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Door-to-door services are end-to-end logistic services that allow to transport your goods from your warehouse / factory / home to the agreed final destination.
These services, also called “all-in” transportation solutions allow each customer to entrust his goods to a professional for a successful and efficient shipment.
As part of these services, you choose both the pick-up and delivery locations.
The staff in charge of your shipment fully take care of your goods from beginning to the end, based on your requirements and recommendations:

  • You choose the pick-up location: supplier’s factory, warehouse, port or international airport
  • You choose the final delivery location: your warehouse, your customer, your house …

These services come with all the complex administrative procedures to respect (customs clearance etc.) and enable you to get your goods delivered with complete peace of mind.

Door to Door shipping service advantage

Door to Door (DDP/DAP) shipping from China offers several significant advantages:

Advantages of DDP/DAP ShippingExplanation
ConvenienceThe shipping company handles all aspects of the shipping process from pick-up to delivery, eliminating the need for customers to manage multiple service providers or coordinate different stages of the shipping process.
Time-SavingThe shipping company handles all logistics, freeing up valuable time that business owners can use to focus on growing their business.
Customs ClearanceThe shipping company takes care of all customs procedures, including the payment of taxes and duties, simplifying the import process.
No Hidden CostsAll costs, from freight to customs duties, are calculated upfront and included in the initial quote. This transparency helps in financial planning and avoids surprises.
Reduced RiskThe shipping company assumes most of the risks associated with transportation, including potential damage during transit or customs non-compliance.
EfficiencyThe shipping company’s established procedures and good relationships with customs authorities often lead to faster delivery times.
Global ReachDDP shipping companies typically have a wide network of global partners, enabling them to deliver to almost any country in the world.

Door to Door Shipping From China: by Air or Sea or Rail?

We know that choosing the best shipping and freight options for you will vary on your unique business and shipping needs.

There are a lot of different options, so it will be important to think through which shipping method you want to use, and which party will manage your shipping needs.

Shipping Methods from China

There are multiple ways you can choose to ship something. You can send it by sea, air or rail.

Depending on what you need to ship and where you need to ship it, you may need to consider different options that can be vastly different in freight charges or costs and transit time.

Obviously, we want to help you make the best decision for your budget and shipping needs.

Door to Door Air Freight Shipping From China

You can also choose airfreight to get your packages to where they need to go. This is a good option for those that have weight requirements that are too big for couriers.

The cost to ship by airfreight is usually much lower than the courier services which can be a benefit especially if you have a large load.

This can be a pretty good option for those shipping requirements that have tight deadlines or need a higher level of security.Shipping with airfreight depending on where it’s going, and the schedule of the airlines will usually reach its destination within 2-10 days which isn’t bad for shipping times.

Once the packages land, there are some additional steps that will need to be taken with customs and documentation that will need to be dealt with instead of the big couriers handling the process for you, but again we can help you with this.These are steps that can be outsourced if it’s not something you have the time, energy, patience or know-how to deal with.

You want further information about our Air freight services?
Feel free to contact our Linkway Freight or check directly our dedicated page about Air freight services

This can be a pretty good option for those shipping requirements that have tight deadlines or need a higher level of security.
Shipping with airfreight depending on where it’s going, and the schedule of the airlines will usually reach its destination within 2-10 days which isn’t bad for shipping times.

Once the packages land, there are some additional steps that will need to be taken with customs and documentation that will need to be dealt with instead of the big couriers handling the process for you, but again we can help you with this.

These are steps that can be outsourced if it’s not something you have the time, energy, patience or know-how to deal with.

Door to Door Sea Freight Shipping From China: The Cost-Effective Option

You can also choose airfreight to get your packages to where they need to go. This is a good option for those that have weight requirements that are too big for couriers.

You should read our awesome page:

– Sea Freight from China Explained

– Air Freight Charges, Rates, & Cost

While this option can take the longest (15-60 days on average depending on where you are located and where it’s going), this is an ideal method of shipping for those who have a massive amount of goods to ship and can really be a great, economical choice assuming you have given yourself enough time to wait for the shipment.

Why sea freight is the most common shipping methods used by Chinese shipper?

Another reason this is a good choice is because the types of goods and packages sent by this method are diverse and vary greatly.

This is one of the most used options in logistics because it’s so flexible and can carry so many different types of goods and shipments.

With this mode, you will also have to take care of customs clearance and documentation and once your goods reach the port you will have to figure out how to get them from the port to your facility or warehouse.

Most people in the United States and  Canada chose to us a to-door service, which requires that you pay for your freight charges and then the additional service will make sure your goods make it to your specified address with very little hassle.  Large, bulky and extremely heavy shipments are great for this type of shipping.

