The State of Qatar, a country of 1.8 million people largely surrounded by the Persian Gulf, is the richest nation in the world. As of 2014, Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world. It is a middle power, with surprising influence for its small size. To export from the US to Qatar is to bring new opportunities to your business in the Middle East.

Doha, Qatar’s capital, is the economic center of the country. The city is headquarters for numerous domestic and international organizations, including the country’s largest oil and gas companies, Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas and RasGas.

The economic growth of Qatar has been almost exclusively based on its petroleum and natural gas industries, which began in 1940. Qatar is the leading exporter of liquefied natural gas, and is a member of OPEC. It has no income tax, and almost no employment. Don’t miss out on the exciting growth opportunities available to you through export from the US to Qatar.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

When shipping a container to Qatar, you have a couple of container options-FCL or LCL. Your shipping volume can help determine the most suitable option.

If the volume of your shipment is equal to at least half of a container, then you’ll need FCL, a full container load. A 20-foot container holds 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can carry up to 22 standard pallets.

Even with smaller shipments, FCL is your best option if you wish to avoid any risk of damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with other exporters’ merchandise.

If this is not a concern, you may want to opt for a less-than-container load (LCL), also known as groupage. This means sharing a container, which requires you to pay only for the space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Qatar

  • Port of Doha
    Doha is the only commercial port in the state of Qatar, handling most types of cargo, with the exception of liquid bulk. A sophisticated short- and long-term berth planning system means minimal wait times, if any, for vessels in the anchorage area. The port operates 24 hours a day. The port’s management seeks to increase its annual container throughput capacity to a minimum of 750,000 TEUs in the near future.

  • Port of Mesaieed
    This port has been specially designed to provide services and facilities for customers in proximity to Mesaieed Industrial City. The Port of Mesaieed provides dedicated container handling services at the CT7 Container Terminal, operated by Milaha Port Services. The terminal offers an annual container throughput capacity of 500,000 TEUs, and employs the most modern terminal procedures and management principles with state-of-the-art technology in all aspects of operations.

Air Freight Transportation to Qatar

If your shipment must arrive at its destination in a very short period of time, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight. Air freight imposes certain limitations on the volume and weight of shipments; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.