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.
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.
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:
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.
Ports of the United Kingdom:
Ports of Germany:
Ports of the Netherlands: