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Buenos Aires (ARBUE), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires (ARBUE), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11.7 million metric tonnes (2010)
1.1 million (2010)

Requirements to ship to the ports

The following documents are required for all maritime shipments, regardless of value:Commercial invoice (original and three copies)Bill of lading (minimum of one copy for customs purposes)Packing list (not generally required for bulk commodities or for articles that are identical in kind, characteristics, composition, weight, etc.)Insurance certificate (if insurance coverage is purchased by the exporter)

Commercial invoices must be presented in Spanish (one original and three copies) with the caption 'Original Invoice.' Carbon copies, printed copies, or photocopied invoices will not be accepted in place of the original. In addition, a properly authorized member of the firm must provide an original signature in ink on each copy of the invoice presented (i.e., the original and three copies).

The invoice should contain:Invoice numberPlace and date of executionFull name and address of the exporterFull name and address of consigneeFull name and address of the agent/freight forwarder, (if any)Quantity, indicating measuring units invoicedName and description of goods (in Spanish)Unit price and totalCurrency used in transactionTerms of payment and delivery, using INCOTERMSOrigin and place/port of export of the merchandiseMeans of transport (specifying via ocean, air, or parcel post)Port or place of entry into ArgentinaIf the invoice is in English, the common practice is to show the Spanish translation just below the English text.

The bill of lading should be issued (at minimum) in one negotiable copy; additional negotiable copies may be required by the importer, bank, steamship line, or other interested party (follow instructions from the importer or those given in the letter of credit or other contractual arrangement). Bills of lading must indicate the weight and volume of each package, as well as the total weight and volume of the shipment. All bills of lading must also show the amount of freight and a statement 'Freight Paid,' or 'Freight Payable at Destination' as appropriate.The bill of lading must show the following:Name of the shipName of the ship's captainPort of registry and registered tonnage (weight and volume)Name of the charter or the shipperName of the consignee (unless it is 'to the bearer' or 'to order')Number of packages, and specific description of the contents, the quantity, quality, and marks of the goodsPort of loading and unloading, with a declaration of the port of call, if anyFreight amountPlace, method, and date of paymentDate of preparation of the document and signature of the captain and of the shipper (signature of the shipping company and shipper should be signed manually, facsimile signatures are not acceptable)Container and seal number, and terms of shipmentInvoice number suggested

At least three (3) copies of the packing list should be included as part of the shipping documents sent to the consignee or the agent thereof. The exact contents of each package should be clearly identified. This should include each item's gross weight and net weight and each package's marks and numbers. The required information must be consistent with all information shown on the commercial invoice.

The U.S. exporter must request this document when purchasing insurance and should proceed according to the details provided by the importer. Marine insurance can be obtained from any insurance company.

The certificate of origin is a document that may be required by Argentine Customs for consumer goods, textiles, footwear, apparel, printing machines and machine tools, organic chemicals, tires, bicycle parts, flat-rolled iron and steel, certain iron and steel tubes, air conditioning equipment, wood fiberboard, fabrics, toys, games, brooms, and brushes.

About the port

The port of Buenos Aires is located on a firth of the Rio de la Plata in Argentina is a principal maritime port of the country. It handles a wide range of exports of cargoes. Rapidly growing huge cargo container ships are calling it Argentina with Buenos Aires handling almost half of the country’s maritime trade.


Buenos Aires is a strong port acting as a gateway and Argentina’s leading container port at the same time. Along with more than 10.8 hectares of container yard, the Buenos Aires port has nearly 3000 TEU in storage space disambiguated for liquid and dry cargo, cruise liners and also ship containers navigating internally.


In operation since 1580 the port of Buenos Aires has now become the leading transhipment point for the foreign trade of Argentina. The port founded by Captain Juan de Garay now flaunts 4 quays cranes with an unrestricted depth ranging from 8.5 metres. Buenos Aires’s geographical location gives this port a competitive advantage to accommodate expected growth.


Handling over 1812 vessels annually, the port can accommodate the biggest of cargo vessels. It might also intrigue you to know that port of Buenos Aires is continuously developing new concepts to strength the shipping services make this port ready for the future.