Shipping to Argentina
Argentina is a number 1 destination for a freight forwarder. It’s in the TOP 10 of moving countries and it’s crucial for Latin America’s economic engine. Over 500 U.S. based companies operate in Argentina. Shipping to Argentina means being a piece of the $140 billion foreign trade pie, including imports/exports. The integration of Argentina into Mercosur and its ties with Europe, along with its status as a major U.S trading partner, provide added incentive to export from the U.S to Argentina – especially since the EU represents 18 percent of Argentina’s total imports. The three most significant sectors of its economy are the service sector, real estate, and trade.
To ship a container to Argentina you need to know that the major ports of the country, Zarate, Rosario and Buenos Aires are the main ocean freight transportation routes to export from the U.S. If you choose the ocean freight option, you’ll have to choose between FCL or LCL. If your shipment volume is at least half the capacity of a container, a full container load (FCL) will be your best option. The approximate capacity of a 20-foot container is six standard pallets, and 12 pallets in the case of a 40-foot container.
Regardless of volume, you may want to avoid any risk of damage that your goods could suffer as a consequence of contact with other exporters’ goods; in that case, FCL is your best option.
Otherwise, we recommend that you opt for a shared container (groupage, or LCL). This requires you to pay only for the space you need.
Buenos Aires, the capital, is Argentina’s economic center. The city is home to the majority of the country’s population, as well as to the headquarters of most industrial and financial companies. Its port is mainly a cargo port. Recent changes have reestablished passenger transit, though. It’s the 4th ranked port in Latin America and the Caribbean. The volume of goods it handles is around 10,000 tons – or one million TEUs – of which 80 percent is general cargo and a small part is liquid bulk.
Air freight may be more appropriate for you if your shipment is urgent or you have a very tight schedule. There are some limitations on air freight shipments with respect to volume and weight; use the calculator provided by iContainers to find out if this is the right option for you.
Shipping to Argentina is a great business opportunity. Remember the numbers: The U.S. exported $10.8 billion in goods to Argentina. Without a doubt, Argentina is an attractive country to consider doing business with if you work in one of the following industries: computers, industrial and agricultural chemicals, agricultural and transportation equipment, machine tools, oil rig parts, or refined fuel oil.