The ocean freight transportation to Guatemala is a very interesting option for export because the country is in a process of openness and sustained economic development. As United States is one of the countries that has collaborated the most on Guatemala´s development, this has contributed to favor the treatment of the US goods received in the country. In this way, the tariff barriers have decreased significantly during the last years; along with the deficit and public debt control carried out by the authorities, all this has contributed to encourage the ocean freight transportation to Guatemala.
When choosing the best conditions for the ocean freight transportation to Guatemala, the first question is about using between a Full Container Load (FCL) or a Less than a Container Load (LCL) - Groupage.
FCL freight is an interesting and useful option if you want to make sure that your cargo does not get contaminated or affected by other’s cargo. A full container will insure your cargo isn’t exposed to any other goods from other traders. This is especially important if your cargo needs be isolated in the container and you are concerned about its safety. If your intention is to send 10 or 21 standard American pallets, a full 20 or 40-foot container will be the most economical option; each American pallet is 39.37 in. wide and 47.24 in. long.
On the contrary, if the cargo volume doesn’t even fill up half of the container, then we suggest “groupage”. This means sharing a container with other traders. In this way, you will save on shipping costs, as you won’t have to pay for the space you won’t use.
The more than 3000 million dollars of agro-industrial and industrial products for export from Guatemala leave the country through four commercial ports: Barrios, Santo Tomás de Castilla, Quetzal and Guatemala City, which only ships groupage. You can get more info by visiting the web of the National Port Commission of Guatemala
Since we also have online air freight rates, we suggest quoting an air freight shipment << insure that your cargo complies with the limitations concerning volume and weight on air shipments >>by using the calculator provided by iContainers.