Shipping from China to Romania by Air, Sea & Rail Freight

Shipping from China to Romania is a huge industry and there is a large market in Romania for Chinese made products.

Matic-Shipping can handle all of your order specifics and we’ll make sure whatever your needs, large or small, express or regular, you’ll have all the information you need to make the best deal.

Contact us today for a quote on your freight shipping and we’ll do our best to get the best deal for you.

Door to Door shipping from China to Romania

Our professional freight forwarding service offers DDP shipping from China to Romania.

We use LCL consignment shipping by sea shipping, air freight, rail freight and truck freight and we have competitive prices as well as offering an economic and timely service that ensures your goods are handled safely at each step.

We offer door to door delivery as well as a service that delivers to Amazon FBA warehouses and other business addresses. Shipping time is 30-35 days.

Importing from China to Romania

When you’re importing to Romania from China, you need to take into account many factors. These include:

  • Customs regulations of China
  • Customs regulations of Romania
  • Import and export regulations and restrictions of China
  • Import and export regulations and restrictions of Romania
  • Shipping documents
  • The method of transport that is suitable for your goods in terms of it being suitable for the goods and in terms of your budget.
  • The route your goods will take using your method of transport 

As there is a lot to consider, it’s imperative that you find a carrier that can meet your needs and give you sufficient information on the various factors as well as providing a service that simplifies things for you.

SINO Shipping not only can provide you with the information you need to decide which method of shipping to use and which documents you need, but we provide a service that will take care of much of the logistical work for you, freeing up your time to concentrate on your business’s core function. Contact SINO Shipping today.

Shipping Methods from China to Romania:

We’ll give you an estimate for the price of your shipping. However, it is also a good idea for you to have some background knowledge on the different methods before you start ordering so you can help make the choice that’s best for you.

There are many options to take when shipping from China to Romania, each with its own advantage and disadvantages. You can ship by Courier service, air freight, railway freight and sea freight.

Below we’ll give you an overview of each method and their pros and cons.

Express Shipping freight From China to Romania:

Express shipping is the quickest methods to get your goods from China to Romania. Wherever you are in Europe, Express freight times are around the same.

Goods shipped by express freight take 3-5 business days and up to 3-7 calender days in total.

Express shipping courier services can ship your goods with a door to door service, taking them from the factory direct to your final address.

There are many express courier services, some of the most well known are UPS, TNT, FedEx and EMS.

Each one of these has lots of experience and are known for being reliable too, so you can be sure that your goods are in safe hands.

These carriers ship by a variety of ways, including air, sea, truck and train, to give you a smooth service. As we mentioned before they can pick up the goods at almost any location and deliver them to your destination of choice, such as your home address, factory or business address, or even directly to customers too.

The door to door service can be used for a variety of sizes and weights of goods.

Lighter items will travel by air freight, which is of course faster, while very heavy items might need to be shipped by sea, which will take a longer time.

Express shipping is the fastest option for you to send your goods, however that speed also means that you’ll need to pay a premium and it is the most expensive option also.

Air freight from China to Romania:

Air freight is another fast service for shipping your goods from China to Romania. Air freight is among the quickest options for delivery and normally will take around 3-8 days to deliver.

If you’re shipping small and/or high value items, this might be the best option for you as they spend less time in transit getting from A to B.

However, be aware that air freight, especially for larger items, is going to be much more expensive that sea freight of shipping overland.

If your items are very large then you won’t be able to ship them by air, as planes have weight and volume restrictions.

Air freight also has a large carbon footprint, which means that its not very environmentally friendly when it comes to shipping methods either.

If you’re shipping by air, you must also take into account the delivery from the Airport to the your destination. You’ll also need to take into account customs processes at the airport.

However, if you’re using a door-to door service then necessary arrangements can be made to get your product from the airport to your final destination address. Please contact SINO shipping about this service and we’ll give you the best deal we can.

Air freight can be classified into general cargo and special cargo. Special cargo may be subject to additional inspections or regulations, so make sure you are aware of whether your cargo is special or general and adjust your logistic plans accordingly.

