For those who work in trade, they may know that the common logistics for cross-border trade has of these three kinds of container freight, air freight (include air courier and air cargo), land freight.

But if you going through international trade, unfortunately, and you are new for it. Don’t worry, we have made some infographics with our full experience. And you just need to take some time to take a look each kind of exact logistics working flow. Air freight and sea freight are more frequently used in international shipping, how it works, and which one is better for your business?

Part 1. Sea Freight (LCL and FCL Shipping)

I believe that buyers or importers have more or less experience of shipping the goods from China via sea freight. But if you may not know how the goods were shipped. Today we share the key points in the maritime transport, so that you can be easy to learn how sea freight works.

Flowchart of Exporting by Sea Sreight

Flowchart of exporting by sea freight

Flowchart of Exporting by Sea Freight

Flowchart of importing by sea freight
Inquiry shipping schedules and prices: estimate costs, determine shipment schedule by it time It time when the goods are ready.
Booking space: book space basing on how many cargo, LCL or FCL?.
Put container into loading port, customs clearance, The provision of declaration documents, confirmation of B/L.
After the goods arriving at destination port, get the Pickup bill of lading (B/L), synchronized logistics status to buyers.

Part 2. Air Freight (Air Cargo and Courier Service)

You are trying to buy some samples in the Chinese market, or dozens kg of goods, in order to receive them in time, while controlling costs, it is a choice to choose air courier when door-to-door service.

If you have a large cargo (such as 200 kg of goods) need to be sent from your supplier as soon as possible, in this case you should choose air cargo service as the first option.

Flowchart of Importing by Air Freight

Flowchart of exporting by air freight

Flowchart of Exporting by Air Freight

Flowchart of importing by air freight

Door-to-door Service Fulfilled by Express Company(DHL, FedEx, UPS, TNT)

courier service working flowchart