Your choices when shipping containers to Guatemala are either a full container load (FCL) or a shared container-groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL). Your choice will be determined largely by your shipping volume.
A forty-foot shipping container accommodates 22 standard pallets, while a twenty-foot container can carry 10. We recommend you to book a full container load if the volume of your shipment is equal to half of its capacity, that is six or more standard pallets for a 20-foot container.
If you are concerned with any possible risk of damage to your goods that may be posed by contact with other exporters' merchandise, a full container is also what you need.
If isolating your goods from those of others is not an issue, then a shared container, or groupage (LCL), is a good choice. This is an economical option, as you pay strictly for the container space you use. iContainers can provide you with information on rates and other important details.
Four ports handle the majority of Guatemala's exports and imports: Barrios, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Quetzal, and Guatemala City, which handles LCL exports exclusively. Consult the Guatemalan National Port Commission (Comisión Portuaria Nacional de Guatemala) site for more information.
If you are working against a short deadline and your shipment is urgent, you should consider air freight. Some limitations are imposed on volume and weight with air freight; consult the iContainers calculator to determine whether this is the right option for you.