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Shipping private or commercial effects as a LCL by sea is one of the most economical and safest ways to move a consignment. The ocean shippers who are part of CargoShipping.Net offer the Less than Container Load as well as FCL (Full Container Load) and consolidation options. If you are uncertain about whether your shipment is an LCL or not, make sure that you make that clear on your request form. Companies will be able to advise and quote you accordingly based on the information you give.

If your consignment is deemed to be LCL, then there is a good chance that your goods could be consolidated with one or more shipments. This could have an impact on the insurance and rates that you pay, so get the facts.

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Ocean freight cargo companies traditionally base their freight rates on a number of factors. The following list of items could have some significance on the type of rate and quote that you may receive for your next LCL shipment.

Freight Rates most commonly charged by the steamship lines are "line terms". Which include the cost of carrying the goods or LCL from one port to another but also the cost of loading the goods on to the ship in the port of shipment and unloading them at the foreign port. This may also include any harbor charges that the ship may incur. However, the freight rate does not include certain terminal charges that may be levied by the harbor authorities against your LCL cargo.

Another type of freight rate that may be charged is 'free in and out'. Here the exporter pays for the transporting of the goods as well as pay for the stevedoring i.e., the loading and unloading of the goods which must be completed within a certain time, otherwise, penalties, called demurrage, will be levied.

With both types of freight rates, the shore-based costs of loading and unloading the LCL or FCL cargo represent a substantial part of the ocean transportation costs. In recent times, the growing use of FCL has helped reduce this cost, as well as the pilferage that sometimes takes place with traditional forms of cargo loading and unloading.

Factors that influence the rate charged for any particular type of LCL cargo.
  • The weight of the goods being shipped
  • The dimensions of the goods being shipped
  • The shape of the goods
  • Ease of damage
  • Ease of pilferage
  • Need for refrigeration or other special conditions
Freight costs for an LCL are computed by the shipping company based on both weight and cubic size and charges the higher cost. The freight charge is usually quoted, at so many "$" per tone, by weight or measure; whichever is greater. A short ton is 2,000 pounds; a long ton, 2,240 pounds; a metric ton, 2,204.68 pounds. Space measurement is usually 40 cubic feet or one cubic meter.
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