What Is FCL And LCL? | Difference Between FCL And LCL

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I know you are curious to know what is difference between FCL and LCL.

Here I explained everything you need to know about LCL and FCL

This article will help you to end up your curiosity about what is FCL and LCL and why it’s important in the export-import industry.


Hello, a friend once again I welcome all of you to another fresh article of “Indiancustoms.info” Here in this article I explained what is FCL and LCL and what is the difference between them.

FCL and LCL are two of the common terms used in the Export and Import trade of International business.

Many new importers and exporters are confused and can’t understand What does the term LCL means? How does FCL work? What is the difference between LCL and FCL?

This article is a complete solution for all your queries related to FCL and LCL shipments.

What Is the Difference Between FCL And LCL

What Is FCL And LCL?

FCL and LCL are the most common term used in international trade, So as an importer-exporter, you need to understand this term in-depth.

Before entering in-depth FCL and LCL, you need to understand the full form of both.

FCL stands for Full Container Load and LCL stands for Less Container Load. I hope now you get an approximate idea about FCL and LCL by referring to its full form.

Now it’s time to enter in-depth to understand the complete meaning of FCL (Full Container Load) and LCL (Less Container Load).

What Is FCL (Full Container Load)?

There are many types of containers available to import-export goods from one country to another country.

If an exporter has an order from Dubai for 25 Metric tons of onion, he books a 40 feet container and stuffs his goods.

It’s mean the whole container is stuffed with his cargo only.

If the whole container is owned by one shipper it’s known as FCL (Full container load) shipment.

The shipper has the freedom to book an FCL container and a half-load or quarter-load container, even it considers as an FCL shipment.

Because the full container is owed by on shipper.

Now let’s take look at what is LCL (less container load) and why it’s helpful for small exporter-importer.

What Is LCL (Less Container Load)?

In FCL we noticed that the full container is loaded with one shipper’s goods, but in the case of LCL, a single container is loaded with multiple shippers goods.

Normally when the shipper does not have enough goods to accommodate in a fully loaded container, he contacts a freight forwarder or consolidator.

The freight forwarder or consolidator arranges a full container from the shipping line or carrier of goods and stuff his cargo with other shippers’ cargo.

It’s meant for shipping line or carrier it is FCL shipment because freight forwarder stuff full container with different shippers cargo and issue them HBL but for shipper, it’s LCL shipment.

I hope now you understand what is FCL and LCL and what is the difference between FCL and LCL. If anyone has any suggestions or queries please comment in the comment box.

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