Before manufacturing, it is important to research shipping options to find the most suitable and cost-effective way to ship your goods from the factory to their next destination.
Most international shipping is now based on shipping containers. Shipping containers have greatly increased the ease and efficiency in which goods are handled. They have also substantially reduced shipping costs and have revolutionized shipping and international trade.
Twenty or forty-foot containers are used for most shipments. Whenever possible, the quantity of goods ordered should be adjusted to best utilize container space.
A full container load (FCL) is the most cost-effective way to ship goods. In most cases, there is a significant drop in unit shipping costs when goods are shipped by the container load. For some shipments, such as fragile products that require special packing or other special care, FCL may be the only shipping option available.
Various circumstances prevent clients from ordering and shipping by FCL. For these shipments, the transportation costs are based on less than full container load (LCL). While LCL is more expensive than FCL, it is nonetheless more cost effective than other shipping methods. LCL shipments are first sent to a container freight station (CFS) where they are combined with other shipments to make a full container. After the shipment reaches its country of destination, the goods are separated at another CFS.
Different types of cargo require diverse types of containers. For example, perishable goods are shipped in thermal containers (also known as reefers), tank containers are used for liquids and gasses, dry bulk containers are needed for free-flowing solids such as grain. However, the most common type of container is the general purpose or dry cargo container used for most shipments.
Listed below are various port-to-port shipping times. Please be aware that these are only estimated shipping times. They do not include loading, unloading, customs clearance or transferring LCL shipments to a CFS warehouse (3-4 days). Shipping times are longer if the container vessel stops at another port before reaching its final destination.
From Hong Kong to the U.S.
Hong Kong – Los Angeles= 12 days
Hong Kong – San Francisco= 12 days
Hong Kong – Chicago = 18 days
Hong Kong – Seattle = 18 days
Hong Kong – Houston = 18 days
Hong Kong – New York = 26 days
Hong Kong – Miami = 28 days
From Hong Kong to Canada
Hong Kong – Vancouver = 19 days
Hong Kong – Toronto = 26 days
From Hong Kong to Australia
Hong Kong – Brisbane = 18 days
Hong Kong – Sydney = 11 days
From Hong Kong to New Zealand
Hong Kong – Auckland = 16 days
From Hong Kong to Europe
Hong Kong – Antwerp = 23 days
Hong Kong – Barcelona = 21 days
From Shanghai to the U.S.
Shanghai – Los Angeles = 14 days
Shanghai – San Francisco = 14 days
Shanghai – Chicago = 20 days
Shanghai – Seattle = 20 days
Shanghai – Houston = 20 days
Shanghai – New York = 28 days
Shanghai – Miami = 30 days