Transport of goods: smaller items may be carried together, eg in one 20ft container
A consolidation service, putting small shipments into containers for shipment.
Non-exclusive means of shipment, i.e. shared with others.
In distribution, for purposes of economy and efficiency, groupage is the practice of hauliers grouping together the loads of several customers for transport to a particular place. While the practice may be economical and efficient for the haulier, it may not be thought so by a particular customer, who sees his goods delayed until the haulier can make up a full load - companies wanting reliable, quick delivery must therefore verify a haulier's policy on these matters.
This allows exporters of small consignments to gain the benefits of containerisation. A freight forwarder undertakes to group together different exporters' consignments to fill a whole container for a particular destination.
This is the term used when a shipment is wrapped and prepared for shipment, but then loose-loaded into a container with other small lots. Groupage brings about considerable cost savings, but transit times may be longer and less predictable because the container is unlikely to be shipped until it is full.
Your belongings are placed in a larger container along with other shippers' goods. The cost of shipping is shared by all shippers with goods in container. This method of transporting goods usually results in savings for all parties involved, although transit time may be longer.
Your belongings use part of the space in the container, the costs are shared and this method of transport usually results in a saving although transit times are usually longer.
Your consignment will be loaded into a steamship container along with other consignments from the same mover. This is done without liftvans to separate the consignments.
The collection of several small consignments and the formation of one large shipment thereof (air cargo, road cargo).
Where your shipment will not fill a container, you can save money by sending it groupage. This means your shipment will be loaded with others to fill a container. You should pay lower shipping charges, but delivery will take longer.
Consolidated load made up of many different consignments.