What is the Less than Container Load (LCL) process?

What is the Less than Container Load (LCL) process?

Less than container load means that the shipment is consolidated into a full container along with other shippers’ freight.  If a shipper/importer cannot fill a full container on its own, shipping LCL is a great alternative.  Some shippers even prefer weekly LCL shipments to assist in its manufacturing or inventory practices.  If the shipment is small enough, it is also key to look into air freight options to explore what is the best fit for the situation and preferences at hand.

Watch this short 3 minute video that explains the process of an LCL shipment.


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