Honduras, a Central American country, is known for its rich natural resources, which include minerals, and other commodities. There is also a growing textiles industry. The country’s economic growth in the last few years has averaged seven percent a year, one of the highest rates in Latin America. That and the fact that the country’s population is over eight million mean that you should want to know more about how to export from the US to Honduras.

The economy of Honduras is largely agricultural, with that sector accounting for 14 percent of the country’s GDP in 2013. As well, the Honduran maquiladora sector is the third-largest in the world, generating more than $528 million in foreign exchange annually. Honduras’ leading export, coffee, accounts for nearly a quarter of total Honduran export revenues. Honduras’ major imports are refined petroleum, pharmaceuticals, yarn, and trucks.

The US is Honduras’ main trade partner for both imports and exports. That means that if you are an exporter, it’s important that you learn more about how to export from the US to Honduras.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

Is your projected shipment large or small? Shipment size will help you determine which option you should choose when shipping a container to Honduras: a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL).

If you plan to ship the equivalent of at least six standard pallets, then you’re considered to have a full container load (FCL). A 20-foot shipping container can hold up to 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container accommodates 22 such pallets.

If your shipping volume is not great, but you want to ensure that your goods are kept separate from those of other exporters in transit, FCL is also your best option.

If that’s not an issue, you may wish to share a container in a less-than-container (LCL) load, or groupage. Sharing a shipping container with other exporters means that you’ll pay only for the space you need. iContainers can provide information for you on rates and other important details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Honduras

  • Puerto Cortés
    In terms of volume of traffic, this port is the largest in Central America. Puerto Cortés is the only deep-water port in Central America, and also one of the region’s best-equipped. It offers 24-hour service, with modern RORO and containerized facilities. The port’s sophisticated container handling equipment ensures efficiency and competitive shipping costs to the US.

  • San Lorenzo
    The port of San Lorenzo accommodates general cargo ships, timber, and bulk carriers. It features a T-shaped concrete pier over 980 feet long, with a depth of thirty feet on average tides. There are over 27,000 square feet of storage space. There is also open area of nearly 150,000 square feet for the storage of machinery and equipment. Port access is through a canal nearly 20 miles long, 400 feet wide, and 36 feet deep, marked by buoys distributed throughout the channel.

Air Freight Transportation to Honduras

In some circumstances, such as when your shipment is urgent and must arrive on time, air freight may be a better choice for you than ocean freight. Air freight comes with some limitations on weight and volume, so consult iContainers’ calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.