Shipping from China to Turkey | Air and Sea freight

Shipping from China to Turkey guide

Choosing the right shipping method from China to Turkey can be a difficult decision. Depending on your needs, you may want to choose between Sea or Air freight. Both shipping solutions have their own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider carefully before making a decision.

When deciding between air and sea freight for shipping from China to Turkey, the major factors are cost, transit time and cargo size. Generally, sea freight is cheaper than air freight for large shipments and it may take about one month for delivery from China to Turkey by sea. If you need your shipment sooner, then air freight will be a better option as it only takes around 4-7 days from China to Turkey.

When shipping by air, it is important to consider the size of your cargo. Air freight is only suitable for small and light items as aircrafts have limited space and weight restrictions. If you’re shipping large or bulky items, you have no choice but to use sea freight.

Overall, choosing between sea and air freight for shipping from China to Turkey is a personal decision. Consider your cargo size, budget, and transit time before making the best decision for you.

This article provides some basic information about shipping from China to Turkey by sea or air freight. If you need any additional help with arranging your shipment, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help you make the best decision for your needs. Thank you for your time.

Honourocean Shipping provides professional shipping solutions with an extensive experience in international transport logistics. We are a highly knowledgeable organization that can offer a wide variety of knowledge with decades of experience. We’ll help you determine what shipping strategy is best for your company requirements. Honourocean Shipping can provide you with the best cheapest & highest quality services from China to Turkey.

Costs of Import From China To Turkey

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Shipping from china to Turkey

we arrange sea freight from China to Turkey. We also provide you with customs clearance service and arrange all necessary documentation on your behalf.

Air Shipping

Air shipping from china to Turkey

We ship your goods via air freight shipping from China to Turkey. We provide air freight services at an affordable shipping cost from any city of China to Turkey.

Door to door shipping from china to Turkey

One of our advantage of shipping way from China to Turkey is door to door shipping for your deliveries. We provide door to door shipping at a low freight cost from China to Turkey.


Rail freight from china to Turkey

We provide rail freight services from China to Turkey via The Yiwu – London Railway Lin. Rail freight is more affordable and reduces your shipping from China to Turkey cost.

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We provided courier from china to Turkey. including DHL China to Turkey; ups shipping from china to Turkey and so on courier service from china to Turkey.

Customs Clearance Turkey and China

We specialize in providing customs clearance services from China to Turkey. We have our own customs department, researching customs policies of both Turkey and China for early clearance.

Cheap shipping from china to Turkey

  • When shipping by sea, there are two main transit types: FCL and LCL. FCL is when an entire container is used to ship your products, while LCL is when your products share space with other people’s products in the same container – also known as groupage. If you’re shipping large volumes and can fill a container, it makes sense to choose FCL 
  • Generally speaking, FCL is a better option if you’re shipping a large volume of goods or items that are sensitive to damage (e.g., electronics). LCL is ideal for small shipments or if you’re just getting started with importing from China. It’s also worth noting that LCL rates are calculated per cubic meter, so be sure to factor that into your decision.then LCL shipping (also known as groupage) offers a more economical way to ship smaller quantities that make up less than half of the volume of a full container

cost of shipping 20ft/40ft container from china to Turkey 2022

FCL(full container load), Full Containerload, equates to filling a 20′ or 40′ container full with all the necessary materials. When importing fcl you can save time by sending fcl in large quantities. Price for FCL can vary depending on whether or not container is full. .Regular customers of a shipping company always get a reasonable price, cooperate shipping company :such as COSCO, CMA, ONE, MSK, MSC, etc.

LCL shipping from china to Turkey

LCL (less than container load) means you cannot fill all containers and are delivered in addition to other containers or pallets. Note: During LCL shipment the goods must occupy a unified destination port and have to be consolidated. This is the reason LCL ship times are longer than FCL.

you may interest: Standard Pallet Sizes & Dimensions

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Additional services for shipping from China to Turkey

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Pick up and delivery

We will pick up your goods in any city in China.


Honourocean provides free warehousing services for any of your goods

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The cargo insurance protects your goods all the way to any city of Turkey

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Sea freight from China to Turkey

Sea freight is the most cost-effective way to ship large and bulky items from China to Turkey. It can take around one month for shipment delivery, depending on the port of loading, destination port and transit route.

FCL&LCL shipping

FCL shipping: Full Container Load is the most economical and practical way of sea freight when you have enough goods to fill a container.

LCL shipping: Less than Container Load is an ideal option for smaller quantities of goods. Your cargo will be consolidated with other shipments in the same container and delivered to your destination port.

