What is the transit time between Shanghai Port and Los Angeles Port?

China is the biggest exporting country and the USA is the biggest importing country in the world.

These two export-import giants have strong business connections. 

As a result sea transportation between Chinese Ports and American Ports have reached very high volumes for decades.

The importance of Los Angeles Port for the cargo vessels that come from China

The Los Angeles Customs district consists of the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles International Airport. 

Los Angeles port is the leading part of the formation.


China is the top trade partner of Los Angeles custom district since 2000, when it overtook Japan. In year 2012, Los Angeles custom district created 159Billion USD value international trade with China.



Source: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/pdf/Los-Angeles-Trade-Numbers-2013.pdf
When you check the numbers, you will realize the significance of international trade between Chinese Ports and Los Angeles Sea Port.

How long does it take for a container vessel to come from Shanghai Port, China to Los Angeles Port, USA?

Today I would like to explain the transit time between Shanghai Port, China and Los Angeles Port, USA. 

I will be giving two different examples of shipment schedules from container lines, that are working between these two important ports.

First of all, let us have a look at the general features of the ports in question.

Shanghai Port, which is not only the busiest container port of China, but also the biggest container port of the world as of 2013 statistics. 

The Port of Los Angeles, the premier gateway for international commerce, is located in San Pedro Bay, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

It features 24 passenger and cargo terminals, including automobile, breakbulk, container, dry and liquid bulk, and warehouse facilities that handle billions of dollars’ worth of cargo each year.

Now let me try to show you the transit time between Los Angeles Port and Shanghai Port via different container liners as belows.

What is the transit time between Shanghai Port and Los AngelesPort via China Shipping?

China Shipping follows Shanghai Port, Ningbo Port, Los Angeles Port with its own container container vessels. The transit time is around 21 days.

EVER LASTING sailing schedule can be found below:
  • 2014 December 01st, Shanghai Port 
  • 2014 December 02nd, Ningbo Port 
  • 2014 December 22nd, Los Angeles Port

China Shipping - Schedule in for Service Line AMERICA SERVICE
You can search China Shipping's Shanghai Port to Los Angeles Port current vessel schedules from this link.

What is the transit time between Shanghai Port and Miami Port via Maersk?

Maersk follows direct Shanghai Port to Los Angeles Port route with its own container container vessels. The transit time is around 12 days. 

According to Maersk website this service is the fastest line exists in the container freight market between Shanghai Port to Los Angeles and Oakland Port.

Maersk: Transpacific 2 (TP2)– Eastbound

Maersk's vessel sailing schedule example can be found below:
  • 2014 December 31th, Shanghai Port, China 
  • 2015 January 12th, Loas Angeles Port, USA
You can search Maersk's Shanghai Port to Miami Port current vessel schedules from this link.

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