Examples of general cargo areElectronics, Jewellery, Pharmaceuticals, Personal accessories such as watches or purses.

Special Cargo includes: Fragile items, Dangerous items, like certain chemicals, Items that need to be temperature-controlled, such as seafood.

What are fragile items?

Fragile items are items that can be easily broken. Commonly this includes glass based objects as well as antiques. Items made of crystal or ceramic are also likely to be classified as fragile items.

Fragile items need extra care and attention in the packing and shipping phases, so make sure you let your shipper know exactly what you are shipping and then special arrangements can be made if you are shipping fragile items.

We’ll do our best to ensure that your special and/or fragile items are packaged and secured so they can arrive at your

destination without being damaged.

The Top International Freight Airlines from China to Romania:

Federal Express, UPS, British Airways, China Airlines, Asiana Airlines, All Nippon Airways

Top Chinese airports for exports from China to Romania:

Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Shanghai, Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Kunming Changshui International Airport, Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

Airports in Romania for importing from China:

Bucharest Henri Coanda airport, Cluj-Napoca airport, Timisoara airport, Isai airport, Sibiu airport,

Advantages of Air Freight: Air freight is quick: if you need something shipped to a tight time frame then air freight makes sense.

Disadvantages of Air Freight: Air freight is much more costly than shipping by sea or overland, especially with large or heavy items.

There may also be more constraints on the type of item that can be shipped by air, according to laws and airline regulations.

Railway/Train Freight from China to Romania:


Railway freight is becoming an interesting and innovative way to send goods, while traditionally sea freight has been the most popular way to ship goods from Asia, now we are seeing a rise in Railway shipping which many are seeing as a great alternative to historical modes of shipping.

We can see railway freight as being a ‘middle ground’ between air and sea freight in terms of pricing and delivery time. Railway freight is quicker than sea freight, but also cheaper than air freight in terms of the cost to weight ratio.

If you’re looking to ship frequently but not extremely urgently, then train-based freight shipping may be the perfect solution for you.

With train-based freight you’ll be able to ship small to medium consignments fairly quickly across the continent, meaning your business may be able to tailor itself to your clients requests.

Railway shipping is also much more versatile when it comes to the type of goods and cargo that can be shipped. Pallets, cartons, crates, as well as perishable items such as food can be shipped via rail.

Railways services can also handle special items that need to be transported at specially controlled temperatures. Railway shipping also is able to handle more complex and bulky good that might have trouble fitting into either planes or ships.

However, do be aware that not everything can be shipped by rail and there are limitations on certain items such as dangerous items, it is also not recommended to ship small and high value items via rail so please research before you decide on this option.

Train freight is normally shipped in containers and when you’re booking your delivery, you can choose from Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL).

Less than Container Load (LCL):

This is suitable for small quantities of goods and when air freight is too expensive. Because the quantity is less than a container, it will cost less than full container shipping.

However, there might be a small additional time to wait LCL delivery involves the consolidation (packing) and deconsolidation (unpack) of your goods from the rest of the container items prior to departure and after arrival.

If you’re ok with your goods sharing space with other goods from other companies, then LCL shipping (also known as groupage) offers a more economical way to ship smaller quantities that make up less than half of the volume of a full container.

Full Container Load (FCL):

As the name suggests, this method of shipping uses the full shipping container and is thus suitable for loads that are at least that quantity.

If your individual quantities are less than the container, you could LCL or employ a strategy of bundling multiple orders into one container. Flat-rate pricing makes FCL shipping a good deal.

Which is better FCL or LCL?

In terms of overall value, FCL is cheaper as you are paying a flat fee for the container while with LCL you will pay according to the volume your cargo takes up.

FCL might also take less time moving through customs as you own the whole container and there is no need for complicated un-packaging.

LCL is the better option if your consignment is much smaller than a full container, but if your cargo is over 50% of a container then it might pay to look into whether the overall cost of a FCL works out cheaper than LCL shipping.

