Loose Container Load Shipments (LCL), also known as Less than Container Load is also another popular methods of shipping commodities via sea freights. Another method mentioned before is the Full Container Load Shipments (FCL).

What Is The Similarities and Differences Between Loose Container Load Shipments (LCL) and Full Container Load Shipments (FCL)?

The contrast between the word ‘full’ and ‘loose’ is already an indicator. What makes more sense in order to distinguish it further, especially for an interested party intended to ship their cargo is how much of the capacity of both methods.

To be clear, there are no single definitive interpretations of LCL, so one of the best to look for it is by looking at how most Malaysian handles it.

In general, a container is considered in full capacity when the cargo load is 75 percent or more than that.

FCL may also refer to shipments for which all goods in a container are owned by one party, while LCL involves multiple shippers’ goods packed together.

There may be more than one party sharing one container in LCL mode. The shipping agent or freight forwarder will make sure that they would not get mixed up.

LCL is widely known as a mode of shipping commodities without using containers

If the goods from West Malaysia are sent to Sabah and Sarawak, or vice versa using LCL shipping type, then the goods will be addressed to the shipping agent collection warehouse. The warehouse personnel will gather other LCL shipments until it meets the quota to be loaded into a container.

Technically speaking, both LCL and FCL are using containers, but what distinguish features that differentiate these two are the capacity input. The break-even point of this said capacity is measured by the means of cubic metres (CBM).

There are arguments that Loose cargo are commonly mistaken for less-than-container load (LCL) cargoes.

It is because according to the said arguments, LCLs are usually encased on pallets and are shipped via containers, whereas loose cargo are loaded for transport without the use of containers.

Another thing to note about LCL is LCL is better suited for shipments with flexible dates. LCL shipments must be unloaded and loaded every time they arrive at a transshipment port, so they are very prone to delays due to multiple handling.

It is best to consult with our consultants to give the best advice on the best mode of transferring one’s commodity, especially when it involves LCL. We also accommodate packing such commodities in the best way to protect them from damage or contamination during the effective transport period.

Read: Full Container Load Shipments (FCL)