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The most suitable shipping method from China to Qatar

DocShipper provides air and ocean freight services between China and Qatar. Shipping by air allows faster transit times, but is often more expensive than shipping by sea.

You can choose between air freight and sea freight.

When choosing a shipping method, the type of products you have will be an important factor. In addition to the commodity type, the shipping method will be determined by:

  • Dimensions of goods
  • When you want to receive the cargo
  • Freight charges

Before making a decision, let's look more closely at the many types of mailings available.

Sea freight Between China to Qatar

Considering the number of ports in China and Qatar, you have the choice between several routes. Choose a shipping route closer to your supplier's location.

Sea delivery is generally the most economical shipping method between China and Qatar, with an average transit time of 8-12 weeks.

Shipping companies have a lot of knowledge in this area and can be very helpful.

At DocShipper, we understand the importance of a reliable ocean freight partner when it comes to transporting goods between China and Qatar. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service. Our global coverage allows us to offer customized solutions to meet the specific needs and requirements of our customers. With our ocean freight services, you can be sure that your goods will be transported quickly and cost-effectively. If you are looking for a trusted partner for sea freight between China and Qatar, look no further than DocShipper !  

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How much time does it take to transport goods by sea between China and Qatar?

Ships from China to Qatar usually arrive in less than a month. The average transit time is 28.4 days the transit after the arrival of the ship can extend from 4 to 5 days. Here are the main sea routes between China and Qatar, their distances (in kilometers) and the time (in days) that your expedition will last.

Take into account that the transport time varies according to the speed of the ship.


TRANSIT TIME (in days)




Speed in knots = 10


MAWEI DOHA 11,913.9 26.8
SHANGHAI DOHA 12,619.5 28.4
JIANGMEN DOHA 11,030.5 28.4
QINGDAO DOHA 13,271.4 29.9

Warning ! Many factors come into play and therefore this data can be distorted, please contact our experts in order to have an estimate of the delivery time in real time.

The main ports in China and in Qatar

The main ports in China

  • Port of Shanghai
  • Port of Shenzhen
  • Port of Ningbo
  • Port of Qingdao
  • Port of Guangzhou
  • Port of Tianjin
  • Port of Dalian
  • Port of Xiamen

The main ports in Qatar

  • Al Rayyan Marine terminal
  • Al Shaheen Terminal
  • Al Wakrah Port
  • Doha Port
  • Island Halul Port
  • Ras Laffan Port
  • Port d’Umm Said (Mesaieed)

Which Incoterm should I choose to ship to Qatar ?

The Incoterms 2020 terms and conditions are a set of international rules covering the responsibilities and costs of buyers and sellers in international trade transactions. The INCOTERM® Terms and Conditions specify 11 standardized terms that describe the responsibilities and costs of buyers and sellers, including the costs and risks associated with the movement of goods, transport security and other obligations associated with the transport of goods 

Among the commercial conditions, you can choose from :

  • EXW - This stands for (Ex Works) and works in favor of the seller at the expense of the buyer. It is a condition of international trade that the seller uses the product at the location specified by the buyer. The cost of transporting the cargo to these locations is often borne by the buyer.
  • FOB - (Free on Board) is another commercial term referring to who is liable for damage to goods on board. Determine whether the buyer or the seller is responsible for the damage. Simply put, when the seller ships the cargo, the buyer is exposed to a very high risk.
  • DAP - (Delivery at Place) is an agreement where the seller pays all freight and insurance costs to a specified location. This is usually very clear and marks when the buyer takes full responsibility for shipping.

There must be an agreement between the buyer and the seller so that neither party invokes bad faith.

Other conditions commerciales Inconterm 2010 applied for Qatar: FCA (Free Carrier), FAS (Free Alongside Ship), CFR (Cost and Freight), CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight), CPT (Carriage Paid To), CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid To), DAF (Delivered at Frontier), DES (Delivered Ex Ship), DEQ (Delivered Ex Quay), DDU (Delivered Duty Unpaid) and DDP (Delivered Duty Paid).

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How much time does it take to transport goods by sea between China and Qatar?

Ships from China to Qatar usually arrive in less than a month. The average transit time is 28.4 days the transit after the arrival of the ship can extend from 4 to 5 days. Here are the main sea routes between China and Qatar, their distances (in kilometers) and the time (in days) that your expedition will last.

Take into account that the transport time varies according to the speed of the ship.

How much does it cost to ship freight from China to Qatar?

Once everything is in place, you can ask the shipping company to help you figure out the charges. This will allow you to decide if ocean freight is an affordable option for you or your business. 

