Sea container, air cargo shipping from China to Tanzania|UCS

Freight forwarder, shipping from China to TanzaniaTanzania is located east of Africa's Great Lakes north of Mozambique and south of Kenya, it has a coastline at the Indian Ocean in east. It’s the 13th largest country in Africa and the 31st largest in the world. (In 2021) The bilateral trade between China and Tanzania has developed rapidly, with the trade volume reaching 6.74 billion US dollars, up 47.1% year on year. Among them, Tanzania's exports to China amounted to 606 million US dollars, up 47.3% year on year, and the growth rate was faster than the average level in Africa.

If you are an importer from Tanzania, keep reading and explore a full guide into shipping from China to Tanzania. We’ll cover as many aspects as possible, which you may encounter when doing business with China, shipping method, timing, costs, how to choose the best way to ship, and how a freight forwarder can help with your China-Tanzania shipment. 

Sea freight and air freight are the most common shipping methods from China to Tanzania. There are many freight forwarders that offer container shipping and air cargo transport services, but we can do more. It’s vital to work with one who understands your needs and always carries out tailored shipping solution from China to Tanzania.

Sea freight from China to Tanzania

If you are on a budget, looking for the least expensive way of shipping your goods from China to Tanzania, sea freight is the affordable solution. Sea cargo is often shipped in containers with container ships, sometimes with bulk ships or RO-RO ships. Low cost is one of its feature, and due to its large shipping capacity, sea freight is able to transport goods in bulk quantity and cargo of large size or overweight. What’s more, almost everything can be shipped by sea, even those classified as dangerous goods by airlines and railway. In a word, sea freight is economically and environmentally superior to other modes of shipping, especially over long distance for goods in bulk or equipment of large size. 

Sea freight, shipping from China to Tanzania by seaFCL (Full container load): shipping a container filled with goods exclusively for one client from China to Tanzania. Generally, we offer FCL shipping service to Tanzania with 20ft container and 40ft container (20GP, 40GP and 40HQ). FCL is more cost efficient.
LCL (Less than container load): 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. If you don’t have enough cargo to fill an entire container, our consolidation (LCL shipping) service from China to Tanzania is always available.

Besides regular FCL, LCL shipments, if you are shipping OOG cargo from China to Tanzania, we’d recommend flat rack or open top container solution. When shipping temperature-sensitive products, we can provide reefer container solution. For large and bulk shipments, vehicles and wheeled cargo, breakbulk and RO-RO ships are the answer. 

As a leading China based freight forwarder serving Tanzania, we have presence covering all the major Chinese ports, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, etc. We offer port to port, door to port and door to door freight solutions from China to Tanzania, depending on your specific requirements. Considering the final destination, we’ll transport your cargo via the most convenient port in Tanzania, such as Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mtwara.

If you are looking to ship containers or other shipments by sea, we got the one-stop solution for you. Request a sea freight quote from us.

Major ports in Tanzania

Sea freight, container shipping from China to Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDar es Salaam
Dar es Salaam port is Tanzania’s principal port. The Port has a total quay length of about 2,600 meters with eleven deep-water berths. 
Dar es Salaam port acts as a gateway for commerce and trade for Tanzania, handling about 95% of the Tanzania international trade, also serves the landlocked countries Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.
The busiest port of Tanzania, the fourth biggest facility on Africa’s Indian Ocean Coast

Zanzibar port is located on the western coast of the island of Zanzibar, just 60 kilometers from Dar Es Salaam. It has a natural harbor protected by a barrier of coral reefs. Large cargo vessels are unable to berth at the port hence their cargoes are transported through lighters. Ferry services ply from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam port every day.
Sea freight, container shipping from China to Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Tanga port is located on the northern coast of Tanzania near the border of Kenya. Known as the longest-serving facility of the East African region, Tanga is the second biggest port in the country having two shallow berths. 
The port is strategically positioned to serve the northern part of the country including the region of Kilimanjaro, Manyara, the lake zone and neighboring nations of Burundi, Rwanda and Northern Uganda.

The port of Mtwara is the third major deepwater port of Tanzania lying at the mouth of the Mturara River in the southern part of the country, just 20 kilometers from the border of Mozambique. Mtwara port also serves Malawi, Mozambique and Eastern Zambia.

Air Freight from China to Tanzania

Air freight, shipping from China to Tanzania by airIf your supply chain has a robust enough shipping budget and requires a rapid transit from China to Tanzania, air freight is the right choice for your business. Maybe you choose air freight to accelerate a delayed project by reducing the shipping time, maybe you are simply having a pressing deadline, or the cargo itself is perishable, can’t wait one month travelling across the ocean from China to Tanzania. Whatever it is, it’s the one solution when time is more important than cost. Another advantage is, shipping by air is ensured a higher level of security, that’s why most people prefer air freight when shipping high-value products from China to Tanzania.

We have developed strong relationships with major air carriers and established a vast network of air cargo transportation, offering daily and weekly cargo flights from China’s main airports to Tanzania. 
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.
Our shipping options include airport-to-airport, door-to-airport and door-to-door services from China to Tanzania.

