What is consolidation?

The combining into a single shipment the consignments of two or more shippers, in order to minimise freight charges.

Β A container loaded with consolidated shipments is called an LCL container. Consolidation reduces costs for shippers, since LCL freight rates are lower than FCL rates. Many freight forwarders and carriers offer both LCL and FCL services for shippers.


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