Less than Container Load (LCL) services are provided in all major trade lanes. Whether you have a single LCL shipment or a larger multi-supplier or multi-country consolidation, our staff is dedicated to deliver your products on time.

LCL shipping is a good way to ship large orders and items that are large or heavy. LCL shipping is based primarily on volume with a minimum shipment volume of one cubic meter.

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What is LCL shipping? How to calculate LCL shipments?

Less than Container Load (LCL) services are provided in all major trade lanes. Whether you have a single LCL shipment or a larger multi-supplier or multi-country consolidation, our staff is dedicated to deliver your products on time
LCL is one of the most cost saving and time consuming way of international container shipping. For customers who don't have enough cargo to fill whole ocean container, LCL freight is the right solution providing Full Container Load frequency and service. Depending on your cargo dimensions and weight we can consolidate your LCL load in a 20’ or 40’ foot sea container.

LCL can drastically decrease shipping cost. We can provide you with space within ocean container and the sailing time will be the same when transporting goods LCL internationally. You will share the cost of whole container shipping with other customers, based on your cargo volume. Freight volume (cubic meter / cubic foot) is the most important pricing factor, forming the cost of your LCL shipment abroad.
LCL shipping is a good way to ship large orders and items that are large or heavy.

LCL shipping is based primarily on volume
with a minimum shipment volume of one cubic meter.
Please note the shape of the crate does not have to be 1 meter by 1 meter it can be any size it is only the volume that is calculated. The two shapes below are different but if their volumes are the same then it will cost the same amount to ship either box.
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We calculate LCL shipments by taking the item or items that you would like to purchase and calculate their given volumes. To do this we first take the length, width, and depth of each piece and add from 2-10 centimeters to each dimension. We add the 2-10 cm to the size of the pieces to allow for packing and framing. Once we get the total volume of the piece or pieces you are ordering we divide the total volume by 1,000,000.

We get the 1,000,000 figure from length 100 cm multiplied by width 100 cm multiplied by Depth 100 cm . note* there are 100 cm in one meter, thus there are 1,000,000 cm in a cubic meter.

Example 1.
Item #widget 12
Quantity 1
Size 75 x 50 x 90 cm

Let us assume that this item is fragile so it will need very good packing and framing. To insure that we are able to pack this very well we will add 10 cm on to each side of the object. The new shipping size of Item #widget 12 is 85 x 60 x 90 cm.

85 x 60 = 5,100
5,100 x 90 = 459,000
459,000 / 1,000,000 = 0.46 or 46%

From this example we know that widget 12 will occupy 46% or about half of a cubic meter. Since there is a minimum shipping volume of one cubic meter for LCL there is an extra 54% of a cubic meter that can be used.

Example 2.
Item #widget 9
Quantity 2
Size 10 x 40 x 60
Item #widget 10
Quantity 40
Size 50 x 30 x 20
Item #widget 12
Quantity 1
Size 75 x 50 x 90 cm

Let us assume that this item are all fragile so it will need very good packing and framing. To insure that we are able to pack this very well we will add 10 cm on to each side of the object.
We now have the following shipping sizes

Item #widget 9
Quantity 2
Size 20 x 50 x 70
Item #widget 10
Quantity 40
Size 60 x 40 x 30
Item #widget 12
Quantity 1
Size 85 x 60 x 100 cm
20 x 50 = 1,000
1,000 x 70 = 70,000
70,000 x 2 = 140,000
(2 is the quantity)
60 x 40 = 2,400
2,400 x 30 = 72,000
72,000 x 40 = 2,880,000
85 x 60 = 5,100
5,100 x 100 = 510,000
510,000 x 1 = 510,000
Now we add the volumes together to get a total shipping volume:
140,000 + 2,880,000 + 510,000 = 3,530,000 ( this is the total cm)

3,530,000 divided by 1,000,000 (the number of cm cubed in a cubic meter) = 3.53 cubic meters.

If you do not understand these examples don't worry when ordering all you need to do is give us the items that you would like and the quantities we will do all this for you.

At the beginning of this answer we mention that volume is the primary factor in calculating LCL shipments there are a few other things that affect the way LCL shipping costs are calculated.
1. all order need to be insured, insurance for LCL shipments is calculated at a rate of 3% of the cost of the goods.
2. Document and Export Fees are added to the shipping cost per order not per cubic meter
3. The maximum weight of a cubic meters goods can not exceed 350 Kilograms, if this is the case with your order we need will need to calculate shipping rates by weight not volume.

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When exporting LCL international we monitor the whole process: warehouse consolidation, parallelize, brace and secure the cargo, filing LCL custom declaration and deconsolidating LCL import at destination. (Option-We provide partial and full LTL cargo insurance for our customers). We can help you transport your LCL goods as soon as they are ready quickly, on schedule so you will keep your supply chain moving.

Useful Tips about LCL ocean freight shipping

We heard a lot of stories from customer about unexpected LCL sea freight shipping charges at origin or destination. Often LCL shipping rates are not inclusive of some surcharges. Always pay attention and ask question because LCL shipment can cost you much higher than expected. Our company will provide you with one simple and easy to understand rate for your LCL delivery.

Do not confuse LCL sea freight shipping service with international parcel delivery. If you ship cargo smaller in size and than 0.3 cubic meters, we recommend you to use regular mail service.

Exporting or Importing LCL freight internationally has to be properly boxed, crated or palletized. We can provide these services for you at extra cost.

Shipper is completely responsible to provide necessary shipping documentation for the LCL shipment. However international freight forwarder will guide the shipper in the LCL shipping procedures. Here is the list of required documents for your LCL shipment.

  1. Commercial Invoice – document indicating Seller/ Shipper, Buyer, Consignee, commodity
  2. Packing List - description of cargo commodity, dimensions, weight (Examples: palettes, boxes, pieces cargo dimension, weight etc)
  3. Bill of Lading ( B/L )

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