The capital of Argentina is the great backbone of the country’s economy. At base, the three sectors of greatest importance are the service sector, real estate, and trade. Ocean freight transport to Buenos Aires is, in fact, vitally important, as this city is the focus of a great deal of the country’s $140 billion in foreign trade, including annual imports and exports.
It is very relevant to highlight the integration of Argentina into Mercosur which means that ocean freight transportation to Buenos Aires constitutes a natural entry to exports to this economical region, to which Brazil and Chile are also part of.
If your shipment reaches or exceeds half the capacity of a container, then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option. The approximate capacity of a 20-foot container is 11 Europallets, or 25 Europallets in the case of a 40-foot container.
A 20-foot container has an interior dimension of 19’3”L X 7’8”W X 7’9”H (L 5.86m X 2.33m X 3.38m.). It has 146 square feet (13.86sqm) of floor space and 1,172 cubic feet of volume (33.2cbm.). It will hold 10 standard pallets (12 Euro pallets) without stacking.
A 40-foot container has an interior dimension of 37’5 5⁄8” L X 7’8” W X 7’9”H (L12.01m X W 2.33m X H2.38). It has 285 square feet of floor space and 2,120 cubic feet of volume (60CBM.) It will hold 22 standard pallets (27 Euro pallets) without stacking.
There are two types of pallets: Standard (1.2m/47 ¼” X 1m/39 3⁄8”) and Euro (1.2m/47 ¼” X .8m/31 ½”.)
It is important to know which pallets you are using and if your cargo is stackable in order to calculate your shipping charge.
Regardless, it’s possible that, despite not having the full volume, you may prefer that your goods travel in their own container, thus avoiding any risk of damage that your goods could suffer as a consequence of contact with the shipments of other merchants.
In all other cases, we recommend that you opt for “groupage” or a shared container (LCL). In this way, you will reduce costs by have to pay only for the space you require.
If your shipping is urgent or you are running short of time and the value of the shipment justifies the expenditure, we suggest you quote an air freight shipment - taking into consideration the limitations on air freight shipments with respect to volume and weight - by using the calculator provided by iContainers.