Container shipping companies such as Vital Worldwide Logistics facilitates the movement of everything from toys to pharmaceuticals. Notably, Vital Worldwide Logistics has working relationships with global container ship owners and operators. These shipping containers drive the global economy. The world’s container ports use mechanization to streamline the on-loading and off-loading processes.
Without these container shipping companies, goods would not reach markets in a timely fashion. Manufacturers and distributors would need to contact different vendors and arrange for ships. Buyers and sellers would need to know several different trade schemes. Presently, tariffs are in the news. As such, buyers and sellers alike would need to know a plethora of regulations.
We do this for you and take the headache away from you. Additionally, we know the laws and regulations for each stop your freight or goods travels through. Today, everything is mechanized, creating a complex set of schedules and deadlines. As a leading container shipping company, we take on this complexity. Your freight will arrive on time and undamaged.
By the Numbers
Container shipping capacity is measured using the Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEU). As such, the World Bank noted 48.4 million TEUs travels the shipping routes in 2015. Consequently, this number is a few years old so it is probably higher for 2019.
Conversely, the Department of Transportation notes there are 20 shipping container ports that serve the United States. In detail, there are sixteen shipping container ports along the east coast. That said, much of the global container ship traffic comes from Asia across the Pacific Ocean. As a result, these goods arrive at the western ports. The offloaded containers then travel to various points throughout the U.S. The containers travel by truck and freight train. Keep in mind that the heart of the shipping business is the container. They go from ship to truck or train almost automatically. Vital Worldwide utilizes this automation to its advantage and passed the benefits to you.
A Global Focus on Container Shipping Services
As a globally-focused container shipping company facilitator, we handle truck and freight shipping. Some containers go to various ports along the eastern seaboard. If containers coming from Asia stay on the ocean, they must go through the Panama Canal. We also provide logistics for traveling through the Panama Canal. From Asia, it takes about 22 days for a shipping container ship to arrive at the NY/NJ container port. Vital World Logistics is one of only a handful of container shipping companies based close to the NY/NJ ports.
Just a few decades ago, The People’s Republic of China was an emerging nation with a centrally planned economy. In seemingly record time, the Chinese economy transformed into a market-orientate economy. Today, the Chinese economy is the second-largest in the world. Consequently, the International Monetary Fund notes China’s economy will grow an average of 6 % over the next 30 years. Staggeringly, China has the largest manufacturing economy with the fastest-growing consumer market. The USTR (Office of United States Trade Representative) estimates about 650 million dollars of trade business between China and the U.S.
Therefore, it is not surprising China exports make up a significant amount of the container shipping traffic out of Asia. However, given the recent trade wars with the United States, the trade environment can rapidly change. This is where Vital Worldwide Logistics steps in. Understanding the complex tariff schemes and stand ready to balance that with your container shipping needs is our business. We have experience shipping several different types of freight and shipping containers. We have dealt with the major Chinese ports and know the customs clearance mechanisms. Our experts developed trade logistics specifically for Chinese ports such as Shanghai, Tianjin, and Beijing, among a few others. There is no easier choice for container shipping.
CHINA IS A LEADER IN MODERNIZATION
Presently, importing goods into Chinese markets can be challenging because of their strict policies regarding foreign goods. However, because of their change to a market economy, their ports are modern and automated. China is a leading trade partner with the United States, most of which happens because of container shipping. That said, China’s vastness means they have around 2,000 seaports. However, only a handful of them is open to foreign trade. What does this mean to you? Streamlined delivery because of modernization. Because China is a new entrant into the global economy, they had to build new automated ports to handle the goods. At Vital Worldwide Logistics, our complex relationship with Chinese logistics means we can streamline new market acquisition. Consequently, as China moves further into the 21 century, they will need to continue their modernization push. Our logistics experts stay up to date with technology advances, giving you the shipper strategic advantage.
MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OFFICIALS IN SHIPPING CONTAINER PORTS.
At Vital Worldwide Logistics we know what documentation importers need to work through the complex red tape associated with importing goods to China. We stay apprised of trade barriers. Presently, China uses both tariff and non-tariff mechanisms to prop up its economy. Indeed, according to the World Bank, China’s import tariff average of 3.5 percent is the highest in the world. In contrast, the United States averages about 1.7 percent. In brief, tariffs are barriers because it costs more to ship items.
