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Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, located in the northwestern part of the country on the Atlantic Ocean. It is also the largest city in the Maghreb, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically. Exporters who want access to Morocco should explore ocean freight to Casablanca.
Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the African continent. The prefecture of Casablanca had a population of roughly four million people as of 2012. Casablanca is considered the country’s economic and business center. The city’s port is one of the largest artificial ports in the world.
The leading Moroccan companies and international corporations doing business there have their headquarters and main industrial facilities in Casablanca. Recent industrial statistics have shown that Casablanca retains its historical position as Morocco’s main industrial zone. If you’re an entrepreneur, you should make ocean freight to Casablanca part of your export strategy.
The port of Casablanca is one of Morocco’s largest ports, and one of the largest artificial ports in the world. It is managed by Marsa Maroc. The port’s initial capacity was 3.5 million shipment containers. Casablanca’s port handles traffic of more than 21.3 million tons annually, equalling 38 percent of the nation’s port traffic, and generates sales turnover of more than 894 million Moroccan Dirhams. Covering almost 1,500 acres and stretching for almost five miles, the port can accommodate and handle more than 35 ships simultaneously. It handles diverse cargo, from phosphates to citrus fruits.
Casablanca is just one port in a region filled with ocean freight opportunities. Other alternatives you may consider for your ocean freight to Morocco include shipping to nearby ports such as the Port of Algeciras, the Port of Las Palmas, and the Port of Tenerife.
If you are sending cargo to Casablanca, the size of your shipment will dictate whether you need a full container load (FCL) or can share a container through groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL).
If you are dealing with a shipment of six or more standard pallets, then your shipment will fill more than half of a 20-foot container, which accommodates a maximum of ten standard pallets; we recommend that you choose a full container load (FCL) under these circumstances. (You may wish to note that a 40-foot container can carry up to 22 standard pallets.) We also encourage you to choose FCL if you want to keep your goods separate from those of other exporters.
If you have no need to isolate your goods, a shared container (LCL)-known as groupage-is a good choice for smaller shipments. Sharing means you pay only for the container space you need. Please consult iContainers for rates and other important information.
For more, you may consult ship container rates for your ocean freight to Casablanca here.