Ocean Express provides two shipping methods: LCL (Less than Container Load) and FCL (Full Container Load). Understanding the differences between these options is crucial in making informed decisions when selecting the appropriate shipping method for your goods in the future. Let MOOV be your guide as we take you through these distinctions, ensuring you receive the most efficient and tailored shipping solutions for your cargo.
LCL involves consolidating goods from multiple consignors into a single container when the quantity of each consignor is insufficient to fill the whole box. On the other hand, FCL refers to shipping bulky goods that can occupy one or more full containers.
Varied Calculation of Shipping Costs:
LCL freight is calculated based on the weight or volume of the goods, using the larger value between the two, known as the “volume weight.” For tiny items, such as a single small item, a minimum charge is usually applied. However, it’s important to comply with regulations regarding weight and size, as exceeding the limits may lead to additional fees charged by the carrier. In contrast, FCL freight is charged per container, regardless of the weight or volume of the goods, and the container’s maximum capacity cannot be exceeded.
Different Customs Clearance Procedures:
FCL shipments meet the minimum unit requirements for inspection and customs clearance in both the importing and exporting countries. This allows for quick customs clearance if all the required documents submitted by the importer and exporter are reasonable, legal, and complete, along with the payment of relevant taxes and fees. However, customs clearance for LCL goods can be more complex and time-consuming due to the involvement of all the links before shipment. If there are any defects in the commodity documents of goods within the container, customs may not release the entire container, affecting the timely export and transportation of other goods within the same container.
With our reliable LCL and FCL services, you can trust us to handle your cargo with the utmost professionalism and care. Let MOOV be your trusted partner in global shipping, delivering excellence and peace of mind every step of the way.