FULL CONTAINER LOAD
FCL (Full Container Load) – is an ocean shipping mode, in which the entire container is intended for one supplier and occupies a full container (regardless of size). FCL transportation can be filled directly at the supplier’s warehouse, and then sent to the container yard (container cargo station in the port). The container can be unloaded at the port of destination or the carrier can deliver to the recipient’s warehouse.
LESS CONTAINER LOAD
Delivery of collective cargoes from 1m3 to 15m3, transported in a common container with other shippers in order not to overpay for delivery. It is considered the most economical way to deliver small quantities of goods
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LCL & FCL
FCL (Full Container Load) and LCL (Less Container Load) are terms used in international sea freight transportation. FCL and LCL are different both by definition and practice. If you need to transport a small cargo that can not be sent by regular post, but the cost of air freight is already prohibitively high for such cargo, and for transporting the whole container it is still too small, then sending the combined cargo is what you need.
THE DIMENSIONS OF THE CARGO FOR THE COLLECTIVE SHIPMENT
According to the world standard, if the volume of the shipment does not exceed half the volume of the container (a 20-foot standard container has a volume of 33.2m3), a combined shipment – LCL applied.