Transshipments are similar to switching planes on a very long flight. Containers are unloaded from one vessel at a hub-port and later loaded onto a second vessel for the last leg of the journey.
Transshipments are essential because a shipping line cannot cover all ports around the world with a single vessel. Services are segregated into routes and hub-ports are used for transshipments.
Sailings from the US to Israel may have transshipment delays. The time delay may be as short as a few days or up to three or four weeks.
Transshipment delays may result from port congestion, missing the connecting vessel or a number of other possibilities.
Obviously, we at Aliyah Lift Shipping have no control over these delays, nor can we predict when a shipment will arrive in Israel. It’s a matter of watch, wait and see.
In our situation, one vessel sails from North America to Europe and a second vessel sails the Mediterranian dropping off and picking up.
Here is the current general trend in transshipments :
- Zim : Miami to Israel has a transshipment in Valencia, Spain and the delay may be up to a couple weeks.
- MSC : New York to Israel has a transshipment in Gioia Tauro, Italy and the delay may be four/five days or up to three/four weeks. (Shipment originating inland like Denver, Chicago, Detroit, etc. are almost always routed through New York.)
Our most popular sailing, Zim’s New York to Ashdod route, does not have a transshipment and is currently at 24 days.