China is home to some of the world’s largest shipping ports, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Ningbo, and Shanghai – the world’s largest port. A massive volume of freight moves by ocean from these ports into the United States.

Most of this freight transits through the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles, known as America’s port –the largest port in the United States.

The global supply chain and economy rely heavily on the commercial activity flowing between these two goliaths of shipping activity.  Many ocean carriers serve this trade lane with standard transit times of 14 to 20 days.

But there is a faster lane. An express ocean service that is a cost-effective option, saving thousands when compared to shipping by air. Accessing this option can mean thousands in savings per shipment and dramatically enhance a company’s supply chain efficiency.

Express Service

An ocean vessel takes an average of 2-3 weeks to travel from China to the United States. Supply chain managers must plan accordingly, stocking their inventory for weeks and months, incorporating the transit time into their deadlines.  Production issues or other factors may require shipments faster than expected, forcing them to consider the costly option of airfreight.   

Under certain circumstances, an alternative ocean shipping service that offers a quicker route across the Pacific Ocean may do the trick.

Express Service ocean shipping can cut shipping transit time by several days and is useful to importers with a tighter supply chain. The Express Service route, also known as the China-Long Beach Express, only takes 10-12 days.

Shipping Routes

Express Shipping is an excellent option if your factory is near Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai, or Long Beach. Easy access to these ports promotes a faster and more efficient supply chain. If not, arranging drayage and trucking to and from these cities is easily organized to incorporate this shipping service into your supply chain.

Cost and Feasibility

When time is of the essence, many shippers opt for airfreight. Shipping by air takes only a few days from door-to-door. However, it costs a lot more, and air is not practical for some cargo. This is where Express Service provides a more cost-effective option. 

With fixed day arrivals and a dedicated terminal at the Port of Long Beach, Express Service boasts faster truck turnaround time and intermodal service throughout the United States. Reefer service is also available and essential to shippers of perishable goods.

Final Thoughts

Express Service is a viable, faster alternative for transporting cargo from China to the United States. Transit times are several days shorter than standard ocean freight, and you can get your cargo where it needs to go –faster and more efficiently.

Making the journey from China to the United States in just 10-12 days, Express Service is an excellent mid-point between expensive airfreight shipping and standard ocean freight.

Call Dedola Global Logistics at (562)-594-8988 to get more information on how to ship via Express Service.

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