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Sea container, air cargo shipping from China to Guatemala

Freight forwarder, shipping from China to GuatemalaGuatemala is a country in Central America, bordered by Mexico, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Guatemala City is the capital and largest city of Guatemala and the most populous urban area in Central America. During the last few decades the exports of China to Guatemala have increased at an annualized rate of 17.8%, from $40.6M in 1995 to $2.43B in 2020. 

Explore a comprehensive guide to shipping from China to Guatemala, and hopefully it will answer all your questions. If you happen to be importing from China to Guatemala, keep reading, you’ll definitely find it helpful. The below content includes shipping method, transit time, cost, how to choose the best way to ship, and what a good freight forwarder can do for your China-Guatemala shipping.

Sea and air freight are the main options to move your goods from China to Guatemala. There are many freight forwarders that offer container shipping and air cargo transport services, but with us, there are more possibilities. It’s vital to work with a one who understands your needs and always carries out the best tailored shipping solution from China to Guatemala.

Sea freight from China to Guatemala

Sea freight, shipping from China to Guatemala by seaSea freight is the very first choice when shipping from China to Guatemala due to its nature of being economically and environmentally superior to other modes of shipping, especially over long distance, for goods in bulk or equipment of large size. Most of the time, goods are shipped in containers, and sometimes with bulk cargo ships, RO-RO ships or tankers, etc. Over 90% of the world’s total cargo traffic is carried out by sea freight. Shipping by sea allows you to move your cargo from China to Guatemala at the minimum cost possible, but you’ll accept the long transit time across the ocean. One more advantage is, we are capable of transporting almost any type of goods using sea freight, even those classified as dangerous goods. 

FCL (Full container load): shipping a container filled with goods exclusively for one client from China to Guatemala. Generally, we offer FCL shipping service to Guatemala with 20ft container and 40ft container (20GP, 40GP and 40HQ). FCL is more cost efficient.
LCL (Less than container load): If your cargo can’t fill an entire container, our consolidation (LCL shipping) service from China to Guatemala is always available, i.e. sharing a container with other clients who have cargo to the same destination, at the same time. Naturally, due to extra work (consolidation, de-consolidation, warehousing, paperwork, etc.), the final cost on each unit is higher than FCL, and shipping takes longer. LCL is a good choice for small business to start with. 

Besides regular FCL and LCL shipments, if you are shipping large, heavy project cargo from China to Guatemala, we’d recommend flat rack or open top container solution. Reefer container for cold-chain transportation, breakbulk/RO-RO ship for bulk shipment and vehicles (wheeled cargo). 

We offer port to port, door to port and door to door freight solutions from China to Guatemala, depending on your specific requirements. Our sea freight forwarding services from China to Guatemala covers all the major Chinese ports: Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, etc. With our door-to-door service, considering the final destination, we’ll transport your cargo via the most convenient port in Guatemala, such as Puerto Quetzal, Puerto de San Jose, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Puerto Barrios, etc.

If you are looking to ship containers or other shipments by sea from China to Guatemala, we got the total solution for you. Get a China-Guatemala shipping solution and quote now.

Major ports in Guatemala

Container shipping from China to Puerto Quetzal, GuatemalaPacific side
Puerto Quetzal
Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest Pacific Ocean port. It is important for both cargo traffic and as a stop-off point for cruise liners. 
Puerto Quetzal is one of the major ports serving the Central American country. It is the largest facility on the west coast of Central America, between the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico and the Panama Canal.
Annual container throughput capacity of 0.35 million TEU

San Jose (Puerto de San Jose)
Port of San Jose used to be Guatemala’s principal industrial and trade port, but the role has been entirely taken over by Puerto Quetzal.

Container shipping from China to Puerto Barrios and Santo Tomas de Castilla, GuatemalaAtlantic side
Puerto Barrios
Puerto Barrios is a seaport and the capital of the department of Izabal on the Caribbean Coast of Guatemala. It is also the commercial heart of the region, because it has two ports: Puerto Barrios and Santo Tomas de Castilla.

