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Ocean and Air Shipping From Spain to Brazil

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The value of Spain’s exports to Brazil averaged $257 million per year between 2014 and 2019. The main items traded were seeds and seafood, minerals and iron. Whatever products your business is seeking to import or export from Spain to Brazil, Shipa Freight is a new-style freight forwarder dedicated to making the international shipping process easier for you.

We’re digitally-focused, with an online platform that packs the power and knowledge to generate quick quotes and enable easy bookings and payments.

Our service is underpinned by the shipping expertise of our parent company Agility Logistics, a major supplier of international shipping services.

Advanced software enables shippers to track every stage of their export or import from Spain to Brazil via their smart devices. And you get choices galore—the chance to send your products by air freight or by FCL or LCL ocean freight. You can also make use of door to door, door to port, port to port and port to door delivery options.

Shipping Ocean Freight From Spain to Brazil

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Shipa Freight makes ocean shipping from Spain to Brazil easier than it’s ever been. Pick your port in Spain and destination in Brazil. Decide whether you wish to send your sea freight by LCL or FCL. Let us know key information about your goods such as what they are and what they weigh, and Shipa Freight will give you a quick quote for shipping a container from Spain to Brazil. No estimations. No hidden extras. Just an easy way to ship your goods with an ocean freight carrier from Spain to Brazil.

Sending a Less than Container Load (LCL) From Spain to Brazil

Given the vast amount of exporting and importing between Spain and Brazil, there’s always plenty of businesses shipping goods by sea between the two nations. Choosing an LCL shipment will mean your cargo shares container space with some of these other shippers’ goods. Shipa Freight lets you book your LCL onto a vessel launching from your preferred port in Spain and track its voyage across the Atlantic to Brazil.

LCL is ideal for shipping small volumes of goods that won’t fill a container and aren’t urgently required in South America. LCL requires additional logistics processes called consolidation and deconsolidation. These mean more handling of your goods and possibly, longer transit times—worth bearing in mind if you are sending fragile goods and/or you have a tight delivery deadline.

Full Container Loads (FCL) From Spain to Brazil

FCL means your carrier will transport your goods in their own shipping container from Spain to Brazil. Your cargo will not need to share container space with goods from other shippers. You can load as many pallets as you like into your chosen container (there are different types of container to choose between). You don’t have to load your container to its limit. If you want to send just one pallet you can—although it would rarely make financial sense to do so. FCL is usually quicker than LCL as there is no consolidation or deconsolidation. And less handling of your goods will be required.

With FCL, it’s possible for you to seal your container in Spain and for it to remain sealed until it arrives at your specified destination in Brazil. Although customs officials can insist on opening your container to inspect your goods.

Cargo Ports of Origin in Spain


Spain doesn’t have much of a west coast, but there’s enough space for the Port of Vigo. It’s close to the Portuguese border and best known as a fishing port. Nevertheless, Vigo offers a high quality containerized goods handling service. It can be the most cost-efficient port of origin for your shipment across the Atlantic to Brazil if your goods originate in Western Spain or near the Portuguese border.

Owned By: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo.

Annual Container Volume: >200,000 TEUs.



The jewel in Spain’s shipping crown in terms of size, Valencia is a top-five port in Europe for container throughput and the biggest in the Mediterranean. Its storage areas extend for over 1 kilometer, while the quayside stretches for an impressive 12 kilometers.

Owned By: Port Authority of Valencia.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



Manufacturers across Northeastern Spain and Catalonia often gravitate to Barcelona when seeking a port of origin for shipments to Brazil. It’s Spain’s third-largest port and is undergoing expansion that may soon raise its European ranking. The Port of Barcelona currently ranks as the ninth-busiest cargo port in Europe.

Owned By: Puertos del Estado.

Annual Container Volume: >3 million TEUs.



Is the final link in your supply chain in Bilbao, Zaragoza, Burgos, Leon or even Madrid? If so, Bilbao will be the closest port from which Shipa Freight can arrange for your goods to be shipped in a container to Brazil. Located in Northern Spain, the port lies in the Bilbao Abra Bay, about 15km from the city.

Owned By: Port of Bilbao Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >500,000 TEUs.



Located on Spain’s south coast close to Gibraltar, Algeciras is the third-busiest port in the Mediterranean, and second only to Valencia for cargo volumes handled in Spain. The port has space on its quayside to load and unload mega-ships. The awards the port has won confirm its status as a top-rated location for your goods to begin their journey to Brazil.

