There are several ways to move goods in today’s global supply chain. But before you jump on board and sign on the dotted line to book a shipping container, make sure that your chosen shipping method benefits your business the most. To do so, evaluate factors such as the nature and size of your product, time sensitivity, and the shipping container’s size. If you choose to navigate the waters with the LCL method, first know the procedure from A-Z.
What does LCL shipment mean?
Shipping containers are built to a standard size set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Depending on the size of your load, the dimensions to choose from for shipping goods are 8, 10, 20, 30, or 40 feet long. However, what can you do if your package size is less than a container load? Share the space!
LCL shipping (Less than Container Load) is when exporters share container space because their package is far smaller than what can fill a full container. In other words, parties with small, individual packages group together to fill a container. LCL is a way to lower transportation costs by sharing the box. Otherwise, one would have to pay for an entire container you cannot fill. For shipping companies, LCL enables recovering the cost of the container. LCL is also a more eco-friendly, sustainable, and responsible practice.
LCL shipment procedure
Once you choose LCL shipment, you select the type of service based on the incoterms settled between you and your buyer or seller. The process should be practical and straightforward. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting your goods dispatched to your customers via LCL shipping:
Step 1: Register with a Freight Forwarder
Since freight forwarders play a crucial role in ensuring flawless product delivery to your customers, selecting the correct partner is an essential part of the process.
Step 2: Package information
Once you have contacted a freight forwarder for your transport needs, they will request all your shipment details. This information includes contact information to schedule the delivery at the warehouse. After information gathering, they can determine what other packages to group your shipment with and what ship to assign for your cargo delivery.
Step 3: Dispatch and Shipping
At this point, your package arrives at the freight forwarder’s warehouse. Next, it is placed with additional smaller packages to be delivered along the same trading route and then transferred to the container. This process is called ‘Container Stuffing.’
Step 4: Arrival and Delivery
When the ship arrives at its last stop, the container is moved to a warehouse to ungroup items. Before the pick-up, the shipment must be released from customs and from the custody of the delivery agent.
LCL Shipping with eezy Freight
eezyimport is known for making aspects of supply chain navigation DIY, such as self-filing ISF and Entry Summary forms, and, if necessary, provides brokerage support for importers. Expanding on its vision and experience, the company has entered the shipping logistics arena through its eezy Freight Ocean Service. We have designed this service to achieve the company’s core principle – simplify logistics procedures to enhance customer success while saving them time and money. eezy Freight’s tech-based solution and expertise locate leading carriers with competitive rates, top-notch service, and the fastest delivery. We then secure space for your cargo, no matter the size. Integrating our LCL services with those of our customs clearance, makes the supply chain logistics process even easier for our clients.