WhatistheBestWaytoShipfromChinatotheUnitedStates?

While its a great question, there is no universal “best way” to ship from China. You should carefully consider the following variables:

Product and Load – what is being shipped and how big is it?

Destination – is it going to a small office or a warehouse?

Timing Requirements – do you need it the same week, or can you wait? This is a crucial consideration, especially during the Chinese holidays.

Product and Load: Some shipments, like aerosol cans and strong magnets, are very difficult to ship by air. Other products like lithium-ion batteries can be shipped via air, but the documentation required is often difficult for suppliers to provide, and can only ship via specialized aircraft. Because of this, it is often easier to ship batteries by China sea freight.

Some products might be too heavy or too large to be shipped via air, and can only be shipped by sea or rail.

There are some situations where it would be better to ship products by air. Products with dimensions less than 1 cubic meter are often ideal for air shipments. High-value cargo is sometimes both safer to be shipped via air and at times a requirement by China freight insurance companies.

Destination: End to end shipping services that most reputable China third-party logistics companies offer are capable of delivering shipments to warehouses, small commercial buildings, and residential locations. But, there are times where it could prove to be difficult to ship a container to a location that is not equipped to unload the container. Because of this, the end destination should be considered and how the cargo will be unloaded, so the most ideal shipping plan can be defined.

In some instances, buyers may find it easier to ship smaller sized shipments via China air freight, whereas others could benefit from deconsolidation services once the cargo arrives at the port in the United States.

Timing Requirements: If cargo is needed urgently, there is no faster way than shipping by air.

For some containerized shipments going by sea, the transport time could be reduced by shipping to the West Coast, as opposed to the East Coast, and then fulfilled from truck or rail once the cargo arrives in America.

If timing is not a priority, shipping by ocean freight to a popular port close to the final destination, and trucking the final leg of the journey is most likely the least expensive option.

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Ocean freight china to usa

Ocean Freight FCL

FCL, or full container load, means your goods fill an entire container, either 20’ or 40’ long. If you are shipping at a high volume, you’ll save time and money by shipping FCL. Pricing for FCL is done as a flat rate, regardless of whether or not your container is completely full.

Learn more about FCL here.

Ocean Freight LCL

LCL, or less than a container load, means your goods do not fill an entire container, and will be shipped along with other boxes or pallets. Note that when you ship LCL, your goods will need to be consolidated at the origin port and deconsolidated at the destination port.

That’s why LCL shipping takes a few days longer than FCL.

How long does it take a ship to go from China to Los Angeles?

Let's take shipping from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles for example. The actual port-to-port shipping time from Shanghai, China to Long Beach/Los Angeles, California is approximately 13 days.

How long does sea Ocean freight china to ca?

Typically, shipping your goods from China to the US by sea takes approximately 15 days to the west coast, and 25+ days to the East Coast.