To calculate how much to spend on services, you need to make a (working) budget, taking into account the cost of international transportation and other related costs. The total cost of shipping goods from China to Qatar is determined by several factors such as ocean freight (the type of freight you want to ship to Qatar. For fragile items, the charge will be higher), cost packaging, customs, and insurance costs, another important factor to know the type of transporter selected. The freight forwarders charge the price differences based on experience and of the band of clients.

All of these factors should be considered when estimating the cost of international shipping.

Advantages of Chinese Maritime Security Services in Qatar

Sea freight is essential for Qatar and its economic interactions with the rest of the world. That's why China's maritime security services have been a welcome addition, offering protection against pirate attacks, maritime security advice and stowaway prevention. 

In addition, ship security audits and container monitoring and tracking services have proven to be very helpful in ensuring the safe transport of goods. However, some aspects such as less reliable services, congested ports, delays and longer well times can cause problems. 

Nevertheless, China's investments in infrastructure construction have had positive effects on Qatar and other countries involved in sea freight operations.

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Air freight between China and Qatar

Air freight services from China to Qatar

Air freight is a great option for those who want to receive their shipment quickly and safely. For shipments from China to Qatar, the main air carriers are Qatar Airways and Air China, both of which offer fast delivery and tracking options that allow customers to monitor their shipment in real time. Additionally, air transport offers an additional level of security, making it ideal for shippers of valuable items or goods that require special care. Moreover, since these services guarantee delivery times, customers can rest assured that their goods will arrive on time. Finally, thanks to full traceability, customers can keep abreast of the progress of their cargo throughout its journey.

But how does air freight work?

Air transport begins with the preparation of goods for shipment. Goods are packaged and packaged in accordance with shipper's security and shipping standards. Once the goods are ready for dispatch, we will contact the airline or air freight broker to arrange transport. The airline or air freight broker then creates a loading plan and arranges the transport of the goods. Once the goods are loaded onto the aircraft, the airline provides a track showing the estimated time and place of delivery of the goods to their destination. Once the goods have been delivered to their destination, the airline will send the necessary documents and invoices to complete the airfreight.

Advantages and disadvantages of Chinese air freight to Qatar.

Air cargo is a very effective way to move goods. It offers many advantages, but it also has disadvantages. It offers many advantages, but it also has disadvantages…

Air freight advantages :

  • Speed ​​: Air cargo is the best choice when you need your shipment to get there fast. With air freight, you can expect your shipment to arrive within 5 days, while sea freight is much slower and can take up to a month. Appointment times are generally accurate and reliable, with delays being very rare.
  • Reliability : Air freight is a fast and reliable way to transport goods and materials from one place to another. With the help of air freight, businesses can easily move their goods quickly and safely no matter how far they need to travel. By using air freight, businesses can save time, money and resources while keeping their customers happy with timely deliveries.
  • Security : Air freight is a fast and reliable way to transport goods and materials from one place to another. With the help of air freight, businesses can easily move their goods quickly and safely no matter how far they need to travel. 
  • By using air freight, companies can save time, money and resources while maintaining their customers happy with timely deliveries.

Air freight drawback

  • Air pollution, air freight produces a significant amount of emissions that can cause health problems and environmental damage. As such, it is important for businesses to consider the cost and environmental impact of air freight when making decisions on how to transport goods.
  • Air freight has a relatively high cost compared to other modes of transport, and this stems from a variety of factors. It is crucial for companies to find ways to reduce the cost of air freight.
  • We cannot miss a shipment due to a freight weight issue, so be sure to give us an accurate freight weight. Alternatively, you will be billed based on the actual weight of the freight. It is very important to note that the exorbitant charges can be reduced if you have a counter certificate of shipment from a buyer or export which mentions the actual weight of the freight.

Goods from China received in Qatar

Imported goods are subject to the same government regulations that apply to everyone in the country.

It’s one of the most important parts of the country's economy as it regulates everything that comes into the country.

This is because they are trying to protect the public from what could be construed as inappropriate.

It’s also a source of financing for them since imports are taxed.

It’s also the first point of entry for potentially harmful products, so everything must be screened. When preparing to transport goods from China to Qatar, you will need to prepare your documents.

How to calculate the cost of air freight?

To calculate the cost of air freight, you need to determine the tax mass. It depends on the mass/volume ratio. This mass is used to calculate the total freight for which the airline's tariff rate is reduced. Then we need to apply the "pay for" rule to get the net rate. The “pay for” rule applies to fares and discounted prices by weight category. This means that the carrier calculates the price paid based on the maximum weight of the top strap, not the actual weight of the item. That's why this rule is called "Pay for".

For example, to determine the cost of air cargo for 2 cubic meters, you first need to calculate the dimensional weight of the shipment. Divide the volume of your shipment in cubic centimeters (2 cubic meters equals 2,000 cubic centimeters) by 6,000. This corresponds to the volumetric weight of your shipment. Then, it is necessary to apply a ratio of 1/6 between the weight and the volume of the goods to obtain the taxable weight for the benefit of the airline.

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Customs clearance in Qatar for goods imported from China

Customs contact :

Customs contact Qatar

الهيئة العامة للجمارك

The General Authority Of Customs


Customs contact ChinaGeneral Administration Of Customs (China)

Customs duties in Qatar :

Qatar is a small country in the Middle East with a thriving economy that relies heavily on international trade. Therefore, the government of Qatar imposes tariffs on goods entering the country. Customs duties are taxes imposed by governments on imported goods and services, intended to protect domestic industries from foreign competition. Customs duties in Qatar vary from 5% to 20%, depending on the type of goods and services imported. Understanding how customs duties work in Qatar is very important for anyone wishing to do business in this country.

Docshipper will not take any commission on your customs duties. Official documents, such as customs documents, will be forwarded to you after customs clearance. This will prove to you that we do not take any commission.

Please also note that Docshipper will collect the customs clearance fees. This is because our experts will put together the administrative file for you to declare to the customs authorities. The government will collect the customs duties and taxes.

Customs clearance in Qatar:

Imports to Qatar are given legal trade registration.

You must be registered in the MEC register and be a member of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce.

After that, you must complete and submit all necessary documents for the goods.

The documents are verified by the competent authorities before approval.

The documents required to import goods into Qatar are Commercial Invoice, Certificate of Origin, Detailed Customs Declaration, Halal Certificate (for meat products). The minimum customs fee required is QAR 250 (approximately C$70) and is calculated based on the value of the shipment. All imported meat products, including beef and poultry products, must be accompanied by a health certificate. Compliant documents issued by Intertek for regulated imports are approved by Qatar Customs.

To import goods into Qatar, you will need to follow certain steps:

  • Find a supplier abroad
  • Assess import conditions and rights
  • Obtain an import card
  • Complete customs formalities
  • Present the commercial invoice and the necessary certificates
  • Present a certificate of origin
  • Present a halal certificate (for meat products)
  • Submit a detailed customs declaration
  • Pass property inspection
  • Obtain payment of customs duties and taxes
  • Obtain the import authorization document
  • Remove the goods from the customs point.

PS : If you are importing goods from China to Qatar, you must meet the following additional import requirements : Ensure that your Chinese supplier is certified by GAFTA (Group of Agricultural Trade and Tariff Agreements).

Goods Restricted and Prohibited in Qatar

It’s important to understand which items are restricted or prohibited when it comes to sea freight in Qatar. This way, you can make informed decisions about purchases made in China and other countries that will be declared in that country. It’s essential to research the current laws and regulations in Qatar so as not to bring an item that isn't allowed in the country. By doing so, you can ensure that the ocean freight process goes smoothly.

Here is a list of products prohibited from importation:

  • Pork and pork products
  • pornographic material
  • Security and military equipment if you don't have a license
  • Drogue
  • Flammability
  • Radioactive product
  • Products that infringe trademark rights
  • Alcohol is not allowed to be imported as the Qatar Distribution Company is responsible.

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To sum up, the rates for freight forwarding between Qatar and China depend on the nature of the goods, their weight and their volume. The delivery time depends on the type of transport chosen, while the applicable duties and taxes may vary depending on the products and the countries involved.

At first, shipping from China to Qatar by sea is a preferable option because it has fewer limitations, is more environmentally friendly and is less expensive than other alternatives. However, it can take several days or even weeks to deliver the goods and cannot transport perishable products. In addition, shipping rates may vary depending on the season, and additional fees may apply to certain types of commodities.

In addition, shipping rates may vary depending on the season, and additional fees may apply to certain types of commodities.

Secondly, shipping from China to Qatar by air is a preferable option for products which are not heavy and bulky, and which can be delivered quickly. However, this option is much more expensive than the sea route and may present additional risks of damage to the goods. In addition, some products are prohibited or restricted with respect to air transportation, and additional charges may apply for products such as hazardous materials or perishable goods.

Finally, having an experienced and reliable logistics partner can help minimize costs and ensure your goods arrive safely. You can count on DocShipper to help you organize freight between Qatar and China in the best conditions.


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