A container that is loaded and unloaded under the account of one shipper and only one consignee is a full container load (FCL). It means that the full loaded container is alloted for one consignee. FCL container shipment have lower freight rates than an equivalent weight of cargo in volume. FCL is intended to designate a container loaded to its allowable maximum weight or volume, but FCL in practice on ocean freight does not always mean a full payload or capacity.
A shipment that is not large enough to fill a standard cargo container, is a Less-than-container load (LCL). LCL formerly applied for quantities of material from different shippers or for delivery to different destinations carried in a single container for efficiency. LCL freight was often sorted and redistributed into different container yard at intermediate terminals en route to the final destination.
LCL is a quantity of cargo less than that required for the application of a carload rate. A quantity of cargo less than that fills the visible or rated capacity of an inter-modal container. It can also be defined as “a consignment of cargo which is inefficient to fill a shipping container. It is grouped with other consignments for the same destination in a container at a container freight station.
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