The LCL modality is known in the industry as maritime groupage or shared container. In this, the carrier reserves a complete container and accepts loads from different senders, these can be classified into different destinations, transshipments, and ports.
What are its advantages?
- You choose it when you don’t have enough merchandise to fill a full container.
- Rates are calculated based on the volume of cargo moved.
- So it is the most suitable option for small volumes of merchandise.
- Considering that smaller amounts of cargo will be transported, the investment is a little lower.
FCL or Full Container Load is used when the exporter requires a complete container to send his merchandise which can have different measures 20 ‘, 40’, HQ, Open Top, Flat Rack, etc. However, the above does not necessarily mean that said container will be full, but it can mean that all the content belongs to the same owner, exporter/importer.
Advantages of FCL charging
- More profitable, as long as the merchandise is greater than 15 m3, approximately half of a 20 ”container.
- Greater security, a method that, when sealed, allows no one to manipulate the merchandise it contains until it reaches its destination. * Except for customs authorities.
- Faster, since as we mentioned before, when going from the same point of departure to the same point of arrival, the route is direct and without manipulation, thus reducing transit times.