SHIPPING TO ASIA

With economic powerhouses such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and Manila, including the entire Middle East, Asia offers a world of opportunity for U.S. goods manufacturers. As a result, four of the top 10 countries for American exports are located within the continent. Whatever products you may provide, Asia can provide an entirely new marketplace for your business.

Whether you are shipping heavy equipment, machinery, electronics, art, antiques, or furniture, Pack and Post is your US to Asia shipping company! We have been shipping to Asia for 30 years, and we know our business!

Our US-ASIA Shipping Services

  • Fast Shipping Quotes
  • Freight Shipping – Save up to 75%!
  • Packing and Crating
  • Small Parcel Shipping
  • Insurance
  • Consulting

Need to ship something inside Asia, from Asia to the US, or from Asia to another international destination? We can handle that too!

Items we can ship to Asia

  • Heavy Equipment – including construction, mining, farm equipment, and more!
  • Machinery and Electronics
  • Art and Antiques
  • Household goods and personal effects
  • Furniture
  • You name it!

Shipping to Asia – by Country

Consisting of 48 recognized nations and an additional 12 territories, the continent of Asia spans more than 17 million square miles. Please choose your destination country from the list below for more detailed shipping information.

  • Pending Country List

Shipping Companies – Parcel Couriers

Here is a list of companies that ship small parcels to Asia. Each company has their own strengths and weaknesses, and different rules and requirements. Let Pack and Post help you select the best carrier for your particular shipment.

FedEx

FedEx is a great choice when shipping items to most major regions within Asia, and includes regional highlights for many of the larger Asian countries, including China, India, and South Korea.

Shipping services are handled through FedEx International, which provides shipping times of anywhere from two to six business days, depending on your destination country. If you have a question about a specific Asian country not highlighted on their site, take a look at the International Shipping Services page. FedEx also provides Flat Rate International Shipping to Asia. Their 10kg box can accommodate contents up to 22lbs, and their 25kg box can accommodate contents up to 56lbs.

FedEx provides a full range of international shipping documents, including electronic trade documents. The FedEx Global Trade Manager is also a great way to obtain the profile of your destination country.

UPS

UPS International provides numerous options for shipping parcels to Asia. Best flight available through UPS Express Critical is a great service for emergency situations, while UPS Worldwide Expedited offers Asian delivery times between four and five days. All delivery options can be found here.

Keep in mind that, while UPS does include standard customs clearance fees in their rates, any additional associated brokerage fees, duties, and taxes may be charged directly to the importer.

If you’re new to shipping internationally through UPS, their International Shipping Guide can be a great starting point. Also, accessing their international forms can save a lot of time finding the right documentation for your needs.

DHL

When shipping a parcel to Asia, DHL’s Outbound International Express Delivery offers two options. Same day services are offered through DHL Jetline, DHL Sprintline, and DHL Secureline. Time definite options include international delivery by 9am, 10:30am, and noon, as well as next possible day through Express Worldwide.

Make sure you visit DHL’s customs support page for their customs glossary, paperwork guide, and duties and taxes section.

Depending on your shipment’s value, DHL could be a good choice due to their low brokerage/disbursement fee (2.5% of the declared value with a minimum of $7) according to this forum, which is lower than FedEx and UPS for many values. If you decide to ship to Asia via DHL, make sure to check the Import Guidelines.

USPS

USPS provides several shipping options to Asia, most of which are best suited for smaller, lighter parcels. Before shipping your parcel to Asia, be sure to review the Preparing International Shipments page.

USPS partners with FedEx for their Global Express Guaranteed service, which offers delivery times of 1-3 days to more than 180 worldwide destinations.

Express Mail International Flat Rate offers delivery within 3-5 business days, and is suitable for items up to 4lbs for envelopes, and 20lbs for boxes. Within Asia, USPS also provides date-specific delivery options to China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. If your parcel is between 4 and 20 lbs, Medium or Large Priority Mail International Flat Rate boxes may be a good choice . Also check regular Priority Mail International service (max length 79″ and max length plus girth 108″). If your parcel is large but light, this could be cheaper than the flat rate.

If you’d like additional information, here is a great overview.

LTL Freight Carriers

YRC

YRC Worldwide provides direct, time-definite shipping services to the Pacific Rim region of Asia, including intra-China LTL and freight forwarding. YRC also provides air and ocean freight shipping services to many other areas of Asia.

FedEx Freight

FedEx Freight provides numerous Asian shipping options.

