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Ocean and Air Shipping From Spain to Mexico

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Whether yo u need an urgent air shipment from Spain to Mexico or have a huge consignment to ship by ocean, Shipa Freight can help. Our online platform brings welcome ease and extra efficiency to international shipping. We’ll give you a precise price for your commercial goods shipment and make it easy to choose the best seaports and airports. You also have a choice of a port-to-door, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-port delivery service.

Registering is quick and easy. Once you’re on board, the shipping and supply chain experts at our parent company, Agility Logistics, will help coordinate your import or export from Spain to Mexico.

You can track the whole process from your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Only when you try Shipa Freight will you realize just how stress-free international shipping can be.

Shipping Ocean Freight From Spain to Mexico

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Ocean shipping trade lanes between Spain and Mexico have been well-used over the centuries. And now Shipa Freight gives businesses of all sizes a 21st Century way to ship sea freight from Europe to Central America.

Much of our online platform is automated, bringing fresh simplicity to a once complex process. We’ll help you decide whether FCL or LCL is best for your business. We’ll also help you choose the best type of container for your goods and how many you’ll need.

Select our door to door service and we’ll transport your goods from anywhere in Spain to your chosen port of departure. And on the other side of the Atlantic, we’ll take your goods from your selected port of arrival by road or rail to their final destination in Mexico.

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

Less Than Container Load (LCL) means your goods will share a container on an ocean carrier with other products belonging to other companies. A process called consolidation will happen in your chosen port of origin in Spain. This will see your goods loaded into a container with other cargo. Once full (or deemed ready for shipping), the container will be lifted onto a cargo vessel and shipped to Mexico.

Shipa Freight will organize all of this for you. You just need to tell us about the nature of the goods and get them ready to be containerized—ideally wrapped and mounted on pallets. When your goods arrive in Mexico, they will be de-consolidated and discharged at your destination port.

Full Container Load (FCL) From Spain to Mexico

Full Container Load (FCL) shipping means your goods get a container to themselves for export or import from Spain to Mexico. It’s up to you how much you load into your container—you don’t have to fill it. Shipa Freight will arrange for its transportation to Mexico aboard a cargo vessel whether your container is filled or partially-filled.

Usually, businesses will try to use container space as fully as possible. If you have a big consignment that needs exporting or importing from Spain to Mexico, you can choose multiple 20ft containers or the 40ft option. The former holds 10 to 11 standard pallets, the latter up to 21.

FCL is generally quicker than LCL, as there’s no consolidation or de-consolidation, which also means less handling of your goods—something that appeals to shippers with fragile goods to export or import in a shipping container from Spain to Mexico.

Cargo Ports of Origin in Spain


Ranked the ninth-busiest container port in Europe, the Port of Barcelona is Spain’s third-largest freight hub. It’s the nearest international shipping gateway to Tarragona and Girona. So if these locations or others in Eastern Spain are where your goods for export to Mexico originate, Shipa Freight can organize all aspects of their shipment across the Atlantic.

Owned By: Puertos del Estado.

Annual Container Volume: >3 million TEUs.



Located on Spain’s northern coast in the Bay of Biscay, the Port of Bilbao is easily reached from Santander, Vitoria-Gasteiz and other areas in Northern Spain. Even if the final pre-export link in your supply chain is in Madrid further to the south, Shipa Freight can arrange to transport your goods north to this port and then onwards by ocean to Mexico.

Owned By: Port of Bilbao Authority.

Annual Container Volume: >500,000 TEUs.



Valencia’s 12km-long quayside and 1km of storage space make it the biggest port in the Mediterranean. It’s also among the top-five busiest container ports in Europe. Serving Spain’s east coast, it’s a good port of origin for businesses manufacturing goods in Eastern Spain and even as far inland as the capital, Madrid.

Owned By: Port Authority of Valencia.

Annual Container Volume: >5 million TEUs.



Spain’s short western coastline is where you’ll find the Port of Vigo. It’s small in comparison to the other Spanish ports used by Shipa Freight. But it’s ideal if your goods originate in Northwestern Spain or even Portugal, as the border is a short distance to the south of the port.

