Ship From China to the US With Shipa Freight
Door to door freight shipping from China to US destinations
Breeze through the process of importing commercial goods from China to the United States, with our online forwarding platform and an extensive network of supply chain resources.
A New Kind of Freight Forwarder for China to US Cargo
Shipping from China to the US with Shipa Freight is a different kind of logistics experience. We put an end to your business’ struggles with the global carrier environment, which often caters primarily to the dominant needs of large beneficial cargo owners.
We know that many smaller businesses in the US today rely on products imported from the People's Republic of China. Shipa Freight makes it easier to trade on the global stage, by providing you with fast, hassle-free quotes, simple booking, tracking tools, and access to Agility's worldwide network of logistics resources.
Small shipment? Big Shipment? Something in-between?
If you’ve got goods to move from China to the US by ocean or air, Shipa Freight has the answer. Just use the form above to get a fast, competitive freight quote.
LCL and FCL Ocean Freight From China to the US
Whether you have a little, or a lot of freight to import from China to the US, Shipa Freight can get it on the water quickly, at competitive prices.
If you have less than around 15 cubic meters of freight, but more than 500 kilograms (approx.), LCL shipping will probably be the wisest choice. For over 15 cubic meters, you might be better off shipping FCL in a 20-foot container, as this will be faster and probably less expensive than LCL.
Of course, exact shipping rates—and times—depend upon several variables, one of which is the route your goods will take, or more precisely, the ports of loading and discharge for your shipment. Pricing also depends on whether you choose a door-to-door, port-to-door, door-to-port, or port-to-port shipping service.
At Shipa Freight, we offer all of the above shipping services via most ocean ports in China and the United States.
China Ports of Origin
Shipa Freight provides full-container-load (FCL) and less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping to the United States of America from many of China’s inland and coastal freight terminals, including those listed below.
The port of Shanghai is one of the world’s most important for container shipping, and home to the largest automated container terminal on the planet, Yangshan Deep Water Port. The Shanghai port complex is vast, comprising the aforementioned deep water port, as well as shallow water zones on the Huangpu and Yangtze rivers. It’s an ideal port of origin if you are importing products by LCL or FCL ocean freight from factories in Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
Owned By: Shanghai International Port Company Ltd.
Annual Container Volume: >40 million TEUs.
China's second-largest container transshipment hub, Dalian is also an important port of origin in its own right. It serves primarily as an export point for the Northeastern region of the country. Although it has traditionally been known as a coal port, Dalian’s container traffic has increased since the nearby Liaoning Free Trade Zone was established.
Owned By: Dalian Port Group Co., Ltd.
Annual Container Volume: >9 million TEUs.
Comprising five terminals (including a modern container terminal) and more than 300 berths, the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is both a high-volume gateway for exports from Zhejiang Province and a strategic overflow for the nearby Port of Shanghai. While far fewer containers are shipped from Ningbo than from Shanghai, the former handles a higher tonnage of cargo per year, thanks to its importance as an oil and bulk-ore shipping hub.
Owned By: Ningbo Zhoushan Port Co., Ltd.
Annual Container Volume: >26 million TEUs.
If your business is involved in importing the famous Tsingtao beer from China to the US, Qingdao will be the only port of origin you need to consider. That's because Qingdao Port lies within the city where the beer is made. However, the port handles a lot more than beer, with a steady throughput of container traffic and routes operating to some 700 world ports.
Qingdao is also the main port of export for Shandong Province, a powerhouse of Chinese industry. There are two primary container terminals at Qingdao Port: the Qingdao Cosport International Container Terminal and the Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal.
Owned By: Qingdao Port (Group) Co., Ltd.
Annual Container Volume: >18 million TEUs.
Xiamen is a sprawling port, comprising as many as nine container terminals and spread over an area that includes Xiamen Island and the mainland coastline opposite, and the estuary of the Jiulongjiang River. Aside from being the main Chinese port for service to and from Taiwan, it is also a high-volume hub for global shipping. Many major shipping lines operate routes from here to around 50 countries, including the United States.
Owned By: Xiamen Port Authority.
Annual Container Volume: >10 million TEUs.
Other Ports in China
In addition to the five ports described above, Shipa Freight also operates ocean freight services to the US from the following ports of origin in China:
- Changsha (inland port)
- Chongqing (inland port)
- Shenzhen (Chiwan, Shekou, Yantian)
- Guangzhou (Huangpu, Nansha)
- Nanjing (inland port)
US Ports of Arrival
Wherever your business may be located in the United States of America, there’ll be a container port or terminal within a reasonable distance. Shipa Freight can bring your imports into the US via all main ocean freight gateways. We operate FCL and LCL services to the following US ports.
Around one-fifth of all cargo entering the United States arrives via the Port of Los Angeles. It is the largest port in the US, covering nearly 70 kilometers of California coastline. With eight container terminals and more than 80 cranes, it's unsurprising that more businesses have their cargo arrive via Los Angeles than any other US port. It’s the United States’ premier gateway for freight, with the highest throughput in both tonnage and value terms.
Owned By: City of Los Angeles.
Annual Container Volume: >9 million TEUs.
A critical gateway for trade from China and the rest of Asia, Long Beach is located right alongside the Port of Los Angeles. More than a quarter of the container traffic to and from the US moves through the two ports, so the chances are high that your freight forwarder will recommend this gateway for your imports from China. That's especially true if your business is based on the Western side of the country.
Owned By: City of Long Beach.
Annual Container Volume: >8 million TEUs.
It may be 30 kilometers from the ocean, but that makes Savannah no less popular as a port of unloading for imports from China. Located along the river from whence it gets its name, Savannah is home to the largest container terminal in North America.
Despite requiring vessels from China to navigate through the Panama Canal and up the Eastern seaboard of the United States, Savannah is a logical choice for importers based in the Eastern States, and even those in the Midwest, given its inland location.
Owned By: Georgia Ports Authority.
Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.
For businesses in the Northwestern United States, the Port of Seattle will be a convenient arrival point for Chinese imports, saving many kilometers of overland transportation for door-to-door shipments.
Recently, the operators began a significant redevelopment of the port's Terminal 5. When completed, the upgrade will increase container capacity and enable some of the world's largest container vessels—those in the 18,000 TEU category—to berth there. The improved facility will be able to handle two such vessels simultaneously, which is excellent news for stakeholders in the China-to-US ocean trade lanes.
Owned By: Northwest Seaport Alliance.
Annual Container Volume: >3.5 million TEUs.
To the general public, Port Miami is best known as the world's largest hub for cruise passengers. It also happens to be one of the biggest cargo ports in the US, and a gateway for cargo from China bound for the Southeastern states. Indeed, Port Miami is fondly known as the Cargo Gateway of the Americas. It’s the ninth-largest container port in the United States and the largest in Florida.
Although transit times from Asia to Miami are quite long, it’s nevertheless one of the most popular ports for door-to-door ocean freight from China to US-based businesses.
Owned By: Multiple owners.
Annual Container Volume: >1 million TEUs.
Other Ocean Freight Ports in the United States
Aside from the five container ports discussed above, Shipa Freight also provides ocean freight forwarding services to the following ports of unloading in the US:
- New York
- San Francisco
- New Orleans
- Port Everglades
Trade Lanes and Transit Times
Here are some examples of the trade lanes we cover so that you can ship containers to different ports in the United States. You can also see estimated transit times for each route, so you can get an idea of how long your port-to-port shipments will take.
Don't forget to add on estimates for land transportation if you plan to use our door-to-door shipping service. You will also need to account for the time your goods might spend in the customs clearance process.
|Port of Origin||Destination Port||Est. Transit Time|
|Dalian||Long Beach||24 Days|
|Ningbo||Long Beach||15 Days|
|Ningbo||Los Angeles||20 Days|
|Qingdao||Long Beach||19 Days|
|Qingdao||Los Angeles||19 Days|
|Shanghai||Los Angeles||18 Days|
|Shanghai||Long Beach||17 Days|
|Xiamen||New York||28 Days|
Air Freight From China to the US
If your shipping needs are time-sensitive, you have urgent shipments or want to move high-value goods; air freight will cut delivery time considerably.
Air freight is best-suited for smaller shipments, especially if they are small enough to be transported in the hold of a passenger airliner. Keep in mind the fact that loads of less than 0.5 cubic meters or 150 kilograms can be less expensive to ship by air than by sea. However, once the volume, weight, or dimensional weight exceeds these numbers, the reverse will probably apply.
For example, a shipment that might cost $200 to send by ocean freight, could cost as much as $1,000 to transport as air freight. That said, if the cost of air freight works out at less than 20% of your goods’ total value, it’s likely to be a worthwhile delivery option.
Shipa Freight is an air-freight, as well as an ocean freight forwarder, providing consolidated, expedited, or even chartered shipping for your air cargo from China to the US.
