When you have insufficient cargo to fill a full container then you will need use a LCL service. LCL stands for Less than a Container Load. Here an agent will co-load your goods with other shippers into one container. These allows you to benefit from using a cost effective sea freight shipment without having the expense of shipping a full container empty. The general process for this shipment is:
The main disadvantage is that the overall transit times are longer than using your own full container as your goods having to go to a co-loaders warehouse and wait for other shippers products before being loaded into one container. You need to ensure that you goods are suitably packed or crated to ensure they can withstand the additional handling they will under go.
The most cost effective way of shipping goods around the world is in full containers. Using a full container allows the shipper and consignee to load the goods in the way to maximise the space and to ensue that the goods are loaded in an appropriate way to ensure they do not get damaged. Additionally there is better security as the container can be sealed at the factory once loaded and the consignee can check the seal on arrival.
The types of containers available are:
Additionally there are available 10ft and 20ft High Cube containers. However the availability of this equipment on most routes is limited and usually the charges for doing one off shipments with this equipment means that the next nearest size is the best option. If you have specific container requirements then please contact us.
If you have cargo which is oversized, heavy or difficult to load then we can arrange to supply a range of container equipment to suit the shipment. The range we offer includes:
We can arrange these containers to supplied in locations around the world. For a full description of the different types of container please see our container spec page for dimensions and weights of each type. Please note the 20ft and 40ft containers which are loaded from the side are specialised equipment and only available on certain routes on request.
We can off the carriage of liquid and powders in ISO tanks. These tanks can carry a variety of liquids and powders can carry usual weights up to 27 tonnes. They are available in the following sizes: