Ship socks by air freight

Best ways to [ship socks from China]

You can find many articles talking about [shipping goods from China], but when it comes to [ ship socks from China] (and other sewing goods), this article will be the best fit for you.


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Most of our long-term clients have their specified forwarders, that means we are offering FOB price and their forwarders will handle the shiping process. However recently as we somehow attract many mid-sized customers, who are new to shipping from China. So this is a guide for them.

Basis knowledge about socks concerning shipping

Anytime when it comes to shipping, you need to know 2 things of your goods:

the WEIGHT and the VOLUME.

  • weight of socks: One pair of socks typically weighes 60-120 grams.
  • 250 pairs of socks will be packed into a carton
  • Volume of one carton is 0.072 CBM
           Quantity of Socks        Weight        Package                  Volume
           1 pair      40 – 60 grams
          250 pairs      10 – 15  Kg       < 1 carton box        40x50x60cm, 0.12 CBM
          2,500 pairs     100 – 150 Kg       6~7 carton        40x50x60cmx6, 0.72CBM

the weight of a pair of socks

Ways to ship socks from China

  • Express delivery
    • Arrives in 3-6 days
    • Express couriers are good when your package is <150 Kg.
    • We usually just use express courier to deliver sock samples, as you can see in the table above,  2500 pairs of socks weighes more then 150 Kg.
    • This is a door-to-door delivery, no paperwork needed

ship socks by express delivery

  • Air freight
    • Arrives at your local airport in 4-10 days
    • Air freight is recommended when your order is 200-800 Kg
    • You will need to pick up the packs yourself in the airport
    • Also have to pay for import fees and handling fees when you pick up your goods

ship socks by air freight

  • Sea Shipping
    • Arrives in your preferred port in 10-30 days , usually 15 days to USA for example
    • Ideal for mass products more than 5 CBMs
    • You will  pick up the packs in the port
    • Also have to pay for import fees and handling fees when you pick up the goods
      • you can use the link above to calculate your import duty

ship socks by sea shipping

How can I choose the best way to ship socks from China?

  • Use Express delivery to deliver sock sample and feel sock quality yourself.
  • Use Air freight method to deliver your start-up order or test order of socks.
  • Use Sea shipping for your big-orders
  • For a detailed comparision, please keep reading.

What is the cost of each shipping method?

How do they calculate the cost to ship socks?

  • Express delivery: By Kg, usually $5/Kg to USA;
  • Air freight: By Kg, usually $2.5/Kg to USA;
  • Sea shipping: By CBM, usually $180-$220/CBM to USA;

Let’s do the math now!

As one pair of socks weighes 40-60 grams, we will take that at 40 grams on average. You probably want to calculate your own order based using the folling price table:

ship socks cost comparison

Generally our mid-sized clients order socks at 5,000-20,000 pairs, from the table above we can see that the cost for sea shipping is just 1/3 of that for Air freight. So if delivery time is not a problem for you, please choose sea shipping.

Conclusion for ship socks from China

So this is about how to ship socks from China and something you need to know about sock basics and shipping terms. If you shall have any question regarding this, please leave a comment below or write to [email protected]

Also read:

Watch a Youtube video about shipping common goods from China:


5 replies
      MEETSOCKS says:

      Hi Anh,

      Thanks for leaving a message, the carton boxes can be customized to whatever size you want, commonly we use the dimension of 530*290*379mm.
      Hope this answers your question.

      MeetSocks Team

      MEETSOCKS says:

      Hello! Usually goods whose value is lower than 800USD will not be charged custom tax. So if you are ordering several hundreds of socks you are basically tax-free. We can also help to declare a lower value on the socks if you need.


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