Less than Container Load (LCL)


Ocean shipments are easily one of the cheapest and most feasible methods of transporting goods worldwide. That is why it’s a popular option among traders of heavy goods and cargo. If you’re thinking of venturing into this business, you might want to know all the shipment options available to you, to help you make an informed decision. 

Dedola Global Logistics is the brand to trust if you require ocean cargo services. We have been in business long enough to establish a strong foothold in the industry. We provide air, ocean, road, and rail transport services and take care of tracking and global logistics. Contact us now for shipping container services. 

What does LCL shipment mean?

Less-than-container Load (LCL) refers to a mode of shipping in which goods from multiple vendors and shippers occupy a shipping container. This shipping model is used by sellers when they want to transport their freight in small volumes. By sharing the shipment space with other vendors, you save money, making LCL an economical shipping method. 

Here are the common container sizes):

  • 8ft shipping container
  • 10ft shipping container
  • 20ft shipping container
  • 40ft shipping container

Benefits of Using LCL Shipping

If Full Container Load (FCL) can get you the whole space of the shipping container, why go for LCL shipping? Here are four reasons why many shippers consider LCL shipping to be a better mode of shipment:

Excellent for transporting small loads

If you want to transport a small volume of LCL freight, there is no point in using an entire shipping container since it would be a waste of space and money. LCL shipping can get you the exact space you need. This method is perfect for smaller businesses. 

Lower risk

Do you know how they say not to put all your eggs in one basket? Well, that’s pretty much true in trading as well. Oceans come with many perils, and the looming threat of the cargo ship never making it into the harbor is always there. So, if you’re transporting a massive volume of goods, it’s best to divide it into multiple vessels to manage risk effectively.

Short delivery time

In FCL, you’d have to wait until you have sufficient goods to occupy the whole container before it sets sail. This could lead to a longer delivery time while you wait for the container to be filled. But with LCL, you can load your cargo and not waste any time since it would be filled with cargo from other vendors.

Efficient inventory management

It is easier to manage a smaller volume of goods than a full container. This way, inventory management would be easier and more efficient. 

To book LCL services globally, contact Dedola Global Logistics. We transport small, medium, and large scale ocean freight with minimum delay. Until it safely reaches its destination, you can monitor the shipment’s location and keep an eye on your cargo. 

Limitations of LCL Shipping

Like every other kind of shipment, LCL shipping also comes with certain disadvantages that you need to be aware of.

Higher risk of contamination

In LCL, your ocean freight will be transported with the goods of various other sellers. This increases the risk of contamination or spillage. The damage of goods would take a toll on your revenue, so it is important to choose your freight forwarder carefully. 

Cargo mix-ups

Again, since goods from different vendors will occupy your Less-than-container Load, a mix-up could likely send your goods to the wrong consumer. Though, if you’re careful about which freight forwarder you choose to have your less-than-container load transported, you won’t have to worry about this issue.


How Much Does LCL Cost?

As you have figured out by now, less-than-container load (LCL) shipping is very economical, as you won’t have to pay for an entire container. In this mode of shipment, the sellers are generally charged based on the volume of the goods. 

The greater the volume, the more you pay. Weight only plays a role when the freight weighs over one ton. In that case, you will be charged between CBM or the freight weight, whichever is higher. 

The LCL cost would include many things other than just the shipping. Here is a brief rundown of all that you could be charged for. 

  • Crago pick-up from the warehouse
  • Loading of the cargo into the container
  • The journey of the shipment
  • The unloading of the cargo at the destination port
  • Cargo drop-off to the destination warehouse

When you’re negotiating with the freight forwarder, make sure to ask for a quote for all the above expenses and not just the journey. Dedola Global Logistics can provide you with a reasonable quote for the whole shipping process, from pick-up to drop-off. Schedule a consultation with us to discuss the terms of business. 

Dedola Global Logistics

Dedola Global Logistics provides easy, fast, reliable shipping services worldwide. Our unique and tailored shipping solutions have earned us a position of respect among global traders, who operate via air, road, rail, and ocean. If you want door-to-door freight delivery services, contact us now. We can get you a fair deal for all kinds of freight transport and help you save shipping costs. Our operations expand to 190 countries, so wherever you want to do your trading, we’ve got you covered. 

Schedule a meeting with us today to have your cargo shipped via safe and reliable ocean trade routes. If you have any more questions about LCL, contact Dedola Global Logistics so we can give you the answers before we get down to business. 


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