Owned By: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo.

Annual Container Volume: >200,000 TEUs.



Algeciras sits on Spain’s south coast close to the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s the third-busiest port on the Mediterranean for freight throughput. It’s the port of choice for many shippers producing goods in Gibraltar, Los Barrios, San Roque and other areas of Southern Spain for export in a container from Spain to Mexico.

Owned By: Autoridad Portuaria de la Bahía de Algeciras.

Annual Container Volume: >4.5 million TEUs.


Cargo Ports of Arrival in Mexico


The shores of the Gulf of Mexico on the nation’s East Coast play host to the Port of Veracruz. It’s 300km from here to the capital, Mexico City. It’s ideal for discharging goods from Spain that are bound for Central and Southern Mexico.

Owned By: Administración Portuaria Integral de Veracruz.

Annual Container Volume: >900,000 TEUs.



Don’t let the small harbor at this port deter you from selecting Altamira as your arrival port in Mexico. Lying on the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s just 400km from the border with the United States. The port is the main container facility in this industrial area of Mexico and is known for being a gateway for chemical products.

Owned By: Administración Portuaria Integral Altamira.

Annual Container Volume: >680,000 TEUs.



The state of Colima on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is home to Manzanillo, Mexico’s biggest port. The facility handles the vast majority of goods destined for Central Mexico. High levels of cargo throughput make the port the third-largest sea freight hub in Latin America. It was revealed in July 2019 that the port is due for expansion with four new terminals planned, including a new specialized container facility.

Owned By: Hutchison Port Holdings.

Annual Container Volume: >3 million TEUs.


Lazaro Cardenas

This port is just 110km from the US state of California. So choosing to discharge your goods here is a great move if they’re needed by a client or customer in Northwest Mexico or the Southwestern United States. Shipa Freight can arrange for your goods to be transported from Lazaro Cardenas to the USA or Tijuana, Ensenada or the surrounding areas.

Owned By: Port Authority of Lazaro Cardenas.

Annual Container Volume: >190,000 TEUs.


Air Freight From Spain to Mexico

Need to import or export from Spain to Mexico in a hurry? Air shipping is the fastest way. Tell Shipa Freight what needs shipping, where it needs to go and when it needs to be there and, as a digital freight forwarder, we’ll give you a quick, competitive online quote for your air shipping.

You’ll need to pick your airport of origin in Spain. Choose one that’s nearest your supplier or manufacturer for quicker transit to the airport. You’ll also need to choose your airport of arrival in Mexico and decide whether to use our door-to-door, port-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-port delivery service.

  • Speed is the chief reason why many businesses opt for air freight, but there are other benefits:
  • Protect perishable cargo with quicker transit
  • Make use of the higher levels of security offered by airports and airlines
  • Pay lower insurance premiums (in most cases)
  • Choose a cost-effective option for smaller consignments of one or two pallets

Airports of Origin in Spain


Catalonia’s main airport is only 14km Southwest of Barcelona’s city center. It has three terminals and three runways, making it the biggest cargo-handling facility in the region. For urgent shipments to Mexico from Eastern Spain, flying your goods from here is one of the quickest ways to get your goods to Central America.

Mexico Airports Served: Mexico City.

Barcelona to Mexico Cargo-Only Operators: None.



Spain’s capital lies in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, and its main airport is just 9km from the city center. Shipa Freight can arrange for your goods to be transported here from anywhere in Spain if you choose our door-to-door or door-to-port service. We can ship your goods to Mexico City. Monterrey or Guadalajara from Madrid Airport by direct or indirect cargo or passenger flights.

Mexico Airports Served: Mexico City.

Madrid to Mexico Cargo-Only Operators: IAG Cargo, Turkish Airlines Cargo.



Bilbao has an airport and seaport from which Shipa Freight can ship your goods to Mexico. Choose the airport if your consignment is suitable for air freight and needed urgently in Central America. We can usually get your goods from here to Mexico via indirect flights in eight days.

