LCL – Less then Container Load
The term LCL is commonly used to describe an international ocean freight service that was designed for shipping boxed, crated or palletized cargo that cannot fill an entire 20 or 40 foot container.
If your cargo is not large enough to fill a container, it can be consolidated to make up a full container of either 20ft or 40 FT for shipping. When the container arrives at Mombasa port, it is cleared as a FCL / LCL basis until it reaches the CFS.
Special treatment is accorded to sensitive cargo like equipment, machinery, toxic, medical and fragile among others.
When shipping a LCL cargo, you are paying for the space that you use in the container and it is calculated by the volume and not the weight. The advantages of using LCL service are:
- It decreases the shipping cost
- For an inland, you can pick up the cargo from the CFS where they unload the container
- Transit time is the same a full ocean freight container