An international freight consolidator is an operator who uses the carrier as a vehicle. He groups goods from a range of individual exporters into a single full container of cargo and loads these collective loads of goods under his own name to ultimately reach one or more consignees’ end destination.
These services are used when an exporting company is unable to completely fill a container with its own merchandise and is forced to share space with other exporters, also known as LCL shipping. The consolidator handles cargo of several exporters regardless of whether they are going to the same final destination, they will deliver owners goods to the city destination. The price of your LCL shipment would depend on many factors. It is very important to specify properly what kind of goods you are shipping because different ships may be required for different types of goods.
The normal procedure to ship via a freight consolidator agency is quite simple. Most of them are listed in a normal directory. An agent or representative will guide you throughout the process until the goods are brought to the final destination.
"The problem with these costs is that they’re often impossible to predict and are thus hardly ever considered when analyzing and comparing ocean freight rates"
Klaus Lydsal, vice president of operations at iContainers