Advantages of sea freight shipping:

– Cheaper than air freight if you have a large shipment

– Suitable for large items

– Generally faster and more reliable than air freight in terms of transit time

Disadvantages of sea freight shipping:

Not suitable for delicate or perishable goods as sea freight is not climate-controlled

– Can be subject to delays due to congestion at ports

– Longer transit time than air freight

Main sea ports in China to Turkey

  • Shanghai

  • Dalian

  • Ningbo

  • Shenzhen

Main sea ports of Turkey

  • Istanbul

  • Ankara

  • Izmir

  • Mersin

Air freight from China to Turkey

Air shipping is the most suitable for small and light items that need to be shipped quickly. It only takes around 4-7 days for shipment delivery, depending on the airport of origin and destination.

Advantages of air transport:

Fastest transit time compared to sea freight

Suitable for delicate and perishable goods as air freight is climate-controlled

Less prone to delays caused by weather or other circumstances

Disadvantages of air transport:

More expensive than sea freight if you have a large shipment

Limited by aircraft size and weight restrictions, so only suitable for small items

Less cost-effective for short distance shipping

Main airports in China to Turkey:

  • Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)

  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)

  • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX)

Main airports of Turkey

    • Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

    • Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)

    • Antalya International Airport (AYT)

    • Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB)

    • Ankara Esenboğa International Airport (ESB)

Other shipping services from China to Turkey

Door to Door service

A Door-to-Door Service means that your goods will be picked up by the freight forwarder/courier/logistics partner from the factory or retail outlet in China and then delivered all the way to your business or private address in Turkey.

For businesses that would prefer to leave as much of the logistics in the hands of their freight forwarder, it’s the most convenient option. Your goods will be transported from the factory to the port and be guided through packaging, consolidation and customs on both sides.

They will then be sent to your address. For the business then, it can be as easy as placing the order and waiting for the goods to come.


In this scenario, your logistics operator is responsible for getting your goods through the customs and onto the main means of transport. You will be responsible for picking it up at the port of arrival.


In this scenario, the goods in China will be picked up from the factory and retail outlet and transported to the port where they will be loaded onto the transportation. When they arrive at the port of arrival, you will be responsible for picking them up.


In this situation both you and the supplier will charge the shipping companies for their delivery at the point of departure, either you or your seller will be responsible for loading the goods at the port of departure, from there, the logistics company will make sure they are delivered to your private or business address.

Express delivery

Express delivery is the fastest way to ship goods from China to Turkey, but also more expensive. It’s great if you need your shipment urgently and have a budget for it.

Interms of shipping from China to Turkey

EXW incoterm for shipping from China to Turkey

EXW means that the buyer is responsible for the shipping cost and transportation from the factory/sales point to the port in China and onwards. Essentially, it means that you can purchase any item from an independent retailer without any shipping costs or fees. This means that you essentially have to cover three steps; from the factory to the port: from the Chinese port to the Turkish port;from the Turkish port to your address.

FOB (Free on Board) incoterm for shipping from China to Turkey

FOB is a transaction in which sellers are responsible for delivery of goods in a port of departure or port of load. In the context of exporting from China to Turkey the seller will arrange transportation from the factory or retail outlet through the terminal where the goods will be loaded on the ship. Once the goods arrive, their ownership is transferred back to the buyer, who will be responsible to unload the goods from Turkish ports. You can either bring the items to the customs themselves or get in touch with a freight forwarder to assist with this phase.

CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) for shipping from China to Turkey

CIF stands for the costs, insurance and freight that the supplier pays in return for the risk of damage when it is transported to its destination ports, such as from China factories to Turkish ports. Therefore the buyer will only be responsible for the transport of goods between the domestic port and the business. The China supplier is responsible all the way until the product reaches Turkey’s designated entrance. Although CIF arrangements are cheaper, they can help ease shipping hassles.

DAP (Delivered at Place) incoterm for shipping from China to Turkey

Under the agreement, suppliers are required to ship goods to specified places within the country. Buyer must still pay custom duties. Be sure to speak with your freightforwarder for more detail about the shipment and the specific obligations. So the difference is that under DDP the vendor/supplier assumes everything except load-out. The purchaser is responsible for duty, taxes and clearance in accordance with DAP.

DAT (Delivered at Terminal), incoterm for shipping from China to Turkey

The incoterm entitles sellers for delivery of the products after delivery at a terminal, but after the shipment has passed customs. If you’re using this incoterm you should make sure you have an accurate map that shows the exact location where the goods are transported to the ports.

DDP (Delivered Duty Paid, incoterm for shipping from China to Turkey)

DDP shipping represents the maximum responsibility for the seller/supplier of the goods. Under this arrangement, the seller is responsible for getting your goods delivered to your door and will handle all of the logistics along the way, including the customs duty at ports.

International shipping process from China to Turkey

Shipping cargo from China to Turkey is a complex process. It is important to understand the steps involved in order to ensure a successful shipment.

