Less than a Container Load, or LCL, is the type of shipping where your cargo doesn’t occupy a whole container. LCL shipping is grouped orders from different clients that are shipped to the same destination together and shipped as such. LCL freight shipping is also referred to as groupage.
This kind of shipping has immense effect on efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility of the transportation. Not utilizing a full container (FCL) means that shipping your goods can be far easier to schedule and ship.
LCL freight is extremely popular among shipping small businesses, and here are some benefits which are obvious:
It is obvious that no shipping solution is perfect, and LCL shipping also has some drawbacks:
LCL cost is usually calculated by volume in cubic meters (CBM). Thus, the more space your cargo occupies, the more you need to pay. Weight also influences the cost of the LCL shipping, but it is less significant for the overall cost, as container ships can handle huge amounts of weight.
Price quotations from freight forwarders end up calculating the costs of the following LCL shipment stages:
You can find out how much it costs to transport LCL instantly with the Agora Freight Calculator. It is available 24/7 and provides instant quotes for your ocean shipping. Agora Freight clever algorithms, our worldwide agency network, API integrations and a simply designed interface help us give you real-time prices.
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Groupage cargo transportation is a relatively fast and cost-effective way of cargo transportation.
LCL freight means that goods of varying dimensions and weights are placed in one vehicle or container for further delivery to the final destination.
The main advantages of groupage cargo delivery are:
An important requirement for this type of transport is the outer packing – it must be sufficient to protect the cargo during loading, carriage, unloading. Palletization is required in the vast majority of cases.
The Agora Freight system shows various routes and transit times for LCL transport according to the cargo parameters and freight quotations online.
No need to wait for responses from several forwarders to find the best deal for your LCL shipment. You can also book customs clearance and cargo insurance services online just in a few clicks.
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