As a shipper, it's quite important to use the ideal shipping method to capitalise on profits for your business. When shipping cargo internationally through intermodal containers, you need to choose a shipping method that will transport cargo to your destination in a timely manner, optimise on shipping costs and be as simple as possible. Full container load is one such worthwhile shipping method. Read on to find out the reasons why you should use full container load as your shipping method.
What is full container load (FCL)?
Full container load, as the name infers, is the standard method of shipping cargo for those shippers who have a significant amount of cargo to send. The FCL definition appears to suggest that a shipper has to fill the intermodal container totally; however, this isn't the case. Basically, you are renting the intermodal container for exclusive use and if you cannot fill it to capacity, it might still be the most affordable shipping method.
As a rule of thumb, for any shipper who has at least 12 pallets or more, full container load is arguably the better solution. The FCL process involves picking up an empty intermodal container, loading or packing it at the shipper premises, ferrying it by rail or truck to the sea port and shipping the goods to the port of arrival and transporting to the final destination.
First, full container load offers actual savings as you can capitalise on the economies of scale achieved by completely loading an empty freight container. Filling or almost filling the shipping container means less shipments overall.
Secondly, FCL is typically assigned to only one shipper. This means you don't share the intermodal container with any other shipper and that only your cargo will be inside the given container. As a result, there's less risk from other shippers' cargo. If you are shipping fragile consignment, this could be a deciding factor in support of full container load shipping.
FCL also guarantees a quicker transit time. This is because the container doesn't require any extra handling time needed to fill it to capacity at origin and once more at destination as is the case with shared containers. Lastly, full container load shipping is often fully computerised and guarantees transparency so that your cargo forwarder can be able to track the movement of the consignment.
In conclusion, if you have large amounts of cargo load, the best way to go is full container load shipping.Share
27 January 2017
Hi, my name is Kelly, and I have always been a fan of giving gifts. Since I have family in far flung places, I have learned a thing or two about packing items carefully for shipping. I also worked briefly for an online jewelry store and handled its shipping and receiving, giving me even more exposure to shipping. If you are thinking about shipping anything valuable or just want to learn how to pack and ship delicate items, this blog is for you. It has tips I learned from years of experience as well as ideas from the pros. Please, get comfortable and enjoy reading.