FCL stands for “Full Container Load” and means that the container is filled with goods by one person or company. There are different types of transporting FCL. Still, shipping is the most common one. Although the name might suggest otherwise, you do not have to fill the FCL container completely. It just means that you do not share the container with another person’s cargo, as it would be with LCL (Less than Container Load) transport. This leads to an easier and faster way of transport. Practically everything can be shipped - your car or household goods, or other wares of any kind.
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First, you should decide, what kind of container you want to use. They are usually standardised. There are e.g. 20 ft. (20 feet container) and 40 ft (40 feet container) . During loading, the consigner should be sure to pack the goods secure and thoroughly. Due to transportation, damages can occur, for which the freight forwarder is mostly not liable.
As soon as a FCL container is being imported into the European Community (EC) or exported to a country outside of the EC, the cargo has to be cleared at the local Customs Administration. The forwarder will only take cargo that is safely packed and sealed by customs. The Export Accompanying Document (EAD) should also be procured ahead of bringing the container to the harbour. You will only need the Proforma Invoice and the packing list for this.
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Port-to-Port is the kind of transport that especially companies with a long-term experience of container shipping can profit from. Collection and delivery from or to the harbour have to be organised by the company itself. This offers you maximum flexibility, as you are not dependant on forwarders, as you would be with Door-to-Door transport. By using Port-to-Port transport, you do not only save time, but money as well. Still, you should pay attention to the shipping schedules to ensure your container is being in the right place at the right time.
FCL container costs are mostly made up of lump sums per container, in contrast to LCL container costs, which are made up of weight and volume of the cargo. What matters as well, is the container’s size. This is why FCL containers are sometimes cheaper than LCL containers, even though the container is not completely filled. Moreover, by using a FCL container, there are no additional costs for handling the general cargo. (Stückgut) Other components, which are vital for the prices, are individual conditions, as for instance the kind of transport (i.e. Port-to-Port, Door-to-Door, etc.), distance of transport and number of containers being shipped.
Ideally, the freight forwarder assumes liability for all occurring damage. As this ideal scenario rarely happens, the customer has to assume liability. This does not only concern your own cargo, but it may as well concern the container or even the ship itself. This leads to a very high risk for everyone involved. That is why it is advisable to cover insurance for this eventuality. The costs for insurance are mostly relatively low and can be covered right here from our website.
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