Ocean Shipping from China to US East Coast: Carriers and Routes Reviewed

Amanda CallahanOcean Freight, Shipping From China16 Comments

Ocean shipping from China

One of the most important decisions ocean shippers can make is which carrier their cargo will sail on. The decision to ship on one carrier versus another could cause massive headaches in the form of delayed shipments at transshipment hubs, longer than necessary routes, or a higher price for a service you do not need.

Before choosing a carrier for your segment, be sure to prioritize the importance of transit time, price, and reliability, to the success of your business. Once you’ve done so, it will be easier to choose the best ocean shipping carrier to satisfy your supply chain needs.

Keep in mind, carrier preference will change based on your lead time and budgetary requirements. What works for your supply chain today, might not in the future.

China to US East Coast Routes

Maersk Transpacific 7 (TP7)

Maersk TP7 ocean shipping route

Ports of Call

  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Ningbo, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Yantian, China
  • Hong Kong, Hong, Kong
  • Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia
  • Suez Canal, Egypt
  • Port Tangier, Morocco
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Charleston, SC, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA

Transit time to Miami: 41 days

Pros: A cost-effective and reliable service, Maersk TP7 is known for being on schedule. The vessel travels through the Suez Canal, which has cheaper tolls than the Panama Canal.

Cons: The toll savings of the Suez Canal means added transit time when compared to Panama Canal routed vessels.

When should I ship on TP7? This is a very reliable Maersk service that shippers should use when looking for a moderate service in both price and transit time.

Maersk TP10 Eastbound

Maersk TP10 ocean shipping route
Ports of Call

  • Xingang, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Charleston, SC, USA
  • Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA

Transit time to Miami: 35 days

Pros: Traveling through the Panama Canal, this route has the shortest transit time to Miami compared to Maersk’s other vessels.

Cons: The time savings will come with slightly higher rates.

When should I use TP10? If you are interested in a slightly faster transit time than the TP7 service, but still want the Maersk reliability.This is also the only vessel currently offering direct coverage out of Xingang.

Maersk TP11 Eastbound

Maersk TP11 ocean shipping route
Ports of Call

  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Ningbo, China
  • Chiwan, China
  • Yantian, China
  • Singapore
  • Newark, NJ, USA
  • Charleston, SC, USA
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • Freeport, Bahamas

Transit time to Miami: 43 days

Pros: The only direct service offering from Yantian and Singapore to Miami. More cost efficient than TP10 because the vessel travels through the Suez Canal.

Cons: This vessel has the longest transit time from China to Miami out of all that are mentioned in this article.

When should I use TP11? Shippers should use this Maersk service if they have products in both Yantian and Singapore, are not under a tight deadline, and want a reliable service with lower rates.

CMA CGM Manhattan Bridge

cma-cgm-manhattan-bridge

Ports of Call

  • Qingdao, China
  • Ningbo, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Norfolk, VA, USA
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • Qingdao, China

Transit time to Miami: 35 days

Pros: The most direct ocean shipping loop from China to the U.S. East Coast going through the Panama Canal, making transit shorter from Asia to U.S. East Coast.

Cons: Rates for this service are slightly higher than carriers that opt for the Suez Canal.

When should I ship on Manhattan Bridge? Shippers should ship goods on this CMA service when the freight needs to get from China to the U.S. East Coast as soon as possible. Shippers should also be prepared to pay a premium for the added convenience of short transit time.

China Shipping AAE2

AAE2 China shipping route

Ports of Call

  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Chiwan, China
  • Ningbo, China
  • Shangai, China
  • Pusan, Korea
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Mobile, AL, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • Jacksonville, FL, USA

Transit time to Miami: 34 days

Pros: This ocean freight vessel also travels through the Panama Canal without a U.S. West Coast stop and travels to the Gulf Coast and also includes Korea at origin. This is currently the quickest transit time to Miami.

Cons: Rates will be higher due to the quicker transit time.

When should I ship on AAE2? Shippers needing a direct ocean route with no transshipments should consider this service. For importers on the Gulf Coast, this service is ideal as the cargo arrives directly via the port versus rail. Railing 20 foot ocean shipping containers from the U.S. West Coast to the Gulf Coast require a “pair” to fill the full 40 foot slit and the freight will sit at the rail yard until another 20 foot container is ready for transit on that same route. This service cuts that concern out of the equation completely.

China Shipping AAE3

China Shipping AAE3 ocean shipping route

Ports of Call

  • Qingdao, China
  • Ningbo, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Norfolk, VA, USA
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA

Transit time to Miami: 35 days

Pros: This vessel reduces overall transit time by traveling through the Panama canal and making minimal stops at top ports in China.

Cons: With so few ports serviced in China, this vessel may not get close enough to a supplier’s location.

When should I ship on AAE3? If your supplier is located near one of these three China ports and you are willing to spend more in exchange for this quicker transit time.

MSC America Westbound

MSC Transpacific route

Ports of Call

  • Kaohsiung, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Ningbo, China
  • Chiwan, China
  • Yantian, China
  • Singapore
  • Newark, NJ, USA
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Charleston, SC, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • Freeport, Bahamas

Transit time to Miami: 42 days

Pros: MSC shares a vessel with Maersk for this route, so it is a reliable service that also offers cost savings by traveling through the Suez Canal.

Cons: Transit time will be slower than other options.

When should I ship on MSC? This route is a great option for shippers who are not under a tight deadline and are looking for a cost efficient, reliable service.