China Airports of Origin
Pudong Airport is the world's third busiest air-cargo hub, typically handling more than 3.5 million tonnes of cargo per year. At least 17 airlines operate freight services between Shanghai and airports in the United States, including 13 cargo-only operators.
US Airports Served: Anchorage, Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Detroit, Seattle, Newark, Oakland, Washington DC.
Shanghai to US Cargo-Only Operators: AirBridge Cargo, Air China Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Cargo, Atlas Air, Kalitta Air, Polar Air Cargo, Southern Air, FedEx Express, Korean Air Cargo, National Airlines, Qantas Cargo, Suparna Airlines, UPS Airlines.
IATA Code: PVG
The airport belonging to China’s capital, Beijing, is another of the busiest cargo airports in the world. It sees a cargo throughput of more than 2 million tonnes annually. American Airlines, Air China, Delta, United, and Hainan Airlines all fly passengers and freight to the US from Beijing. Meanwhile, Air China Cargo provides freight-only services to four US destinations.
US Airports Served: Anchorage, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, Houston, New York, Newark, Washington DC, Dallas, Detroit, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco.
Beijing to US Cargo-Only Operators: Air China Cargo.
IATA Code: PEK.
Guangzhou is China’s third busiest cargo airport, and the 17th busiest globally. Cargo throughput at Guangzhou was more than 1.8 million tonnes in 2018. China Southern flies a few passenger and freight routes between Guangzhou and airports in the United States, while also operating freight-only services to Chicago and Los Angeles.
If your business imports come from the vital manufacturing region of Guangdong, shipping them as air freight directly from Guangzhou will ensure a rapid arrival in the United States. Of course, you’ll need to account for customs processing, and onward air or land transportation from one of the few US airports receiving direct flights out of Guangzhou.
US Airports Served: Anchorage, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco.
Guangzhou to US Cargo-Only Operators: China Southern Cargo.
IATA Code: CAN.
In comparison with its ocean port counterpart, Qingdao Airport holds less importance as a cargo hub. Nevertheless, if you buy textiles or other products from Shandong Province, and need them quickly, we can ship them by air from Qingdao. Indeed, they will be on American soil in the time it would take a cargo vessel to clear Chinese coastal waters. The existing airport is soon to be replaced by the much larger Qingdao Jiaodong Airport, which has been under construction since 2013 and is scheduled to open late in 2019.
US Airports Served: Los Angeles, San Francisco.
Qingdao to US Cargo-Only Operators: China Southern Cargo.
IATA Code: TAO.
Handling more than 220,000 tonnes of cargo annually, Wuhan Tianhe links Central China with cargo destinations around the world, including the United States. Freight-only flights are offered by Kalitta Air from Wuhan to Anchorage and Chicago, while China Southern Airlines carry passengers and cargo to San Francisco and New York.
US Airports Served: Los Angeles, San Francisco.
Wuhan to US Cargo-Only Operators: China Southern Cargo.
IATA Code: WUH.
Other Airports in China
- Shanghai Hongqiao
US Destination Airports for International Shipping From China
LAX, as it’s commonly known, is the 10th busiest cargo airport in the world (as of 2018) and a perfect destination for international air freight from China to the Western side of the United States. In 2018, more than two million tonnes of cargo passed through Los Angeles Airport's terminals, more than half of that transported in the holds of passenger airliners.
Approximately 1,000 flights per day arrive or Los Angeles airport with cargo onboard. Perhaps not surprisingly, most imports reaching the US via LAX are inbound from China. With so many carriers servicing the trade lane, it will be rare to have difficulties finding capacity for your freight.
Connected Airports in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou.
China to Los Angeles Cargo-Only Operators: AirBridge Cargo Airlines, Air China Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Cargo, National Airlines, Qantas Freight.
IATA Code: LAX.
Miami International Airport is another air-freight center that handles more than two million tonnes of freight per year. Additionally, it trumps LAX, and all other US airports, for international freight volume, even though it ranked only 15th among the busiest cargo airports in the world in 2018. Unfortunately, you won't find any direct flights from Chinese airports for your freight, but don't despair. Thanks to our extensive global logistics network, we can ship your cargo into Miami via connecting flights from Los Angeles and other airports with direct flights from China.
Connected Airports in China: None.
China to Miami Cargo-Only Operators: None.
IATA Code: MIA.
Up to 15 wide-body cargo aircraft can unload simultaneously at Chicago O’Hare’s freight terminal, which covers an area of approximately 185,000 square meters. A full quarter of the freight that arrives here comes from China, so you’ll have no trouble finding a choice of flights for your goods.