When China joined the World Bank, they had to show they would reduce their average tariff. As such they have. The World Bank notes that in 1992, China’s average tariff was over 30 percent. Today it is 3.5 percent. That said, China is adept at using non-tariff barriers. Some examples of non-tariff barriers include product standards reviews, complicated business licensing procedures, industrial subsidies, and numerous regulations. This represents challenges when shipping goods in shipping containers to China. Consequently, our container shipping experts ensure your goods have the proper documentation.
CHINA’S UNIQUE MULTICULTURAL CHALLENGES
Vital worldwide logistics understands the multicultural sensibilities surrounding the shipment of goods to China. Moreover, the manufacturer must contend with an array of Chinese laws and customs. Indeed, manufacturers must do extensive research before entering the Chinese market. Markedly, the ongoing trade war in the United States means tariffs. Many of these are punitive and used as leverage by both sides. Consequently, at Vital Worldwide our experts stay apprised of this and take the worry away from you.
Any product the Chinese deem as critical to their political system will not be allowed into China. By and large, any product that offends their cultural beliefs is banned. For example, most cosmetics and perfumes cannot be imported into China. Likewise, ivory and tobacco are banned. These are only a few of the banned shipping container items. Consequently, our shipping container experts have a complete list, giving you the chance to avoid problems. With attention to these intercultural issues, container shipping issues can be avoided.
SHIPPING TO CHINESE MARKETS REQUIRES PINPOINT LOGISTICS
It would be a logistical nightmare if 100 containers on a container ship could not be off-loaded in China. Thus, it is necessary that you choose a container shipping company the knows how to avoid these issues. Vital Worldwide Logistics does not own ships; we own the relationships with key officials. We know how to work with trade barriers. Call us for a quote.
India has been importing and exporting products for centuries. Indeed, even before it became a British Colony, the Portuguese Empire set up The Portuguese Trading Company in 1628. Then under British rule, India developed trade policies for trading exclusively with the rest of the British Empire. When India finally gained its independence in 1947, it set its own policies. However, they kept some of the old British laws and adopted them for there needs.
The point is, unlike China, India has a long history of import and export policies. Today, like most developed countries, India holds a significant place in the global economy. For example, India’s per capita income has steadily increased in recent decades. India’s gross domestic product, too, has steadily increased. Additionally, a rising middle class participates in the e-commerce market using smartphones and tablets. Thus, shipping goods to and from India represents a significant portion of the shipping market. To be clear, India is not a country that should be ignored when considering new markets. Vital World Logistics understands the drivers of this growth, notably because we already send container ships to India.
MODERN INDIAN TRADE
In 1991, India reformed its economic system. Prior to this, the country was a closed economy because of tariff barriers. For instance, they passed the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act of 1992. Presently, shipping goods in container ships must adhere to India’s latest EXIM policy. In detail, this is a Foreign Trade Policy issued for April 2015 to March 2020. Moreover, the Service Exports from India Scheme (SEIS) promotes Indian trade. To clarify, this also provides rules that govern Indian trade outside the country. Those manufacturers inside India need to know these rules when shipping to countries such as the U.S. and China. Vital Worldwide Logistics understands these rules. To the point, we know them, so you do not need to worry.
CONTAINER SHIPS AND INDIA
The India Brand Equity Foundation notes container goods in million tonnes almost doubled from fiscal year 2013 (745) to 2019 (1,477). Cargo traffic in million tonnes peaked in 2018 at 679.33 then fell to 633.87 for 2019. Conversely, The Observatory of Economic Complexity noted that in 2017 India imported 292 billion dollar worth of goods and exported 417 billion. The top export destination for India is the U.S. Conversely, the top import destination is China. Needless to say, there is a substantial amount of container ships coming and going from Indian ports. Vital Worldwide Logistics can handle as much, or as little traffic as needed.
Consequently, India has 12 container shipping ports, with at least 6 more planned. These are: Mumbai, Kandla, JNPT, New Mangalore, Cochin, V.O. Chidambaram, Chennai, Ennore, Visakhapatnam, Paradip, and Kolkata. Additionally, India has 200 non-major ports, all in areas easily accessible to the world’s shipping lanes.
UNSURPASSED EXPERTISE TO AND FROM INDIA
There are near limitless container shipping options. Moreover, Vital Worldwide Logistics knows how to move your containers. Our logistics experts take confusion from you. This gives you the chance to explore new market possibilities. With this in mind, our expertise in moving shipping containers makes us your partner in expanding into markets anywhere in India. This is particularly true with ground shipping where we got our start. We ship anything anywhere!