Sea Freight To The US

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How much is Sea Freight to the US?

International sea freight calculator & freight rate estimates for shipping goods by ocean to and from the US.

Get an estimate from the world’s largest database of US sea freight rates with our freight calculator and then join to compare, book, and manage your upcoming shipments.


US Sea Freight Rates

Planning your shipment to the US? Find competitive sea freight rates to the US. Compare quotes from leading freight forwarders and choose the best option for your shipment.

The prices listed below are current sea freight rates for shipping from Shanghai, China, to Los Angeles, CA.

20′ Container
From $3,177
Transit Time: 27-36 days
From $778
Transit Time: 29-41 days

US Sea Freight Services

Understanding the intricacies of sea freight services to the US is essential for businesses engaged in international trade. Generally speaking, sea freight can be a cost-effective and reliable option for shipping goods to and from the US. 

Importers and exporters that ship by sea can choose between full container loads (FCL) for larger shipments or less-than-container loads (LCL) for smaller shipments. It’s also important to research customs clearance procedures, documentation requirements, and international shipping regulations when shipping to the US. Your freight forwarder can help you navigate these rules and regulations.

How long does it take to ship Sea Freight to the US?

The transit time of sea freight shipments to the US depends on several factors, primarily the departure and arrival ports, and the shipping route. Generally, shipping to the US can take between a few weeks to several months.

Weather conditions, port congestion, and potential delays in customs clearance can also impact overall shipping time. Find out more here with our Transit Time Calculator.

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