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Overseas shipping from America to the World

Aug 3, 2008
Most Americans think of overseas shipping as something that is done to bring manufactured products from other countries into the United States. Shop online for a while and you'll get the opportunity to see how many different Asian and European companies there are that cater to the U.S. market and engage the services of overseas shipping companies to transport their products to you. Being on the receiving end of this we don't often think about overseas shipping in the other direction unless we are directly involved in the process.

The truth is that the United States is one of the largest exporters of manufactured goods and agricultural products to the rest of the world. Ships and planes leave the seaports and airports of the U.S. everyday carrying cargoes that are offloaded in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The countries that we import our electronics from in Southeast Asia are dependent on the U.S. for many of the everyday and luxury items that they need.

Both the East and West Coasts of the United States have dozens of port cities that can handle both large and small overseas shipping vessels. The highway system that connects the inland portions of the country enables manufacturers from the Midwest to ship items to New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco and dozens of other cities that contain international and overseas shipping companies.

Most of the traffic that goes to the Far East originates in the seaports of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The California Current that was the original determining factor in the shipping routes to Asia runs down the coast from the Gulf of Alaska and turns out to sea near Baja. It then flows directly across the ocean to the island of the Philippines, the South China Sea and Japan. Like the sailing ships of old overseas shipping vessels travel this path daily to bring the products of American industry to the nations of Southeast Asia.

East Coast shipping ports include Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. The Atlantic Current runs up the coast and flows across the Atlantic Ocean to Great Britain and Ireland, making Belfast and London two of the largest overseas shipping destinations on earth. From these seaports and others in France, Portugal, Spain and the nations of Scandinavia, overland transport brings American products to the other countries of Western and Eastern Europe.

Currents, with the development of independently powered ships that don't rely on them anymore, are not really all that important in choosing a route for overseas shipping but the voyages of the past have established shipping lanes that are still followed today. From Europe, manufactured goods and agricultural products can be transported by sea along the coast and into the Mediterranean for access to the Middle East and Asia. These routes have been established since the beginning of overseas shipping nearly four thousand years ago and still see thousands of merchants a day bringing cargoes from every nation in the world, including the United States of America.
About the Author
Nir Dotan is a writer and promoter of
Overseas Shipping services,
Omega Shipping
Local as well as International Moving.
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