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LCL Shipping

What is LCL Shipping?

Less than Container Load (LCL) is a sea freight service used for transporting smaller quantities of goods. It is commonly chosen by exporters or importers with insufficient cargo to fill an entire 20ft or 40ft container.

 

With LCL shipping, your goods are consolidated with other shipments to fill a container before being transported to the same destination.

LCL vs FCL Shipping

LCL and Full Container Load (FCL) shipments are the 2 main types of sea freight. LCL is typically used for transporting smaller quantities of goods, while FCL is ideal for transporting larger volumes of goods.

 

 

 LCL shipmentFCL shipment
Container usageShared by multiple shippersExclusive to a single shipper
CostScales with the amount of cargo space required. The larger the space occupied, the higher the cost of shipping.Flat fee charge for the entire container
Shipping durationLonger transit time since additional time might be required for consolidation and deconsolidation.Shorter transit time as the entire container is dedicated to a single shipper’s goods, allowing for direct loading and unloading at ports.
Volume of goods shippedSmaller quantities of goodsLarger volume of items
Security of goodsRisk of damage to goods is higher when they have to be consolidated and deconsolidated as this involves more handling.Risk of damage or tampering during transit is lower since the entire container is filled with the goods of a single shipper.
When determining whether LCL shipping is suitable for your goods, there are 5 main factors to consider:

Volume

If the volume of your goods falls between 1 and 18 cubic metres (CBM), opting for LCL shipping is ideal. For shipments below 1 CBM, air freight may be preferable, while FCL shipping is more cost-effective for shipments exceeding 18 CBM.

Type of Cargo

Certain items, like compressed gases, aerosol cans and dry ice, are restricted from air shipping due to airline regulations. In such instances, ocean freight, particularly LCL, can serve as a viable alternative, depending on the volume of the shipment.

Peak Seasons

During peak periods when vessels fill up quickly, you may be more likely to find shipping space via LCL compared to FCL.

Route

Not all ocean shipment routes support LCL due to a lack of consolidators. In such cases, exploring alternative routes such as FCL or air freight is necessary.

Time

In cases where time is of the essence, opting for FCL shipping may be ideal. However, if time is not a pressing concern, LCL can offer a more economical option.

LCL shipping costs are determined by either the volume (measured in CBM) or the weight (measured in metric tons) of your cargo (W/M). Typically, the cost is calculated based on the higher value between the two measurements.

 

Since container ships have a high tonnage (weight capacity), volume tends to have a larger impact on overall costs due to the limited space on ships. Therefore, freight forwarders usually base LCL shipping prices on cargo dimensions and volume, with rates per CBM varying from US$25 to US$140 depending on the shipping route.

 

For example, if you are quoted an LCL freight rate of US$100 W/M, a shipment weighing one metric ton and measuring 10 CBM would incur a charge of US$1,000, since the volume is greater than the weight of your cargo.

Apart from the typical international shipping costs, like customs clearance fees and import taxes, several other factors influence LCL shipment charges. Some of which include:

Destination of Goods

Freight charges increase with longer distances travelled, and varying customs taxes and duties between countries lead to differences in LCL shipment rates.

Exchange Rate

Fluctuations in currency exchange rates may impact shipping fees at the time of transaction.

Shipping Season

During peak shipping seasons, such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, the increase in demand often leads to higher charges due to the limited cargo space.

Price of Fuel

A decrease in fuel prices can lead to reduced shipping costs, while an increase in fuel prices will result in higher shipping costs.

If you are planning to engage a freight forwarder to help with your shipping needs, here are the 6 steps involved:

Choose a Service Provider

Selecting a reliable freight forwarder is crucial as they can ensure smooth operations, minimising the risk of shipment delays and errors. It is essential to consider factors like their reputation, service speed, reliability, and the extent of their warehouse and shipping network when making your decision.

 

Once you have decided on a freight forwarder, get in touch with them and provide the details of your shipment for a free quote.

