LCL/Less-than-Container-Load: Shipping Services from Russia
LCL, Less than Container Load, is a freight service used to ship low-volume cargoes that don’t require an entire container. LCL is the best option if having a lean inventory and a good time at your hands.
LCL ocean freight can be yet overwhelming. The best way to go ahead is by employing a freight forwarder, like CREDO TRANS, and leave all the management hurdles to us. We offer affordable rates and prompt delivery.
No matter if you import or export from Russia, LCL can significantly reduce cost of shipment. LCL shipping is the best solution for you if the size of your cargo is less than 33 m3.
With international LCL, we monitor the whole process: pick-up, warehouse consolidation, palletizing, filing LCL custom declarations, deconsolidation, trucking to destination.
FCL vs LCL
LCL refers to Less-than-Container-Load, whereas FCL stands for Full Container Load. With LCL, you send a smaller cargo, while FCL is perfect for bulky products.
Share Container Load
LCL is a form of ocean freight service that does not require the usage of a whole sea container. LCL, referred sometimes to as ‘groupage shipments’, implies sharing container with other shippers and stacking your goods alongside other items with a similar destination.
LCL Shipping Costs
Quotes for LCL shipments from freight forwarders generally include the cost to pick up your shipment from your warehouse, consolidation charge (shipment is to be consolidated onto containers along with other cargoes at CFS), the cost of the main leg, deconsolidation cost (shipments are to be segregated at a CFS in the country of destination), the cost of trucking your shipment to the destination warehouse.
Extra LCL fees
The LCL rates as quoted to shippers are not always all-inclusive and may include extra fees for fuel, customs bonds, duties, insurance, taxes, charges for packaging.
Optimize Your Costs
Make sure you are charged only for the space your cargo occupies. We partner with leading global carriers to offer the most competitive rates.
Expert tips to get the best LCL rates
- Understand the dimensions of the container.
- Take pallet dimensions into consideration.
- Understand that pallets are stacked to maximize space.
- Know your warehouse guidelines.
- Fragile goods require more room and thus cost more.
- Evade hidden LCL charges by opting for door-to-door or port-to-door.
Palletized LCL vs Loose LCL
Shipping cargo in pallets promotes easy handling and security, as LCL cargoes go through multiple handlers. If a sea freight carrier palletizers your shipping, it will be properly stacked and shrink-wrapped on certified pallets.
Loose LCL are shipments whose characteristics do not allow for containerization. This option may be cheaper than pallets, however, here the cargo is prone to damage, thus compromising the LCL security.
Tips and Recommendations about LCL Shipment
With LCL, your cargo will be sharing a container space alongside other items. This compromises its safety, especially when the space is insufficient and/or items were packed poorly. Take extra precautions to ensure your LCL shipment is well-prepared.
Tips for preparing for an LCL shipment
- Provide accurate dimensions.
- Complete all paperwork.
- Properly label.
- Consider the fragility.
- Buy insurance.
How to properly label your shipment?
All boxes must be labeled with the following: booking number, country of destination, shipper name, consignee name, name of a freight forwarder.
How to prevent shipping damage?
Palletize your cargo professionally to reduce the risk of damage by other cargo. If shipping delicate goods, label it ‘FRAGILE’.
How to pack furniture for shipping internationally?
Sea freight is the best choice for shipping furniture internationally if the volume falls between 2 m3 to 13 m3. Go with professional packing services. If you decide to do it on your own, make sure you have foam wrap, padding material, plywood sheets, tape, bands/straps, cardboard boxes.
Paperwork for LCL shipment
The list of required documents includes Bill of Lading, Cargo Packing List, Commercial Invoice.
How long does LCL take?
Generally, LCL shipment takes from 3 to 8 wks and depends on LCL origin and destination.
Why Choose CREDO TRANS for LCL Shipping?
CREDO TRANS is a well-established freight forwarder with competence and experience handling LCL shipping. We offer transparent and straightforward international shipping rates. Our instant-rating system allows you to understand all shipment costs upfront before booking. Our commitment to operational efficiency helps make every shipment move as intended.