Shipping from Hawaii to the US Mainland and Vice Versa

When moving from one location to another, it is quite natural to know the process required, especially if it is the first time. This post focuses on the shipping between Hawaii and the US mainland, whether it is a complete relocation or just transportation of a cargo or your vehicle. 

Shipping from Hawaii to the US is a different ball game from transportation within the mainland. This is because the travel route involves both land and water, thus requiring more than one mode of transportation. Hawaii is the only island state in the United states of America. It is actually located in the pacific ocean.

Every ship coming from Hawaii docks at California seaports. And from there shipments are transported to various parts of the United states.

Before we go into the shipping process from the island to the mainland and vice versa, let’s briefly highlight the various seaports at both Hawaii and California.

Ports in Hawaii

  • Honolulu Harbor
  • Kalaeloa barbers point Harbor
  • Kewalo Basin
  • Kahului Harbor
  • Kaunakakai Harbor
  • Kaumalapau harbor
  • Hilo Harbor
  • Kawaihae Harbor
  • Nawiliwili Harbor
  • Port Allen Harbor

California Ports

  • Humboldt Bay Harbor District
  • Port of Hueneme
  • Port of Long Beach
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Port of Oakland
  • Port of Redwood City
  • Port of Richmond
  • Port of San Diego
  • Port of San Francisco
  • Port of Stockton
  • Port of West Sacramento

Relocating from Hawaii to the US mainland and vice versa

Relocating from one location to another involves moving your entire household items. The size of container you would need to pack the items depends on the number of items. Some people might have enough items to fill a 40foot container, some might fill a 20foot container, some might not need to fill a container, in which case you would have to go for less than container load (LCL). The prices vary with the option, for this reason it is important to know exactly what you need before you get a quote. 

Normally, for a family, a 40foot container is needed. For a single man or woman, a 20foot container would suffice. If you are only moving a small amount of household items you would need an LCL. 

You can either opt for a door-to-door move where the moving company comes to your house and packs the items into as many crates as you need. Then, at your destination, they’ll deliver the lift vans to your new house and unpack anything they packed at your old home. 

Your second option would be terminal-to-terminal move. In this option, you take your items to the warehouse and pack your own crates, more like a do-it-yourself option. Once your goods are packed it is scheduled for shipping alongside other loads going to the same destination. This is a suitable option if you are moving a small amount of household items or cargo. The delivery of your items depends on your agreement with the moving company. In some cases, your crates will be unloaded at the destination port, from there you will get a truck to load your items and deliver them at your new place or the moving company could do it for you. Each option comes with its own price.

At Fortecho LLC, we offer either option, but we advise door-to-door shipping for the sake of convenience except you are trying to save cost. We also offer financing option from 14 to 30 days at 0%.

Moving Freight from Hawaii to the US mainland and vice versa

Just as in the relocating option above, you can use a 20 or 40 foot container or LCL depending on the size of the freight.

You can transport dry goods, perishable goods, Hazardous materials (HazMat) and Equipment. Different specialized containers are available for the different types of goods and also based on customers’ needs. For example, 20foot Dry Container, 40foot Dry Standard Container, 40foot  Dry High Cube Container, 45fpot Dry High Cube Container, 40foot Dry Reefer High Cube Container, etc.

The process of shipping involves moving the freight from the warehouse using a truck to the origin port (i.e, either Hawaii port of California port, depending on where you are moving from), then transporting by sea using a cargo ship to the destination port and from there to the warehouse at the destination by a truck.

At Fortecho LLC, we offer intermodal freight shipping, full truckload (ftl) and less than truckload shipping services (ltl) services. We can transport dry goods, perishable goods, Hazmat and equipment.

Moving vehicles from Hawaii to the US mainland and vice versa

In order to move your car, you can either drive it to the port, from there it will be shipped over sea to the destination port, then from the port you drive to your destination. Or you could opt for a door to door delivery, where your car is picked up by a truck from your pickup location to and taken to the port, then from there shipped to the destination port, and then the vehicle is carried by truck to your desired delivery location.

The first option is not bad if the distance of travel on road is not that far, maybe a few hundred miles and it will help you save cost. But for the sake of convenience and for long distances, option two is advised.

At Fortecho LLC, we offer a wide range of car shipping services, such as door-to-door, open transport, enclosed transport, expedited shipping, etc.

A guide to shipping your car from Hawaii to the US mainland and vice versa

These are some guidelines that you can use to prepare your car for shipping.

  1. Empty your gas tank leaving only a quarter-tank to allow for driving into the container or transport to your destination (if applicable).
  2. Observe the state of the car, if possible take a picture of the car to keep account of the state of the car before shipping.
  3. Remove your personal belongings from the car.
  4. Remove all attachment to the exterior of the car, such as toll tags, antennae, to prevent them from damage.

Ready to ship your car, household items or freight, get a quote. If you would rather speak to us directly, contact us at +1 219 300 1666 or have a live chat with one of our representatives.

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