Santo Tomas de Castilla (Santo Tomás de Castilla)
Santo Tomas de Castilla, also known as Matías de Gálvez is a port city in the Izabal Department, Guatemala. It lies at Amatique Bay off the Gulf of Honduras and is administratively a part of Puerto Barrios.

Air freight from China to Guatemala

Air freight, shipping from China to Guatemala by airAir freight provides a fast and safe shipping solution from China to Guatemala for time-sensitive and high value commodities. Maybe your project gets delayed, maybe you have a pressing deadline, or maybe your cargo is perishable, when all other modes of transport can't meet your timing requirement, using air freight enables us to deliver the shipment with the least amount of time. Generally cargo air shipped from China takes 3-7 days to arrive in Guatemala. If your supply chain has sufficient budget, and is more concerned about security than cost, especially when shipping high-value goods, then air freight is the perfect solution. 

We have developed strong relationships with major air carriers and built a vast network of air cargo transportation, offering daily and weekly cargo flights from China’s main airports to Guatemala. 
We provide airport-to-airport, door-to-airport and door-to-door shipping services from China to Guatemala. When shipping by air with us, we provide the best shipping solution and the fastest route which meets your needs and guarantees a relatively cost-efficient way. Flying your cargo with us gives you peace of mind as we take care of your air shipments from pick-up till delivery to the destination, overseeing every link of the logistics chain.

Compared to sea freight, air freight is not so often used due to its high cost. Not everything is worth air shipping, and not everything can be shipped by air. If you are looking for air freight service from China to Guatemala, consult our team for advice before you proceed. Request a quote from us.

Major airport in Guatemala

Air cargo shipping from China to Guatemala City La Aurora International AirportGuatemala City
La Aurora International Guatemala Airport (IATA: GUA), in Spanish Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora, is located in Finca San Isidro, at 6 kilometers south of Guatemala City downtown and at 25 kilometers of Antigua Guatemala. The airport serves the capital of Guatemala and all the country.
The 4th busiest airport in Central America

How long does it take to ship from China to Guatemala?

Shipping from China to Guatemala takes 28-40 days by sea, and 3-7 days by air. The actual transit time may vary if you are choosing different seaport/airport, service and route. Shipping will take longer in peak season. 

China-Guatemala sea freight transit time

The transit time of shipping a container from China to Guatemala ranges from 28 to 40 days, port to port. 
POL (Port of loading) POD (Port of discharge) Transit time
Shanghai Puerto Quetzal 30 days
Shanghai Puerto Barrios 32 days
Shenzhen Puerto Quetzal 36 days
Shenzhen Puerto Barrios 35 days
Qingdao Puerto Quetzal 28 days
Qingdao Puerto Barrios 35 days
Transit time of cargo shipping from China to GuatemalaContainer shipping transit time by sea from Shanghai, Shenzhen, Qingdao to Puerto Quetzal and Puerto Barrios
FYI: The transit time by sea, port to port, depends on the specific origin and destination ports chosen, service route, sailing schedule and choice on carrier.
Shanghai in East China, Shenzhen South China, and Qingdao North China, data from these 3 ports is enough to demonstrate the sea shipping time from China to Guatemala.
Above transit time is for full container load shipping, port to port only, for LCL shipping time estimate, pls add 7-10 days.

China-Guatemala air shipping transit time

From China to Guatemala, an air shipment usually takes 3-7 days, as there are not direct flight services connecting Chinese cities and Guatemalan cities. Due to the long distance, all passenger and cargo flights will transfer in the USA or Europe before flying to Guatemala.  

If you have an urgent order from China to Guatemala, contact us and get the best service and shortest flight route which ensures the fastest delivery. Request an air freight quote from us.

