Argentina is the second largest economy in South America behind Brazil and these two countries are the only countries in the area to enter the G-20. Argentina is among the largest soy producers in the world, behind the United States of America and Brazil, with 48 million tons in the year 2011, and is the fourth largest petroleum producer behind Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia.
Argentina is one of the largest meat-exporting countries in the world, and in addition, its quality is renowned.
It must be also highlighted that Argentina is the main software developer in the region and is the second-largest producer of auto parts and elements in South America
Moreover, the inclusion of Argentina in Mercosur and its ties with Spain makes Argentina be a natural destination for the Spanish exports using the ocean freight to Argentina . In fact, the European Union is one of Argentina´s main trading partners and represents 18% of the Argentinian imports.
A Full Container Load (FCL) container service is a great option for shipping services to Argentina. This is especially so when shipping a container to Buenos Aires, the Argentinian capital.
One important aspect to consider when shipping cargo to Buenos Aires with FCL is the volume of your cargo.
If your cargo fits on 10 or 21 standard American pallets (a standard American pallet is 39.37 in. wide and 47.24 in. long), you should opt for an FCL container service to Argentina in a 20-foot container or a 40-foot container respectively.
If you want to get the most out of your container shipping to Buenos Aires, we suggest taking a closer look at the two options available to you: FCL and a Less than a Container Load (LCL).
The general rule of thumb is to ship FCL if you want to reduce the risk of contamination and/or damages to your cargo as you shipment will have an entire container for your cargo.
With LCL shipping, your merchandise travels alongside that of other shippers in the same shipping container, increasing the risk of contamination and damages. LCL shipping may, however, be more cost-effective as you only pay for the space occupied by your cargo.
The Port of Buenos Aires is mainly a container seaport, but its recent remodeling works led to bring back the passenger traffic and its golden age in the 50s.
This seaport is managed by the Administración General de Puertos (General Ports Administration). However, it has terminals run by private firms, and the Administration has a supervisory role.
The port facilities of the Argentinian capital are considered the fourth best in South America and The Caribbean, both in size and annual handling of cargo; it is around 10000 tons - or 1 million TEUs -, of which 80% is general cargo and a small amount is liquid bulk.
The Río de la Plata Terminal -or Terminal 1/2/3- handles about 50% of the general cargo in the seaport. It also has the following terminals: 4,5, EMCYM and AGP.
The Port of Zarate wants to become a multimodal and logistic hub servicing the Argentinian foreign trade, because of its excellent location in the center of the industrial area of the country and its good connection by road, rail and river, which is a strategic advantage.
This seaport has two special terminals:
Besides the Port of Buenos Aires, there are other options to export to Argentina, and among them is the Fluvial Port of Rosario, managed by ENAPRO (Ente Administrador Puerto Rosario - Puerto Rosario Administration). It is on the right bank of the Paraná River, at 550 km away from its estuary. Although it is smaller than other ports, its main channel is 32 feet deep (9.8 meters) and this allowed Panamax vessels to navigate and berth in the two terminals with a quay length of 3500 meters.
iContainers provides cheap and efficient ocean freight services to Argentina from a wide range of ports all over the world. These include ports in these following places:
For more information, consult ship container rates for your ocean freight to Argentina here.