The term LCL. What does LCL mean?


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LCL is a simple term used in export import business.


What is LCL and how does LCL work in import export trade?


LCL means Less Container Load


The term LCL. What is LCL means

If a shipper does not have enough goods to accommodate in a fully loaded container, he arrange with a consolidator to book his cargo. This type of shipment is called LCL shipment. The said consolidator arranges a full container (FCL) with a main shipping carrier, and consoles the shipments of other shippers. Means the freight forwarder who books a full container accepts goods from different shippers and consolidates all such goods in to one container as a Fully Loaded Container – FCL. The freight forwarder sorts out these goods at destination or at transshipment points, meant for different consignees at different ports.


Once after arrival of goods at destination the freight forwarder release goods meant for each consignee separately by collecting necessary charges if any.  Also read   5 Tips to exporters while booking LCL shipments with a Freight Forwarder    How to calculate CBM in LCL export shipments:    


I hope, I have clarified about LCL movement of goods in an export and import trade.


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EZEGO EKENE S : thanks I have really understand the meaning of FCL , But how can I know a forwarder that deal with this FCL, I want to import from Korea to Nigeria by using FCL.

Guillermo: Thank you Know I understand

Tshewo: very useful information

Vanessa Chan: My son finished his study in Germany and send back all his books, guitar, clothing to Sabah, Malaysia. He was charged "Door to door service for your household effects based on 1.5m3 as groupage LCL service" of EU800 My son had no alternative when the moving home company insisted that my son had to pay 1.5m3 instead of 0.80m3 because of the bubble blanketing. Subsequently when the goods arrive Malaysia, my son was asked to settle another bill of RM788 for NVOCC fees and terminal handling charges. Can some kind Samaritans help to clarify my doubt. Thank you very much.

dot: thank you. The explanation is very clear

Parisa: Dear sir Im reseller in Iran.I purches internet from many sit In Internet but I want send my orders together from all sites.could I buy them in different times and place then gathering them with you. So you can send together in one package for me . I dont know how your process for this case. Hope you can explain me in easy way. Actually my language is very week. Thank you Send from uk to Iran And china to Iran Cost how much?

Nitesh Shewani : I cam across your website. Thank you for all the information you share with the world. I need some help with importing an item. I need to bring an electric self balancing scooter from china to Vadodara, Gujarat which weighs about 16kg. I have asked around to quite a few people and they say it cannot come as 1 piece. I need to find someone who ships through LCL, and i can share a container with them. Could you please advise me how do i find someone like this and how can i trust them and if there are professional services in india who can bring my item from china and deliver at my doorstep and charge fees including customs, etc..

logistics: Please advise on Export from India to Bhutan. LCL shipments possible? How to do documentation? We will get DBK on Export? Need IEC No.?

akin: I did a LCL to nigeria and the cost of good was $2000 abd the handler an Indian Company is charging us almost $900 for document confirmation,release of document and de grouping / We complained and they insisted we must pay before objection or the goods will get into demorhage. THis is different from the agents clearing fee and other charges.

Raymond Yao Aculey: Dear All, I really like your simple explanations. I would like to associate with your organization for in depth in the supply chain / shipping business. Many thanks again for the enlightenment.

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