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Direct Routes: Shanghai

Stress-free and affordable international freight forwarding services

FCL, Full container load

Effortless Shipping

LCL, Less than container load

24/7 Tracking

UK-Based Support

Import and Export from the UK to Shanghai

Shipping goods from Shanghai to the UK can be a daunting experience for many businesses and organisations.

Over the course of GCL's 30-year history, we have built strong and trusted relationships with key shipping and airlines from Shanghai to the UK, to ensure your consignment arrives safely and on time to its final destination.

FCL, Full Container Load

Full Container Load (FCL)

Utilising full container loads is the most cost-effective method of importing goods to the UK from Shanghai. 

With a flat-rate, per container fee, FCL is an affordable method to transport your consignment.

If your consignment won't fill a container, you have two options: 

  • Wait until you accumulate enough order to make a full load

  • Import as 'Less than Container Load' (LCL)


Less than Container Load (LCL)

Less than Container Loads (LCL) is an ideal method to import smaller freight quantities from Shanghai to the UK.

LCL involves multiple, smaller consignments from various shippers sharing a shipping container which ultimately reduces the costs of renting and transporting a container as you only pay for the space your goods occupy.

LCL, Less than container load
Air freight, air cargo

Air Freight

Albeit the more cost-effective option, sea freight can take weeks to reach the UK. 

If you require your consignment to reach the UK border quickly, air freight may be a better option for you, however, it can be considerably more expensive than sending an LCL or FCL from Shanghai to the UK via ocean freight.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship From Shanghai to the UK?

Freight shipping rates rise and fall due to numerous external and environmental factors. At GCL, we believe in accuracy and transparency, that's why we base our freight forwarding quotes on the following criteria.

Freight Demand


Consignment Contents

Mode of


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No matter how or where you want your consignment transported, we can provide optimal routing quotations to suit both your time requirements and budget.


Contact our friendly team of experts today for more information on how we can help.

Our Airline Partners

Why Choose GCL Logistics?


Working in conjunction with multiple air and shipping lines means that we can offer more flexible shipping times to suit your requirements and budget.

Competitive Pricing

Competitive Rates

Importing and exporting can be costly for SMEs. We work with our long-established global partners to provide the most competitive rates for our customers.

Simple Pricing

Simple Pricing

Freight forwarding can involve multiple costs, including insurance, tracking and customs clearance. Our quotes are broken down so you can see exactly what you're paying for.

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