What is the transit time between Shanghai Port and Houston Port?

China and USA have strong international business ties. China ships 19% of its total exports to USA in year 2013. Accordingly, 22% of total USA imports are coming from China in year 2013.

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

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

As one of the world’s busiest ports, the Port of Houston is a large and vibrant component of the regional economy.

Centrally located on the Gulf Coast, Houston Port is a strategic gateway for cargo originating in or destined for the U.S. West and Midwest. Houston lies within close reach of one of the nation's largest concentrations of consumers. More than 17 million people live within 300 miles of the city, and approximately 60 million live within 700 miles.

As a result the transit time between Shanghai Port and Houston Port is an important piece of information for exporters and importers using this container freight route.

Now let me try to show you the transit time between Houston Port and New York Port via different container liners as belows.

What is the transit time between Shanghai Port and New York Port via China Shipping?


China Shipping follows Shanghai Port, Pusan Port to Houston Port route with its own container container vessels. The transit time is around 23 days. It is an express service.

FELIXSTOWE BRIDGE sailing schedule can be found below:
  • 2014 December 07th, Shanghai Port
  • 2014 December 08th, Pusan Port (Busan Port)
  • 2014 December 30th, Houston Port

You can search China Shipping's Shanghai Port to Houston Port current vessel schedules from this link.

What is the transit time between Shanghai Port and Houston Port via CMA-CGM?


CMA-CGM follows Shanghai Port, Busan Port,  to Houston Port route with its own container container vessels. The transit time is around 24 days. It is an express service.

CMA-CGM-Pacific Express 3

MARGRIT RICKMERS sailing schedule can be found below:
  • 2014 December 13th, Shanghai Port, China
  • 2014 December 15th, Busan Port, South Korea
  • 2015 January 02th, Punta Manzanillo Port, Panama
  • 2015 January 06th, Houston Port, USA
You can search China Shipping's Shanghai Port to Houston Port current vessel schedules from this link.
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