MOOV takes you to understand the difference between LCL and FCL

There are two shipping methods for ocean express: LCL and FCL. So, what are the differences between LCL and FCL? MOOV will take you to understand the difference between LCL and FCL, so that you can better choose the appropriate shipping method for the goods in the future.
With different capacities
LCL is to assemble the goods of different consignors into one box, which is adopted when the consignment quantity of the consignor is not enough to fill the whole box. FCL is the opposite of LCL, which refers to bulky goods that can hold one or more full cases.
Shipping is calculated differently
For LCL freight, the freight is calculated according to the weight or volume of the goods, and is calculated according to the large, or “volume weight” to be precise. For very small items, such as only one small item, the minimum charge is applied. But in actual work, some goods are not allowed to be overweight or oversized. Therefore, these goods must be valued according to regulations, and the carrier is responsible for charging a certain fee. For FCL freight, regardless of the weight, volume and other factors of the goods, the rate is charged per container, and it is naturally impossible for the goods to exceed the maximum capacity of the container.
The customs clearance procedures for LCL and FCL cargo are different
The whole box of goods just meets the minimum unit requirements for inspection, customs clearance and release in the importing and exporting countries. For a batch of goods, as long as the documents submitted by the importer and exporter are reasonable, legal and complete, and the export customs and import customs have completed the relevant procedures and collected the relevant taxes and fees, they will be released for customs clearance quickly. However, if the documents submitted by the exporter or importer are LCL goods, the export customs will be troublesome, because it involves all the links before shipment, and LCL is not so simple and fast. As long as the commodity documents of the goods in the container are defective, the export customs will not release them. Any goods in the same container cannot be cleared through customs, which will inevitably affect the timely export and transportation of other goods.