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Shipping to Port of Charleston


United States

Looking to ship from China to the Port of Charleston in USA? China-based freight forwarder CNXtrans can help you consolidate and ship your goods from China to the Port of Charleston by sea freight. Air freight is also available to an airport in or close to Charleston. Alternatively, instead of just shipping to the Port of Charleston, CNXtrans also offers full door to door shipping all the way to your address in Charleston or anywhere in USA.

About Shipping to Port of Charleston

How best to ship by sea freight from China to the Port of Charleston?

One way which CNXtrans can help you ship by sea freight from China to the Port of Charleston is on a FCL (Full Container Load) or LCL (Less Container Load) basis. If we ship this way, you will need to hire your own customs broker in Charleston to help you with customs clearance. FCL and LCL shipping do not come inclusive of any customs duties in USA and destination port charges. Both customs duties and destination port charges will be payable once the shipment has arrived in Charleston. You can either pick up the goods at the Port of Charleston or arrange to have your agent to collect the goods from the Port of Charleston and deliver all the way to your address.

Alternatively, CNXtrans can also ship by sea freight to your address in Charleston or anywhere in USA on a door to door basis. With door to door sea freight shipments from China to Charleston or anywhere in USA, CNXtrans will be able to include customs clearance service, customs duties, destination port charges and delivery all the way to your address in USA. This will save your the hassle of having to hire your own customs broker in USA or worrying about having to pay customs duties and destination port charges in USA without knowing how much they will cost. With door to door sea freight shipping from China to USA via CNXtrans, all the these costs are included upfront in the shipping fee that you pay to CNXtrans, giving you a peace of mind and all you have to do is wait for the shipment to be delivered to your door.

One more alternative that CNXtrans offers for customers looking to ship from China to Charleston is to simply ship from China to a partner warehouse located in California close to the Port of Charleston. This type of shipments will also be done on a door-to door basis meaning that the shipment will also include customs clearance, customs duties, destination port fees and delivery to the partner warehouse in California. You will not need to hire your own customs broker or pay any customs duties in USA. Once the shipment has arrived at the port warehouse in California, you will then need to make arrangements to have the goods collected from there.

Port of Charleston

The Port of Charleston is a seaport located in South Carolina in the Southeastern United States. The port's facilities span three municipalities — Charleston, North Charleston, and Mount Pleasant — with six public terminals owned and operated by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA). These facilities handle containers, motor vehicles and other rolling stock, non-containerized goods and project cargo, as well as Charleston's cruise ship operation. Additional facilities in the port are privately owned and operated, handling bulk commodities like petroleum, coal and steel.

The Port of Charleston is known for efficiently run terminals, ample capacity, reliable service and customer-centric operations at the Port of Charleston’s marine terminals and two rail-served inland ports. The Port of Charleston ensures the efficient movement of cargo between South Carolina and global markets, serving as a vital economic engine for the Southeast.

Deepening of the Port of Charleston

​On June 26, 2016, the world’s largest container ship completed its first voyage through the newly expanded Panama Canal. This $5.4B expansion project doubled the canal’s shipping capacity allowing the ability to service the largest container ships on the East Coast.

The Port of Charleston is capitalizing on the Panama Canal expansion. The current depth of the Charleston harbor is 45’, and the harbor entrance is 47’ during mean low tide. To meet the depth requirements of the largest container ships that call into the Port of Charleston, the harbor is being deepened to 52’, which will allow all post-Panamax ships to be served 24 hours a day.

Port of Charleston (At a Glance):

• Doubled cargo volumes since 2009
• Fastest-growing U.S. port
• Top 10 U.S. container port
• Investing more than $2 billion in infrastructure to ensure ample capacity and big-ship capabilities
• Achieving 52-foot depth in Charleston Harbor in 2021, marking the deepest harbor on the East Coast
• Opening the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in 2021, signifying the first new U.S. container terminal to open since 2009
• Enhancing Wando Welch Terminal to handle more cargo
• Growing and diversifying cargo base, including with retailers and e-commerce
• Expanding rail networks and intermodal capabilities

Consolidate & Ship Internationally from China via CNXtrans and Enjoy Free Warehousing Services at the CNXtrans Warehouse in China

Free Warehousing Services at the CNXtrans Warehouse

Free Unlimited Storage

CNXtrans does not charge you for storage of goods at our warehouse. Hence you can take your time to make all the orders from various suppliers that you need to make - we'll store all your goods (which have already arrived) at our warehouse until everything has arrived and you're ready to ship internationally

Free Labelling of Packages

CNXtrans does not charge you for labeling of packages at our warehouse. Whether you need us to label your packages with Amazon FBA stickers for purposes of shipping to Amazon FBA warehouses or you need us to stick on your company on your company logo, simply send the stickers to us by email ( we'll stick them on for you at no charge. 

Free Repackaging Service

CNXtrans does not charge you for repackaging of goods at our warehouse. Once all your packages have arrived we'll access them for international shipping and decide how to pack them in the most efficient way as to minimize your volumetric weight and thereby minimize your international shipping costs. This may involve using a smaller package for certain items or simply combining all the items from different packages into one big package - we'll do whatever it takes to minimize your volumetric weight. 

Free Consolidation of Packages

CNXtrans does not charge you for consolidating your packages into a single shipment. This is ideal if you're buying from multiple suppliers/factories/Alibaba manufacturers but wish to have all your goods shipped together as a single international shipment in order to minimize your shipping costs. Consolidation is sometimes confused with repacking but in actual fact consolidation can come both with or without repacking. Consolidation simply refers to the act of shipping multiple packages concurrently as a single shipment - they do not all have to be combined into one big package - as long as they are shipped together (concurrently) it is considered one consolidated shipment. There is a base shipping charge (which can be thought of as a minimum shipping charge) for each shipment that you make and shipping multiple packages concurrently (which constitutes a consolidated shipment) ensures that you only have to pay this base charge once instead of paying it for every single package that is shipped separately.


Even without repacking them into a single package, shipping multiple packages concurrently helps you save because you are only charged the base shipping weight once. This helps reduce your international shipping costs. Naturally, if deemed appropriate for your shipment, consolidation can come with repackaging too - after assessing your shipment if we deem that combining all the items into one single large package or into fewer packages can help reduce your volumetric weight, we will do so for you at no charge. 

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