade zone. This one-stop service center provides the equipment and services required for loading and unloading air cargo. The cargo unloaded from the plane is delivered to the consignee, and it only takes one hour before and after. The Civil Aviation Administration from time to time discusses and formulates the development plan of Changi Airport to ensure that the airport has sufficient capacity to cope with the strong growth of air traffic in the Asia-Pacific region.

You can choose the shipping mode based on your goods, mainly based on the transaction agreement at the top of the sale, and choose an economical and fast mode of transportation to increase the cargo turnover rate and reduce the backlog of funds.

In addition, world-renowned logistics companies such as DHL Express and FedEX Express have established regional headquarters in Singapore. Neptune global logistics is no exception. Coupled with the integration with the Internet, Singapore's logistics industry has integrated a unique network supply chain management system (IS-CM) with a new business model of e-logistics, attracting multinational companies to take advantage of Singapore's logistics industry to build an Asia-Pacific The regional outsourcing supply network allows multinational companies to focus on product R&D and marketing to improve international competitiveness, thereby further consolidating Singapore’s leading position in the logistics industry. For quotation, feel free to contact us.

Shipping Method

There are many types of transportation from China to Singapore, such as air transportation, express delivery, sea transportation, bulk carrier leading sea transportation, etc. Each type of transportation is subdivided into different transportation methods. The types of transportation are detailed below and the corresponding transportation methods are selected according to the cargo situation.

Air Freight: Air freight from airport to airport, door-to-door air freight, general cargo demand is more urgent, cargo over 100 kg is more cost-effective and time-efficient to choose air freight, it is more worry-free and cost-effective for customers with Singapore transportation needs to choose door-to-door air freight Operation method.

Sea Freight: LCL-to-door ocean shipping for scattered cargo, LCL-to-port ocean shipping, FCL-to-port ocean shipping, FCL-to-door ocean shipping, general cargo a few cubic meters and less than 15 cubic meters to choose LCL shipping is more cost-effective, LCL shipping It is not recommended to use it at the port, because the freight is cheap on the surface, but the cost of the goods to the destination port is more than ten times higher than the LCL to door freight. Therefore, dedicated line door-to-door LCL shipping is the most economical and efficient transportation method. For goods above 15 cubic meters and below 28 cubic meters, it is recommended to take a 20-foot full container, and for 55 cubic meters to 65 cubic meters, it is recommended to take a 40-foot full container. The advantages of forwarding logistics for the entire cabinet not only reflect the low price, the fast booking time, the port of destination customs clearance, and delivery to the company's one-handed operation, no middleman makes the difference.

Bulk Carrier: Generally refers to large equipment, construction materials, sand, reinforced concrete, etc., which are transported in containers, and the cost is also high. The use of chartered bulk carriers is a very cost-saving mode of transportation. The general cargo is several hundred tons, and the volume of thousands of tons is transported by bulk carriers.

Shipping options

Air Dedicated Line: Air Dedicated Line is mainly for air freight to Singapore Airport. Dedicated service providers also provide services that will be delivered to local warehouses in Singapore, as well as final delivery according to customer needs.

Maritime Dedicated Line: The Singapore Maritime Dedicated Line mainly departs from domestic ports and is finally shipped to Singapore Port, which is also the largest transit port in the Asia-Pacific region. Singapore's shipping line is relatively stable and the price is cheap.

At Neptune Shipping, we can provide solutions for different sizes of cargo, including FCL, LCL, and bulk cargo.

The difference between FCL shipping and LCL shipping

LCL means less than container load, a relative term for less than container load, which refers to bulk cargo that is less than a full container.

Such goods are usually collected by the carrier separately, collected at a Shipping warehouse or freight terminal, and then the multiple goods are assembled in a container, which must also be at the destination container freight station or inside. Open the box and deliver it separately.)

FCL means full container load, FCL is the relative term for less-than-container cargo, and the relative term for less-than-container cargo.

The transporter is liable for pressing, checking, stockpiling, and lead-fixed cargo. The unloading of the full container is usually processed by the consignee. But you can also entrust the carrier to unpack the box at the freight station. However, the carrier is not responsible for the damage or poor cargo in the box.

There are generally three ways to export LCL cargo: the shipper delivers the goods to the agent of the shipping company that has direct flights to the port of destination to arrange the LCL transportation; the shipper delivers the goods to the non-vessel carrier to arrange the LCL transportation; The cargo person entrusts the cargo to the freight forwarder to arrange the consignment of the LCL cargo.

