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FCL vs LCL: Which Should You Choose?


  1. Cargo Volume

  2. Cost

  3. Security

  4. Urgency/Importance

LCL Advantages

  • Keeps Inventory Low

  • Cheaper if volume is small

  • Easier to book space during peak seasons

  • Easier to split shipments for multiple deliveries

FCL Advantages

  • Delivery is faster. Once container is off the vessel, we can schedule pick up at terminal

  • Less physical handling, compared to if you shipped LCL (fewer damage risks)

  • Can be cheaper - FCL charges are a flat rate versus LCL charges are per weight measurement. There is a breakeven point, where FCL ends up being cheaper. CSL can help you compare and help consolidate multiple shippers into 1 container to save time and money

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