Unlike sea freight, there are quite a lot of products rejected by airlines, some may be dangerous goods, and some may be too large to fit in the cargo plane. 
Consult our team if you are looking for air shipping service from China to Tanzania, get the most professional advice and request an air freight quote

Chief airport in Tanzania

Air cargo shipping from China to Dar es Salaam (DAR) airport of TanzaniaDar es Salaam International Airport
Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA: DAR) is the international airport of Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania. It is located approximately 12 kilometres southwest of the city center.
The airport was formally known as Dar es Salaam International Airport (DIA) before it was renamed in 2006 in honor of Julius Kambarage Nyerere (photo), the first President of the United Republic of Tanzania who died in 1999.
DAR airport serves flights to and from different destinations including Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Currently there are two terminals, terminal 1 and terminal 2. 

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

Shipping from China to Tanzania takes 25-35 days by sea, and 3-7 days by air. The number of days may vary if you are chooing different origin, destination, service and route. 

China-Tanzania sea freight transit time

The transit time of shipping a container from China to Tanzania port to port ranges from 25 to 35 days.
POL(port of loading) POD(port of discharge) Transit time
Shanghai Dar es Salaam 30 days
Shenzhen Dar es Salaam 25 days
Qingdao Dar es Salaam 32 days
Transit time of cargo shipping from China to TanzaniaContainer shipping transit time by sea from Shanghai/Shenzhen/Qingdao to Dar es Salaam 
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 Tanzania.
Above transit time is for full container load shipping, port to port only, for LCL shipping time estimate, pls add 7-10 days.

China-Tanzania air shipping transit time

Cargo air shipped from China to Tanzania usually takes 3-7 days, depending on the chosen service and flight route. 

If you have an urgent order and need the fastest speed possible, make sure you contact us and get the best service and route for your China-Tanzania shipment. Get an air shipping solution and freight quote from us.

How much does shipping from China to Tanzania cost?

cost of shipping from China to TanzaniaShipping from China to Tanzania used to cost $1000-2000/40ft container, and shipping rates went up way higher after the COVID pandemic. Air shipping market is similar. 

Knowing the shipping cost is essential to business if you are importing goods from China to Tanzania. Shipping cost is an indispensable, and sometimes could be a large percentage of the final landed cost of imported goods. 

However, it’s impossible to provide a general estimate of shipping cost from China to Tanzania. 
1.    Each shipment is different, and clients may have various requirements under some specific circumstances. 
2.    The shipping market is fast changing, sea and air freight rates fluctuate frequently, affected by seasonal and strategic adjustment by carriers, as well as by law of supply and demand. The year-on-year difference could be drastic, and price for last week may not be valid for this week. 
3.    Timing requirement also influences the shipping cost, the faster you wish to receive the shipment, the more money you’ll have to spend on shipping. 

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

Freight forwarder shipping from China to Tanzania

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

Dealing with shipment from China to Tanzania yourself is time-consuming and requires certain expertise, why not leave it to a professional freight forwarder?  Everybody’s got his specialty and expertise. Using an experienced freight forwarder to handle your shipments from China to Tanzania allows you to 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 Tanzania, 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. 

The experienced freight forwarder always gives you the best shipping solution and cost from China to Tanzania tailored to your needs.

Door to door shipping from China to Tanzania

With sea and air carriers, their reach is limited, mostly their services end at seaport and airport. Through our freight forwarder service, the reach is extended, and door to door shipping is made possible.

We have representatives in Tanzania and have been working with other local Tanzanian 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 Tanzania.

Whether by sea or by air, door to door shipping from China to Tanzania is easy with us.

How to ship from China to Tanzania

Step 1: Contact a freight forwarder; a China based one is preferred.
Find a freight forwarder either from China or in Tanzania, while a Tanzanian forwarder is most likely to rely on a Chinese local shipping agent. Working directly with a China freight forwarder is more straightforward, and the majority of complexities and uncertainties of international cargo shipping lie in origin, not in destination.
More on “Why you should work with a local China freight forwarder
Step 2: Submit shipment details and 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 use us for a stress-free door to door shipping service from China to Tanzania.

Why us when importing and shipping from China to Tanzania

Door to door sea & air freight shipping solution from China to TanzaniaWe are China based freight forwarder specialized and experienced in international logistics for China-Tanzania import & export business. Through years of effort on China-Africa 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 Tanzania at fair rates with space guarantee especially in peak seasons.  
1.    Quick Response, high efficiency
2.    Communication
3.    Professionalism, agility, accuracy
4.    Our logistics expertise, local and global connections
5.    Cost-saving
6.    Dedicated, focused
7.    Higher attention & tailored shipping solution

More on Why us when importing and shipping from China to Tanzania

As one of the leading China based freight forwarder serving Tanzania, we have the logistics expertise and experience to fulfill a fast and safe delivery of shipment from China to Tanzania. We are dedicated to simplifying and improving your supply chain. Whatever you are shipping from China to Tanzania, standard sea container, air cargo, refrigerated or oversized cargo, we got you covered.

If you are considering shipping from China to Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Mtwara, etc.) whether by sea or air, contact us for the best-in-class shipping experience. 
Request a quote now for your China-Tanzania shipment.
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