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November 11, 2021

Shipping delays from China to the United States. What are my options? Air Charters

There are significant delays in the United States right now with an extraordinary surge of imported cargo into the main air freight gateways.

It’s a troublesome time for shippers with supply chain disruption out of Asia causing havoc due to a capacity crunch. Port congestion, backlogs from the Suez Canal blockage, container shortages, and ongoing COVID outbreaks have brought about restrictions on transportation. Ocean freight container yards in China are filling up due to vessel schedule delays and terminals are implementing precautionary measures to restrict the entry of outbound cargo to prevent overflow.

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In the U.S., a surge in consumer demand is outstripping supply with manufacturing ramping up to compensate for COVID downtime. Inventories stored in U.S. warehouses are rapidly depleting. As the world awakens from a year of the pandemic, consumer demand is at an all-time high. It is not expected to reduce any time soon and with preparations for the festive season ahead and the inevitable peak season.

Increasingly, supply chains are under pressure to provide an efficient flow of goods from China into the U.S., but with origin delays and un-forecasted demand, U.S. ports and airports are under pressure to clear inbound goods.  

From Los Angeles to Chicago, congestion is arising, creating bottlenecks for inland transportation to final destinations

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Frequently referred to as ‘the perfect storm,’ multiple variables are impacting the regular flow of goods into the United States. Now, more than ever, logistics partnerships are vital at every stage of the supply chain process to combat the challenges ahead.

At Crane Worldwide, our team is committed to providing the absolute best support and service to our clients to limit delays and also to prevent ongoing difficulties for cargo entry into the United States.

Our regular air charter service from Shanghai, China into Chicago, USA is an option for you to consider for your inbound U.S. cargo. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is not only among the busiest airports for passenger traffic and flight operations but also one of the largest air cargo gateways in the world. Today, O’Hare processes record volumes​ of cargo per year, over two million metric tonnes worth over $200 billion—ranking in the top 20 globally and #1 by freight value of all airports in the Americas. This airport is situated close to our Chicago and Columbus warehouse facilities and freight hubs. 

In Columbus, we offer full 3PL services and can tailor-made our services to meet your individual needs. Crane Worldwide has 700,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space in CMH with full trucking service, value-added services, and a range of logistics services to support your business in the United States.

Our domestic trucking capability allows for delivery to major hubs in the nearby radius such as Washington, Atlanta, and New York as well as throughout the United States and onforwarding into Canada.

Providing flexibility to our clients at this challenging time is a priority for our team, reach out for more information about our air charter service from Shanghai to Chicago and secure your charter space.


Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) since the site was chosen for Chicago's new airport in 1945, O'Hare has quickly grown into one of the busiest and most well-known airports in the world.

Chicago O'Hare Airport

Airport Awards


  • Global Traveler magazine “Best Airport in North America” - O'Hare​​​
  • Chicago Midway International Airport won Best Family Friendly Domestic Airport in the WhereverFamily’s Wherever Awards.
  • ACI Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience Award for Customer Experience Technology Innovation


  • Global Traveler magazine “Best Airport in North America” - O'Hare​​​
  • 2019 FAA Civil Rights Advocate and Partner Award for our DBE/ACDBE (Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Programs 
  • ACI-NA Peggy G. Hereford Award for Overall Excellence in Airport Marketing. First place in the best website ( best overall marketing program for the large airport (Architect Campaign)
  • OAG Mega Hubs U.S. Index 2019 - O'Hare Ranked Number One for Fight Connectivity in North America

Airport Cargo

A new cargo campus on the northeast airfield can now​ handle 50 percent more cargo traffic and freighter aircraft than before—in addition to three other cargo ramps on the south airfield. Altogether, O’Hare has approximately two million square feet of airside cargo facilities with space for 40 jumbo freighters (including the B747-8F), with another two million square feet of cargo facilities landside.*

Going all the way back to the 19th Century as a maritime and railroad nexus, trade at O’Hare is part of Chicago’s long history as a pre-eminent center for national commerce due to its central geography, transportation infrastructure, business environment, and large population. O’Hare serves over 25 cargo carriers from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, plus over 30 international passenger airlines, including major hubs for both United Airlines and American Airlines. In addition, many foreign cargo carriers view Chicago as their flagship connection to the United States.*

*(Source: Chicago Department of Aviation)

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