Ocean freight shipping to the Philippines

With a population of about 100 million people, the Republic of the Philippines is one of the most populous countries in Asia, and the 12th most populous country in the world. This island nation in Southeast Asia, with its large population and economic potential, is classified as a middle power. Its large market holds great potential; ocean freight shipping to the Philippines should be part of your business strategy.

The US is among the Philippines’ major trading partners; the country’s main exports include fruits, semiconductors and electronic products, and garments.

The Philippines is a newly industrialized country, and is considered an emerging market. The country’s GDP (PPP) was estimated to be $692.223 billion in 2014; it is currently one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia. The Philippines is a founding member of the World Trade Organization and the UN. Learn more about ocean freight shipping to the Philippines.

FCL or LCL for your ocean freight shipping to Philippines

Shipping a container to the Philippines first requires you to choose between a full container load (FCL) and groupage (LCL) for your shipment.

A shipment of at least six standard pallets-a bit more than half a 20-foot container’s capacity-calls for a full container load (FCL). Ten standard pallets fill a 20-foot container, while 22 pallets can travel inside a 40-foot container.

Even with smaller shipments, FCL is a good idea if you wish to ship your goods separately from those of others, thus avoiding any chance of contact damage.

If this is not a concern, a shared container (LCL, or groupage) is an economical shipping option that will require you to pay only for the space you need. Contact iContainers for rates and other important details.

Ocean freight shipping routes to the Philippines

  • Port of Manila
    Manila is the premier international shipping gateway to the country, and the largest. In 2013, its cargo volume was 3.77 million TEUs. The port is composed of three major facilities-Manila North Harbor, Manila South Harbor, and the Manila International Container Terminal.
  • Port of Davao
    Davao’s port consists of a number of different ports within the Davao Gulf. This port deals mainly with container cargo, raw materials exportation, bulk cargo, general cargo, and passenger traffic. Its outer berth is over 3,000 feet long, and it offers various port services. Davao is the busiest international container port in both Mindanao and Visayas.
  • Port of Cagayan de Oro
    The Cagayan de Oro port covers almost 900 acres, including land area of about 60 acres and sea area of 840 acres. The port has thirteen common-use berthing spaces, with a total length of almost 3,800 feet, and a container yard that covers over 157,000 square feet.

Air freight shipping to the Philippines

If your shipment is urgent, time is of the essence; air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean transportation in such circumstances. Air freight means some limitations to shipments in terms of volume and weight; check the iContainers calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.