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For small loads, iContainers offers you LCL service (Less than a Container Load). By purchasing this service, you will pay for the exact volume you are sending without the obligation to hire a full container service. LCL shipments are available both for export and import.
LCL shipments are done in a full container whose space is shared with cargo from other owners. Under this shipping modality, companies offering this service hire full containers from shipping companies based on traffic volume forecasts to every destination and offer the possibility to hire an specific volume and weight inside the container.
To make an LCL shipment is it mandatory that the cargo is correctly palletized before loading it into the container. To hire an LCL shipment it is very important to know width, height and length of pallets and know whether they are stackable or not. LCL price is calculated according to volume in m3 or weight in tons (the highest). There are two type of pallets: Europallets (1,2m x 0,8m) or Standard Pallets (1,2m x 1m). Maximum height is 1,9m.
Most destinations have weekly or fortnightly service, while less common destinations have service every 3 weeks or when there is enough load.
The more important the destination is the more frequency and direct services are (this means that the container is never open until it reaches destination). For secondary destinations, services make transhipments in a main port, where cargo is desconsolidated and sent to final destination.
The price of an LCL shipment depends on the destination, the volume and the weight. When volume is over 10m3 it is recommended to study the price difference between FCL and LCL. It is generally cheaper to hire an FCL shipment when volume is over 15m3.