Why export plastics and plastic derivatives from the US?

The US is a manufacturer and exporter of a wide range of goods, including plastics and plastic derivatives. In the US, the plastics industry is the country’s third-largest manufacturing industry, with a strong outlook-everything from injection molding companies to 3D printing is in high demand around the world.
The industry employs nearly 900,000 workers in the United States alone, making plastics an important building block within manufacturing and for the US job force in general. When plastics suppliers are included, the number employed rises, with the entire plastics industry accounting for roughly 1.4 million jobs nationally.
In 2014, the U.S. plastics industry exported goods valued at $62.1 billion, equivalent to 3.8 percent of all US exports for that year. The US exports these products to countries as diverse as Argentina, Hong Kong, Israel, and Malaysia.
Clearly, plastics and plastic derivatives should be important to anyone seeking to export from the US.

Transit times for maritime transport

Exporting goods from the US to the world encompasses a range of shipping times, depending on the exports’ultimate destination. For example, maritime transport times from either the East Coast or West Coast of the US to Europe range between 16 and 58 days; in the case of shipments going to the UK, this range is between 8 and 39 days. Maritime transport from Latin America via the South Atlantic, Caribbean, or Pacific can take between 6 and 58 days, while both northern and South Africa require between 31 and 82 days respectively. Shipping from China is between 14 and 50 days, while the Middle East requires 54 days.
We recommend that those arranging a shipment leave a window of about three months for arrival of their goods. This is because unpredictable incidents can add to transit time, as can customs clearance.

Door-to-door service to export plastics and plastic derivatives from the US to Spain

iContainers features a proprietary door-to-door service from the US to Spain that allows us to exercise excellent control and security over your shipments. This service includes the following:

  • You can secure an online quote and make reservations instantly simply by providing the zip code of your address of origin and that of your final destination. We are the only shipping business to offer this type of service.
  • Your goods will be picked up at the address you’ve indicated, and delivered to the port from which they will be shipped.
  • Your goods will be shipped to the appropriate port in the US.
  • We will manage issues related to customs clearance-excluding fees and duties.
  • Your shipment will be transported from the US port of destination to the address you indicated in your reservation

You can get an instant quote using the iContainers calculator; by calling us at +34911980990; or by emailing us at comercialb2b@icontainers.com.

Full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL)

Maritime shipping uses two sizes of container-40-foot-long containers and 20-foot-long containers. A 20-foot container can hold 39 cubic yards of merchandise, or 10 standard pallets. A 40-foot container will take about 75.5 cubic yards of goods, or 22 standard pallets.
Depending on the size of your shipment and your circumstances, you may wish to opt for a full container load (FCL), or you may engage a low container load (LCL), also known as groupage, which involves sharing a container and offers considerable savings on shipping costs.
If you need to keep your shipment separate from other exporters’goods, FCL is ideal. It is also the most economical option if your shipment consists of more than five standard pallets.

Principal destination ports for the export of plastics and plastics derivatives from the US

Ports of the United Kingdom:

  • London
    The UK’s second-largest port in terms of tonnage handled in 2012 was the Port of London, governed by the Port of London Authority. That year saw forty-eight million tons of cargo pass through the port. The port can handle RORO ferries, cruise liners, and all types of cargo. The port stretches along the Thames River, and features many individual wharfs, docks, facilities, and terminals.
  • Port of Belfast
    Belfast Harbour is Northern Ireland’s principal maritime gateway and logistics hub. It handles almost 70 percent of Northern Ireland’s maritime trade every year. The port handled more than 25 million tons of goods in 2014.

Ports of Germany:

  • Ports of Bremen
    These well-connected, well-managed ports, which are among the most important commercial ports in Europe, are managed by Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG. Bremerhaven handles almost 80 percent of all Germany’s freight, while Bremen specializes in bulk cargo, conventional general cargo, and heavy lift.
  • Port of Hamburg
    This port is the second-largest container port in Europe. It is one of the world’s most flexible, high-performance universal ports, and boasts four state-of-the-art container terminals, as well as roughly 50 facilities specializing in handling project shipments and bulk cargoes.

Ports of the Netherlands:

  • Port of Rotterdam
    The port of Rotterdam, which handles nearly 550 million tons of goods annually, is run by the Port Rotterdam Authority; it is the largest cargo port in Europe, and the tenth-largest in the world. Even the largest container vessels can access this port 24 hours a day because of its depth. The Rotterdam port offers line connections with over 1,000 ports across the world, as well as excellent connections for container transport to the rest of Europe.