Buenos Aires is the pillar of Argentina’s economic power. Most of the population is concentrated in the capital as most of the industrial and financial companies’ headquarters. The three most relevant sectors of its economy are:

  1. The service sector;
  2. The real estate; and
  3. Trade.

Taking into account the importance of Argentina within the Latin-American region, Export from the US to Buenos Aires and the specific political and economical influence of Buenos Aires with respect to Argentina’s foreign trade, this city is thus vitally important, focusing much of the country’s $140 billion in foreign trade, including imports/exports.

The integration of Argentina into Mercosur and its ties with Europe, main trading partner with the US, provide added incentive to export from the US to Buenos Aires - 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 Buenos Aires, 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 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.

Ocean Freight Routes to Buenos Aires

  • Port of Buenos Aires
    The port of Buenos Aires is principally a container port. That said, recent changes have made possible the reestablishment of passenger transit, whose peak era was the 1950s.
    The Port of Buenos Aires 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 due to the scale of its facilities as well as the volume of goods it handles annually, which is in the neighbourhood of 10,000 tons - or one million TEUs - of which 80 percent is general cargo and a small part is liquid bulk.
    The Rio de la Plata terminal - or Terminal 1/2/3 - handles almost 50 percent of the general cargo that moves through the port. The port also features terminals 4, 5, EMCYM, and AGP.

Air Freight Transportation to Buenos Aires

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 of this is the right option for you.