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LCL Shipment - Less Container Load

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iContainers is an online freight forwarder that can help you access the global trade environment. We are a digital international ocean freight forwarding service to make global logistics and trade an easier endeavor.

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Book your LCL Shipment in Seconds

Compare thousands of LCL rates and select the most competitive option for low-volume shipments.

Optimize Your Costs

Pay only for the amount of space your shipment occupies.

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Compact and protect your cargo

Low-volume shipments are safer when shipped together in an LCL container.


Ship With Stable Rates

LCL rates are less volatile than FCL rates.

Instant LCL Rates For Your Shipping Needs

Quote & Book Your Next LCL Shipment

What is LCL?

LCL: Less than Container Load

LCL shipments, also known as groupage, refer to ocean freight shipments that are transported in a shipping container alongside cargo from other shippers by sharing the space within the container.


Here's When You Should Book LCL

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When your volume is under 13cbm

LCL rates are based on weight and volume. It is cheaper to ship via LCL when your shipment’s volume is under 13m3 → Lower shipping costs with LCL

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When you want to book last-minute shipments during the shipping peak season

During periods of congestion, it’s easier to secure a spot with LCL shipping than FCL → Secure a spot with LCL shipping

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When cargo volume is too high for a full container and too low to fill two containers

If your cargo volume is too high for a single container but insufficient to fill two containers, LCL provides a convenient option to utilize space efficiently and avoid paying for unused container capacity.

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When the cargo isn’t urgent

When your shipment doesn't have strict time constraints and can afford a longer transit time, LCL can offer savings compared to expedited shipping methods.

When you regularly restock and replenish inventory

LCL can be a practical choice if your business involves frequent inventory replenishment or smaller, more frequent shipments. Instead of waiting to accumulate enough goods for a full container, you can ship smaller quantities more regularly.

When you want to test a market

LCL can be advantageous when you're testing new products or entering a new market. It allows you to ship smaller quantities for market testing or trial runs without committing to large-scale production or significant upfront cost.

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Book your LCL shipment with iContainers

  • Control your LCL shipment from a 360 platform: Instant quotes, documentation, & container tracking.
  • Get assistance from LCL shipping experts throughout the entire process.

What are the main difference between FCL and LCL?

Altought capacity is the main difference, you can check here LCL vs FCL, and find which option is more suitable for your cargo


Most Popular LCL Shipments

Palletized LCL

This is the most recommended option because your cargo is transported safely on pallets and allows for easy handling. Truckers also usually require cargo to be palletized for inland moves. → Palletize your cargo to protect your LCL shipment

Loose LCL cargo

With loose cargo, your merchandise is transported in stacked boxes. While it’s a popular option for shipping LCL cargo in Asia, the merchandise is susceptible to damages. → This option compromises the security of your cargo and that of other shippers

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Advices For Your LCL Cargo

  • Any material used for packing and transporting your LCL cargo should be wood-treated and the ISPM-15 verified stamps should be visible. This applies to pallets, dunnage, wooden boxes, and any block and brace materials
  • 2 Use high-quality packing material and do so with care as your shipment will be exposed to sudden and brusque movements during handling and transportation.
  • When shipping fragile merchandise, make sure to use appropriate labels and ensure they’re visible. When possible, label all sides of the box.


Tips & recommendation about LCL Shipment

iContainers is a digital freight forwarder based in Barcelona that assists thousands of companies and families around the globe in moving their merchandise internationally.

Our online freight quoting platform has the latest technology in the sector and simplifies ocean freight, quoting and managing your bookings from the same user area.

We are part of the Agility group, and we work side by side with Shipa Freight to fully cover the demands of our customers.

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