Many international traders choose sea freight because it is cost-effective, and efficient, especially for heavy cargo. If you are importing a large number of items, the best option is to ship them as a full container load (FCL) at a flat rate. If your goods aren’t enough to fill a container, you can import them as a less-than-container-load (LCL) shipment.
If your shipment will fill a shipping container, or if you can wait until you have enough orders to make a full load, FCL is the way to go. LCL allows many importers shipping small consignments to share a shipping container, and pay a per-volume fee for the space occupied. The cost of LCL shipping is determined by the volume and weight of your goods. Perhaps your cargo will only take up half of a shipping container’s capacity. In that case, LCL is a cost-effective and practical option. You won’t have to bother about container sizes and types because your freight forwarder will handle it for you.
If you need your goods transported quickly, the long transit times of ocean freight might not deliver your goods from China to the United Kingdom on time. Using air freight will reduce your transit time from 25-40 days to about 10 days. Airfreight from China to the UK is considerably more expensive than sea freight, but for small consignments, it may cost the same as LCL.