Door to Door Rail Freight-Popular modes of transportation in Europe

For customers seeking an affordable Door to Door shipping solution from China, particularly to European destinations, we are excited to recommend our Door to Door Rail Cargo Service. This service provides an excellent balance between cost and time, making it an optimal choice for many. Rail shipping, due to its safety and cost-effectiveness, stands as one of the most preferred methods of shipping from China. It offers the speed superior to sea shipping, and yet comes without the high cost typically associated with air cargo.

We proudly extend our Door to Door Rail Cargo Service, to a wide range of countries. This includes European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the UK) and countries like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India, and Tajikistan.

In terms of transit time, our Door to Door Rail Cargo Service delivers your shipments from China to your desired destination within an impressive timeframe of approximately 10-15 business days.

Choose Linkway Freight for your international shipping needs and rest easy, knowing your logistics are in the expert hands of a company that truly cares about your business’s success. We’re committed to making your shipping process as efficient and straightforward as possible.

An Expert In Door-To-Door Services

Linkway Freight Everything For You!

Linkway Freight is committed to adapt to your requirements and to offer a tailored logistic service for every single customer. We can pick your goods up at the location of your choice, and deliver your shipment to any places in the world.

You are based abroad and you don’t want to travel to China?
Our teams will provide you with a full online support. We will arrange pick-up in China and delivery at your convenience.

The reverse is possible too: the process will be the same for your shipment from Europe to China, and we will ensure the same permanent follow-up during the whole shipping process.

How Does It Work?

For every single shipment, our expertise is at your service. Every step of the logistics chain will be carefully handled by an SINO expert, dedicated to provide you with a successful and hassle-free process:

  • Pick-up and transfer of your goods
  • Packing or storage services if required
  • Transport documents (packing list, commercial invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin …)
  • Handlingloading and unloading at the port or airport, customs clearance for export and import.
  • Freight to all ports / airports around the world
  • Delivery to your final address

The declared value of the goods will determine the customs duties and taxes payable by the customer.

Door to Door services from China – A step by Step Guide

A door-to-door service is made up of five physical steps and two administrative steps.
Since each step comes with significant costs, it is essential to agree with the carrier on the responsibilities of each part before transporting the goods.
Incoterms is the only tool that will enable you to clearly define responsibilities during the whole process.

Transport From The Factory To The Warehouse

The transfer of goods from the supplier’s factory to the freight forwarder’s warehouse is called the “Export Haulage”.

This first step generally includes the use of one or several trucks (possibly trains), and usually takes only a few days depending on the distance to be traveled.

The party responsible for the logistic organization and for the payment of transport for export will depend on the agreement between the supplier and the buyer.

If the agreement stipulates that the buyer is responsible for the shipment, then the buyer must arrange the transportation of the goods from the factory to the agreed final destination.

On the other hand, if the agreement stipulates that the buyer takes responsibility for the transport half-way, the sender will be in charge of the shipment since this first step.

If it is your responsibility to organize an “export haulage” because your supplier does not offer this service, contact us now for advice!

Export Customs Declaration

Customs clearance for export is required by the authorities of the country of origin to register all cargoes leaving the territory.

Customs clearance is carried out by an authorized customs broker.

A document declaring carefully every items contained in the cargo is required, as well as other supporting administrative documents (e.g. Chinese export licenses).

Again, for a fast and efficient shipment, it is essential to agree on a clear distribution of responsibilities with your supplier, in order to determine who will handle the customs declaration before departure.

Origin Handling Charges And Services

The handling of the goods before departure comes with several tasks to be performed by the freight forwarder or the agent.

The freight forwarder receives the goods after unloading the truck to proceed to a detailed inspection of the shipment.

The cargo will be accepted after inspecting the packing and controlling all the administrative documents.

Handling At The Port / Airport Of Loading

Once the shipment has been accepted, it is stored in the warehouse and loaded into a container for shipment to the agreed port / airport of destination.

The goods can be loaded on one or several containers depending on the total volume of the shipment.

If the volume is insufficient to fill an entire container, the shipment will be loaded into a shared container with goods from other customers, to reach the same final destination port.

This is what we call LCL shipments (Less than a container load).

A few days before departure, the various shipments are packed in the container and transported by truck to the port / airport. The container is stacked with other containers to be loaded on the same vessel.

The freight forwarder is always the one who is responsible of this step of the logistic chain.

However, the payment of the origin handling may be made by the supplier or the buyer, according to what has been agreed between them.

Sea Or Air Freight ?

Door-to-door service takes freight into consideration in the shipping option which will be offered. Depending on its needs and expectations, the buyer has the choice between air freight or ocean freight.

The choice of freight is influenced by two main factors:

  • The volume / weight of the goods
  • The urgency of the situation

The main difference between ocean freight and air freight is transit time.