The shipping company’s agent arranges LCL transportation, and the place of receiving and delivering the goods is usually at the freight station designated by the carrier’s agent at both ends of the route. The carrier issues its bill of lading with the terms of carriage marked "CFS/CFS". The carrier’s responsibility starts when the loading port receives and takes charge of the goods, and ends when the goods are delivered at the destination port and the control of the goods is transferred.

The NVOCC arranges the consignment of goods, that is after the NVOCC accepts the consignor’s goods, it will consolidate the goods consigned by different consignors into full containers and submit them to the shipping company following the cargo consolidation rules and requirements. After the cargo is shipped to the port of destination, the NVOCC issues its bill of lading to the shipper and assumes responsibility for the entire period from when the cargo is received and in charge of the cargo at the port of loading to when the cargo is delivered at the port of destination and the transfer of control of the cargo.

The definition of freight forwarding company and carrier

The arranger of international transportation requirements from the Chinese shipping address to the foreign receiving address is also called an international logistics company, that is, freight forwarding, third-party logistics company, freight forwarding is a non-vessel carrier, and the party who needs to obtain a non-vessel operating qualification in China It can be engaged in international freight forwarding business. Transportation from China to foreign countries is carried out by shipping companies, airlines, or express companies. These are collectively referred to as carrier companies Carrier. Freight forwarding companies are mainly engaged in import and export coordination arrangements, such as receiving goods, booking space, reviewing information and documents, handling import and export procedures, arranging export customs clearance, import customs clearance, and destination port delivery operations.

Are Chinese goods exported duty free to Singapore? Is Singapore's import tax exempt?

Customs duties imposed by China Customs on exported goods and articles. China’s Customs Import and Export Tariff currently imposes export duties on commodities involving about 47 tax codes. The tariff rate for exported goods is a single tariff system, that is, only one tariff rate is used. At present, the highest nominal export tariff rate is 100% and the lowest is 10%.

Singapore is a free port, so most goods are imported and exported without tariffs. Import taxes are only imposed on a very small number of products, such as tobacco, alcohol, petroleum, and so on. Singapore’s export commodities are all automobiles, and companies or organizations whose export value reaches a certain commodity concept can apply for a reduction in the income from the sale of products.

Singapore became a party to the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade "Import Licensing Procedure Agreement" as early as 1984. It promised to keep the number of import licenses to a minimum and not to restrict the number as part of the import license. There are no quota restrictions on imported goods and no import license is required.

The quantity of goods strictly restricted for export is extremely small. According to the new "Import and Export Administration Law", some requirements for commodity export only have a validity period when they are used for safety or health requirements. It can also achieve the purpose of preventing and controlling pests.

Free Trade Zone

Singapore has set up 8 Free Trade Zones adjacent to the port and airport, providing duty-free concessions and convenient logistics services for goods from all over the world to enter and exit Singapore. These Free Trade Zones are operated and managed by three companies.

Among them, PSA is responsible for the management of 5 Free Trade Zones located at Brani Wharf, Keppel Logistics Park, Pasir Panjang Wharf, Sembawang Wharf and Tanjong Pagar Wharf; Changi Airport Group is responsible for managing cargo located in the Airport Logistics Park and Changi Airport Two Free Trade Zones in the center.

Jurong Port Company is responsible for the management of a Free Trade Zone located in Jurong Port. The corporate operation of 8 Free Trade Zones has greatly improved the work efficiency and service level of Free Trade Zone.

Service specificity is an important reason for Singapore. We can provide enterprises with a full range of logistics services, and we can also provide customers with specific logistics services. Bonded areas or logistics parks provide centralized logistics services. Professional logistics providers who specialize in connecting, transportation, and transportation in the park are very convenient for customers to contact. The logistics park near Singapore Changi Airport has attracted several large logistics companies, achieving more modern economies of scale. The logistics industry in Singapore has shifted to “basic custom-made” services. Meeting the different needs of each customer is the starting point and the ultimate destination. The range of services is unprecedented. The company and the customer jointly research and select one or more of the most ideal service methods, and finally find out the solution that can be provided to the customer.

As a long-term modern logistics industry, Neptune provides every customer with high-efficiency, high-tech, high-service, and high-professional services. Believe and choose Neptune must be your best logistics partner.

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