According to the numbers from 2018, the top five ports in the USA are:
- Port of Los Angeles
- Port of Long Beach
- Port New York and New Jersey
- Port of Savannah
- Port of Seattle-Tacoma
There are many pros and cons a company may have with shipping out of one of the ports mentioned above. Figuring out what port works best for your company and shipping needs is just one of the many factors that comes into play with international shipping. The biggest and busiest ports, can provide companies more access to multiple shipping lines and sailing schedules. As this would be considered a pro, this can also be a con as you could now be subject to more port congestion and less equipment availability. We know when working with deadlines these cons can work against you and your company’s time schedules.
Depending on where the shipment is exporting to and where your company is located, shipping out of a smaller port may be a better option. Some of these ports include Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and Mobile, AL. Not as many carriers service these ports, but this can also be a good benefit to the shipper. There is generally more container equipment and space availability with the carriers servicing these ports when things are running under normal circumstances. An example of one of these carriers is Independent Container line. This company only handles Europe, but they are extremely proactive and responsive. Even though they only service smaller ports it gives them the opportunity to offer exceptional service.
Both large and small ports have their advantages and disadvantages. If there are time constraints for your cargo, we strongly advise to reach out to us as far in advance as possible for us to explore the various options available for your trade lane. We can assist with determining which choice would work best for you, your company and customer overseas.
Written by: Stephanie Blanche