FCL Full Container Load Shipping Ocean Freight
The most popular sizes are20 foot: 20’ long x 8’ wide x 8 ½’ high external (c. 6.1m x 2.4m x 2.6m) 40 foot: 40’ long x 8’ wide x 8 ½’ high external (c. 12.2m x 2.4m x 2.6m) Increasingly used by bulk shippers is the Hi-Cube 40 foot, which has a 9 ½’ height. There are also refrigerated containers, which can be broader at 2.6m width. In the USA, longer sizes are common, including 45’, 48’ and 53’, the last of which is used for many rail and truck deliveries. Other specialist types that you may encounter include Flat Rack, Open Top, and ‘heavy tested’ 20’ containers that are suitable for heavy machinery. The maximum payload mass for a 20’ container is approx. 22 tonnes: and for 40’, approx. 27 tonnes.
FCL – Full Container Load ShippingFCL is an abbreviation for Full Container Load. FCL term is used in ocean freight service describing full container shipping from on one place to another. FCL usually associates one shipper and one consignee. Full container shipping usually brings lower cost, than equivalent size and weight of cargo bulk. FCL is the most optimized container shipping way regarding cost, volume and weight of the cargo. The FCL (full container load) process involves – picking up empty freight container at the container yard, loading at the shipper facility, transporting by truck / rail to the port of loading and further sea / ocean container shipping of the cargo to the port of arrival and delivery to final destination. In certain circumstances of sea cargo transportation if you don’t have enough cargo for a full container load we still recommend you to consider FCL option. You may find FCL sea freight service compared with LCL (Less than Container Load) to be more efficient, cost-effective, and convenient for you. For sizable ocean freight shipping FCL is the most appropriate choice for you ocean cargo transportation. No matter you make Import or Export, FCL sea shipping is safer and reliable international shipping way compared with LCL, Break Bulk and Ro – Ro.
Four Methods For FCL Ocean Container Shipping
- Live Load FCL shipping – International moving company will deliver the FCL ocean container at your door. You will get usually two hours free loading time and if additional time is needed to load will be approximately at $60.00 an hour. We can palletize and crate your full container load cargo at extra cost however you may load and secure your personal goods in a sea freight container yourself. When you are finished loading and securing your cargo, the trucking company will sealed and return the full container load to the port of sailing and your ocean freight container will start its international journey.
- Drop and Pick FCL shipping – If you need more time to load, block and brace your FCL cargo our International Freight Forwarding company can offer drop and pick service. If applicable, we will bring the sea freight full container load at your loading location for 2-3 days. When you are finished our international container shipping company will return the full container load back to the container shipping terminal. In general “Drop and Pick” service is really convenient FCL method and provides more time for the shipper to load and secure the cargo. However the inland cost at origin is twice as much as Live Load FCL method. When deciding to choose between Drop & Pick and Live Load, please consider the loading location from the sea port. If the loading location is distant from the sea port we advise you to consider Live Load full container load for the international export or import by sea.
- Warehouse/Terminal Loading FCL shipping – For international moving we can provide you with complete bonded warehouse service. You can deliver your personal goods and vehicle to our warehouse facility or loading dock and we will provide the consolidation for you. Experienced international freight loading company will lock, brace and secure your cargo in appropriate size of 20’ or 40’ ocean freight container and deliver it to the sea port of international container shipping. Using warehouse FCL service for your international goods transportation is one of the most convenient and efficient way of container shipping full container load household goods. This method will help you save some funds on the inland pre-carriage cost of the international shipment.
- Port Delivery / Ocean Freight Only FCL shipping – This kind of FCL shipping is available for freight forwarders and shippers highly experienced in international full container load shipments. The shipper is completely responsible of obtaining permits for pier or rail yard access, inland container transportation, loading and returning the loaded sea container. Any detention, roll over charges related with the shipment are entirely shipper responsibility. Choosing Port delivery FCL method, no port of origin or pre carriage charges will be included in the offered rate.