Preparation of Goods

Ensure your goods are packed securely to facilitate a safe and prompt delivery. Proper packaging methods and clear labelling can enhance handling efficiency and reduce the risk of damage and delivery delays.

Consolidation of Goods

Your chosen freight forwarder will collect your cargo and transport it to a consolidation warehouse. Once it has been loaded onto the LCL container along with other shipments, the container will be transported to the port by the freight forwarder.

Goods in Transit

Upon reaching the port of departure, your cargo will be loaded onto a container ship and transported to its designated destination.

Customs Clearance

At the destination port, your goods will undergo customs clearance procedures. Rest assured, our shipping experts will manage this process together with you, ensuring all required documents are in order.

Last-Mile Delivery

After customs clearance, your goods will be transferred to a warehouse for deconsolidation. From there, you have the option to collect the items at the warehouse or arrange for doorstep delivery, usually via trucking.

Want to ship your goods internationally? Contact our friendly Haulx staff to learn more about our LCL shipping services!

WHY CHOOSE 
HaulX?

Experienced Forwarders

Benefit from our team's extensive experience and enjoy greater peace of mind from the safe handling of your items. Our seasoned freight forwarding experts have shipped various types of cargo, and are equipped to offer valuable advice for a seamless shipping experience.

Competitive Prices

Thanks to our vast global network of shipping partners, we can extend preferential rates and favourable terms to our clients. This extensive network also allows us to offer a diverse range of shipping options to meet your specific needs and budget requirements.