Picking up your goods from the factory/retailer in China.

With your authorisation we’ll take care of the transit between the factory or retailer in China and the sea or airport of departure.

Packaging of your goods

Packaging is an important yet often forgotten part of the international shipping process. Good packaging can save you money if things are packed snugly, not to mention preventing the risk of damage.We have experience in shipping goods across the world and we know how to pack your goods to give them the best possible chance of making it to your address in one piece.

Also, when you’re shipping goods across borders, the labelling of packages is very important.Customs officials need to know what is inside the packaging. Mislabelling can be very costly in terms of possible fine and also delays to your shipment. We work with you to make sure your goods are packaged and labelled correctly, so your goods can travel smoothly across borders.

Documentation and Paperwork for customs clearance and duties

As well as the correct labels, your goods will also need to come with the correct documentation according to rules of both exporting and importing countries. Navigating the waters of customs documentation as well as arranging for your goods to be transported in the most cost and time-efficient way can be a daunting task for importers.

That’s why it makes financial sense to utilise the services of a freight forwarder, who will not only take care of the details but also bring their wealth of knowledge and contacts to negotiate the best deals for your transportation needs.

If you’re transporting goods from China to Turkey, then choosing the right freight forwarder can make a huge difference to the success of your business. You’ll save not only money but time as well, which can be just as important to businesses.

We make it our business to be familiar with the ins and outs and the fine print of importing laws and regulations. Of course, each country has different regulations and expected standards when it comes to importing.

By using a freight forwarding service, you save yourself the hassle of having to learn all the different contexts and required documentation. That’s our job and we’ll be able to make sure your goods’ journey is as smooth as possible while you can devote your time to better serving your bottom line elsewhere.

Loading and unloading cargo

When your goods arrive at ports, they need to be loaded and unloaded into the transport. This can be a bit more complicated than simply checking in your luggage at the airport. When it comes to cargo and commercial goods, especially large amounts, loading and unloading goods can require some assistance and communication with the port authorities. This is a key part of our service.

Warehousing and Consolidation

If you’re transporting goods from a variety of retailers, then having a warehouse available that can hold your goods while they wait for the rest of the consignment to arrive is essential. Our service from China to Turkey also includes warehousing your goods as they await consolidation.

Warehousing may also be an option if you are waiting for a specific time to ship out from China.

Prohibited and Restricted Items

There are plenty of goods that can be sent to Turkey, but several items that the Turkey government restricts to import.

No courier services, international expresses and companies are allowed to ship the prohibited, non-approved and restricted items on behalf of the customers.

The prohibited items in an air cargo shipment by the Turkey government is given below:

  • Coins, banknotes, currency notes, and False Currency, including paper money;

  • Securities of any kind payable to bearer;

  • Narcotic, drugs, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages;

  • Animal skins;

  • Ivory and ivory products;

  • Live animals;

  • Meat or animal products;

  • Travelers’ checks;

  • Platinum, gold, and silver;

  • Precious stones;

  • Jewelry;

  • Watches

  • Blades, knives, guns and explosives and other valuable articles are prohibited in Priority Mail Express International shipments to Turkey.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and the laws and regulations around prohibited items can change. It is always your responsibility to check what items can legally be imported into Turkey and make sure you are compliant with importing rules.

In these cases it makes sense to work with a freight forwarder/logistics agent who can give you advice and up to date information on whether the items you wish to import are prohibited or not. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to this as you don’t want to have a situation where your goods are refused entry.

Some shipments can only be imported to Turkey through specific customs offices. If you’re not sure that your item can be imported from China to Turkey, please contact Turkish customs to ensure that you don’t need an agency’s support.

Required Documents for import customs clearance in Turkey

When shipping cargo from China to Turkey, it is important to have the right documents in order for customs clearance. Below are some of the basic documents required for import customs clearance in Turkey:

  • Commercial Invoice – This document should include a detailed description of goods, quantity and value.

  • Packing List – A detailed list of goods being shipped, including quantity and weight.

  • Certificate of Origin – This document is required for some countries to prove the origin of goods.

  • Bill of Lading – An evidence of the contract between shipper and carrier.

  • Other documents (if applicable) – These may include a Certificate of Quality, Health Certificate or Phytosanitary Certificate.

Having the right documents is essential for successful customs clearance in Turkey and it is important to contact your freight forwarder for assistance. We are here to help you with all of your international shipping needs.

FAQs about shipping from China to Turkey

1. How long does it take to ship from China to Turkey?

Shipping from China to Turkey can be a long process if it’s not easy to find the proper shipping company and it’d be a waste of money if the shipping was not done. It now exists alternatives that can offer you the fastest shipping in China and Turkey at reasonable prices.

