What is ocean freight

Ocean freight is the logistics of exporting and importing cargo by shipping lines.

In ocean freight shipping, goods are packed in shipping containers, the freight forwarder books the space or container with the ship agent, cargo is trucked to the shipping vessel at the port of origin and shipped overseas to the importer at the port of destination. The itinerary may be done from port-to-port, door-to-port, port-to-door or door-to-door, and can include truck pick up and or delivery.

FCL or LCL for your ocean freight

FCL (Full Container)

FCL shipping is a type of ocean freight and the term FCL refers to full container load. Shipping FCL does not mean you need to have enough cargo to fill an entire container you may ship a partially filled container as FCL.

Benefits of shipping FCL

  • You are paying for the entire container, so a half-filled or full container is the same price.
  • If you are inspected, it is only your cargo being inspected.
  • Other cargo will not damage your cargo.
  • here is no stand-by time until the container is fully filled.
  • Whether you are using LCL or FCL, all cargo should be palletized or boxed depending on the goods being shipped.
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LCL or Groupage (Share a Container)

When shipping LCL, cargo is consolidated with other shippers' goods to fill a container. The price of your shipment is determined based on volume and weight.

Drawbacks of shipping LCL

  • There could be a delay due to the stand-by time consumed to fill the container.
  • Other shipments inside the container might be inspected by customs thereby delaying your shipment.
  • Other cargo inside the container could contaminate or damage your cargo.
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Our ocean freight rates

Our ocean freight rates cover all the basic necessities of shippers. Here’s what they include:

You may consult more ocean freight rates for your container shipment to the following continents:

Our ocean freight services

You may book ocean freight services easily with iContainers. Our platform offers you instant quotes, full price transparency and round-the-clock shipment tracking. By using iContainers, you can:

  • Search, compare, and book online. Search from over 250,000 quotes in a matter of seconds and get a detailed breakdown of the final price.
  • Manage your booking easily. Reduce the lengthy time needed for paperwork by handling all your shipments online from any device.
  • Track your shipment 247. Keep track of all your bookings, independent of carrier, on one single view and get notified immediately of any changes in shipment status.

Door-to-door ocean freight shipping

To better cater to your needs, iContainers has offices in the USA, Spain, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Our presence in these countries helps to establish good local connections for your shipment and more importantly, allows us to offer you door-to-door ocean freight shipping services.

We provide door-to-door ocean freight services to and from any country in which we’re physically present. Door-to-door shipments begin and end at the postal codes indicated by the shipper. By shipping door-to-door, you skip the intermediaries and experience a more streamlined ocean freight solution. Together with the above-mentioned countries, here are the areas where we have door-to-door services: