While it has seen its fair share of historically uneven economic performance with high economic growth alternating with severe recessions, Argentina, one of the largest economies in Latin America, seems to have turned crisis into opportunity. Facing a constantly changing business and market situation has made the country an adaptable and resilient economy with an estimated GDP of USD 450 billion.
What Argentina might lack in economic or institutional stability is compensated by its natural resources and consequent development potential. Within the 2.8 million sq. km. of its territory, Argentina boasts of extraordinary fertile lands, gas and lithium reserves, and a great scope for renewable energy. It is a leading food producer with large-scale agricultural and livestock industries. In addition, Argentina also offers numerous opportunities in some manufacturing subsectors, and innovative services in high-tech industries.
Diverse industries driving a need for logistics services
Food processing, automotive, refinery products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, steel and aluminium, machinery, electronics and home appliances are some of Argentina’s booming industries that drive its Exim trade and create opportunities for international freight shipping and logistics.
While the country has a strong domestic logistics network with major cities like Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Santa Fe and Mendoza being its key hubs, what businesses also need is an international logistics services provider that can offer seamless cargo shipment transportation for Argentina’s imports and exports to and from the world.
ECU Worldwide Argentina: Giving logistics services a global edge
Being the global leader in LCL consolidation, operating a network of over 300 offices in more than 160 countries and offering freight services over 2400 direct trade lanes, ECU Worldwide Argentina is among the market-leading logistics companies that customers prefer to partner with.
The service offerings comprise a variety of import LCL services with 16 direct services, FCL import and export services as well as the recently launched air freight service to and from Ezeiza which the organisation looks ahead to expanding across the rest of the country. In addition, door pick-ups and deliveries to and from Buenos Aires using exclusive trucking allows for personalized follow-up and handling.
“Our biggest strength is our large pool of experienced specialists who assure an excellent delivery service, based on local expertise to handle customs and compliance. In addition we offer seamless connectivity to almost every corner of the world with digitally-enabled, customer-centric customised solutions. We perform well because we listen, partner and go out of our way to deliver excellence to customers across industries”, says Hernan Micieli, Managing Director, ECU Worldwide Argentina.
Ocean freight is one of the most prominent services, with over 11,000 km of waterways – comprising La Plata, Parana, Paraguay and Uruguay. Major ports are Buenos Aires, La Plata-Ensenada, Bahía Blanca and the ones that comprise ‘Up-River’ - Mar del Plata, Quequén-Necochea, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Deseado, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia. Even though Buenos Aires port has always been the first in individual importance, the Up-River ports handle 50% of the country’s exports. Most of Argentina’s imports too are received via sea freight services.
The team at ECU Worldwide Argentina
Embracing the new normal and going digital
One thing to give Argentina credit for is its ability to adapt and move in accordance with market tendencies. Staying true to this never-give-up spirit, even during the COVID-19 crisis, ECU Worldwide Argentina optimised processes and operations with the right use of digital tools and technology to keep cargo shipments moving, offer warehousing solutions (receipt, storage, classification and dispatch) and manage distribution in a safe, secure manner.
Adept at handling various types of cargo including Dangerous Goods, hazardous material and Over-Dimensional Cargo (ODC), ECU Worldwide continues to empower its customers to independently conduct business 24x7. With ECU360, the state-of-the-art online platform, customers can explore a number of features like door-to-door quotations, quick bookings and easy access to information to help them ship with a click!
Keeping a focus on the customers’ needs, involving them in the process right from the start, carrying out thorough research and planning as well as maintaining two-way communication and a professional, pleasant relationship with customers helps ECU Worldwide Argentina to offer logistics services that exceed expectations.
With its balanced organisation structure, seamless flow of information and coordination among team members across the globe, the friendly team at ECU Worldwide Argentina offers just the right solutions, and does so with a smile, reassurance and a personalised customer experience.