What are Transshipments?

What is a “transshipment” and
why you need to know about it?

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.

 

 

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