You may either share a container or have exclusive use of one when shipping a container to Ireland. The volume of your shipment will determine whether you require a full container load (FCL) or groupage (a less-than-container load, or LCL).
A shipment of six standard pallets or more calls for a full container load (FCL). Six pallets are equal to a bit more than half the capacity of a 20-foot container, which accommodates 10 standard pallets; a 40-foot container can take 22 standard pallets.
As contact with other exporters' goods may potentially pose some risk of damage to your goods, you may wish to choose FCL even if your shipment is small.
If this is not a concern, a shared container (LCL) can offer cost savings, as you will pay only for the shipping space you need. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.
If your shipment is urgent or you are working with a tight deadline, ocean freight may not be appropriate for you; air freight may be a better choice. Air freight comes with some restrictions in terms of volume and weight, so we recommend that you consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine which option is right for you.