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Belize is a country on the eastern coast of Central America, the only country in Central America whose official language is English. Belize has a population of just under 350,000 as of 2014, and the lowest population density in the Western Hemisphere; however, the country’s population growth rate of 1.97% per year is one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. If you’re an importer, you should explore ocean freight to Belize.
Belize has a small, mostly privatised enterprise economy primarily based on export of petroleum and crude oil, agriculture, agro-based industry, and merchandising, with tourism and construction becoming increasingly important. Belize has five commercial banks, the largest and oldest of which is Belize Bank.
Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Central American Integration System (SICA), and is the only country to hold full membership in all three regional organisations. Learn more about ocean freight to Belize.
Are you shipping a container to Belize? You’ll have the choice of doing so with either a full container load (FCL) or a shared container - groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL).
The most suitable container choice for you can be determined by your shipping volume. We recommend engaging a full container load (FCL) if the volume of your shipment is equal to six or more standard pallets. While a 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets, a 20-foot container takes ten. FCL is also a good choice if you wish to isolate your goods from those of other importers.
Otherwise, for smaller shipments, a shared container (LCL)-also called groupage-is a good choice that sees you pay only for the space you require. Please consult iContainers for rates and other important information.
The Port of Belize, also called the Belize City port, is located in the capital of Belize City and is the country’s main commercial port. Established in 1978, the port was privatized in 2002. Its access channel is over 15,000 feet long and almost 400 feet wide. The draft at the port is 32feet, and the quay is 218 feet long. There is a storage warehouse of 21,000 square feet, and two container yards of 100,000 square feet. The port covers a total of 308 acres. The port operates 24 hours a day, and offers storage, loading and unloading, and stripping and re-stuffing of containers, among other services. It also features receiving and delivery of cargo and containers, and rental space with 24-hour security.
"Customs duties play an important role in your international shipment. How they're determined and calculated varies from country to country"
Klaus Lydsal, vice president of operations at iContainers