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Ocean freight 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 to Guatemala.
When choosing the best conditions for the ocean freight 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-foot container 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
The Seaport of Barrios is the oldest in the country and lies on the Atlantic coast. This multimodal port services load and unload of conventional containers carrying general cargo, bulk and refrigerated goods, as well as storage and inspection. It has only one terminal, whose finger pier is 288 meters long and has two areas. It has excellent security measures.
Located on the Caribbean coast, the multimodal Port of Santo Tomás de Castilla is a state entity that, from time ago, has allowed private companies run operations. Its linear dock is 914 meters long with six berths, with load and unload services for general cargo, bulk, Ro-Ro and refrigerated, with warehousing facilities. Its premises let it handle more than 5 million tons of cargo annually and cruises can also berth in this port.
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Port Quetzal services the needs of marine traffic on the Pacific coast and is the closest port to the capital town, at 98 kilometers by road. It is also a state entity allowing operations to private companies. In the four berths of its linear wharf takes place the load and unload of solid bulk, general cargo, petroleum products, liquefied gas, refrigerated cargo, Ro-Ro, etc.
It has an auxiliary finger pier, a connecting wharf, a cruise terminal, a coal terminal and a gas terminal.
We offer efficient and cheap ocean freight services to Guatemala from a wide range of ports all over the world. These include ports in the following places:
For more information on affordable rates, visit our page on ship container rates for your ocean freight to Guatemala here.
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