Transit Time From China To Other Countries

Transit Time From China To Other Countries

When people are going to get cargo shipped from China to other countries, they always want to know how long the transportation will take. But when you are using ships to get cargo out of China, there can only be a very rough idea about the ETT (estimated transit time, between the estimated time of departure and estimated time of arrival) .

Here is a rough ETT from China to other countries, use it as reference.

Region ETT
USA & Canada (West) 20 days
USA & Canada (Eest) 30 days
Western Europe 25 days
Northern Europe 30 days
Southern Europe 27 days
Australia 15 days
India 15 days
Southeast Asia 9 days
Eastern Africa 30 days
Western Africa 40 days
Japan 3 days
South Korea 4 days
South America (East) 30 days
South America (West) 45 days


Please know that there could be 4 to 9 days difference in transportation that vary from different carriers, loading port and unloading port.

Here is another chart that shows the time for using different carrier from China’s Qingdao Port to Germany’s Hamburg Port.

Different carrier ETT
By EMC 33 days
By KLINE 31 days
By YML 31 days
By OOCL 32 days
By ANL 30 days
By MSC 38 days
By COSCO 34 days
By NYK 32 days
By WanHai 34 days
By CSCL 31 days
By CMA 30 days
By PIL 33 days
By CSAV 37 days
By UASC 28 days
By IRISL 42 days
By HPL 32 days


Sea carriers never guarantee the ETD and ETA to be accurate, so there may be another 7 days (or even more) before the cargo is loaded or unloaded.

ForestShipping’s Suggestion

Ocean transportation is slow, so you need to have generous margins and plan for the possible delays. Furthermore, most manufactures in China need time to produce your products. So make sure that you place your order as early as possible. Let’s say you want to have your products ready before Christmas, you should get your order placed before September or August or even earlier.



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