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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.
You can find the best rates for shipping containers to Egypt on our iContainers page.
The Port of Alexandria is one of the oldest ports in the world. It’s also one of the most important ports in Egypt and is located in its second city, Alexandria. It sits on the Nile Delta just between the Mediterranean Sea and Mariut Lake. Given its strategic location, it’s no wonder that the port is responsible for over 75 percent of the country’s foreign trade.
With iContainers, you can get affordable and efficient ocean freight services to Egypt from many different ports including those in:
For more, please consult ship container rates for your ocean freight to Egypt here.