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Export steel, copper, and other metals from the US

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Exporting metals from the US: steel, copper, and other metals


The US was the world’s third-largest producer of raw steel (after China and Japan) in 2014, and the sixth-largest producer of pig iron. The industry produced 29 million metric tons of pig iron and 88 million tons of steel. The United States is also a major importer of iron and steel, and iron and steel products.

In 2014, the US produced $113 billion worth of iron and steel; 149,000 people were employed in iron and steel mills, and 69,000 in foundries, during that year. The construction sector is the biggest steel consumer in the United States, and the energy sector accounts for almost 10 percent of total US steel consumption.


Copper also continues to see vigorous production; overall production of copper in the US grew five percent to 1.36 million tons in 2013 compared to the year before


A steady increase in applications for building permits across the US means that more buildings are expected to be built in the near future. This means an increase in demand for metals of all sorts. If you’re in the business of metals, you should want to know more about how to export metals from the US.


Door-to-door service to export steel, copper, and other metals


The magnitude of metals production in the US makes door-to-door shipment service a worthwhile prospect for the exporter. It also allows for a more secure delivery.


At iContainers we offer a complete door-to-door shipment service from the US that includes:


  • Quotes and immediate online reservations of FCL or LCL shipments via our proprietary platform, through which you can obtain a quote using only the zip codes of your starting and destination points.
  • Pick up from the indicated warehouse or address, and transfer to the port of origin.
  • Delivery to the destination port.
  • Management of customs issues in both the ports of origin and the destination (excluding fees and duties).
  • Transport from the destination port to the final warehouse or address indicated.

We also offer a similar service from the US to Taiwan.


Transit times for maritime transport


The destination of your shipment has an effect on its transit time. International transport to the Mediterranean takes between 15 to 25 days; Atlantic Ocean transit takes between 15 to 18 days; the Pacific Ocean requires 30 to 35 days; and transport to Asia take upwards of 8 to 25 days.


Unforeseen circumstances may also cause a delay in shipment, as can matters related to customs clearance. Because of the potential for delays as a result of these issues, we encourage you to allow a window of three months for your export shipment.

iContainers is a digital freight forwarder based in Barcelona that assists thousands of companies and families around the globe in moving their merchandise internationally.


Our online freight quoting platform has the latest technology in the sector and simplifies ocean freight, quoting and managing your bookings from the same user area.


We are part of the Agility group, and we work side by side with Shipa Freight to fully cover the demands of our customers.

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