MSC Everglades Eastbound

MSC Transpacific East Coast route

Ports of Call

  • Xingang, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Charleston, SC, USA
  • Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • Freeport, Bahamas

Transit time to Miami: 35 days

Pros: Traveling through the Panama Canal, this MSC service offers an improved transit time when compared to their America Westbound route.

Cons: Cost will be higher than other services that opt for the Suez Canal.

When should I use MSC? This MSC service also shares a vessel with Maersk, offering a reliable, quick service for shippers who are interested in taking advantage of the faster transit time.

Evergreen/MOL AUE3

aue3

Ports of Call

  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Yantian, China
  • Singapore
  • Suez Canal, Egpyt
  • Norfolk
  • Savannah, GA, USA
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • Charleston, SC, USA

Transit time to Charleston: 38 days

Pros: This service is operated by two ocean carriers (Evergreen and MOL). AUE3 is a cost-efficient and reliable option traveling through the Suez Canal.

Cons: The joint service is slightly slower than Maersk’s TP7 service and the transit time is longer than vessels traveling through the Panama Canal.

When should I ship on AUE3? As with the TP7, this is another reliable (albeit slightly longer in transit time) option that also passes through the Suez Canal. If transit time is not of the utmost importance, the AUE3 is a viable option for shippers.

CMA CGM Columbus Loop

CMA CGM Columbus loop

Ports of Call

  • Ningbo, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Yantian, China
  • Vung Tau, Vietnam
  • Port Kelang, Malaysia
  • Halifax, NS, Canada
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Norfolk, VA, USA
  • Savannah, GA, USA

Transit time to Savannah: 40 days

Pros: With this CMA service, there are more loading points in Asia as compared to the Manhattan Bridge service.

Cons: This ocean shipping route has slightly longer transit times.

When should I ship on Columbus Loop? This service is ideal for shippers who require additional loading port options in Asia.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2013 and was updated for accuracy in February 2016.


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Amanda loves working here and has been with us since 2015. Amanda enjoys writing, decorating, cooking, and she is passionate about spending time outdoors with her family. She left the BBQs of Missouri and a sweet gig at Maersk to join our ranks here in Miami. Her experience in the industry is vast, including Import/Export by Air and Ocean, warehousing, Customs Clearance, and supply chain optimization.

16 Comments on “Ocean Shipping from China to US East Coast: Carriers and Routes Reviewed”

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    Fred Lange

    from Portland Maine to Antalya, Turkey wood chips 20-35KMT per load ,bulk, 12 trips
    starting Spring 2016

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      Gabby Poelsma

      Hello Fred,

      Thanks for reaching out! I will forward your request to a member of our Business Development team. They will be in contact with you shortly.

      Thank you,
      Gabby

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    TOM CUSUMANO

    HELLO, MY NAME IS TOM CUSUMANO. I OWN A GLASS MANUFACTURING COMPANY IN MARGATE, FLORIDA. I WANT TO START BRINGING IN CONTAINERS OF GLASS FROM CHINA.
    I HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS, RIGHT NOW I AM BUYING FROM THE MIDDLE MAN WHO IS IMPORTING FROM CHINA. I AM LOOKING FOR HELP IN THIS ENDEVOUR. AM I CONTACTING THE RIGHT PLACE FOR THIS? IF YES, CAN YOU PLEASE IMFORM ME OF WHAT INFORMATION I WILL NEED TO SUPPLY YOU WITH. RIGHT NOW I HAVE BEEN CONTACTING AROUND 10 SUPPLIERS IN CHINA, AND IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING SAMPLES. I JUST SET UP A HDL ACCOUNT FOR THEM TO BILL FOR SHIPPING THE SAMPLES, OR SHOULD THEY PAY FOR THE SHIPPING? THANK YOU, YOUR HELP IN THIS IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. TOM

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      LILLY + Associates

      Hi Tom – thanks for reaching out! I have sent your information to a member of our team and they will be contacting you shorty regarding your shipments.

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    Richard Moore

    I am interested in getting a price to ship 13 cartons 10 cbm, total weight 125kg from Shanghai to Jacksonville fl. commodity is plastic flag pole base. 125 pieces.

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      LILLY + Associates

      Hi Richard – thank you for reaching out! I have forwarded your information to a member of our team and they will be in contact shortly.

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    Ryan

    Hi,

    I am interested in shipping 3 pallets of LED lighting fixtures from either Ningbo or Shanghai China to Miami, Florida.

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      LILLY + Associates

      Hi Ryan – we are more than happy to help! I have sent your information to a member of our team and they will be in contact soon.

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    Narayanan

    Hi,Kindly help me with the carrier who has direct service from Far east to Port Aqaba,Jordan. Or else a faster vessel service from Far east to Jordan

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    Judith

    Hi, I am a student in China, wanting to ship a few boxes of personal items to Dominica but I did not find the shipping rates for Dominica on your site. Do you you ship to Dominica?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    ramin

    Hi ,
    I have a request to get your service to ship 3- 4 , 40ft container every month from china to Boston and LOS angeles.

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      LILLY + Associates

      Hi Ramin – thank you for reaching out. We can definitely help with your shipping needs. We have forwarded your information to our sales team and they should be contacting you shortly. Feel free to contact us directly by email at solutions@shiplilly.com or call us at 888-464-5459 to attend your requirements even faster.

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