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.
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.