Ocean Freight Transportation to Spain

Spain’s economy is one of the largest in the European Union, and it is one of the most developed countries in the world, with a high quality of life. Only the United States is a bigger foreign investor in Latin America, and a number of Spanish companies have also expanded into Asia. This global expansion has given Spain a competitive advantage over its competitors. Explore ocean freight transportation from the US to Spain as part of your exportation strategy.

Sales of medium and high technology have grown significantly as Spain has expanded its usual trade destinations beyond Europe, including into highly competitive markets such as Asia and the US. Tourism and the automotive industry are also major sectors in the country’s economy.

As well as being a member of the EU, Spain belongs to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization. With the country’s economic power and profile, ocean freight transportation from the US to Spain is a worthwhile pursuit for any exporter.

Full Container Load (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

A 20-foot shipping container accommodates 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets. If the volume of your shipment is equal to at least half a shipping container, then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option when shipping a container to Spain. You should also choose FCL if you need to keep your merchandise isolated from other exporters’ goods.

A cost-effective alternative to FCL is groupage-a less-than-container load (LCL). This will be a good option if you have a shipment of fewer than six standard pallets and sharing a container with other exporters is viable. You will pay only for the shipping space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Additionally, we offer a door-to-door service between Spain and the United States, where we provide services to companies and individuals who want their shipment picked up in origin and delivered to its final destination.

Ocean Freight Routes to Spain

  • Barcelona
    The port of Barcelona covers an area of over 2,400 acres and features over 12 miles of wharves and berths, with alongside depths of up to 52.5 feet. The port is Europe’s ninth-largest container port, and Spain’s third-largest. The port handled 43 million tons of cargo in 2001, carried by more than eight thousand vessels. The port also has over 460 hectares of open storage as well as 50 acres of covered warehouse space.
  • Valencia
    The port of Valencia is the largest port on the coast of the western Mediterranean coast. Its annual traffic capacity is over 4,210,000 TEUs and 62 million tons. It encompasses an area of 1,500 acres and nearly 40,000 feet of quay, with 45 feet of alongside depth. It is equipped to handle a large volume of traffic with modern facilities and equipment.
  • Bilbao
    The port of Bilbao occupies 773 acres of land and over 4,000 acres of water along 10.6 miles of waterfront. It features terminals for containers, general cargo, liquid and solid bulk, RORO, and horticultural products. This port is Spain’s largest, and the fourth-busiest in the country.
  • Algeciras
    The port of Algeciras is one of Europe’s largest and most important ports. It manages a wide variety of passenger and freight traffic, and encompasses over six miles of quays in different basins. It handled more than 70 million tons in total traffic and more than 2.8 million containers in 2011.
  • Madrid (dry port)
    The Madrid Dry Port is a container terminal located in Coslada. The terminal covers an area of over 1.5 million square feet, and has container storage of over 172,000 square feet. There are two reception and delivery train tracks, and four tracks (extendible to six) for loading and unloading of trains. The port has direct links to the ports of Barcelona, Bilbao Algeciras, and Valencia.
  • Zaragoza (dry port)
    This dry port at Zaragoza handles over a hundred thousand TEUs annually, and reached a record level of cargo traffic in 2014. It is the distribution point for goods arriving in Spain by sea.

Air Freight Transportation to Spain

If you are on a tight schedule and have an urgent shipment, air freight may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight. Air freight does place some limitations on volume and weight. Consult iContainers’ calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.