If your freight shipment weighs less than 68kg, FedEx International Priority offers delivery times between 2-3 days, while International Economy provides 4-6 day delivery times. For freight shipments weighing more than 68kg, FedEx offers two heavyweight shipping options, with delivery times between 3-7 days.

Before shipping to Asia with FedEx Freight, check out their tariffs and surcharges schedule.

UPS Freight

UPS offers two freight services to Asia: Air and ocean. Air freight can be delivered within 1-3 business days using Worldwide Express Freight and Air Freight Direct. However, it’s important to note that Worldwide Express has a minimum palletized weight limit of 150lbs. UPS Freight Consolidated provides delivery times within 3-5 business days.

If you ship a lot of goods to Asia, UPS’s Customs Brokerage services can be a great tool at your disposal. Also, be sure to take a look at the import/export page for useful information about required documentation, restricted items, and areas served.

Con-Way

Through their alliance with APL Logistics, Con-Way Freight’s Global LTL service provides day-definite delivery to 14 ports throughout Asia. Oceanguaranteed® ships directly from Los Angeles to Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tailand, Vietnam, and seven locations throughout China.

R+L Carriers

R+L Global Logistics provides international shipping by air and sea, including Asia.

Estes

Estes provides airfreight and LCL ocean solutions to Asia through their Estes Forwarding Worldwide subsidiary. Airfreight options include next flight out and hand-couriered service.

Ocean Carriers

APM-Maersk

Maersk Lines is the largest ocean carrier company in the world, and has a solid reputation for shipping to Asia. In fact, the company was recently honored with a Supply Chain Asia award as the “best in class among operators in the region.”

See their service network page for detailed maps throughout Asia. In addition, Maersk Line’s shipping schedule can be found here, and tariff information here.

Mediterranean Shipping Company

Mediterranean Shipping Company sails 200 direct liners each week to more than 300 ports around the globe, including Asia.

Their worldwide routes page provides a brief overview of the areas they service. However, if you have a specific question about shipping goods from port A to port B, their schedule may be a good place to start.

CMA-CGM

With 650 worldwide agencies, they have an Asian container shipping service that fits your needs.

Import Duties and Taxes

Value for Duties and Taxes

Because there are 48 recognized countries within Asia, duty and tax values can vary greatly. A full list of tariff information for countries around the world can be found here. FedEx also includes an exhaustive list through their WorldTariff service (Note: This is a fee-based service).

South Korean Free Trade Agreement

Effective March 15, 2012, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement took effect, which removed a large number of tariffs associated with exporting goods from the U.S. to South Korea. The hereU.S. Trade Representative website is a good resource for additional information, including their FTA Tariff Tool and FTA Resource List.

Customs Brokerage

Mail and Small Parcel Shipments

For any items subject to duty or tax, carriers will typically pass along their brokerage fees to the consumer.

UPS does not provide a flat fee schedule for shipments into Asia, though their cost calculator can help you gauge your expenses prior to shipping.

When shipping to Asia, FedEx rates are similar to those from UPS. See the Clearance Entry Fee and Ancillary Clearance Service Fee sections of the FedEx Fees schedule. The FedEx Advancement/Disbursement fee is 2% with a minimum of $6.50.

When using DHL, standard customs clearance is included for all shipments. DHL charges a 2.5% disbursement fee with a minimum of $7.00. This is not documented on their website.

Freight Shipments

Most US – Asia freight carriers do not provide customs brokerage services. Instead, the importer typically hires a licensed customs broker to clear the shipment. FedEx Trade Networks and UPS Customs Broker are good choices when shipping with those carriers, or even when shipping with another carrier. We’ve been shipping goods to Asia for a long time, so contact us if you have questions about hiring a Asian Customs Broker.

US Export Requirements

Shipping to most countries within Asia requires similar documentation as shipping anywhere else in the world, with exception for countries with which the U.S. has a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). While not specific to only Asia, the U.S. Export.gov website provides a list and description of the most common export documents.

Tips to Save Money when Shipping to Asia

  • Select the best shipping carrier based on each company’s specific strengths and pricing methods.
  • Make sure you have considered all duties, taxes, brokerage, and miscellaneous fees. For a fast, free estimate on shipping items to Asia, contact us.
  • Check for any required licenses or permits and make sure that you are not shipping a prohibited item.
  • Consider having your item shipped to Asia directly from the US manufacturer. If the manufacturer ships frequently, they already know the associated costs and pitfalls, and may be able to get you a great shipping rate.

Additional References

Helium.com—Tips for Shipping Gifts to Asia