Train/Rail freight from China to Romania

Our service can arrange your shipment from China to Romania via rail and we can also provide a service that will facilitate the smooth payment of taxes and other legal formalities such as customs clearance.

With our service we’ll make it so you place the order and give us the necessary details and then we’ll handle all the administration to get your consignment to Romania from China.

With our service all you’ll need to do is order than then wait for the cargo to arrive to the destination of your choosing.

Items prohibited railway freight:

As with all transport methods, there are some items that cannot be shipped via rail. These include: Electronics (tablets, cell phones), Liquids, Powders, Knives, Weapons, Other hazardous items. If you are unsure or need more guidance then please contact us.

Main Railway routes coming out of China to Central Europe.

Wuhan, Chongqing, Suzhou, Zhengzhou, Yiwe.

Advantages of rail freight: Freight by rail is quicker than sea shipping.

In terms of cost, it can be an economical option if air freight charges are too expensive for your needs. Rail shipping is also fairly flexible with regards to items that can be transported and it can handle a large variety and sizes of items and you can calibrate your order with FCL and LCL options.

Disadvantages of rail freight: Rail freight is slower than air freight.

There are also some limitations to rail freight and it may not be suitable for small, high value items. In terms of cost, it is more expensive than sea freight, so this is another thing you need to factor in when choosing your method of transport.

Sea Freight shipping service from China to Romania:


Sea freight is perhaps the most popular way of shipping from China to Romania. Sea freight shipping comes with increased versatility compared to air freight with a much larger variety of goods able to be shipped as well as goods in larger quantities and sizes, including large items such as cars.

However, sea freight takes a much longer time than air freight and items can take up to a month (35-40 days) to arrive, which is also dependent on the specific ports of departure and arrival.

Like rail freight, sea freight also generally operates on the FCL (Full Container Load) and LCL (Less than Container Load). Prices and delivery time can vary with either option, so make sure you know the differences. Get in contact with us if you have any questions.

When you’re choosing between LCL and FCL, some other points to consider are:

  • Are you ok with your goods sharing a container with other goods from a different company? If so, then LCL might be suitable for you.
  • How big is your order? If it’s over 50% of a container, you should compare the prices of FCL and LCL, as getting a full container may be a better deal, even if you can’t fill it completely.
  • How important is time? FCL will be a bit quicker, because your goods won’t need to be consolidated and de-consolidated at ports of departure and arrival.
  • Can your business fill a container in a timeframe that makes sense to ship them together?
  • Do you wish to seal the container throughout the transportation process? FCL is your choice. 

Top Chinese seaports for exports to Romania:

Shanghai, Shenzhen, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin

Main Romania seaports for imports.

Port of Constanta, Port of Tulcea, Port of Midia, Port of Basarabi, Port of Sulina, Port of Mangalia, Port of Kalarasi, Port of Calafat.

Advantages of Sea freight: Sea freight is the cheapest method of global transport so if that’s your priority then sea freight might be the best option for you.

It also allows for a wide variety of items to be shipped. Sea freight has a lower carbon footprint than air freight. It also allows you the option of FCL or LCL so you can make a choice suited to your business’s needs.

Disadvantages to sea freight: While sea freight is the cheapest option, it’s also likely to be the slowest one. So if your business is operating to urgent timescales you might need to take this into account.

What are the factors that affect shipping costs?

Shipping costs can vary according to many factors, these include the capacity of the system as well as the demand for sea freight.

Fuel prices and the macro-economical situation of Chinese and/or Romania can also play a part. Different times of year may also have a role in the price of shipping by sea freight.

Chinese exports can be busier in January and within the third quarter of the year between July and September.

The price of FCL and LCL shipping can also change and won’t be stable throughout the year. FCL rates will be stable for around 2 weeks while LCL rates can last a bit longer for up to a month.

So make sure that you have up-to-dates quotes for your shipping as the price at one time of the year won’t necessarily be the same later.

How much does it cost to ship from China to Romania?

The price of importing goods to Romania from China varies according to many factors including the type of good, the method of shipping, and the size of the goods, as well as your chosen freight forwarder service.

How to find the cheapest way to ship?

