Ocean freight shipping to Buenos Aires

The capital of Argentina is the great backbone of the country’s economy. At base, the three sectors of greatest importance are the service sector, real estate, and trade. Ocean freight to Buenos Aires is, in fact, vitally important, as this city is the focus of a great deal of the country’s $140 billion in foreign trade, including annual imports and exports.

It is very relevant to highlight the integration of Argentina into Mercosur which means that ocean freight to Buenos Aires constitutes a natural entry to exports to this economical region, to which Brazil and Chile are also part of.

FCL or LCL for your ocean freight to Buenos Aires

If you want to ensure the best value when shipping a container to Buenos Aires, we recommend that you first consider the difference between a full container (FCL) and groupage (LCL).

If your shipment reaches or exceeds half the capacity of a container, then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option. The approximate capacity of a 20-foot container is 11 Europallets, or 25 Europallets in the case of a 40-foot container.

A 20-foot container has an interior dimension of 19’3”L X 7’8”W X 7’9”H (L 5.86m X 2.33m X 3.38m.). It has 146 square feet (13.86sqm) of floor space and 1,172 cubic feet of volume (33.2cbm.). It will hold 10 standard pallets (12 Euro pallets) without stacking.

A 40-foot container has an interior dimension of 37’5 58” L X 7’8” W X 7’9”H (L12.01m X W 2.33m X H2.38). It has 285 square feet of floor space and 2,120 cubic feet of volume (60CBM.) It will hold 22 standard pallets (27 Euro pallets) without stacking.

There are two types of pallets: Standard (1.2m/47 ¼” X 1m/39 38”) and Euro (1.2m/47 ¼” X .8m/31 ½”).

It is important to know which pallets you are using and if your cargo is stackable in order to calculate your shipping charge.

Regardless, it’s possible that, despite not having the full volume, you may prefer that your goods travel in their own container, thus avoiding any risk of damage that your goods could suffer as a consequence of contact with the shipments of other merchants.

In all other cases, we recommend that you opt for “groupage” or a shared container (LCL). In this way, you will reduce costs by have to pay only for the space you require.

Ocean freight routes to Buenos Aires

Port of Buenos Aires

The port of Buenos Aires is principally a container port. That said, recent changes have made possible the reestablishment of passenger transit, whose peak era was the 1950s.

The Port of Buenos Aires is under the aegis of the AGP (Administración General de Puertos Sociedad del Estado) (State Company for the General Administration of Ports); notwithstanding, it also features terminals operated by private business, in which cases the AGP acts in a supervisory role.

The port facilities in the Argentine capital mean it is considered the fourth-best port in Latin America and the Caribbean, due to the scale of its facilities as well as the volume of goods it handles annually, which is in the neighbourhood of 10,000 tons - or one million TEUs - of which 80 percent is general cargo and a small part is liquid bulk.

The Rio de la Plata terminal - or Terminal 1/2/3 - handles almost 50 percent of the general cargo that moves through the port. The port also features terminals 4,5, EMCYM, and AGP.

Port of Rosario

As well as the above-mentioned options, there are also others for exporting to Argentina. A highlight among them is the river port of Rosario, managed by ENAPRO (Ente Administrador Puerto Rosario) (Port Rosario Administrative Entity). It is located on the right bank of the Parana River, 550 km from the mouth of the Argentine Sea. Although of smaller size, the fact that the main channel is 32 feet deep makes it possible for Panamax ships to navigate the river and dock at the port’s two terminals. Its quay is 3,500 metres long.