Honourocean: A service like Shipping China can deliver you your package between China and Turkey. It is expected to be within 8 days in general. It sends a parcel under a size of two kilograms, with the accompanying packing and label. The ship time can be shortened from five to six days if control of the Turkish Border is rapid.

2. How much is international Express Shipping from China to Turkey, like DHL, FedEx, UPS, USPS, China Post or other Express Company?

DHL and FedEx provide different rates for express shipping from China to Turkey.

DHL Express Shipping from China to Turkey Cost:

  • Shipping from China to Turkey through DHL Air Freight cost $3.65 to $4.99 per Kilogram.

  • DHL Worldwide Express Shipping provides door-to-door shipping from China to Turkey.

  • DHL payment terms include L/C, T/T, D/P, Western Union, Paypal, Money Gram.

FedEx Express Shipping from China to Turkey Cost:

  • FedEx Express Shipping from China to Turkey costs starts from $16.75 via FedEx Envelope on 1 pound weight.

  • When it comes to shipping parcels greater than two lbs., FedEx offers cheaper rates.

  • FedEx Express Shipping also offers door-to-door shipping from China to Turkey.

USPS Express Shipping from China to Turkey Cost:

  • Shipping from China to Turkey through USPS cost $16.75 for shipping products less than two lbs.

  • USPS is usually cheaper than other express trains.

  • If the items can fit into a small, medium or large flat rate shipping box, USPS is cheaper than FedEx and DHL.

3. How do products ship from China to Turkey?

Shipping from China into Turkey is not easy unless one follows the correct instructions and picks a suitable supplier or organisation. The process of shipment of goods from China to Turkey is described below briefly: shipping over water is 50 per cent of Turkish market and road freight claims 35 per cent. Air freight and railway cargo claims a total of 10% and 11% respectively. In order to increase economic development in Asia and Africa BRI has boosted trade with Europe and China and also helped reduce the time between China and Turkey.

4. How can I track my parcel from China to Turkey?

Thanks to the use of high technology, it can now be tracked from China to Turkey – and any place else in the world. It is comforting and very helpful to know how your parcel is located especially when traveling internationally from China to Turkey.

5. How does the pick-up service work for my shipment from China to Turkey?

It can be picked at more than 120 China towns. After securing the location where the parcel is needed and paying your order, a verification email will be sent. A Chinese agent will contact you via telephone and arrange the right time to collect your package. This service has two advantages: By choosing Honourocean, you can save money.

6. How much does it cost to ship a parcel from China to Turkey?

It’s possible to get cheap ways to get to Turkey from China. Pricing is dependent mainly on various variables : the weight and size of the package, the kind of service to order. For lighter packages between 1-2 kg and less than 2 kg Ship24 is an ideal alternative to China to Turkey.

7. What is the Maximum Weight for Air Freight Shipping from China to Turkey?

Air cargo is known as one of the fastest methods of transportation.

Air transport usually carries high valued products or the goods that need to be delivered as soon as possible to their destination.

Air cargo transport’s unit is kilograms.

There are some restrictions on air transport that are related to the size of the products.

In passenger planes, the height is fixed to 158 centimeters maximum.

Goods whose height crosses 158 centimeters will be loaded on freighter planes.

There are also special charter planes to transport massive products like construction steels or equipment.

The standard dimensions of shipments are weighted 100 kilograms, and pallets with dimensions of 120 x 80 x 80 with a weight of 1000 kilograms.

DHL allows a minimum of 1 Kilogram up to 70 Kilograms in a single parcel to deliver.

FedEx allows delivery of up to 150 lbs or 68 kilograms per package.

USPS takes maximum weight for medium and large boxes is 70 lbs or 32 kilograms.

However, the maximum weight can be higher or lower depending on companies.

8. What is the Cheapest Shipping from China to Turkey?

Air cargo is the cheapest shipping from China to Turkey for smaller products.

On the contrary, for any larger shipment from China to Turkey, sea freight is the cheapest choice.

Smaller shipments from China to Turkey must be transported by air freight.

However, through sea freight, the cheapest shipping can be availed.

9. What is the difference between Express and Air Freight?

With express delivery (also known as air courier) you pay a courier company to transport your goods from one address to another. With ‘regular’ air freight, we refer to the port-to-port cost of transporting your goods.

After they reach the port of arrival, it is your (or more likely, your freight forwarding partner’s) responsibility to ensure they pass through customs and are delivered. While this is obviously more work and documentation, it is the cheaper option compared to express delivery via courier, even when taking into account partnering with a freight forwarder/logistics company.

With air freight, you need to keep a track of the different additional prices involved for handling your goods after arrival, nevertheless, if you’re shipping larger quantities of goods, air freight will be a more economic choice for your air shipping needs. Of course, if you’re shipping much larger quantities of goods, and time is not a problem, then you may want to look into sea shipping.

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