Spain, one of the world’s most highly developed countries, is among the largest economies in the European Union and Eurozone. Spain is the second-biggest foreign investor in Latin America, after the United States, and many Spanish companies have also expanded into Asia, especially China and India. This global expansion has given Spain a competitive advantage over its competitors and European neighbours. Spain is a major player in trade and finance; make export from the US to Spain part of your growth strategy.

Since the recent global financial crisis, Spain has expanded its traditional trade destinations beyond Europe, and product sales of medium and high technology have grown significantly, including in highly competitive markets like the US and Asia. The automotive industry and tourism are also major contributors to the country’s economy and GDP.

As well as being a member of the EU, Spain also belongs to the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Its profile and stability make export from the US to Spain a worthwhile pursuit.

Full Container Load (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

If the volume of your shipment is equal to at least half a shipping container, then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option when shipping a container to Spain. A 20-foot container accommodates 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets. If you are concerned about the potential for damage to your goods that could be caused by contact with other exporters’ goods, then you’ll also want to choose FCL.

Groupage-a less-than-container load (LCL)-is a cost-efficient alternative if your shipment is smaller and sharing a container is viable. It requires that you pay only for the space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Please consider also quoting one of our most valuable services: door-to-door service between Spain and the United States. This allows companies and individuals to have their shipment picked up in origin and delivered to its final destination.

Ocean Freight Routes to Spain

  • Barcelona
    The port of Barcelona is Spain’s third-largest and Europe’s ninth-largest container port, and is one of Catalonia?s biggest ports. In 2011, the port handled 43 million tons carried by more than eight thousand vessels. The port of Barcelona covers over 2,400 acres and has over 12 miles of wharves and berths, with alongside depths up to 52.5 feet. The port also features 50 acres of covered warehouse space and over 460 hectares of open storage.

  • Valencia
    The port of Valencia’s annual traffic capacity is over 62 million tons and 4,210,000 TEUs. It is the biggest port on the western Mediterranean coast. It covers an area of 1,500 acres and contains nearly 40,000 feet of quay, with alongside depth of at least 45 feet. It is equipped with modern facilities and equipment to handle a large volume of traffic.

  • Bilbao
    The port of Bilbao in northern Spain is a complex occupying 773 acres of land and 4,186 acres of water along 10.6 miles of waterfront. The port is the fourth-busiest in Spain, and the country’s largest port. It features terminals for general cargo, containers, solid bulk, liquid bulk, horticultural products, and RORO.

  • Algeciras
    Algeciras is the second-ranking port of Spain and the Mediterranean. In 2010 it exceeded 70 million tons in total traffic, and more than 2.8 million containers. The port encompasses over six miles of quays in different basins, which manage all types of passenger and freight traffic.

  • Madrid (dry port)
    The Madrid Dry Port is a container terminal located in Coslada, close to the city of Madrid, that has a direct link to the ports of Algeciras, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia. The total terminal area is over 1.5 million square feet, with a container storage area of over 172,000 square feet. There are four tracks, extendible to six, for train loading and unloading, and two reception/delivery train tracks.

  • Zaragoza (dry port)
    Over a hundred thousand TEUs pass through the maritime terminal of Zaragoza. This dry port is the distribution point for goods arriving in Spain by sea. The complex reached a record level of cargo traffic in 2014.

Air Freight Transportation to Spain

While air freight comes with some limitations in terms of volume and weight, it may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight if your shipment is urgent. iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.