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The difference between LCL shipments and Groupage or Consolidation shipments

November 7th, 2013

Question:
What is the difference between LCL shipments and Groupage or Consolidation shipments

 

Answer:
LCL – Less than Container Loads. International moving and relocation companies use this service when they need to send small shipments to areas that they do not have a large volume of shipments to.
The Idea is to contract out the shipping services to a 3rd party transport company who consolidates a variety of commodities such as commercial cargo, Machinery, House hold goods and others.
These shipments normally get handled via several warehouses and it is very important to protect the cargo with a Wooden lift van called a lift van.
Transit time is normally short

 

Groupage or Consolidation shipments – International moving and relocation companies use this service when they ship small shipments to areas that they specialize in. The container is controlled by the moving company and therefore these shipments tent to be more economical.
Transit time is normally longer then LCL since the international mover needs to consolidate only one type of commodity: House hold goods.

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