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Container Shipping From China To The UK During COVID-19

Many of our customers are wondering what is happening in the world of container shipping, specifically importing full containers and also part container loads from China and what effects COVID19 is having on shipping.

Container Shipping & International Shipping

The good news is that COVID 19 restrictions have not applied to international container shipping and in fact all international transport is normally except from such restrictions so on the face of it COVID19 should have had no effect.

Importing Masks & Gloves Into The UK

Importing PPE

If you have been trying to get PPE into the UK you may have already discovered the complexities and issues surrounding this process. There is an obvious massive demand for PPE equipment – masks, face shields, gloves, protective equipment etc in the UK at the moment with a lack of supplies.

With social distancing being common place and retail shops and industry starting up again in June, this demand is going to increase.

Delays in Container Shipping From China

Shipping From China

It’s a long way from China to the UK, 7775 km if you were able to go direct. However, most freight making the journey ends up in a container making the 30 / 40 day transit on the back of a container ship.

The routing the vessel takes has massive implications on the time taken to arrive to the UK along with the emissions produced.

The usual route heading through the Gulf of Aden and then using the Suez Canal as a way into the Med cuts out ten days sailing and around 9000 km,

K&L Freight does it’s bit to help supply the UK with PPE

As more or less everyone in the UK knows, a lack of PPE has dominated the news in the UK for weeks now.

There are huge logistical challenges in getting PPE from China to the UK as most regular flights have now been grounded, leaving the few freighter aircraft in use to operate along with a selection of passenger aircraft that are carrying cargo only at the present time.

This in no way amounts to a normal service with 95% of British Airways’ planes still grounded as an example.

Importing PPE From China

Considerations When Importing PPE From china

It is becoming clear that there will be an ongoing need for all PPE products through most of this year and maybe beyond.

Whilst there is a big push on UK production of these items, with the vast need caused by the changing of PPE multiple times per day and the run-down of the UK’s manufacturing ability, it’s clearly obvious that there will be an ongoing requirement to import these items for the foreseeable future.

Supply chain review from importing by air from China

Air Freight From China Challenge

The Challenge was to simplify a customers’ supply chain that had grown without any focus on the planning of how orders are sent from China.

We find this often happens with companies that set up and then have rapidly expanded.

The company’s initial emphasis is quite rightly on sales and growing the business. It’s only when the growth curve settles a little and the business matures do minds turn to procedures and processes needed to make a business more efficient to facilitate the next phase of growth.

Major Disruption in China – Coronavirus

*UPDATE

China closed for business to at least 10 February

The central government in China had advised that all businesses in mainland China except the Tianjin area, (the port city for Beijing) are to remain closed until 10 February.

As you may have heard the Chinese government have issued a instruction on the extension to Chinese New Year to avoid the movement of people to prevent the coronavirus spreading.

Importing Alibaba Products From China

Alibaba is classed as the Amazon of the Far East, only much cheaper – as it’s wholesale! With this is mind, many people across the UK are using the Alibaba website to source products, drop ship them to the UK and sell on Amazon UK, ebay or their own websites, or even all three.

This is a great way to cost effectively sell on line and make some money. However, there are some hidden costs to sourcing your products from Alibaba as we will explain below.

Buying From China

We are often asked about how to import from China to the UK?

As a freight company we think importing from China is straightforward, though of course we do this all day every day for a living!

Let’s assume you have found a profitable product to import from China, this may be from your own contacts or by visiting a trade fair, or you may even be importing from China to the UK sourcing from Alibaba.

How does freight forwarding in China work?

China has developed over the last 30 years from an insignificant player to become the largest export economy in the world. Freight Forwarding has developed along the same lines. In the beginning there was one state owned company called Sinotrans.

Now the industry has exploded and there are thousands of companies calling themselves freight forwarders in China. The market is not mature and there are very many small and some not so small,