Looking for the cheapest way to ship to Puerto Rico from USA, Canada, Mexico, China or Europe?

Shipping goods to Puerto Rico, whether it is for the first time, or on a regular basis, can be a challenging experience. There are many elements to consider when shipping to Puerto Rico. If you are in Canada or the US and not entirely familiar with the Latin American market, you should consider a cargo shipping company that knows the business culture, the language, the customs regulations and has a proven track record of success when it comes to freight shipping to Puerto Rico.

OUR FREIGHT SERVICES TO PUERTO RICO

During the past 20 years, our specialized logistics and freight forwarding services helped various importers & exporters to continue developing stronger relationships with their clients in Puerto Rico.
Using our expertise, our vast network of carriers and extensive knowledge of the business culture, we are able to offer a wide range of freight shipping services, to and from Puerto Rico, by ocean and air.

OCEAN FREIGHT - SHIP CONTAINER TO PUERTO RICO:


Looking to ship container to Puerto Rico? We offer door to door, door to port and port to port transportation services to Puerto Rico from any place in the world.
The major ports of Puerto Rico are the port of San Juan - one of the biggest container terminal in the Caribbean islands - and the new Port of the Americas in Ponce, which is expected to become the major port in the region.
Our ocean shipping solutions will accommodate any type of specialized transportation and container to Puerto Rico: Standard FCL containers, open tops, flat racks, RORO transportation (Roll-on/ Roll-off), break bulk / oversized and heavy cargo

AIR CARGO TO PUERTO RICO:


Thanks to our vast network of air freight carriers we offer daily and weekly departures to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and the . Our air freight solutions to Puerto Rico, include airport-to-airport, door-to-door, airport-to-door and door-to-airport services, among others.

Latin American Cargo’s Charter Services is also the perfect solution if you need your freight imports to be transported quickly and cost-efficiently to Puerto Rico.

MAIN SEAPORTS & AIRPORTS WHEN SHIPPING TO / FROM PUERTO RICO

  • MAIN SEAPORTS: Port of San Juan, Port of Ponce / The Americas, Port of Mayagüez
  • MAIN CARGO AIRPORTS: Luis Muñoz Marín, San Juan (SJU), Rafael Hernández, Aguadilla (BQN)

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN SHIPPING TO PUERTO RICO?

Regulations in Puerto Rico are not only very different from the ones in the US or Canada, communication methods and business etiquette are also very distinct:
● Corporate culture in Puerto Rico is relationship-driven. Puerto Ricans value trust, honor & camaraderie. They attach great importance to developing personal relationships rather than formal business connections which is the norm in the US or Canada. Therefore, it is important to develop easy going business “friendships” as Puerto Ricans may be more loyal to you personally rather than to the company you represent.
● Flexibility and spontaneity are also common traits of Puerto Ricans although in Puerto Rico, punctuality is more valued than in other South American countries.
It is also important to consider the language as a possible barrier: Although English is widely spoken amongst the business class, the average person could have more difficulties and would only speak Spanish.

DOING BUSINESS WITH PUERTO RICO IS THE RIGHT DECISION

Despite the growing importance of China in international trade, countries such as the USA, Mexico or Canada are the source of key imports to Puerto Rico. They provide agricultural raw materials, chemicals, food, petroleum, machinery, transport equipment, manufactured goods, ores and metals or textiles.
The increasing number of bilateral free trade agreements have contributed to a sharp upswing in the Puerto Rican economy, and consequently created a dynamic impact on its global supply chain.
As a result, the need for shipping to Puerto Rico from the US, Canada or Mexico has been increasing exponentially during recent years.
With LAC by your side you will reinforce your cargo shipping capability for your exports to Puerto Rico.
Our experienced professionals are very familiar with the market requirements in Puerto Rico which is very important to avoid delays during the importation process. We provide you with all the necessary tools to break into the local market, headache free.

What makes us your ideal logistics partner?

Every country in every continent offers a unique mix of laws, guidelines, customs regulations, documentation requirements, controlled or prohibited goods lists, communication norms, and cultural biases. Therefore, if you want to be successful when importing or exporting to Puerto Rico, you will need a logistics partner that understands the local culture, the business landscape and speaks the local language as well.

Our team of experts offers you superior freight forwarding services and the best rates for your cargo shipping to and from Puerto Rico. Our combined experience, extensive knowledge, logistics skills and local connections will guarantee that your goods are transported quickly, safely, and worry-free to Puerto Rico.

In other words, LAC is the best freight forwarder to help you ship to Puerto Rico from USA, Canada, Mexico and worldwide.

IMPORT AND CUSTOMS PARTICULAR

If you are shipping merchandise by sea or air to Puerto Rico for the first time, guidance and support will surely be needed, as there are guidelines, prohibitions and restrictions to consider.

WHAT PAPERWORK IS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS TO PUERTO RICO?


Documentation requirements vary depending on the category of goods being shipped and can get quite extensive. They usually include: Commercial invoice, Bill of lading / Air waybill, Packing list, Insurance certificate, Certificate of Origin (if required). To avoid delays or hassles when shipping to Argentina, your packing list must be as detailed as possible. Vague wording like “miscellaneous” attracts negative attention and further inspections.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS WHEN SHIPPING TO PUERTO RICO?


Regulations can be strict on certain categories of goods being imported to Puerto Rico. Prior authorization or special permits may be needed for certain items such as agricultural products, processed foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, or antiques. Prohibited commodities include certain used vehicles, used clothing and accessories, used tires, certainly used machinery and all types of toxic wastes or dangerous residues.

Duties and tariffs are usually based on the total value of the shipment in question, and depending on how well-documented the cargo is, those values could be determined by the judgment of Customs Officials on the spot.

Shipping cargo to Puerto Rico is easier with LAC as we have overcome these obstacles many times and have developed a thorough understanding of the customs procedures.

QUICK FACTS & ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT ( Source: IMF - World Bank, 2018)

  • Capital: San Juan - Other Main Cities: Bayamón, Carolina, Ponce, Caguas
  • Population: 3,667,000 (Urban Population: 99.0%)
  • Official languages: Spanish, English
  • Time Zone : GMT - 4
  • Currency: U.S Dollar (USD)
  • GDP: 101.13 billion USD / Growth: -4,9 % / Per Capita: 32,100 USD / Inflation Rate: 1.3%
  • Total Imports of Goods: 23,00 billion USD
  • FDI Inward Flow: 2.28 billions USD (2,3% of GDP)
  • Ease of Doing Business Score (2019): 126th / 190

TRADE OVERVIEW

  • MAIN IMPORTS: Motor Vehicles & Parts, Petroleum, Telecommunication Equipment, Medicaments, Trucking Equipment
  • MAIN EXPORTS: Petroleum, Motor Vehicles, Parts & Accessories for Tractors, Electronics, Telecommunication Equipment, Medical Equipment
  • BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Machinery, Apparel, Food Products, Manufacturing, Agriculture
  • PRINCIPAL TRADING PARTNERS: USA, Mexico, China, Canada, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France)

More Shipping to Puerto Rico

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