Owned By: Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Algeciras.

Annual Container Volume: >4.5 million TEUs.


Cargo Ports of Arrival in Brazil


Situated in All Saints Bay, this port was created to distribute cargo across the state of Bahia in Brazil. Rail and road connections link the port to inland Brazil, and imports handled here tend to be wheat, grain, and other foods, along with chemical products and vehicles.

Owned By: Companhia das Docas do Estado de Bahia.

Annual Container Volume: >300,000 TEUs.



A crucial container gateway in Northeastern Brazil, a laser-enabled docking system operates at the port. Shipa Freight will use federal and state roads that lead to inland locations to transport your shipment from Spain to its final destination in Brazil if you book our port to door or door to door services.

Owned By: Governor Eraldo Gueiros Industrial Port Complex.

Annual Container Volume: >400,000 TEUs.



The BR-101 and BR-470 highways link directly to this small seaport and make it easy for your goods from Spain to reach onward destinations in Brazil. The quay stretches for 900 meters and eight cranes are available to lift your consignment from ship to shore. The port’s state-of-the-art facilities include a 50,000 square meter warehouse for frozen products.

Owned By: Portonave S/A.

Annual Container Volume: >264,000 TEUs.


Rio de Janeiro

The third-busiest port in Brazil underwent massive redevelopment ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games held in the city. The port is situated in a cove on the Western shores of Guanabara Bay and covers close to 7,000 meters of wharf. Ten warehouses offer combined storage space of over 65,000 square meters.

Owned By: Companhia Docas do Rio de Janeiro.

Annual Container Volume: >135,000 TEUs.



This is Sao Paulo’s port. The largest in Latin America, and Brazil's most technologically advanced sea freight facility. Such is the port’s popularity, expansion projects are underway to speed up the flow of goods by road and rail to and from the port. These are due to be completed in 2024.

Owned By: Federal Government of Brazil.

Annual Container Volume: >4 million TEUs.


Other Destination Ports in Brazil

In addition to the ports mentioned above, Shipa Freight can discharge your shipment from Spain in these other ports in Brazil:

  • Rio Grande do Sul
  • Paranagua
  • Vitoria
  • Manaus
  • Itajal
  • Belem
  • Haguali
  • Itapoa
  • Pecem

Air Freight From Spain to Brazil

Trans-Atlantic flights from Spain to Brazil are the quickest way to ship goods between the two countries. Often, the speed of delivery means air shipping costs more than maritime transportation.

Shipa Freight lets you select an airport of origin in Spain and an arrival airport in Brazil. Exporting or importing from Spain to Brazil by air freight is worth considering if:

  • You want more predictable transit times, as airlines tend to run tighter schedules than ocean shipping companies
  • You’re sending perishable or fragile cargo that risks being damaged if it spends too much time in transit
  • Your shipment is relatively small—perhaps two or three pallets at most
  • You like the idea of the greater security offered by airports and airlines
  • You’d like to pay a lower insurance premium for shipping your goods

Airports of Origin in Spain


A new terminal opened here in 2000, making Bilbao the largest airport in Northern Spain and the Basque Country. Nearly three million kilograms of goods were processed here in 2016, marking this out as a popular airport for businesses seeking to ship air cargo, especially those with goods originating in Northern Spain.

Brazil Airports Served: None.

Bilbao to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Europe’s second-largest airport is Spain’s premier cargo hub. Officially called Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, the facility is only 9km from the city center. It serves as an important trade link between Europe and Latin America with more than 200 freight companies operating services at the airport.

Brazil Airports Served: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro.

Madrid to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Its official name is Barcelona El Prat Josep Tarradellas Airport. It’s an ideal choice as your port of origin if your manufacturing hub or final link in your supply chain is in Catalonia, Sant Boi, Llobregat or Viladecans. That’s because excellent road and rail connections make transporting goods to the airport easier. There are three runways and as many terminals from which we can export your goods to Brazil on direct flights into Sao Paulo Guarulhos, or via indirect flights to other destinations.

Brazil Airports Served: São Paulo.

Barcelona to Brazil Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Airports of Arrival in Brazil


Located on Brazil’s eastern coast and serving the city that shares its name, this is home to the longest runway in this part of the country. Landing your goods here will give your business quick access to destinations in the Pernambuco region of Brazil, a big market for consumer goods with over four million inhabitants.