Better still, O'Hare's central location means that wherever your business operates, you can move your imports onward for delivery at a reasonable cost. You can fly your freight with any of seven international carriers, four of which are cargo-only.
Connected Airports in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Zhengzhou.
China to Chicago Cargo-Only Operators: Air China Cargo, Cargolux, China Southern Cargo, Qantas Freight, Yangtze River Express.
IATA Code: ORD.
What New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) lacks in freight throughput by tonnage, it more than makes up for in total value. It is the number one airport in the United States for cargo value, and ranks as the third busiest gateway by the same measure, with only the ocean ports of Los Angeles and New York seeing a higher value in throughputs.
Despite its location on the East Coast of the US, JFK still benefits from several direct passenger and cargo flights from airports in China. Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, and XiamenAir all operate regular services, as do three freight-only carriers. Korean Air Cargo, Air China Cargo, and Qantas Freight.
Connected Airports in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu.
China to New York Cargo-Only Operators: Korean Air Cargo, Air China Cargo, Qantas Freight.
IATA Code: JFK.
Nowhere in the United States is more than a four-hour flight away from Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport (DFW). As a result, wherever your business is based, you can use air freight services that originate in China and enter the US through American Airlines' central hub. That will give you access to a vast network of internal routes, ensuring your goods move quickly to the final point of delivery.
DFW is an airport more notable for passenger traffic than air freight, but that's something that's slowly changing. The facility's management seeks to maximize utilization of its 1.8 million square meters of warehouse capacity. American Airlines and other operators fly between Dallas and some 190 stateside destinations, so there should be no shortage of airliner belly space to increase cargo throughput. Freight operations are already moving close to 2,000 tonnes per day.
Connected Airports in China: Beijing, Shanghai.
China to Dallas Cargo-Only Operators: Air China Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, Qantas Freight.
IATA Code: DFW.
Other Air Freight Destinations in the US
By shipping your imports from China by air to LAX, MIA, JFK, ORD, or DFW, you should be able to get them into your inventory quickly, if not as economically as with ocean freight. However, these are not the only international airports available for your goods. We can also offer routes from China to the following destinations in the United States:
- El Paso
- San Diego
- San Francisco
China to the US: Air Freight Routes
The following table outlines a few air freight trade lanes connecting airports in China and the United States. The transit times stated are only for the airport-to-airport shipping leg, and don’t account for customs processing times or domestic transportation in the two countries.
You should expect air freight to take up to a week to complete its journey from its origin to its final destination. That said, there are occasions when it can arrive in just two or three days.
|Airport of Origin||Destination Airport||Est. Transit Time|
|Beijing||San Francisco||11 Hours|
|Beijing||Los Angeles||12 Hours|
|Beijing||New York||13 Hours|
|Guangzhou||Los Angeles||13 Hours|
|Guangzhou||New York||15 Hours|
|Guangzhou||San Francisco||13 Hours|
|Shanghai||Los Angeles||12 Hours|
|Shanghai||San Francisco||11 Hours|
|Shanghai||New York||14 Hours|
China to the US With Shipa Freight: The Benefits
Regardless of the scope and scale of your business, Shipa Freight can simplify your processes for importing or exporting from China to the United States of America. Apart from the advantages of online quote requests, bookings, payment, and freight tracking, we place the resources of a Top 20 Global shipping company at your disposal.
A Truly Global Freight Forwarding Partner
Our parent company, Agility, has a physical presence in several major cities, both in China and the United States.
|Offices in China||Offices in the US|
|Dalian||Boston||El Paso||San Diego|
Leading Technology and Expertise
Our industry-leading technology and skilled logisticians equip you with the capabilities to overcome the complexities of global freight shipping.
- When all you need is straightforward, self-service management tools, our platform provides fingertip control.
- When you need human experts to advise, guide, and help you, our specialists are just an email, online chat, or phone call away, and available around the clock.
Customs Clearance Made Easy
Not only will we move your freight via the most economical and efficient routes—we'll help you comply with customs requirements too.
- If you’d like some essential customs information at a glance, you’ll find it on the China and US pages of our International Shipping Guide.
- When you book your freight on our platform, you’ll be prompted for all the information we need to clear your shipment through customs.
- When you have questions about customs clearance, or we need extra information from you, our agents will guide you as appropriate to your shipment and its characteristics.
In short, we're with you—and your freight—all the way from origin to destination. So if you're ready to simplify your shipping, try China to the US with Shipa Freight.
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