There are many ways to reduce costs when shipping from China to Romania and to expand your business.

Identify the product to import

Knowing what product you are importing and its particular restrictions or customs payable can help you to be better informed and make a strategic plan for shipping that factors in special costs. You’ll be able to better budget your importing plans.

Shop around for different suppliers

If you want to make it in business you need to be aware that there are many different shipping services available, so make sure you look around the market for the one that suits not only your budget for any specific logistical needs you have.

Ask you forwarding service about packaging material

Packaging material may not always come to mind as being something to worry about, but even though it’s relatively small in comparison to your cargo, it can add up, in both weight and volume, and the more weight, the more expensive your consignment will be. Packaging material itself also costs money, so make sure to ask your freight forwarding service about packaging materials as most provide them as part of the service.

Pay attention to the time of year

In peak seasons, you’ll pay more for shipping as the system will be much busier. If you plan on regularly shipping from China to Romania, then get to know when the peak seasons are and schedule your shipping timetable accordingly.

How do I know what method is right for me?

Of course there are many factors to consider. If you’re looking for a company with experience and knowledge of the shipping process, then contact SINO Shipping today for a quote or estimate on your costs for shipping from China to Romania.

What documents do I need to ship from China to Romania?

  • Single Administrative Document. This is the declaration document that you write to customs.
  • Bill of lading, also known as an air waybill, sea waybill, or courier waybill. This is required for every shipment and serves as a contract between you and the carrier.
  • Entry summary declaration
  • Certificates of Origin
  • CMR
  • Packing list
  • CIMconsignment not
  • Certificate of shipment
  • Invoice 

Every shipping calibration is different and you won’t necessarily be required to produce all of these documents. However, guard yourself from delays and hold-ups by being well-informed and up-to-date about the regulations in both China and Romania.

You are also welcome to consult with us about your paperwork needs. We also provide a service that takes care of these legal formalities for you as long as you provide us with the necessary information.

We have a lot of experience working with customs and tax documents, so we can help you make this experience smooth.

Why Choose SINO Shipping as your freight forwarder between China and Romania?

We offer the following services

We offer a free service of picking up goods from your factory or from your supplies. We also offer free packaging cartons to make sure your goods are neatly stored. We’ll also check your packaging and appearance of the cargo before it’s sent out.

In terms of border crossings, we can assist you with your commercial invoices and both export and import customs clearance for all of your shipments.

We can also help with insurance for your shipments to protect you from damage and any required certificates.

Our office is open 24/7 and we’re always on hand to help you with any of your enquiries, no matter how big or small. Just let us know what your needs are and we’ll do our best to come up with the right solution for you.

We can also help you make fruitful negotiations with your Chinese suppliers and help guide you through the buying and importing phase at each step, if you need this.

We’ll also help you source Chinese suppliers based on your needs and specifications.

If you have any unusual or unorthodox requests please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.

There is always a solution and we have the experience to find it!.

Even though you won’t be handling this process yourself, it’s important to know a little about how the process works so you can work through logistics and potential pitfalls with your forwarder.

What are the steps for importing from China to Romania?

Step 1: Familiarise yourself with trade laws in China and Romania.

Each country has different rules and regulations when it comes to shipping. Make sure you’re aware of this and that the goods you want to import to Romania are allowed by law.

Laws can also change so make sure you are up to date with the current legal frameworks when it comes to both China and Romania. You also need to be aware of what documentation you need to export from China and to Import to Romania.

Our service at SINO Shipping can help you navigate this often complex world of exports and imports.

Just let us know what your needs are and we’ll do our best to help you.

Step 2: Decide what to import

There are many businesses already importing to Romania from China. If your company is joining the market you will need to research in both China and Romania.

In China you can research the market of suppliers and locate the supplier that can offer you the best service that matches your needs.

In Romania you should be aware of similar importers and what they are offering too as this will help you assess whether there will be an adequate demand for the goods you want to import, as well as estimated sales and adjusting your budgets accordingly.

Another option to find out what’s available. Chinese suppliers may have the capacity to make things that you didn’t realise were an option.

