With GDP growth hitting 4.3% in 2015⁄2016, Egypt’s economy has been slowly improving since 2011. Given its close proximity to the Suez Canal, ocean freight to Egypt is an extremely popular route with shippers.
In 2015, it exported $27.7 billion worth of goods, with mineral products such as crude petroleum and refined petroleum forming nearly a quarter of that. Textiles and vegetable products form the second and third largest exported products.
Ocean freight to Egypt is very much in demand, with imports reaching a whopping $76.4 billion. Of these, nearly 43% coming from Asia and 42% from Europe. Machines, mineral products, and metals make up Egypt’s three most imported products.
One of the most crucial aspects of your ocean freight to Egypt is deciding between shipping a Full Container Load (FCL) or a Less than a Container Load (LCL). The difference lies between the amount of cargo you have. There are two commonly used containers for ocean freight to Egypt. They are mainly the 20-foot container and the 40-foot container, which carry 10 standard American pallets and 21 standard American pallets respectively. To give you a better idea of measurement, a standard American pallet measures 47.24 inches long and 39.37 inches wide.
In general, it’s advisable to opt for a FCL if your cargo will be occupying more than half of the container space or if you’re shipping sensitive material. This allows you to lower your risk of contamination and damages as you will have the entire container to yourself. On the other hand, if you’re shipping studier goods and don’t mind sharing a container, LCL would be the way to go as it is more cost-effective.