What is FCL Shipping?
FCL shipping stands for ‘Full Container Load” as opposed to LCL (Less Than Container Load). This shipping mode provides the opportunity to use an entire shipping container to transport goods. This means there is no need to share with any other shippers and is perfect when looking to transport a large amount of stock. It is also a great option when looking to ship fragile goods that could get damaged if put alongside other shipments. There is a variety of containers available of different sizes and functions, including task containers, flat rack containers, standard dry containers, and refrigerated containers. This blog will take us through the benefits and disadvantages of using an FCL Shipment method.
How much does an FCL Shipment Cost?
FCL shipping is often more cost-effective when shipping a large number of goods as a flat fee is required for the entire container. The cost is not impacted by the volume of goods within the container which can make this method cheaper when filling the container to bring down the cost per unit. The shipment cost is impacted by a variety of factors:
- Freight Cost, the international transport price including the container size and route, along with the chassis fee.
- General Rate Increase (GRI), the container price fluctuates with demand each month.
- The port destination
- Customs Clearance including tax and duties
- Holiday delays can occur during certain times of the year e.g Chinese New Year will impact demand and prices
What are the Benefits of FCL Shipping?
FCL shipments are great for large volume shipments and there is a range of benefits that come with using an FCL method.
Cheaper per cbm
Cheaper per container for large volume shipments, working out cheaper per cbm.
Faster than LCL
Less loading and unloading at each port which saves time at both ends. It can save between 4-7 days in comparison to LCL shipping.
There is always an element of risk involved when shipping but using the FCL shipping method will significantly reduce the risk of damage to your goods. Less handling and only having your goods within the containers reduces the risk of any goods being lost or damaged. Aver Logistics does offer shipping insurance.
What are the Disadvantages of FCL Shipping?
Only suitable for larger shipments
FCL requires the purchase of the full container and so can work out more expensive for a smaller volume of goods.
High demand at Peak times
During peak shipping seasons it can be difficult to find FCL methods which can increase costs further.
How long does FCL Shipping take?
The total shipping time will depend upon the destination and the specific port alongside the weight and size of the shipment. It can also be impacted by external factors such as the weather. An FCL shipping method can take anywhere between 25-45 days. Aver Logistics will help make sure your delivery arrives on time at your selected destination.
When to use an FCL Shipping method?
Ultimately, the decision of whether to use an LCL or FCL shipping method will come down to the dimension of the shipment. If the shipment consists of only one or a few pallets, it may be cheaper to ship them in a shared container and use the LCL method. If you are transporting a large volume, of dangerous or delicate goods then often the FCL method would be best suited.
Here at Aver Logistics, we can provide advice and guidance to help you select the best transport method for a bespoke solution. Please get in touch by giving us a call on +44 (0)1494 509700 or get a quote today by clicking here!
Our Most Popular Shipping Routes
- Shenzhen to Felixstowe/Southampton
- Ningbo to Felixstowe/Southampton
- Shanghai to Felixstowe/Southampton
- Guangzhou to Felixstowe/Southampton
- Xiamen to Felixstowe/Southampton
- Manchester/London Gateway to New York
- Liverpool/Southampton/London Gateway to Los Angeles