Ocean Freight Transportation from the US to Santos

Santos is a municipality in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, partly located on the island of São Vicente and partially on the mainland. It is the main city in the metropolitan region of Baixada Santista, with a population of around 430,000. If you’re seeking access to the Brazilian market for your goods, learn more about ocean freight transportation from the US to Santos.

Santos has the biggest seaport in Latin America, which handles upwards of 72 million tons annually. The city also has large industrial complexes and shipping centers, which handle a large portion of the world’s coffee exports, as well as a number of other Brazilian exports including oil, cars, steel, bananas, oranges, and cotton.

As of 2014, Santos was the sixth-largest exporting city, by value, in Brazil, trading US$4.36 billion worth of goods. The top four products exported from Santos were raw sugar, refined petroleum), coffee, and soybeans. If you’re an exporter, ocean freight transportation from the US to Santos just makes sense.

Full Container Load (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

You can choose either a shared container-groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL)-or a full container load (FCL) if you are shipping a container to Santos.

Let the volume of your shipment guide your choice. A full container load, or FCL, is recommended if you are shipping a volume of six standard pallets or more. FCL is also a good choice if you want your goods shipped separately from those of other exporters. A 40-foot container takes 22 standard pallets, and a 20-foot shipping container takes ten.

For smaller shipments that don’t require isolation, a less-than-container load (LCL)-also called groupage-is a money-saving choice. You will share a shipping container with LCL, and pay only for the space you need. Please consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Santos

  • Port of Santos
    The Port of Santos is one of the busiest container ports in Latin America, as well as the largest. It is the most modern port in Brazil. Santos possesses a wide variety of cargo handling terminals for solid and liquid bulk, containers, and general loads. It is Brazil’s leading port in terms of container traffic. In 2013, the port handled over 114 million tons of cargo. Santos is the only Brazilian port served by all major regular shipping lines, providing transportation to anywhere in the world. One of the port’s great strengths is its broad access. A modern road network and rail network interconnected to the Tietê-Paraná forms the largest rail and waterway transport system in Brazil. By air, there are two options within a radius of 150 km: the international airports of Cumbica (Guarulhos) and Viracopos (Campinas).

Air Freight Transportation to Santos

You may wish to consider the option of air freight rather than ocean freight if your shipment is urgent. Air freight places some limitations on volume and weight; iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.