OUR REVIEWS

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Matthew C.
Matthew C.
I was recomended by an overseas logistics company to use M&P. After understanding my needs, they offered various options. The shipment was smooth as the groundwork done for example correct HS code was given and submitted. Quotations were reasonable too. Thanks to Desmond and team! Recomended!?
RIANA
RIANA
Recently have deal with Ms. Shirley for the logistic arrangement from Port to warehouse. She is friendly, fast response and supporting staff. Glad to be work with her :).
bubby B.
bubby B.
Shirley is very professional and helpful. Prompt reply too! The mover Mr Kian is very friendly and helpful, very nice! I’d love to use your service again! ^u^
岩崎一真
岩崎一真
When another delivery company left a heavy package at the entrance, they rushed in to take it away even though I called on short notice.You were really helpful, thank you!
Phriya D.
Phriya D.
I recently engaged M&P Services to handle and deliver a large, fragile mirror I ordered from Taobao to Singapore. From the start, Raymond was incredibly patient and supportive, guiding me through each step of the process. Their pricing quotes were not only reasonable but also transparent, which I appreciated :)) So, for those who have struggles and cannot communicate in Chinese via other 3PFs platforms. THIS IS FOR YOU :DDespite a minor hiccup on my end—underestimating the size of the mirror and its inability to fit into the lift—Raymond was quick to find a solution. He efficiently arranged for a proper logistics provider equipped to handle the situation, including the challenges of navigating stairs. The additional cost for this service was also surprisingly reasonable!Overall, the delivery process was smooth, thanks to Raymond's professionalism and dedication to customer satisfaction. I'm impressed with M&P Services' commitment to ensuring a positive experience for their clients. I will definitely entrust my future Taobao furniture deliveries to M&P Services and highly recommend them to others. Thank you Raymond!! For your exceptional service and assistance! :))
Ms C.
Ms C.
I would like to express my appreciation to M&P particularly Raymond Sim for his extraordinary customer service rendered to us during our house moving.We had encountered some issues during our first moving session. And we had already made a start to move the remaining boxes and furniture ourselves (which were heavy and there were many of them) using our own car.The next day, I messaged Shirley to let her know about the situation, without any expectation. As Shirley was on leave, Raymond read my message and he immediately took the initiative to reach out to me. I was not expecting that because real after-sale service is rare these days. Raymond patiently listened to me and made an effort to understand our situation better. Then he arranged for another cargo van to come to my place and the storage place to help us move all our boxes. We were surprised and thankful that he actually came along personally in a separate vehicle together with the cargo van to supervise the process. He listened to my concerns attentively and made sure that everything was carried out smoothly and according to plan. In fact, he even transported some of our boxes (that could not fit into the cargo van) in his vehicle!The whole moving experience instantly relieved our stress and worries. With this professional and extraordinary level of after-sale customer service, I will highly recommend M&P to anyone who is looking for a stress-free moving experience!
Darren L.
Darren L.
Client tasked us to relocate 1.5m3 of items back to SG. So glad to partnered with Seia from M&P to get it done! with her on-point advisory. Fuss-free and worry-free throughout the logistics journey, timely updates given and 1st-class service rendered by TeamM&P.
Yogesh K.
Yogesh K.
Really impressed by the professional service provided by the M&P staff, specially Joreen Boo.Joreen excels at serving customer needs by providing valuable advice and service in timely manner.
willy W.
willy W.
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Reese W.
Reese W.
I used M&P to ship my products from Sin to Dhaka and was very satisfied with their service. Thanks to Joreen’s guidance, their team were efficient and communicative. It was really helpful!
Ryan Y.
Ryan Y.
I dealt with Seia Wei while using M&P's services. The communication and transparency was wonderful and very much appreciated through the entire process. Have nothing to complain about. Was great working with them.
Ruchica P.
Ruchica P.
I used M&P international for my shipment and they were very prompt and excellent service. We dealt with Seia and are extremely happy with her service. We have never come across anyone so prompt, proactive and willing to help to ensure that all are concerns were addressed. She was available at odd hours to reply to us and has been extremely efficient. Unbelievable service and highly recommend Seia to anyone for their shipment needs.
Sainaz S.
Sainaz S.
Tan Kim E.
Tan Kim E.
I have been engaging M&P for my company's freight arrangements. shirley is my agent. She's very responsive to all my enquiries and would do hr utmost to arrange.
Francis H.
Francis H.
I have been engaging M&P for my company's local freight arrangements for moving sensitive equipment around. Shirley is my agent. She's very responsive to all my enquiries and would do her utmost to arrange for the appropriate trucks to perform the assigned tasks. The teams arranged by her for the moving service are all highly professional, fairly accommodating and well motivated. Well done, guys. Keep up with the great efforts!
liam L.
liam L.
I strongly believe that everything in life unfolds for a reason. This particular incident occurred when our company was in need of a shipping agent. Given the numerous service providers in this field, I decided to reach out to M&P. Right from day one, I had the pleasure of interacting with Joreen, and later, Shirley joined in as well. I must say that our company is extremely satisfied with the level of service they've provided.Working with Joreen has been nothing short of a perfect experience. Her patience and dedication have stood out, as she even took the time to address my queries over the weekends. Both Shirley and Joreen have proven to be adept problem solvers, a quality that holds significant value for our company. Their regular updates and the information they provide have been instrumental in helping us make well-informed decisions.If you're considering engaging M&P's services, I highly recommend seeking out Joreen and Shirley. This duo is not to be forgotten.
