Understanding LCL Shipping
Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) shipping is a cost-effective method of sea freight transport. In LCL shipping, multiple consignments are consolidated into a single container, which is then shipped to its destination. This approach leads to lower shipping expenses and shorter transit times compared to shipping each parcel individually.
To guarantee the secure and safe transportation of your goods, all LCL shipments are managed by seasoned professionals certified by the International Sea Freight Association. At Super International Shipping, we partner exclusively with trustworthy and leading carriers in the industry, giving you peace of mind that your cargo will be delivered promptly and in impeccable condition.
Step 5 : Figure Out Your Shipment Volume and Pack Your Goods onto Pallets
When you’re dealing with Less-than-Container-Load (LCL) shipping, one of the key steps is packing your items onto pallets correctly. This isn’t just about making sure everything’s secure for the journey – it’s also about making sure you use the space in the container efficiently.
So, how do you work out your shipment volume? Well, you’ll need to know the dimensions of your items and how many items you’re shipping. Multiply the length, width, and height of each item by the number of items you have, and then add these totals up. That’s your total shipment volume.
Once you’ve figured out how many pallets you need, you can start packing! Make sure each item is fastened securely to the pallet, and there’s plenty of space between each item. This will help keep your items safe and sound during their journey.
And if you’re not sure how to pack your goods onto pallets, just get in touch with your freight forwarder. They’re the experts, and they’ll be able to give you all the advice you need to make sure your shipment arrives safely at its destination.
Step 7 : Clearly Label Non-Stackable Pallets
Shipping certain types of goods might make stacking a less than ideal option, especially for fragile items. If you prefer to keep your pallets unstacked, it’s critical to tell your freight forwarder when making your reservation. Additionally, label the boxes that shouldn’t be stacked on all sides.
If you’re dealing with a non-stackable pallet, it must be labeled as such. This label makes sure the freight handlers know not to stack any other pallets on top of it, which could risk damaging your shipment.
Remember, not all pallets are the same. Some are smaller, and others are made from materials not suitable for stacking. If you’re using a custom or non-standard size pallet, make sure to label it properly.
Taking the time to appropriately label your non-stackable pallets helps ensure your shipment arrives at its destination in the same condition it started. This simple step can save you potential headaches and losses down the line.
Step 8: Stick to Plastic or Treated Wood Pallets
Palletizing mostly happens after the goods get to the warehouse, but you can also choose to do it yourself. If you decide to handle it, as outlined in the guide Understanding Pallets: Types, Sizes, Uses, and Stacking Guide, we recommend using either plastic pallets or wood pallets that have been properly treated.
Plastic pallets are durable, hygienic, and ready for reuse. They don’t have the hygiene issues of wooden pallets and they sidestep the need for pest treatments in international shipping. However, they’re more expensive and repair isn’t their strong suit.
Treated wood pallets, on the other hand, are typically more affordable and easily accessible. They can be made from various kinds of wood, with poplar and pine being common choices. However, they need to be properly treated to resist moisture, insects, and to meet international shipping regulations.
These materials reduce the risk of customs authorities at the destination rejecting your shipment for non-compliance with regulations. Moreover, untreated pallets can be a fire hazard and could potentially damage your goods. Therefore, sticking to plastic or treated wood pallets can ensure safer and smoother shipping of your goods.