Argentina is an important part of Latin America’s economic engine. The three most significant sectors of its economy are the service sector, real estate, and trade. 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.

Argentina’s high profile, and the specific political and economic influence of Buenos Aires with respect to Argentina’s foreign trade, mean that to export from the US to Argentina is vital for anyone interested in the country’s $140 billion in foreign trade, which includes imports/exports.

The integration of Argentina into Mercosur and its ties with Europe, along with its status as a major US trading partner, provide added incentive to export from the US to Argentina - especially as the EU represents 18 percent of Argentina’s total imports.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

In determining your best value when shipping a container to Argentina, you need to consider two options: a full container (FCL) or groupage (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 10 standard pallets, and 22 pallets in the case of a 40-foot container.

If avoiding any risk of damage to your goods potentially posed by contact with other exporters’ goods is a priority, FCL is your best option.

Otherwise, we recommend that you opt for a shared container (groupage, or LCL). This means you pay only for the space you need. Check with iContainers for more details on rates.

Ocean Freight Routes to Argentina

  • Port of Buenos Aires
    Although Buenos Aires is primarily a container port, it has recently re-established passenger transit, whose peak was during the 1950s.
    The port is managed by AGP; it also features terminals operated by private business, with AGP acting in a supervisory role.
    Buenos Aires is the fourth-ranked port in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is due to the scale of its facilities as well as the volume of goods it handles annually. This approaches 10,000 tons - or one million TEUs - of which 80 percent is general cargo and a small part is liquid bulk.
    Almost half of the cargo that moves through this port is handled by the Rio de la Plata terminal, also called Terminal 1/2/3. The port also features terminals 4, 5, EMCYM, and AGP.

  • Port of Zarate
    The Port of Zarate is working towards evolving into a multimodal and logistic hub servicing the Argentinian foreign trade, thanks to its excellent location in the center of the industrial area of the country and its good connection by road, rail and river, which is a strategic advantage. This seaport has two dedicated terminals:

    1. Vehicle Terminal: operating since June 1996, it is well known for being the first terminal in South America especially designed and dedicated for vehicle handling.
    2. Container and General Cargo Terminal: operating since November 2001, dedicated to provide an agile, efficient service for container handling.
  • Port of Rosario
    Together with the Port of Buenos Aires, we have also the Fluvial Port of Rosario as another option to ship to Argentina, managed by ENAPRO (Ente Administrador Puerto Rosario - Puerto Rosario Administration). It is on the right bank of the Paraná River, at 550 km away from its estuary. It is smaller than other ports, but its main channel is 32 feet deep (9.8 meters) and this allowed Panamax vessels to navigate and berth in the two terminals with a quay length of 3500 meters (2,000miles).

Air Freight Transportation to Argentina

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.