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LCL vs FCL
When you shop online, you want to ensure you get your purchases on time and at the most affordable prices. You’d probably apply the same thinking to your international freight shipments. Choosing the right size of container and shipping option can result in large cost
savings. And two commonly used terms for international shipping are FCL and LCL.
Full Container Load (FCL)
As the name says, FCL means that a consignee has enough items to fill one container. FCL shipments range from 20-foot containers and go up to 40 feet. When using FCL, you are usually charged at a flat rate based on the container size. This option is perfect for anyone with plenty of items to import at once since they will enjoy bulk shipping at a lower cost per item. On the downside, you will only enjoy these savings when the container is at least half-filled. This means you may have to wait for a long time to receive your orders.
Less than Container Load (LCL)
LCL works for anyone who does not have many items to import in one shipment. The cost per item is higher than FCL; however, the overall cost is lower since you’re not shipping in bulk. LCL is also more convenient since you don’t have to wait for a container to be filled before it is shipped.
The flexibility of LCL makes it an attraction for small importers who just wish to have a few items delivered. However, the main disadvantage of LCL is that many persons are involved in loading the container. This means there’s a greater chance of your items being damaged.
Still not sure which one will work for you? At 1 Stop Pack N Ship, we can help you make the right choice. Contact us so we can help you get your items on time and within budget.