Connected Airports in Spain: Madrid.

Spain to Recife Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s second-busiest airport is its largest and shares some facilities with the Brazilian Air Force base on the site. Any shipment from Spain required by customers or contacts in Rio or its surrounding areas can be flown aboard a passenger flight direct from Madrid Airport. Alternatively, we can arrange for your goods to be aboard indirect passenger and cargo flights from the airports at Bilbao or Barcelona.

Connected Airports in Spain: Madrid.

Spain to Rio de Janeiro Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Belo Horizonte

Serving Confins in Minas Gerais, this publicly-owned airport in Southeastern Brazil has cargo facilities that can handle 18,000 tonnes of air freight per year. The air-freight warehouse storage space available measures 6,400 square meters.

Connected Airports in Spain: None.

Spain to Belo Horizonte Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Afonso Pena International Airport serves Curitiba in the Southeastern corner of Brazil. The second terminal is a dedicated cargo facility which was upgraded in 2008, the same year the runway was extended. Since then, the port has allowed cargo carriers with bigger loads to benefit from its freight-handling services.

Connected Airports in Spain: None.

Spain to Curitiba Cargo-Only Operators: None.


São Paulo Guarulhos

Popularly known as Cumbica Airport after the district in which it’s located, Sao Paulo is Brazil’s busiest air cargo hub. Two parallel runways serve a cargo terminal that fills 97,000 square meters. The airport’s cargo team is known for its skill in handling refrigerated and hazardous goods. Shipa Freight can coordinate the transit of your goods from Madrid and Barcelona into Sao Paulo in just eight days.

Connected Airports in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona.

Spain to Sao Paulo Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Other Arrival Airports in Brazil

Shipa Freight can arrange for goods originating in Spain to be flown into these other airports in Brazil:

  • Manaus
  • Porto Alegre
  • Salvador
  • Sao Paulo Viracopos

Guidance for Clearing Customs in Spain and Brazil

With traditional freight forwarding companies, customs clearance can be anything but clear. Shipa Freight’s modern approach changes all that. Our platform helps make the process easier than ever, saving you time by informing you of the documents your consignment will need, which include :

  • Letter of credit
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Comprehensive packing list
  • Certificate of origin
  • Tax invoice
  • Bill of lading (we will provide this)

If you want more information about each of these documents, you can find it here on a page we’ve created to simplify the process still further and save you even more time.

How Long Does It Take To Ship Freight From Spain to Brazil?

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There’s a significant difference in the time taken to ship air and ocean freight from Spain to Brazil. Container vessels can take anything from 14 to 31 days, depending on your chosen port. By contrast, an air shipment can be completed in as little as eight days.

How Long Does It Take To Ship Cargo by Ocean From Spain to Brazil?

The duration of ocean freight transit between Spain and Brazil is subject to the ports you choose and whether you pick LCL or FCL. Assuming minimal delays, we’ve estimated the transit times between the following ports:

  • Barcelona to Santos—25 days FCL, 23 days LCL
  • Valencia to Santos—21 days FCL, 26 days LCL
  • Bilbao to Santos—22 days FCL
  • Valencia to Itajal—31 days LCL
  • Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro—26 days FCL, 18 days LCL
  • Valencia to Rio de Janeiro—14 days FCL, 26 days LCL

How Long Does It Take to Ship Air Freight From Spain to Brazil?

For urgent shipping between Spain and Brazil, using air cargo services can see your goods cross the Atlantic aboard a passenger or cargo flight in just eight days, as these examples show:

  • Madrid to Sao Paulo—8 days
  • Barcelona to Sao Paulo—8 days

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Cargo From Spain to Brazil?

A Shipa Freight quote will reflect your unique requirements. We’ll take into account the type of freight you’re sending, your choice of ocean or air shipping and whether you opt for our door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-port services. Your consignment’s weight, volume, and dimensions will also affect the cost.

We supply all kinds of businesses with quotes for shipments that weigh 35kg or over. Usually, goods that fall into the 35kg to 100kg bracket are as nearly as cost-effective to send as air freight as they are by ocean freight.

Cargo weighing over 100kg starts getting expensive when sent as air freight, so unless there’s urgency, ocean freight will usually work out a more cost-effective option for you.

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