When ordering from China, it is important to plan ahead. This is especially true when sending products by sea freight. To make things a bit easier, we have compiled a list below. This list indicates sailing times for port to port shipping. Included in this compilation are most major ports, such as Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Container Shipping Times


Please note the port of loading that is taken as a reference here is Hong Kong, but The ODM Group also ships out of Shanghai, Ningbo, and Shenzhen, among other ports.

Sailing time will vary by about 2/3 days depending on the actual port of departure in China.

  • Australia, Dampier 9 days
  • Australia, Sydney 15 days
  • Belgium, Antwerp 30 days
  • Brazil, Rio De Janeiro 31 days
  • Canada, Toronto 36 days
  • Chile, San Antonio 31 days
  • China, Shanghai 3 days
  • Colombia, Santa Marta 29 days
  • Denmark, Copenhagen 31 days
  • Finland, Helsinki 32 days
  • France, Marseille 24 days
  • Germany, Hamburg 30 days
  • Germany, Bremen/Bremerhaven 30 days
  • India, Jawaharlal Nehru 12 days
  • Israel, Tel-Aviv 20 days
  • Italy, Palermo 23 days
  • Japan, Nagoya 5 days
  • Lebanon, Beirut 21 days
  • Madagascar, Suarez 16 days
  • Malaysa, Tanjung Pelepas  5 days
  • Mexico, Veracruz 33 days
  • Morocco, Casablanca 26 days
  • Netherlands, Rotterdam 30 days
  • Netherlands, Amsterdam 30 days
  • New Zealand, Auckland 16 days
  • Norway, Oslo 31 days
  • Pakistan, Karachi 14 days
  • Poland, Gdynia 31 days
  • Portugal, Porto 27 days
  • Puerto Rico, San Juan 31 days
  • Russia, Magadan 9 days
  • Singapore, Singapore 5 days
  • South Africa, Cape Town 21 days
  • Spain, Las Palmas 28 days
  • Sweden, Stockholm 32 days
  • Taiwan, Keelung 2 days
  • Tunisia, Tunis 23 days
  • Turkey, Istanbul 22 days
  • Ukraine, Odessa 23 days
  • United Arab Emirates, Dubai 15 days
  • United Kingdom, London 29 days
  • United States, Los Angeles 20 days
  • United States, Long Beach 20 days
  • United States, Houston 32 days
  • United States, New York/New Jersey 34 days
  • Uruguay, Montevideo 32 days

For other ports of discharge, not mentioned above, or for other ports of loading, please click here for a calculator. Do send us a comment and we will add your ports to this list. Note also that the Freight times do not take into account further delays which may occur such as:

  • Getting products to port a few days before sailing for clearance in China. Account for 2-3 days extra
  • Waiting until the next available vessel departs (there is unlikely to be a departure every day to your port of choice)
  • Customs clearance in your country (count 3-5 days of slack.)
  • Internal trucking in your country. (count 3-5 days of slack.)
Container Shipping Times

Container Shipping Times

Please also check our blogs on Incoterms for more info on Freight calculations as well as our blog on National holidays where there might be further delays.

Understanding shipping routes and distances are important in order to keep your production streamlined. Consider using an online sea freight calculator or air freight transit time calculator to really stay on top of things.

See also our blogs on Incotermscalculating air freight, how many products fit in a container, shipping hazardous materials, & Pre-shipment QC.

Container Shipping Time (in days) from Hong Kong to:

Keelung: 2, Shanghai: 3, Nagoya: 5, Tanjung Pelepas: 5, Singapore: 5, Dampier: 9, Magadan: 9, Jawaharlal Nehru: 12, Karachi: 14, Sydney: 15, Dubai: 15, Suarez: 16, Auckland: 16, Tel-Aviv: 20, Los Angeles: 20, Long Beach: 20, Beirut: 21, Cape Town: 21, Istanbul: 22, Palermo: 23, Tunis: 23, Odessa: 23, Marseilles: 24, Casablanca: 26, Porto: 27, Las Palmas: 28, Santa Marta: 29, London: 29, Antwerp: 30, Hamburg: 30, Bremen/Bremerhaven: 30, Rotterdam: 30, Amsterdam: 30, Rio De Janeiro:31, San Antonio: 31, Copenhagen: 31, Oslo: 31, Gdynia: 31, San Juan: 31, Helsinki: 32, Stockholm: 32, Houston: 32, Montevideo: 32, Veracruz: 33, New York/New Jersey: 34, Toronto: 36.

Container Shipping Time (in days) from Shanghai to:

Sydney: 14, Dubai: 17, Singapore: 7, Auckland: 16, Tel-Aviv: 22, Los Angeles: 18, Cape Town: 23, Istanbul: 24, Palermo: 25, Odessa: 25, Porto: 28, London: 31, Hamburg: 32, Rio De Janeiro: 33, San Antonio: 30, Oslo: 33, Montevideo: 33, Houston: 30, New York: 31, Toronto: 31, Veracruz: 30, Santa Marta: 26, Suarez: 17, Tanjung Pelepas: 6, Keelung: 2.


How can ODM help?

Feel free to contact and speak with us to get a Quotation for Shipping from China.

We are also experienced in designing and manufacturing promotional products, POS displays, and so on. Don’t hesitate to contact ODM for more ways and explanation on how you can vastly improve your business. Our product designers will be able to provide you with multiple unique and interesting ideas for you to wow your audience and increase brand recognition. The specialists here are capable of assisting you throughout every process to ensure a pleasant experience. Contact ODM now!

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What is the speed of a cargo ship?

Most cargo ships travel at speeds around 24 knots but the average speed for bulkers is 15 knots (27.8km/h)

How can I calculate the truck load transit time?

It’s a quite simple operation. Just substract 350 for the first day, divide the remainder by 550 and finally add back in the first date.

How much does it take to send a merchandise by boat from Hong Kong to New York?

It will take approximately 34 days.