Valparaiso is a coastal city in Chile. The principal economic activities of the region of the same name are agriculture, fishing, industry, mining, and trade. In fact, mining in particular carries enormous weight in terms of national exports. Because of this, the city’s sea port is of great importance to a country whose per-capita income is the highest in Latin America, and that has been able to rise to the second position for foreign capital investment on the continent. Ocean freight to Valparaiso can be a key element in accessing a market of 18 million people possessing what the World Bank defines as high incomes.
Although Valparaiso does not benefit directly from the movement of goods that pass through its port, it does get interesting yields from the many passenger cruises that call at the city. Ocean freight to Valparaiso is an excellent option for those wishing to introduce their goods to the Pacific side of the South American continent.
If you choose a full container, we recommend that you confirm that your shipping volume will occupy at least half the container’s total capacity. In the case of a 20-foot container, you have space for 11 Europallets, while a 40-foot container accommodates 25 Europallets. The dimensions of a Europallet are 1.2m x 0.8m. In this way, you are guaranteed the lowest possible transport cost.
A 20-foot dimensions are: 19’3”L X 7’8”W X 7’9”H (L 5.86m X 2.33m X 3.38m.). It has 146 square feet (13.86sqm) of floor space and 1,172 cubic feet of volume (33.2cbm.). It will hold 10 standard pallets (12 Euro pallets) without stacking.
A 40-foot size is: 37’5 5⁄8” L X 7’8” W X 7’9”H (L12.01m X W 2.33m X H2.38). It has 285 square feet of floor space and 2,120 cubic feet of volume (60CBM.) It will hold 22 standard pallets (27 Euro pallets) without stacking.
You should also know then that there are available two types of pallets: Standard (1.2m/47 ¼” X 1m/39 3⁄8”) and Euro (1.2m/47 ¼” X .8m/31 ½”.) It is important to know which pallets you are using and if your cargo is stackable in order to calculate your shipping charge.
FCL is also recommended for those who want to avoid the possibility that their goods may be damaged or altered as a consequence of contact with other exporters’ products. If this arrangement is not suitable for you, then we recommend that you opt for a shared container (LCL). “Groupage, ” as this is called, allows you to share a container with other exporters, resulting in a very competitive shipping price, as you pay only for the space you use.
On the city’s bay we find the sea port of Valparaiso, the country’s most important port in terms of passenger traffic, and second most important in terms of the movement of goods after the port of San Antonio.
Trade traffic zones are currently managed by two organizations - the Chilean-German consortium Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso S.A., a business that holds the concession for Frente de Atraque No. 1 (berthing facility no. 1), which is 1,005 metres long, with a depth of 13.8 metres; and Empresa Portuaria Valparaiso (EPV), occupying Terminal No. 2 - also known as Espigon - which is 605 metres long, as well as the Baron Quay Promenade.
The port of Valparaiso manages 30 percent of the country’s foreign trade, exceeding 10 million tons of general cargo or one million TEUs annually, which makes it one of the most important container handling facilities in South America.