How much does it cost to ship a container to Guatemala

Shipping quotes to Guatemala City range from $1,500 to $2,500 to and from the United States. Greater international distances can range up to $4,000 or more, depending the load. Guatemala’s top exports are bananas, coffee, knit clothing, raw sugar, and palm oil. Its main imports are refined petroleum, cars, rubberized fabrics, packaged pharmaceuticals, and broadcasting equipment. Guatemala generally exports to the US, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

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The above chart offers information on the average rates for international shipping from USA to Guatemala in the past 18 months. It doesn’t include, however, details on extra or unforeseen charges that may be faced during the booking and sea freight process.
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Main ports in Guatemala

Shipping your container to your preferred port in Guatemala is something that we can no doubt help you out with at iContainers. We operate in 4 ports in Guatemala for ocean freight transport from the United States and 3 ports in Guatemala from Spain. Your choice!

FAQs about shipping your container to Guatemala

What is the estimated transit time for shipping a container to Guatemala?

If you’re wondering about transit times to ship a container to Guatemala, you should first decide on a port of origin and destination. The longest transit time to Guatemala is the route Savannah – Santo Tomas de Castilla with an average of 27 days and the shortest is Pt Everglades – Santo Tomas de Castilla which takes 3 days on average. Routes from Spain include Madrid – Santo Tomas de Castilla or Valencia – Santo Tomas de Castilla, both of which take around 24 days.

What type of cargo can be sent in a container?

When it comes to shipping dry bulk – one of the most common types of cargo – there are a number of options to choose from among dry shipping containers. These standard containers come in several sizes and dimensions and are suitable for transportation of dry commodities such as manufactured goods. However, although they are hermetically sealed, they don’t offer refrigeration or ventilation so they are not appropriate for perishable commodities, for instance.

How do you figure out shipping cost to Guatemala?

You probably already know by now: the final quotation for your ocean freight is a tricky prediction to make. There are certainly some considerations that you will have to take into account - your shipment’s characteristics, the kind of container you use, your chosen Incoterm and your selected route - but you should expect to have to pay, in addition, for any special requirements for your cargo, as is the case with hazardous goods.

What container capacity do I need for my cargo?

Dry shipping containers have been standardized so as to offer shippers four different volume capacities, the lowest being at 1,172 CFT / 33.2 CBM and the highest at 3,122 CFT / 88.4 CBM. However, when shipping small freight, a Shared Container (LCL) is often a more cost-effective shipping method because prices are set based on the space each cargo takes up.

FOB vs CIF: What´s the difference?

Choosing an Incoterm is a crucial decision to face during your shipping process so understanding every little detail of each agreement is paramount. CIF and FOB are two common Incoterms that seem to generate confusion, although the basic difference is rather large: with CIF, the seller is responsible for the goods until they reach the destination port while under FOB, this responsibility is only the seller’s until the cargo is loaded and in transit.

What paperwork is needed for international shipments to Guatemala?

Shippers face a large number of documents necessary when exporting or importing goods but they can mostly be divided in two kinds: regular paperwork that is required in a standard shipping procedure (a Bill of Lading or a packing list, for instance) and specific documents that are determined by the nature of the transaction. A good example of the latter is the complimentary forms involved in transportation of hazardous good.

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