Mexico Airports Served: None.

Bilbao to Mexico Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Airports of Arrival in Mexico

Mexico City

Officially called Benito Juarez International Airport, this facility is only 5km from downtown, handy if that’s the destination for your shipment from Spain. As of 2020, 21 cargo airlines will operate services to and from the airport. Shipa Freight can land your air freight from Spain here on board cargo-only flights direct from Madrid.

Connected Airports in Spain: Barcelona, Madrid.

Spain to Mexico City Cargo-Only Operators: IAG Cargo, Turkish Airlines Cargo.



One of the fastest-growing airports in Mexico, and one of the fifteen biggest airports in Latin America, Monterrey is located in Apodaca, Nueva Leon. It has two runways and an air cargo terminal covering a six-hectare site. For commercial goods from Spain that are required in Northeastern Mexico, Monterrey is a good choice of arrival airport.

Connected Airports in Spain: None.

Spain to Monterrey Cargo-Only Operators: None.



This airport serves Mexico’s second-largest city and is the nation’s second-busiest for international freight flights. Named after Miguel Hidalgo, who started the war that led to Mexico gaining its independence from Spain, the air cargo terminal covers 27,000 square meters. The airport has six loading bays that can accommodate aircraft of any size.

Connected Airports in Spain: None.

Spain to Guadalajara Cargo-Only Operators: None.


Customs Clearance Procedures in Spain and Mexico

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Your business won’t need a logistics department to benefit from the services offered by the best international carriers. Shipa Freight takes care of many of the time-consuming administrative tasks associated with exporting and importing from Spain to Mexico. One way we save you time is by highlighting the documents you’ll need for your shipment to clear customs on both sides of the Atlantic:

  • Letter of credit
  • Commercial Invoice and Tax invoice
  • Packing list and Certificate of origin
  • Bill of lading (we will complete this for you)

More information about this essential paperwork can be found here, a page we’ve created to ensure all the details you need are in one place.

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

Flying air cargo from Spain to Mexico is significantly faster than ocean shipping. As a result, it’s usually the more expensive option. But the ability to get goods from Spain to Mexico in just eight days rather than the 21-37 days that ocean shipping takes is an attractive proposition for many businesses—especially those with short delivery deadlines.

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

Between three to six weeks is how long it takes to ship goods from Spain to Mexico via ocean trade lanes across the Atlantic. Exact times depend on your choice of ports and whether you opt for FCL or LCL. Public holidays, adverse weather conditions and consolidation and de-consolidation can also affect the shipping duration.

Here are some examples of shipping durations:

  • Barcelona to Veracruz—21 days FCL, 22 days LCL
  • Bilbao to Altamira—37 days FCL, 24 days LCL
  • Valencia to Veracruz—26 days FCL, 25 days LCL
  • Valencia to Altamira—31 days FCL, 26 days LCL

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

Eight days is the usual duration required for air shipments from Spain to Mexico, as these samples show:

  • Barcelona to Mexico City—8 days
  • Madrid to Mexico City—8 days
  • Madrid to Monterrey—8 days
  • Bilbao to Mexico City—8 days

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

The precision quotes provided by Shipa Freight ensure the price you get is the price you pay. There won’t be any last-minute add-ons or nasty surprises on your invoice.

To generate your quote, we will usually need the following information:

  • The nature of the goods you wish to ship
  • The weight of your goods
  • Their volume and dimensions
  • Whether you want to ship by air or sea
  • Whether you want LCL or FCL
  • Your choice of port-to-port, port-to-door, door-to-door or door-to-port delivery

Shipa Freight only provides quotes for consignments weighing over 35kg. As a guide, you should consider using air-cargo services for goods weighing between 35kg and 100kg, as these shipments usually work out faster than ocean shipping and just as cost-efficient.

Sending goods that weigh over 100kg as air freight is expensive. Usually, there’s more cost-efficiency to be found in sending such a consignment by ocean freight, assuming your business can accommodate the longer delivery times.

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