FCL: Full Container Load

In shipping, the abbreviation FCL stands for Full Container Load, a shipment type that does not share a container with other shippers; it takes up the complete container. In an FCL shipment, just one shipper is the owner of all the items included in the container. 

What are the benefits of FCL shipping?

There are many benefits to FCL shipping. First, FCL shipping is generally regarded as more efficient than LCL shipping because there is no need to consolidate multiple shipments into one container. Because the cargo is handled less often than in LCL shipping, there is also a decreased likelihood of damage or loss.

Second, FCL shipping provides greater flexibility in terms of routing and delivery options.

Third, if your cargo volume warrants it, FCL shipping generally results in lower overall costs due to the economies of scale.

Finally, FCL shipping allows for a higher degree of control over the shipment, which can be important for time-sensitive or delicate items. In sum, the benefits of FCL shipping make it an attractive option for many businesses.

Key Takeaways

    • Unlike LCL, or less than container load shipping, FCL, or full container load is a method of shipping whereby a single shippers’ cargo occupies an entire container. 

What is the difference between LCL and FCL shipping?

When shipping goods across the sea in containers, the two main shipping options are LCL and FCL, or less than container load and full container load.

With FCL shipping, your goods fill up a full container. Shippers who have a lot of goods, enough to fill a 20- or 40-foot container, typically choose this option. 

LCL involves utilizing shared container space with other shipments. Shippers working with smaller quantities or looking for more adaptable delivery options frequently consider shipping less than a container load. Typically, LCL is considered for shipments weighing between 1 and 10 CBM.

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