The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab state in Western Asia, occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula, and is geographically the second-largest country in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia is the world’s second-largest oil producer and largest exporter, and controls the world’s second-largest hydrocarbon reserves. While it is oil-rich, the country’s arid geography means that it must import many goods; thus, to export from the US to Saudi Arabia makes good business sense.
The kingdom is considered a high-income economy and is highly developed, and it is the only Arab country to be part of the G-20 major economies. Its primary imports include cars, refined petroleum, and packaged pharmaceuticals. China, the US, and Germany are its three biggest trading partners. Saudi Arabia is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Its high economic profile and increasing openness mean that many entrepreneurs are interested in equipping themselves to export from the US to Saudi Arabia.
A 20-foot shipping container will accommodate up to 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets. If the volume of your shipment is equal to at least half a container, then you are considered to have a full container load (FCL).
The other circumstance in which FCL is your optimal choice is if you need to isolate your merchandise from other exporters’ goods during shipping.
If this is not a concern, then groupage-a shared container (LCL)-can offer you an economical alternative. When you share a container, you pay only for the shipping space you use. Consult iContainers for rates and other important details.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ports Authority manages the country’s ports.
When your shipment is urgent or your schedule tight, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight. As air freight does impose some limitations related to volume and weight, consult iContainers’ calculator to help you determine whether this is an appropriate option.