Happy Chinese New Year

Dear valued clients and business partners,

We would like to take the opportunity and wish you a successful and, most importantly, healthy new year of the ox. Please note that we do expect a peak in freight volume before Chinese New Year as well as service disruptions especially in pre- and on-carriage across Mainland China. Your customer service representative will keep you updated on the developments and we will do our utmost to avoid delays by implementing relevant backup solutions.

Your team from General Cargo Asia wishes you a happy new lunar year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Dear Valued Customers,

We would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the challenges of this year and we are very much looking forward to a hopefully peaceful and pandemic-ending year of 2021.

Please note that our offices will be closed on December 25th and 26th as well as on January 1st.

We wish you the best of health, a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,

Your General Cargo Asia Team

Let’s fight the virus together!

General Cargo Asia is proud to have made it the front page of Shenzhen Daily in our efforts to keep customers happy and transport vital supplies from China by air, sea and rail to all over the world. Amidst all difficulties that come with the closure of borders and the collapse of global air travel we are both glad and thankful to keep serving our customers and arrange urgently needed freight consignments that are necessary to combat Covid-19.

We are in this together, let’s fight the virus!

GCA joins FNC Freight Network

Dear valued customers and partners,

General Cargo Asia is proud to announce having joined the FNC freight forwarder’s network as of today. This will enable us to exclusively access an even broader range of freight and logisitics resources together with more than 400 partners in over 100 countries across the globe. We aim to provide a seamless and borderless service experience bolstered by the flexibility and strength that only the most powerful and integrated of networks can provide. We are looking forward to utilize this competitive advantage to its highest degree by serving you now and in future.

Thanks for your kind attention.

Your team at General Cargo Asia

GCA joins X2 Critical Network

Dear valued clients and business partners,

We are pleased to announce that with immediate effect General Cargo Asia has become an approved member of X2 Critical global freight network.

The X2 Critical freight network requires the highest standards in all aspects of business and sets strict criteria regarding business capability, professionalism and quality. With our dedicated personnel fully versed in the special handling of time critical movements we are confident to provide a professional and consistent time critical logistics management service.

X2 Critical allows us to provide the full range of services for air, ocean or road movements, with the superior handling quality that is expected of time critical shipments, on all continents.

Services such as AOG, 24 hours service, dedicated personnel, and active shipment monitoring are readily available throughout the network.

We are looking forward to your inquiries and are certain that this important step will further strengthen our profile as your go-to partner for any time critical or next flight out consignment.

With warmest regards,
Your team of General Cargo Asia

New Office Locations

Dear valued customers and business partners,

We are glad to announce that General Cargo Asia is growing steadily and therefore moving to new office locations in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Our new state-of-the-art facilities allow us to support further development of our business activities and ensure proximity to major transport hubs. Please refer to the details below:

Hong Kong Office (moving with effect from May 13th 2019):

Unit E, 22/F, Southeast Industrial Bldg.
611-619 Castle Peak Road,
Tsuen Wan, N.T., Hong Kong

Shenzhen Office (moving with effect from April 22nd 2019):

Unit 118, No. 16, Street 3, Liu Xian 2 Road, Xing Dong Area,
Bao’an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, P.R. China


Thanks for your kind attention,
Your General Cargo Asia Team

ISPM 15 Explained

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) developed the ISPM 15 in response to the global threat of the wide spread transportation of timber pests and diseases. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA) administers the IPPC, which is an international treaty implemented by subscribing governments worldwide. ISPM 15 states a set of criteria that must be met when using any wood as packaging, such as a box, crate, pallet, dunnage or drums when shipping products internationally.

The ISMP 15 regulations require that all non-exempt wood packaging material, (be it hardwood or softwood), must be heat treated to the core for 30 minutes at 56 degrees Celsius or be fumigated with Methyl Bromide. Only then may the quality treatment mark be applied, but only by a business which has been previously approved by an accredited inspection agency.
In compliance with ISPM No.15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures), please be reminded that ALL shipment with wood packaging (or wood materials) must be fumigated.

To prove the wood packaging is fumigated:
1) Certificate of Fumigation shall be attached.
2) A mark on packaging shall include:
a) the symbol
b) a country code
c) a producer/treatment provider code
d) a treatment code using the appropriate abbreviation (HT or MB)

GCA joins PPL Conference

Dear valued business partners,

In order to strengthen our international network and further develop our strong agent relationships General Cargo Asia will join the PPL Global Conference in Cebu, from May 12th to May 15th 2018. You are welcome to leave us a message or come and talk to us during that time. We are looking forward to seeing you,

Your GCA Team

Hong Kong Commodity Classification System to undergo major amendment in 2017

The current edition of the Hong Kong Imports and Exports Classification List (Harmonized System) (HKIECL) will be amended and the amendments, published in the Gazette on November 11, 2016, will take effect from January 1,2017. Import and export declarations for shipments on or after January 1, 2017 must be completed in accordance with the amended classification list, namely Hong Kong Imports and Exports Classification
List (Harmonized System) 2017 Edition.

HKIECL 2017 Edition
The bilingual Hong Kong Imports and Exports Classification List (Harmonized System) 2017 Edition, comprising two volumes, is published in electronic version and can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Census and Statistics Department(www.censtatd.gov.hk/trader/declaration/index.jsp) as from mid-November 2016.

Coverage of Amendment
The amendments have fully incorporated the amendments to Harmonized System recommended by the World Customs Organization. The amendments cover most of the Sections in the HKIECL. There are different levels of amendments in 16 Sections out of the total of 22 Sections, with total of around 350 commodity items being affected. Those amendments mainly relate to the agricultural sector, chemical sector, wood sector, textile sector, base metal sector, machinery sector and transport sector. The summary of the changes to the HKIECL and the Hong Kong Harmonized System correlation tables for the affected commodity codes can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Census and Statistics Department

Transport of Lithium Metal and Lithium Batteries

Effective April 1, 2016, more stringent regulations were issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the transport of Lithium Batteries that are packed and shipped as loose/bulk (UN3480/PI965).

A wide variety of electronic goods powered by Lithium Batteries are affected by the new regulations, regardless of whether they are rechargeable (Lithium Ion) or non-rechargeable (Lithium Metal). The regulations apply when:

  • Lithium Batteries are packed and shipped as individual items (loose/bulk).  Example: Loose Batteries/Power bank
  • Lithium Batteries are packed separately but shipped with equipment in the same box.  Example: A cell phone with a replaceable Lithium Battery
  • Lithium Batteries are contained or installed in equipment and therefore shipped in the same box.  Example: A computer tablet with an integrated Lithium Battery within the device that cannot be removed or replaced by the user

Due to increasing safety concerns raised by the aviation industry, the IATA regulations governing the shipping of Lithium Batteries have been tightened and airlines consequently have to enforce these regulations more rigorously.

Please note that the safe transportation of such contents by air and the full compliance to IATA regulations is the legal responsibility of the Shipper. In view of this fact, IATA has produced a guide to help Shippers understand and comply with the regulations.