Not cost effective unless shipping more than 15 cubic meters (in a 20ft GP container)
- Most cost effective for consignments not suitable for FCL
- More cost effective than air freight (although longer transit time)
- Best transportation method for small volume shipments
- Smaller orders reduce inventory investment and allow shippers more flexibility
There are a number of advantages / disadvantages for both LCL and FCL container shipping. If you are a small to medium sized company and do not have enough inventory to fill a standard container then it is recommended that LCL will be the most cost effective method of shipping. If you are a large company with enough stock to fill a full container then FCL transportation is the way to go.
When shipping cargo using FCL transportation you can improve the economies of scale and increase profits by reviewing your supply chain strategy to maximize on full container load advantages. This could involve reducing the total weekly or monthly container shipments you receive in order to completely fill a container e.g. if you are shipping 14 cubic meters every month (LCL shipment), why not wait an extra month and transport 28 cubic meters in one shipment. You could also consider increasing container size from a 20ft to a 40ft to further improve cost effectiveness.
We have dedicated LCL and FCL container shipping teams to help you transport cargo around the world, no matter how much you need transporting or where it is being loaded / discharged. Our team can provide advice on the best container transportation method for your needs and help with every aspect on transportation including warehousing, cargo consolidation, road transport to port, loading / unloading, customs clearance and documentation.
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