In fact, air freight only takes a few days for an European-Asian route (for example, only 5-7 days for China-UK door-to-door) while this transit time goes up to at least one month by sea ( 40/45 days by sea freight for China-UK, door to door).

For more details on our door-to-door services, contact a SINO Shipping advisor now!

Customs Clearance On Arrival

The authorities require import customs clearance on arrival for all goods entering the country.
This step consists in declaring the goods and their values ​​in order to determine the amount of the duty payable (in case there is no exemption).

Customs clearance consists of presenting all the required documentation to the customs authorities to get the cargo released and move on with the process.

The customs clearance process can begin even before the shipment reaches its destination and must be over before the shipment crosses the country’s trade barriers.

Cargo is considered as entering the country when it crosses the border and leaves a customs zone (or international zone).

A freight forwarder, its agent or a designated customs broker may perform the customs clearance as long as they hold a valid license.

The person in charge of the customs clearance should receive all the documents required to get the process started.

Usually, the process can be started with scanned copies of the documents, even though some authorities require originals before they can fully complete the process.

Unless the Incoterm DDP applied to the shipment (Customs Duty Paid), it is the buyer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for customs clearance.

Often, it is easier to let your freight forwarder, or the agent clear your shipment, as long as they have all the necessary documents.

To learn more about customs clearance procedures, contact a Linkway Freight at your convenience!

Handling At Destination

Multiple tasks must be completed once the cargo reaches its final destination.

It begins when the shipment is received, and the documents are being verified by the agent there.

Then, the container is taken out of the storage unit at the port and transported to the destination warehouse where the cargo is inspected and sorted for delivery or collection.

Delivery To Destination

The transfer of the cargo from the warehouse to the consignee’s address is designated as “destination or import haulage”. One or several trucks (sometimes even a train) are hired to transport the goods to the warehouse.

This step can take a few days, depending on the distance.

In a door-to-door service, the transport is carried out by the forwarder who takes care of the final delivery.
The customer can also pick up the goods at the freight forwarders warehouse and then handle the final delivery on his own.
Usually, individuals / companies operating on a tight budget opt for this solution, which is obviously quite cheaper.

This chapter is all about shipment documents when using FCL services. 

I will show you what documents are necessary , what are optional and when needed 

The key point ? Prepare in time.


Certainly, let’s discuss each of the columns in the table to give you a clearer understanding:

  1. Coverage: This column indicates the geographical reach of each service. DDP/DAP Sea and DDP/DAP Air services cover many countries worldwide. DDP/DAP Rail primarily serves European Union countries , making it an ideal choice for shipping to these regions.
  2. Transit Time: This refers to the estimated time it takes for shipments to go from the point of origin to the destination. DDP/DAP Air is the fastest, typically taking between 5-8 business days. DDP Rail usually require around 20-35 business days, while DDP/DAP Sea, being the slowest, requires around 15-35 business days.
  3. Cost: This column outlines the relative costs of each service. DDP/DAP Sea is generally the cheapest option for large or heavy goods. DDP/DAP Air, while faster, tends to be more expensive. DDP/DAP Rail offers a mid-range cost, providing a balance between speed and price.
  4. Volume/Weight Limitations:DDP/DAP Sea is ideal for large volume shipments, while DDP/DAP Air is more suitable for lightweight, high-value items. DDP/DAP Rail offers versatility for a variety of shipment sizes.
  5. Customs Clearance: In all three DDP services, Linkway handles the customs clearance process, removing this concern for customers and ensuring a smooth delivery process.
  6. Delivery: All four services offer door-to-door delivery, meaning the goods are picked up from the seller and delivered directly to the buyer, providing utmost convenience.
  7. Ideal Use Case: This column suggests the best scenarios for using each service. Sea is ideal for heavy and large volume shipments that are not time-sensitive. Air is perfect for urgent, lightweight, and high-value shipments. Rail is a safe shipping method with a medium transit time.
CoverageMany countries worldwideMany countries worldwidePrimarily EU countries and some Asian countries
Transit TimeAround 25-35 business daysAround 5-8 business daysAround 10-15 business days
CostCheaper, especially for large/heavy goodsExpensive, but fasterMid-range, safer than sea and air
Volume/Weight LimitationsIdeal for large volume shipmentsSuitable for lightweight, high-value itemsVersatile for a variety of shipment sizes
Customs Clearance(DDP)Handled by LinkwayHandled by LinkwayHandled by Linkway
DeliveryDoor to DoorDoor to DoorDoor to Door
Ideal Use CaseHeavy and large volume shipments that are not time-sensitiveUrgent, lightweight, and high-value shipmentsSafe shipping method, medium transit time

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