Claire T.
Claire T.
Is really really friendly fast response and responsible full services. Good quality company we will refer
Virendra das D.
Virendra das D.
Joe K.
Joe K.
Efficient and professional forwarders, Krist and team were diligent and trustworthy. Will engage their services for my future shipment.
Michelle G.
Michelle G.
Seia is so efficient and helpful in handling my PE inquiry. Everything was settled within few hours and my parcel was sent out the next day!
Billion B.
Billion B.
Here's my compliment for Mr Raymond who is a highly responsible logistics sales professional, excels at problem-solving. He consistently delivers flawless results in all aspects of my logistics transportation needs. I am extremely fortunate to have his assistance in managing my overseas logistics deliveries.Thank you so much 🥰🥰🥰
The Singapore Wheelchair Pte. L.
The Singapore Wheelchair Pte. L.
This is our first time engaging M&P International Freights, I'm impressed by Raymond responses and services. He provided me valuable advice and guidance. Whenever I need clarification or etc, his reply is very very fast which I love it. I will definitely work with him for my 2nd shipment again. The owner (boss) of M&P International Freights, you have hired a capable guy here!!!Message to Raymond: Keep up your good work and I shall contact you again for my future shipment. Cheers!!!
Chan G.
Chan G.
It's been a year 9square works with M&P International -Raymond. Raymond has always been sincere n offer the best solutions for my company imports.Indeed he has successfully achieve n delivered a very outstanding personalised service that exceeded my company expectation. I wud also take this opportunity to thank the operation staff for an excellent service.
BC
BC
I have recently appointed M&P International Freights as the relocation company of my household items.I came to know Melissa Ong and Desmond Tang from M&P, both of whom were dedicated and helpful people from the start of the engagement. Desmond became the primary contact person for me and working with him on all of my needs has been smooth as well as reassuring. I value the patience and responsibility demonstrated by Desmond and am glad he is the person entrusted with my job order.
Joanne T
Joanne T
Super thankful for Seia for always getting our shipment here promptly and safely wherever the location that we're shipping from. Her responses are always fast and able to assist with all our enquiries. Will highly recommend Seia from M&P Intl!!!! :D
Poon Hung P.
Poon Hung P.
Engaged M&P a few times to import goods. Seia is very helpful and efficient. Highly recommended!
Dyn L
Dyn L
Seia’s constant updates n follow up have been assuring for us to engage the service of M&P
Penelope L.
Penelope L.
Extremely thankful for Seia who helped to ship our goods from Korea. She is very responsible and always keep us update on the shipment status.
Sabrina J.
Sabrina J.
I found M&P randomly and within minutes, they assisted me and noted down my company's needs. Bryan is one of the most attentive and communicative person I've come across and Angel have been so helpful. I truly recommend them for your freight needs.
Cynthia R.
Cynthia R.
Seia is very helpful and friendly! Our shipments always arrive within the time frame given. M&P has quickly become our go-to choice for shipping goods. 5 stars for Seia as we really happy working with her!
liew S.
liew S.
Regular customer. Really good professional service provided by Ian and Cara from M&P
Natasha C.
Natasha C.
Huge shoutout to Desmond who assisted me in bringing in a dining set from Japan! I am so glad I chanced upon this company and got assigned to him. He was very responsive and gave me frequent updates throughout the entire process. He also went through the various options available and talked through pros and cons. Especially grateful as Japan customs are not so easy to get through, with the language barrier and all - thank you for helping me to get my dining set all the way from Hokkaido!
Meixiang L.
Meixiang L.
Very good,Everything arrived safely. It was great.Krist and Christy,Very responsible, help us a lot, thank you very much.
Stephanie Mun Y.
Stephanie Mun Y.
Thank you very much Raymond for helping me on the relocation of my Guinea pigs professionally! Prompt replies and excellence service from him. Definitely will recommend M&P International Freights Pte Ltd for pet relocation services in Singapore.
Jack O.
Jack O.
Always a breeze working with Joreen from M&P. One stop service, clear and concise, and quick turnaround! Highly recommended to use them for both air and sea freight!
Tatami
Tatami
We are extremely pleased with everything that M&P has done for us. The team at M&P has been very helpful with our logistical needs. Joreen & Shirley, in particular, have been especially helpful and responsive in providing us with reasonable rates (Logistics and Warehouse storage )Highly recommended.
Very good company,and very nice service,Highly recommended
Haiyeik Y.
Haiyeik Y.
Joreen And Shirley have done an outstanding job and have been extremely helpful to my shipping needs albeit sometimes last minute request but they are flexible enough to accommodate which really helps in ensuring my cargoes reached safely!
James W.
James W.
M&P helped me with a local move. They were responsive, on time, professional, all for a reasonable price. I would definitely use them again.
Marrilyne O.
Marrilyne O.
Engaged M&P for our recent Taobao shipments, there were some hiccups from our China sellers to M&P warehouse receiving, but Raymond was very responsive and able to resolved the issues very fast. He would also gave timely updates on the shipment schedules and goods tracking, our last parcel came later and delivered it to us by himself, very happy with his service !!!
Victor L.
Victor L.
Easy to do business with M&P. Fast and effective communication too. Price well accepted. They are straight forward without hidden cost.Joreen is an exemplary staff with the right attitude; she listen and is patient ... very professional and helpful.
Gordon G.
Gordon G.
Very efficient service, agent appointed was very helpful. Would definitely use their services again in future
Alex L.
Alex L.
Thank you M&P for your wonderful service. I engaged them to resolve a freight issue where my vendor refused to ship out my purchase. Nick and Wren were very helpful and efficient in their dealings.
Good customer service. Desmond has been helpful in meeting our needs for small shipments from Korea. Their rates are reasonable too.
Keith L.
Keith L.
Reasonable prices with good service
hl L
hl L
Glad to engage M&P for my Tao Bao order! prompt update of the delivery status by Raymond and their admin support Annie. Awesome service, highly reccommended!
maggie hee mei K.
maggie hee mei K.
M&P is really the best service and fast response. I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a shipping service.Nick and Wren is supporting me when i need help.
Serene Q.
Serene Q.
Been working with M & P (Desmond/Annie) for the past five years. thumps up for their service...friendly and responsive.
Mira N.
Mira N.
Nick Lee will try his best to cater to my queries. Even at some his reply will delay but I understand that he is busy with his other task- Siti LECIP
Moo Chee G.
Moo Chee G.
Many thanks to Desmond and Annie for their service and advise in assisting in shipment, custom clearance and delivery. Definitely professional and detailed work!
Lemon V.
Lemon V.
M&P International Freight Pte Ltd provided exceptional service. Desmond and Annie were incredibly helpful throughout the entire process, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience. Their expertise and assistance were greatly appreciated.
theresaAP H.
theresaAP H.
Desmond he very helpful and prompt reply my mail & msg.Good job!!
I need to share my positive experience with M&P International Freights! Krist has been exceptionally helpful with our requests and was patient in every step of the way! He was prompt and attentive and I'm glad it was him who serviced us! Will definitely be a returning customer!
Reliable and efficient. Christine has been very helpful over the years. High recommended.
I had few shipments under M&P and Christine has been very helpful and responsive. She is patience and will follow up the shipment all the way. I am happy with the services.
Have been dealing with Seia for the past few months. She is very helpful whenever we face issues with delays and tries her best to cater to our needs. Highly recommend working with M&P International Freights!
Reliable and efficient services! They were very helpful from start to finish. Krist was very responsive to all our inquiries even out out of office hours. With that said, they will also be our main logistic service provider for our company.
Superb service, friendly. Had a great experience working with Krist handling my cargo and will continue working with them!
Highly recommend working with M&P international for their top notch service. :)
We have been working with Bryan for our past few shipments, he is always so ready to help us. Thank you so much Bryan! :)
We have been using M&P for all our incoming shipments over the past 18 months. Seia has gone above and beyond to help us. We would highly recommend M&P, their pricing is very competitive and their service is outstanding. Thank you for making our lives easier Seia!
Really highly recommend M&P to all. Superb service, friendly and fast. Had a pleasant experience working with Ms Seia Wei
Have been using M&P as my forwarder for about 6-8 months. I have many bad experiences with other freight forwarders - due to the lack in communication on shipment delays but M&P wow-ed me with their customer service. Ms Seia Wei have been handling all my shipments and I would say she has been the most professional, customer-oriented personnel that I have ever come across! Thank you so much :)
Very friendly and fast response.
Highly recommend M&P! I have been using it for the incoming sea and airfreight shipment, price competitive and good sales and CS support (Joreen and Christina). I am also happy that I can contact them 24/7 even when they are on leave. Thank you for the extra mile support given to us.
Highly recommend M&P as they are prompt with my enquiry (delivery from Singapore to Malaysia). All I need to do is provide the documents they needed and rest assured I received my things in timely manner. Special thanks to Bryan and Angel for their friendly assistance.
High recommended M&P for their impressive good service and respond to the customer needs. Would like to thanks particularly Bryan and Angle for their effortless support to address my requirements. Well done.
It has been such a pleasure working with Nick. He always manage to follow up at all times and we really appreciate it. M&P International company has shown such professionalism and it comes highly recommendable to anyone interested.
Nick is prompt and informative! Great service. Will engage again.
I'm from EP-Tec Solutions, M&P is really the best service and fast response. I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a shipping service.
I was looking around for a cost effective and reliable forwarder to ship my custom made items from China's factory to Singapore. I was recommended another freight forwarder initially but I did not get the service and price that I was looking for. The reviews of others of M&P International Freights convinced me to look them up. True enough from day 1, my queries were promptly addressed both via emails and personal calls were made to explain where sensitive information was required from me to be sent to M&P. Moreover, at every stage I was updated on the progress of my shipment to the point the items were delivered to my door step. As they were bulky and crated, M&P also ensured they were properly de-crated and items were delivered in their original condition. It is my first but definitely most pleasant experience to do shipping of items on my own. M&P has definitely contributed to this positive experience of mine. Keep it up M&P team!
Highly recommend M&P for their impeccable service and timely follow ups. Very happy with the great service provided to us by Joreen and Christina! We trust all our shipments to them. 😁
We are so happy with everything that M&P has done for us. The team at M&P are very helpful with our logistical needs.
Great service experience with Krist ! Very patient when explaining..
Highly recommended!!
Highly recommend services. Desmond has been taking care of our shipments and never fail to deliver. Great customer service.
The manager, Desmond Dang has been very helpful on assisting on ever inquiry being put up by me in his shortest responding time. A thumb up to Desmond and M&P International.
Good service and price competitive. Good support from Desmond and Annie.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is LCL or FCL shipping cheaper?

Determining whether LCL or FCL shipping is cheaper depends on various factors such as the volume of your cargo, destination, and specific requirements of the shipment.

 

Generally, LCL shipping can be more cost-effective for smaller quantities of goods since shippers only pay for the space they use within a shared container. However, for larger volumes of cargo or when shipping high-value goods that require exclusive use of a container, FCL shipping may offer better value. 

 

It is important to assess the specific needs of your shipment and compare pricing quotes to determine the most economical option for your business. Contact us for assistance in selecting the right shipping solution for your cargo needs.

  • Increased flexibility

 

LCL shipments offer flexibility in cargo volume, allowing businesses to ship varying quantities of goods according to their specific needs. This flexibility allows businesses to fulfil orders on demand and quickly ship their goods after production. 

 

Thus, LCL is an attractive option for businesses that regularly ship smaller quantities of goods, as it can help reduce warehousing costs.

 

  • Environmentally sustainable

 

By consolidating several shipments, LCL shipping optimises the space within each container. This not only reduces the total number of containers needed for transportation, but also minimises carbon emissions. 

 

Furthermore, this approach can reduce packaging waste by bundling multiple shipments together, rather than treating them as individual cargo items. 

LCL shipping offers various benefits, but it also comes with its share of risks. One significant risk is the potential for damage or loss of goods. Since LCL shipments involve multiple stops and handling by different parties, there is a higher likelihood of cargo being mishandled or misplaced. 

 

In addition, sharing a container with other shippers may expose goods to the risk of contamination from other cargo, especially if proper precautions are not taken. 

 

Rest assured, we prioritise the safety and security of your goods. Our experienced team implements stringent quality control measures and works closely with trusted partners to minimise risks throughout the shipping process.

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