South Africa, the southernmost country on the continent of Africa, is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area. With close to 53 million people, it is also the world’s 24th most-populous nation. The country has significant regional influence, and has been identified as a middle power in international affairs. Learn more about ocean freight transportation to South Africa, and give your business access to the continent.
South Africa has the seventh-highest per capita income in Africa in terms of PPP, and its economy is second only to Nigeria’s in terms of African economies. The country is considered an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank, and it is ranked as a newly industrialised country. South Africa has a diversified economy, with a sizable and growing African middle class.
Among South Africa’s principal international trading partners are other countries on the continent, as well as Germany, the United States, and China. Its chief exports include corn, diamonds, and fruits. Ocean freight transportation to South Africa is something all exporters should explore.
A 40-foot container carries 22 standard pallets; a 20-foot container accommodates 10 standard pallets. If your shipment is equal to at least half of a 20-foot container (six standard pallets or more), you will need a full container load (FCL).
Whatever the volume of your shipment, FCL is also your best option if you want to avoid any potential risk of damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with other exporters’ merchandise.
You may want to opt for LCL-a shared container, also called groupage-if separation of goods isn’t an issue. This will require you to pay only for the space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.
You may wish to investigate air freight instead of ocean freight if you are working against a short deadline or your shipment is urgent, This does impose some limitations on your shipment in terms of volume and weight; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.