Full Container Load (FCL)


Maritime transport has quickly become the frontrunner to sustain the global economy and maintain international trade. With over 80% of global trade being undertaken via sea and processed by ports worldwide, it could be incredibly beneficial for you to know your options for shipping your goods. It could result in huge savings, faster shipments, and an overall boom in business. 

Dedola Global Logistics is a trusted name in the freight forwarding business. We have been in operation for more than four decades, meaning we have deep insight into the needs of exporters and importers and an understanding of shipping routes. We ensure your goods reach their destination safely and as fast as possible. Contact us to discuss how we can help you and get a fair quote. 

We also understand how confusing official shipping terms can be, especially if you are just starting out. If you ship in high volumes or ship large items, then knowing about FCL shipment is going to be incredibly beneficial for you. 

What is Full Container Load (FCL)?

As the name suggests, Full Container Load (FCL) means a shipment that is filled with goods from only one vendor and does not have to share the space with freight from other shippers. However, this does not mean that you cannot choose an FCL container if you don’t have the goods to occupy every square inch of the shipper container. An FCL cargo can still prove to be cheaper. 

FCL cargo comes in two standard sizes – 20’ and 40’, both offering standard and high cube sizing. They are often available in the following varieties:

  • Standard dry containers
  • Collapsible flat rack containers
  • Refrigerated containers
  • Flat rack containers
  • Tank containers

FCL vs. LCL: Which is Better?

Full container load and less than container load each have their pros and cons, and the choice depends on your requirements. If you are able to fill an entire cargo or even half of it, it would be cheaper for you to choose FCL. However, if your shipment occupies much less than half a container, you should go with LCL. Understanding the differences and details between each method will give you the knowledge to make the right decision. If you need help making that decision, do not hesitate to contact Deodola Global Logistics. We would love to answer your queries and help you in any way we can. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of FCL Shipment

Here are the following benefits of FCL shipment:


When it comes to FCL, the total transit time taken to reach the destination port is shorter compared to LCL. Since the entire shipment is going to one final destination and there is no need for deconsolidating a shipment on multiple ports for delivery, as is the case with LCL, you can shorten your transit time by 4-7 days on average. 


Even if you don’t have enough goods to fill an entire container, FCL can still prove to be cheaper as long as the total volume of the whole shipment exceeds 14 CBM for a 20-foot container. To elaborate, a standard 20-foot FCL container can hold up to 33 CBM. If you decide to put 15 CBM in LCL, it will prove to be a lot costlier than shipping it via FCL. 

Ocean freight costs are calculated on volume or every 1,000 kgs/ CBM, whichever comes out to be higher. Due to this calculation, FCL can prove to be a viable option over LCL or even shipping via air. 

It’s advised that you book in advance to get the best deal. As the time to ship nears, containers fill up fast, driving up the prices. 


With LCL shipment, cargo needs to be consolidated and deconsolidated multiple times until it reaches the final destination. This means an increased risk of damage or loss. With FCL, there is less handling, which means the cargo is safer and less prone to mishandling.

Drawbacks of FCL Shipment

Here are some of the drawbacks for FCL:

It is inappropriate for smaller loads, and sometimes delivery can get complicated as there are large shipments to be delivered in a limited time frame. 

Process of FCL 

As is the case with most shipping options, Deodola Global Logistics offers the following options:

  • Port to Port
  • Door to Port
  • Port to Door
  • Door to Door

The selection depends on the type of goods being shipped and the terms of the consignee/ buyer. 

Our entire system is fully computerized, and we provide tracking updates in real-time so that you know exactly where your cargo is and can plan ahead. If required, we also take care of the paperwork, including customs clearance, preparing the Bill of Lading (BoL), and advising the receiving port. 

Deodola Global Logistics

No matter the disturbances in the global market, Deodola Global Logistics has managed to increase our influence on trade routes over the course of four decades. Aside from our years of experience, you also get the following: 

  • Fast and resolution-driven customer support. 
  • Real-time air and ocean freight tracking 24/7.
  • Global presence in 190 countries and counting. 
  • Insurance, oversized, overweight, breakbulk, and project cargo expertise.

If you have any questions about FCL and are looking for a competent freight forwarder, contact Deodola Global Logistics today.


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