Consol. This expression is an abbreviation found in sailing schedules and advertisements of liner services.

It indicates the latest date when cargo in smaller quantities will be grouped together, perhaps in one container or in more than one container but all the cargo is “consolidated” into one shipment. Usually the term is used to indicate to shippers the latest date when they should despatch small quantities (“less than container loads”) to a carriers’ or freight forwarders’ facilities for stowing or “stuffing” into containers.


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