Guide for Import from China to Türkiye

China, one of the world's largest economies, is naturally among the first countries targeted by businesses which intend to do foreign trade. Many businesses in Türkiye, who want to expand their business volume, are intending to venture into foreign trade by exporting to China. In this article, we provide information that we believe may be useful for businesses considering exporting to China.

Here are the key points to know when exporting products from Türkiye to China...

Geographical Location of China 

China is a country which covers a large part of East Asia with a surface area approaching 10,000,000 km²... China borders Vietnam, Laos, and Burma in Southeast Asia; Nepal, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in South Asia; Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan in Central Asia; and North Korea, Russia, and Mongolia in Central and Northeast Asia. 

What Does China Export the Most?

The most exported product categories from China to various countries around the world are:

  • Electric & electronic products,
  • Machinery, nuclear reactors, boilers
  • Furniture, illuminated signs, prefabricated structures,
  • Plastic
  • Vehicles

What to Export to China? What Does China Import the Most?

The most exported product categories to China can be listed as follows:

  • Electric & electronic products
  • Fossil fuels, distillation products,
  • Ore, slag and ash
  • Machinery, nuclear reactors, boilers
  • Optical, technical, medical devices

What Does China Buy Most from Türkiye?

The question "What does Türkiye export to China?" is a matter of curiosity for many businesses considering exporting to this country. When it comes to exports from Türkiye to China, industrial and construction sector products take priority. 

The most exported products from Türkiye to China can be listed as follows:

  • Marble and travertine
  • Metal ores and concentrates
  • Lead
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Zinc

Which Countries Does China Import the Most From?

According to 2021 data, China's top importing countries are:

  • South Korea - 213 billion dollars
  • Japan - 205 billion dollars
  • USA - 180 billion dollars
  • Australia - 163 billion dollars
  • China - 156 billion dollars 

What are China's Top Export Countries?

According to 2021 data, China's top exporting countries are:

  • The USA - 577 billion dollars
  • Hong Kong - 349 billion dollars
  • Japan - 165 billion dollars
  • South Korea - 148 billion dollars
  • Vietnam - 137 billion dollars 

How Much Does Türkiye Export to China?

According to 2021 data, exports from Türkiye to China amounted to 3.7 billion. In other words, the export volume, which had been 2.86 billion dollars in 2020, is gradually increasing. In the same year, our imports from China amounted to 32.2 billion dollars.

Which transportation methods are used for exports from Türkiye to China?

Businesses considering exporting from Türkiye to China can use the seaway LCL shipping method. Seaway LCL shipping is preferred by both small, large and medium-sized enterprises and is an efficient and cost-effective transportation method. You can read more about LCL shipping further down in the article.

What are the Transit Times for Exports from Türkiye to China?

Here are the ports used for exports and imports from Türkiye to China, transit times and the most commonly shipped products:

Port Transit Time Most Shipped Products
Shanghai 30 Textile, Machinery, Spare Parts, Technology
Ningbo 29 Textile, Machinery, Spare Parts, Technology
Shenzen 27 Textile, Machinery, Spare Parts, Technology
Quingdao 42 Textile, Machinery, Spare Parts, Technology
Xiamen 29 Textile, Machinery, Spare Parts, Technology
Guangzhou 29 Textile, Machinery, Spare Parts, Technology, Teknoloji
Hong Kong 32 Machinery, Spare Parts, Technology

Seaway LCL Shipping Between Türkiye and China 

With its many advantages, seaway LCL shipping is the preferred method for many businesses in export processes between Türkiye and China. 

LCL (Less Than Container Load) freight transportation can be defined as the shipment of goods that do not stuff an entire standard container, but are shipped together with the products of other companies, a process also known as consolidation. 

In LCL shipping, freight charges are shared with the shippers of other products with which the products share the container, which provides cost advantages to businesses. This method also gives you the flexibility to ship your products at any time.

What are the Mandatory Documents for Exports from Türkiye to China?

If you export to China, you need to comply with the country's laws and trade regulations to make the process go smoothly. When it comes to exports, although the document details may vary according to the product and sector, the documents required for all products can be listed as follows:

• Commercial invoice

• Detailed list of shipped products

• Bill of Lading

• Customs declaration

• Required product-related certificates

How to E-Export from Türkiye to China?

E-export is when companies offer the products they sell to their target audiences abroad through online shopping platforms. Businesses that will make e-exports from Türkiye to China need to determine the online marketplaces where they will offer their products for sale. This is followed by the transportation of the products to these platforms' warehouses abroad.

For more information on this subject, you can take a look at our article on e-export.

What is Incoterms? What to Know When Exporting to China

Incoterms can be defined as a set of standards established by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), to specify modes of delivery and the responsibilities of the parties in international commercial operations. Therefore, if you are intending to export from Türkiye to China - or to any other country - you need to be aware of your rights and responsibilities in the shipment process.

For more detailed information on the subject, you can take a look at our article on Incoterms. 

Export safely from Türkiye to China with Shipeedy Logistics! 

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