Qatar is small but significant. A country of 1.8 million people that is largely surrounded by the Persian Gulf, it is the richest nation in the world. Qatar currently has the highest GDP per capita in the world, and is considered a middle power, with surprising global influence for its size. To use ocean freight shipping from the US to Qatar is to open new doors to the Middle Eastern market.
Qatar’s capital city of Doha is its economic center. A large number of domestic and international organizations, including the country’s largest oil and gas companies, are headquartered in Doha.
Qatar’s economic growth is almost exclusively due to its natural gas and petroleum industries, which began to develop in the mid-20th century. The country is a member of OPEC, and the world’s leading exporter of liquefied natural gas. Qatar has no income tax, and very low levels of unemployment. Exciting opportunities for growth are available to your business through ocean freight shipping from the US to Qatar.
A 40-foot container can ship up to 22 standard pallets, while a 20-foot container holds 10 standard pallets. If your shipment is equal to half a container or more (so, at least six standard pallets), you’ll need FCL. FCL is also your best option even with small shipments if you feel that contact with other exporters’ goods could pose a risk to your merchandise.
If such contact is not a concern, you can opt for groupage, the term for a less-than-container load (LCL). With groupage, you share a container, and pay only for the space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other details.
You may wish to consider air freight instead of ocean freight shipping if your shipment is particularly urgent. It’s important to note that air freight does impose some limitations on the volume and weight of shipments; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine which shipping option is right for you.