Peru is the fifth most populous country in South America, with a population of close to 30 million. The World Bank classifies Peru’s economy as upper-middle income, and it is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Recent economic growth has been fueled by healthy trade, economic stability, and increasing investment and consumption. The country has also had good success with controlling both inflation and unemployment in recent years. To export from the US to Peru is a smart move for your business.

Lima, Peru’s capital and largest city, is the country’s financial and industrial center, and one of Latin America’s most important financial centers. Lima accounts for more than two-thirds of Peru’s industrial production. It has the largest export industry on the continent, and is a regional hub for the cargo industry.

Peru’s GDP is dominated by the service industry, along with the manufacturing and extractive industries. Peru’s main exports are copper, gold, zinc, textiles, and fish meal. Peru’s main imports are crude and refined oil, vehicles, and industrial machinery and equipment; it imports goods largely from China, the US, and Brazil. The US is Peru’s biggest overall trading partner, and a free-trade agreement between the two countries was implemented in 2006. Export from the US to Peru is worth exploring.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

Your shipping volume can help determine the most suitable choice when shipping a container to Peru. There are two options: groupage (LCL), that is, a shared container, or a full container load (FCL). A 20-foot container accommodates 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can take 22 standard pallets; if you have a shipment of at least six standard pallets, FCL is what you need.

If your shipping volume is smaller, but you need to keep your goods isolated from other exporters’ goods, a full container load is also for you.

Groupage is a cost-effective option if your shipping volume is small and sharing a container is acceptable. That way, you will pay only for the shipping space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Peru

  • Port of Callao
    This port is managed by Peru’s National Port Authority, APN. Callao is Peru’s principal warehousing and handling port facility, and deals with nearly 20 million tons of goods annually. Remodeling is now taking place in order to allow access by Panamax and Super Post-Panamax ships; by 2018, the Port Terminal of Callao aims to be a central hub port for the South Pacific’s west coast. Currently, the port boasts five quays with direct docking. The North Quay is licensed to APM Terminals, while the South Quay is managed by DP World Callao.

  • Port of Matarani
    This is a major port on the southern coast of Peru, operated by Tisur. Matarani is one of the few existing ports not affected by sea or fog conditions, due to an interior inlet formed by two breakwaters of 2,132 and 475 feet respectively. The port has a marginal wharf of 1,912 feet with a certified draft of 32 feet, allowing it to receive large vessels, and to be able to service up to three vessels simultaneously.

  • Port of Paita
    The seaport city of Paita is located on a small peninsula south of the mouth of the Río Chira. Paita is a finger-pier port nearly 1,200 feet long, with direct berthing, and is the second-largest container terminal in Peru, handling up to 144,000 TEUs annually. The pier features adjacent paved yards for cargo stacking and other port activities. This is one of the best natural harbours on the Peruvian coast.

Air Freight Transportation to Peru

If you are working against a short deadline or your shipment is urgent, air freight may be more appropriate for your needs than ocean freight. iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you, as air freight imposes some limitations in terms of volume and weight.