Abbreviation: LCL A general reference for identifying cargo in any quantity intended for carriage in a container, where the Carrier is responsible for packing and/or unpacking the container. For operational purposes a LCL (Less than full container load) container is considered a container in which multiple consignments or parts thereof are shipped.
1. A container loaded and unloaded for account and at the risk of the carrier. 2. A less than (full) container load container (FCL) is considered, for operational purposes, a container in which more than one consignment or parts of it are shipped. The container is stuffed and stripped under the responsibility and for account of the carrier and cargo can be added under special circumstances.
Abbreviation: LCL A general reference to identify cargo in any quantity intended for carriage in a container, where goods are received from more than one shipper and to deliver to one or more receivers. For operational: a LCL (Less than full container load) container is considered a container in which multiple consignments or parts thereof are shipped.
In operational terms, LCL (less than full container load) container is a container in which there are multiple consignments / parts being shipped.
This applies to a small shipment which does not justify the exclusive use of its own container. In contrast to a groupage shipment, which is loose-loaded with other small household goods shipments, an LCL shipment is loaded into cases or liftvans and delivered to an NVOCC for co-loading into a container. The cost is higher than for groupage, but control and security may be better, and the transit time may be more predictable.
A term used when goods do not completely occupy an entire container. When many shippers' goods occupy a single container, each shipper's shipment is considered to be LCL.
Where your shipment does not fill a complete shipping container.
Freight is combined with other freight from other shippers. A container can be loaded with LCL cargo at a container freight station for LCL delivery.