Check out Chinese commerce websites and online supplier marketplaces to get an idea of what’s available and ready to go. It might stoke your imagination and creativity and you could even end up finding a gap in the market.

Step 3: Choose a shipping method

There are a few different ways to import into Romania from China. Air freight, sea freight and rail freight are the most common ways. Each one comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, air-freight is quick but expensive, while sea freight is slow but cheap. You’ll need to weigh up, literally and figuratively, what makes sense for your budget and your company’s obligations to its clients and the cost of shipping quickly can make up for the additional expenses of air or rail freight.

If you’re not sure which method is the best for you, then please get in contact with us and we’ll do our best to come up with a shipping plan that works for you and your business.

What does Romania Import from China?

Romania imports many goods from around the world. Below is a list of some of the most popular imports. This will give you a good idea of the items you can consider importing.

Top Romanian imports

Electronic machinery

Motor vehicles & parts

Industrial machinery


Oil & Mineral fuels


Iron & steel





Chemical products


Animals feed

Precision instruments

Men’s clothing

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs)

Cell phone cases

Professional gaming headsets

Baby food

Pre-packaged snack foods



Scarves and shawls


Bus parts and accessories

Luggage and travel bags

Self-defense supplies

CCTV cameras

Water treatment supplies and appliances

Cables for electronics


Musical instruments


Fireproofing materials

What items are prohibited from being imported to Romania from China?

All countries have their specific restrictions as to what items are prohibited or restricted. You’ll need to determine what restrictions apply and whether your goods are ok to be imported across the border.

Doing research in advance is recommended to prevent any shocks that might occur if you try to import and find out that your goods don’t meet requirements.

The lists below gives examples of items prohibited to be imported, but make sure to keep up to date with your product as the rules may change.

Examples of prohibited items for import into Romania:

Animal products

Beverages and spirits

Dangerous goods, comb materials

Firearms, parts of

Fire extinguishers


Inorganic and organic chemicals


Medical samples

Mineral fuels


Precious metals and stones


Publications prejudicial to political, social and moral order

Plastics and articles thereof

Weapons and parts of weapons.

Example of restricted items imports into Romania

Alcoholic beverages

Animal products/skins


Bunker oil sample (for analysis)


Chemicals, non-hazardous

Circuits and circuit board

Coffee and coffee samples

Cologne and perfume

Communications equipment

Compact disc and diskettes

Computer software, components and parts


Cotton seed

Drugs: prescription and non-prescription




Grain samples



Laser disc

Medical/dental supplies and equipment

Military equipment

Oil products

Plants and plant products

Precious metals and stones

Radios, radar equipment – transmitters and receivers

Where can I find Suppliers in China

Your suppliers are important to your business and China likely has many potential candidates. It’s important to do your research diligently here as building a good relationship with a good supplier can make a big difference to your business.

Check out online marketplaces of Chinese suppliers.

This will give you a good idea of what’s available and what the prices are. As well as prices, be sure to check services offered, as this can also play a huge part in determining what supplier works for you.

If you’re in China, then visiting business and trade fairs can also be a fruitful opportunity to meet potential suppliers face to face as well as seeing products up close too.

SINO Shipping can help you with suppliers and we offer a service of sourcing suppliers based on your requirements and business needs. Just send us a message and we’ll endeavour to provide you with the best service. We’ll also help you in any negotiations with suppliers.

What tax do I have to pay when importing to Romania from China

There is a 19% VAT fee added to imported goods at Romanian customs. However, there may be additional fees and taxes according to the type of item you are importing.

Make sure you have sufficient and up-to-date knowledge about Romanian and Chinese customs fees when you begin your importing process.

This will help prevent any unforeseen charges that may occur if you have not realised the tax on certain items of quantities of items. If you’re unsure about this, we’ll give you expert advice on charges and we also offer a service to help take your goods through customs smoothly by dealing with the formalities.

Our door-to-door service means we’ll take care of the custom and taxes process and deliver your goods direct to your address or client’s address. Just let us know if you would like this service.

