Importing From China: FCL and LCL

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FCL and LCL Shipping

FCL is also the most cost effective freight method available, if counted by cost per volumetric unit and weight unit. FCL stands for “full container load.” It means that your container is yours- you aren’t sharing the container with any other parties, and you are welcome to use it as you wish.

LCL, or Less (than) Container Load. Basically, LCL is shared container freight. Cargo from multiple buyers is stored in the same container. The freight cost per volumetric unit is higher, as the shipping companies must factor in administrative fees that are fixed on a per consignee basis.