Container Shipping to Portugal


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International Container Shipping to Portugal

When shipping your goods to another country, you'll want to import them economically. Get here all required information about rates and shipping services to help you make your container shipping process as easy as possible. Look through the information on free trade zones, customs requirements and rates on shipping your containers to Portugal.

Import your container freight to main ports and cities in Portugal: Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Lisbon, Portalegre, Sines.

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Portugal has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995.

The following documents are required for shipments to Portugal: a bill of lading or an airway bill accompanied by commercial invoices and certificate of origin.

Labels must be in Portuguese (other languages can be used on the label as long as the necessary labeling information is also provided in Portuguese). Labels carry the following information: Name under which the product is sold; List of ingredients; Net quantity of pre-packaged beverage in metric units; Date of minimum durability consisting of day, month and year; any special conditions for keeping or use; Name or business name and address of the manufacturer, packager or importer established in the EU; Place of origin; Instructions of use; Indication of the acquired alcoholic strength.

Free Trade Zones/Warehouses
There are two free trade zones in Portugal. The first is the Madeira Free Trade Zone that offers exemptions from corporate or individual income tax on licensed companies through the year 2011. The Zone also offers grants of up to 100% of employee training costs and up to 50% of the cost of energy-saving changes in production measures. It also offers total exemption from customs duties on goods and raw materials imported into the zone; exemption from quotas on exports to the EU of goods produced in the zone; no payment of EU duties on local value-added; and no payment of EU duties on products incorporating EU raw materials and components.

The Azores Free Trade Zone is established on the island of Santa Maria with tax and financial incentives. Moreover, there are also bonded warehouses.

When thinking of using FCL shipping option (20' and 40' containers), you should keep in mind the following advantages:
1) The container volume is all at your disposal;
2) You don't have to have to wait for your order being consolidated with other orders shipped to the same destination;
3) Mind that your goods will stay in the container from the time of loading in the origin port to the time of unloading at the destination.

Check out the estimated costs on importing your commodities from United States to the ports in Portugal:

  20’ Container  40’ Container Transit Time
 East Coast - Lisbon $1,391.00 $1,591.00 23
 West Coast - Lisbon $3,221.00 $3,916.00 31
 East Coast - Porto (Oporto) $1,815.00 $2,250.00 23
 West Coast - Porto (Oporto) n/a n/a n/a

To get the full cost of transportation you should add the following:

- Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF Charges) - $90 - $180
- Wharfage - $3 per MT
- Bill of Lading - $50
- Drayage from Terminal to Your Door (depends on the distance) - $220 (minimum) for 20’ and $235 (minimum) for 40’ container
- Fuel Surcharge - starts at $40
- Shipper's Declaration (Over $2,500.00) - $50
- Allowance for Industrial Goods - $100 - $150
- Hazardous Material - $100 

Please note that these charges are subject to change. Request an online quote to get the fresh rates.