What are Incoterms?

Incoterms refers to the internationally recognised rules governing global trade. These rules refer to the various responsibilities along supply chains.

Such rules could be who is responsible for monitoring shipments or making payments at certain stages in the process. Make sure you’re familiar with them.

Hire a freight forwarder

Shipping items can be complicated which means that most businesses choose to hire a freight forwarding service that can handle the logistics of getting your goods from A to B.

Freight forwarding companies are professional businesses with lots of experience. SINO Shipping can offer you a great deal, tailored to your needs, on shipping worldwide and from China to Romania.

Not sure where to start?

Send us a message and we’ll do our best to walk you through any and all of the processes needed when it comes to shipping from China to Romania.

We’re happy to work with you to your specifications.

Whether it comes to choosing the method of shipping, working out the most economical quantities to sell, insurance, paying customs, paying taxes, correct packaging. Just let us know what you need and we’ll be happy to help.

Shipping From China to Romania– Frequently Asked Questions:

What import taxes will I have to pay for Romanian customs?

There is a 19% VAT fee added to imported goods at Romanian customs. However, there may be additional fees and taxes according to the type of item you are importing.

Make sure you have sufficient and up-to-date knowledge about Romanian and Chinese customs fees when you begin your importing process.

This will help prevent any unforeseen charges that may occur if you have not realised the tax on certain items of quantities of items.

If you’re unsure about this, we’ll give you expert advice on charges and we also offer a service to help take your goods through customs smoothly by dealing with the formalities.

Our door-to-door service means we’ll take care of the customs and taxes process and deliver your goods direct to your address or client’s address. Just let us know if you would like this service.

What’s the cheapest way to ship from China to Romania?

The cheapest way to ship from China to Romania is via Sea shipping.

However, be aware that sea shipping is slower than both rail and air freight. You also need to choose between FCL and LCL shipping.

FCL shipping means you rent the whole container while LCL means you rent only a portion of a container that you share with others. Whether you choose FCL or LCL will depend on the quantity of your goods and your specific business needs.

If you want your goods to be separate from other businesses then FCL is for you.

FCL may also be more economical with larger quantities of your goods. LCL works with smaller quantities and when you don’t mind your cargo sharing space in a container.

How can I reduce the cost of shipping?

Self packing your items can reduce your costs, however, be aware that items for worldwide shipping need to be packed according to certain standards.

SINO Shipping offers a packing service that packs according to the highest standards, so be sure to weigh up the benefits and costs of self packing.

What type of boxes should I use for packing?

You should always use new boxes. Old boxes may look sturdy, but new boxes are more likely to last and you can buy them according to shipping standards.

Unsure? Send us a message and we’ll guide you towards purchasing the best packaging material.

Do I need insurance?

While most of the time, your goods will be properly packed and transported without any problems, there is always a small chance they could be damaged or even stolen.

Therefore we always recommend insurance for your goods. We’re happy to work with you on finding the best option.

What is the best way to protect fragile items?

Let us know if your item is extra fragile and we’ll pack it to a high standard to protect against any breakages.

When will my payment be due?

Your Payment is due after goods ship. If factory pickup is part of our service then the payment will be due after the pickup of your goods.

You’ll also be able to track your good worldwide as we will provide you with a unique tracking number, ensuring your peace of mind.

Which payment methods do you accept?

T/T transfer


Western Union

Cash in RMB (Chinese currency)

If I choose you to be my forwarder, how to begin to cooperate with you?

Firstly, send us an email with your specifications and then our expert customer service team will work with you to start a fruitful process of cooperation that will take care of your shipping and logistical needs.

Do I need to be present when my container is delivered?

In cases of containers, we do require that either you or an authorised representative is present for the delivery.

Can I track my order online?

We give each order a tracking number which means you’ll be able to follow your item across the world as it makes its way to you.

What items should not be shipped.

The following items are not recommended to be shipped.

  • Important family documents.
  • Guns
  • Seeds or live plants
  • Open bottles
  • Hazardous & flammable liquids
  • Alcohol

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