FULL CONTAINER LOAD (FCL)
FCL, or Full Container Load, is one of the most common services in global shipment processes and ocean freight today. A Full Container Load refers to when you are the sole consignee of the container, and hence enables you to import and export larger volumes. With an FCL, there is a flat rate applied to your entire shipment.
A Full Container Load is cheaper than its counterpart, the LCL. For larger volumes of goods, the shipment is charged on the basis of the rates per container, as opposed to cubic per meter (cbm) for the LCL.
Since the container undergoes single handling, FCLs minimize the chances of damage to the shipment and can be tracked directly from our online portal. An FCL is only viable for your business if you have a large volume requirement to ship your cargo and if your goods are fragile or prone to damage.
FCL shipments are loaded into containers directly from your factory or by your supplier after which it is shipped to your destination through a lorry. This entails a labor intensive process at the end of the business to unload and unpack the container, so businesses choosing an FCL should account for these costs before making the logistical decision.
FCLs are highly cost and time effective than air frights and LCLs due to lesser transits. They also provide higher security since the cargo does not go through multiple handling.
On the other hand, an FCL is not cost effective if the shipment is less than 15 cubic meters in a 20’ GP container.
CSI’s FCL services are unique since we adhere to fixed scheduling, providing economies of scales to businesses and industries and is coupled with our broad portfolio for shipment visibility and customer resources.
Our team can provide you with the best advice on your container transportation needs, bearing in mind all the aspects of transportation, from warehousing and cargo consolidation to customs clearance and documentation.
You can get in touch with us for further details and request a quote here.