The US was the world's third-largest producer of raw steel (after China and Japan) in 2014, and the sixth-largest producer of pig iron. The industry produced 29 million metric tons of pig iron and 88 million tons of steel. The United States is also a major importer of iron and steel, and iron and steel products.
In 2014, the US produced $113 billion worth of iron and steel; 149,000 people were employed in iron and steel mills, and 69,000 in foundries, during that year. The construction sector is the biggest steel consumer in the United States, and the energy sector accounts for almost 10 percent of total US steel consumption.
Copper also continues to see vigorous production; overall production of copper in the US grew five percent to 1.36 million tons in 2013 compared to the year before
A steady increase in applications for building permits across the US means that more buildings are expected to be built in the near future. This means an increase in demand for metals of all sorts. If you're in the business of metals, you should want to know more about how to export metals from the US.
The size of your shipment will determine the ideal transport for you-either a full container load (FCL) or a shared container (LCL). However, taking into account the characteristics of these types of products will in most of the cases, need a FCL (full container load).
Containers come in two sizes-20-foot and 40-foot. Their capacity is 10 standard pallets (39 cubic yards) or 22 standard pallets (nearly 75.5 cubic yards), respectively. In terms of cubic meters the capacity of a 20-foot and of a 40-foot is 30 and 60 CBM, respectively. Translated into cubic feet is: 1,059 cubic feet for a 20-foot container, and twice as much for a 40-foot container.
A full container load will be most appropriate for shipments of five standard pallets or more, as this is half the capacity of a 20-foot container. This is also the choice to make if you wish to keep your merchandise separate from other exporters'goods.
If your shipment is smaller than five standard pallets, the most economical choice will always be groupage, or a less-than-container load (LCL), which involves sharing a container.
The magnitude of metals production in the US makes door-to-door shipment service a worthwhile prospect for the exporter. It also allows for a more secure delivery.
At iContainers we offer a complete door-to-door shipment service from the US that includes:
The destination of your shipment has an effect on its transit time. International transport to the Mediterranean takes between 15 to 25 days; Atlantic Ocean transit takes between 15 to 18 days; the Pacific Ocean requires 30 to 35 days; and transport to Asia take upwards of 8 to 25 days.
Unforeseen circumstances may also cause a delay in shipment, as can matters related to customs clearance. Because of the potential for delays as a result of these issues, we encourage you to allow a window of three months for your export shipment.
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