Case Study: Shipping From China (As A Novice)


We are entering the shipping business! In an attempt to gain more information, we tried the “WEB”. Not having our “license” yet, I could not request an actual quote yet. FACT: Sailing time will only vary by only 2/3 days depending on the actual port of departure in China.

There are so many variables in planning a move. Type of equipment. Weather. Fuel prices. Think we will work with professionals.

Couple of facts I picked up:

Long Beach 20 days, but we will need a transcontinental rail trip.

New York/New Jersey 34 days??? Panama Canal or Europe?? Hard to believe 14 days to go through the new Panama Canal and go up to one of the rail ports on US seaboard.

It’s also possible to start a trip from the East Coast of United States, passing through the Panama Canal. This will add around 8-10 days to the journey.

Did pick up some good links to use. https://cargofromchina.com/sea-freight/#container-type gives ideas on container size.

Among the world’s top 10 ports in 2016, more than half are located in China, actually 7 of 10. Here’s a rundown.

Port Volume 2016 (‘000 TEUs) Rank in China Rank Worldwide
Shanghai 37 133 1 1
Shenzhen 23 979 2 3
Ningbo-Zhoushan 21 561 3 4
Hong Kong 19 813 4 5
Guangzhou 18 850 5 7
Qingdao 18 050 6 8
Tianjin 14 519 7 10
Dalian 8 15
Xiamen 9 16

Major Carriers – Top 16 Biggest Players
There are 79753 vessels totally, 5064 of them are containerships (data till 05-2017). Now the biggest container vessel has the capacity of more than 20,000 TEUs.

Here’s a table below showing the Top 16 Big Players in Container Shipping (06-2017).
Carrier Short Name Total TEU Share Flag Country
APM-Maersk MSK 3,358,346 16.1% Denmark
Mediterranean Shg Co MSC 3,056,560 14.6% Italy
CMA CGM Group CMA 2,316,751 11.1% France
COSCO Shipping Co Ltd COSCO 1,734,419 8.3% China
Hapag-Lloyd AG HPL 1,529,732 7.3% Germany
Evergreen Marine Corp. EMC 1,024,118 4.9% Taiwan
Orient Overseas Container Line OOCL 686,484 3.3% Hong Kong
NYK Line NYK 585,172 2.8% Japan
Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. YML 581,431 2.8% Taiwan
Hamburg Süd Group HBS 562,764 2.7% Germany
MOL Liner MOL 518,185 2.5% Janpan
Pacific Int. Line PIL 371,833 1.8% Singpore
Hyundai M.M. HMM 366,692 1.8% Korea
“K” Line KLINE 358,498 1.7% Janpan
ZIM ZIM 340,976 1.6% Israel
Wan Hai Lines WHL 225,575 1.1% Taiwan

Click here to find your shipment transit time.


Very interesting exercise.

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