LCL stands for “Less than Container Load”. This means that the 20 ft or 40 ft container is not filled only with your goods, but shared with other costumers. This leads to a significant decrease in expense, as you are paying solely for the volume and weight of your own goods, instead of paying for the whole container.
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The transshipment can sometimes cause damage to your goods. To prevent that from happening, please be sure to pack your shipment very thoroughly. LCL shipments are often packed in euro pallets or wooden boxes and protective film. The chances of getting your freight from A to B safely depends highly on the quality of packaging.
Cargo leaving the European Community (EC) has to be declared to the Customs Administration. To do that, you will need to create the Export Accompanying Document (EAD), for which you will only need the Proforma Invoice and the packing list.
Freightfinders offers you the opportunity to take advantage of our exclusive customs broker, who will handle these affairs easily and beforehand. As soon as the goods are being released by customs, the cargo can be transported further. For more information, please read here about export customs clearance.
As soon as your goods are properly packed and cleared, they will be picked up. This happens usually by lorry (up to 7,5 tons) and a hydraulic lift. Bigger cargos will be picked up by an articulated lorry (40t). Usually, the pick-up dates cannot be fixed to an exact time. This is why periods of time are used, i.e.: Date – 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Your goods will be brought to the respective port. In the warehouses at the port, the freight will be packed very carefully in the appropriate LCL container to avoid any damage. Tags on your cargo will ensure that they will be handled properly and fast.
Once the container is fully loaded, it will be brought to the correct seaport terminal. From there, it will be loaded onto the ship. The container will have a number, which gives you the opportunity to trace your cargo through our own tracking device “Freightpit” on our dashboard. Furthermore, you can control your shipment on there as well.
After the arrival of the container at the destination port, it will be transported to a storage place. There, the cargo will be discharged from the container. Before the arrival of the cargo, the recipient receives an “Advance Shipping Notice” (ASN). This notification contains information, such as the amount of the goods, item number, weight and volume of the cargo and the exact time of goods input. It also functions as a shipment tracking device. Moreover, the information on this ASN can be used for customs clearance.
Equally to the export, the import of a shipment must be declared at the local Customs Administration. It is not until then that the cargo can be picked up. Dependant on the incoterms which were agreed upon beforehand, the customs clearance has to be paid by either the consigner (Incoterm DDP) or the recipient (Incoterm DDU).
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After the successful customs clearance, the cargo can be transported to the recipient. Provided that the goods were properly packed, the shipment should arrive without any damage.
Usually, carriers have a limited liability. Hence, the customer assumes liability for most of the damages. This does not only apply to damages done to your cargo, but also damages on the container or the ship. Most people do not want to take that high of a risk, as the costs can be immense in contrast to the relatively low prices of an insurance. You can cover insurance straight from our platform to be on the safe side.
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