Best way to ship from China to Guatemala

When shipping from China to Guatemala, everybody wants a fast and safe delivery of shipment at the minimum cost possible. Every client is different, and has various requirements under different circumstances, plus the fast-changing shipping market. The best way to ship your goods from China to Guatemala is to rely on a reputable and experienced freight forwarder for their knowledge and insight.
1.    The type of goods and its value
2.    How quickly you need your goods
3.    The load of your goods (size, weight, quantity) or simply share the packing list
4.    Supplier address (origin seaport/airport), delivery address(destination seaport/airport)
5.    Your budget
6.    Goods ready time
A good freight forwarder shall analyze all the factors and make the best shipping solution tailored to your needs. 
Get in touch with us, and start a stress-free shipping experience from China to Guatemala. Request a shipping solution and quote from us.Shipping cost from China to Guatemala

How much does shipping from China to Guatemala cost?

Shipping from China to Guatemala used to cost approx. $2000-3000/40ft container, and shipping cost went up 6-7 times higher after the pandemic. Similar case with air shipping. 

It’s hard to provide a general estimate of shipping cost from China to Guatemala. First of all, each shipment is different, and clients may have various requirements under some specific circumstances. Secondly, the shipping market is fast changing, sea and air freight rates fluctuate frequently, the year-on-year difference could be drastic, and price for last week may not be valid for this week. Besides, timing requirement also influences the shipping cost, the quicker you wish to receive the shipment, the more money you’ll have to spend on shipping.
Knowing how much shipping costs from China to Guatemala is essential if you into import & export business. Shipping cost is an indispensable, and sometimes could be a significant portion of the final landed cost of imported goods, especially for the low-value goods. 

Contact us now to obtain a tailored shipping solution and the latest shipping cost from China to Guatemala.

Freight forwarder shipping from China to Guatemala

Freight forwarder shipping from China to GuatemalaChina is home to many worldwide suppliers, yet shipping from China isn’t always straightforward.

Handling shipments from China to Guatemala is a tough job, and everybody’s got his expertise, using a freight forwarder will save time and energy for you. Using an experienced freight forwarder to handle your shipments from China to Guatemala allows you focus more on your main business, to bring the best out of you. With the help of a professional freight forwarding team, your shipment will be well planned and carried out smoothly, avoiding delay and potential extra charges, and freight management made easier than ever.

As one of the top China based freight forwarders serving Guatemala, we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to provide the most accurate answers and optimal shipping solutions tailored to your needs. Leave it to the expert, and you are freed from all the troubles and complexity of shipping and logistics. 

Door to door shipping from China to Guatemala

Moreover, we have reps in Guatemala and have been working with other local freight forwarders as well. By combining our freight forwarding services with their networks, we present clients the easiest one-stop door to door shipping solution from China to Guatemala.
Whether by sea or by air, door to door shipping from China to Guatemala is easy with us.

How to ship from China to Guatemala

Step 1: Contact a freight forwarder; a China based one is preferred.
You may reach out to a freight forwarder either from China or in Guatemala. While a Guatemalan forwarder is most likely to rely on a Chinese local shipping agent. So China based forwarder is better, as the majority of complexities and uncertainties of international cargo shipping lie in origin, not in destination.
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Step 2: Get a shipping quote from China
Step 3: Connect freight forwarder with supplier, the forwarder will work on the shipment and keep you updated
Step 4: Get cargo insurance (optional)
Step 5: Arrange customs clearance
Or you can just rely on us for a door to door shipping solution from China to Guatemala.

Why us when importing and shipping from China to Guatemala

Door to door shipping solution from China to Guatemala by sea and air freightWe are China based freight forwarder specialized and experienced in international logistics for China-Guatemala import & export business. Through years of effort on China-Latin America trade lane, we have developed service agreements with the best sea and air shipping carriers. This allows us to offer various shipping solutions, routes and schedules from China to Guatemala at fair rates with space guarantee especially in peak seasons. 
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As a leading China freight forwarder serving Guatemala, we have the knowledge and expertise to fulfill a fast and safe delivery of shipment while ensuring the best-in-class cargo shipping experience.

Contact us if you are interested in shipping from China to Guatemala (Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Barrios, Guatemala City, Santo Tomas de Castilla, etc.). Whether you are shipping standard sea container, air cargo, refrigerated or oversized cargo, we have the answer. Get a tailored shipping solution and quote from China to Guatemala.
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