In international sea freight, companies often fail to ship goods due to various reasons, so they have to bear the corresponding LCL shipping costs. *The most important thing is that many cargo owners are not very familiar with these fees, so they are hard to guard against. Today, the editor will let you know some relevant knowledge about the cost of shipping LCL cargo during the transportation of goods.
What is LCL shipment?
CL CARGO= LESS CONTAINER LOAD, LCL cargo specifically refers to goods with small invoices that cannot fit into a full box (20’/40/45). Usually, the bulk cargo consolidation contractor (consolidator) collects the goods separately and collects them at the container freight station or inland station, and then assembles two or more consignments of goods into one container, which must also be assembled at the destination container freight station. Or they can be unpacked and delivered separately at inland stations.
For this kind of goods, the carrier is responsible for the packing and unpacking operations, and the loading and unpacking costs are still charged to the cargo owner. The carrier’s responsibilities for LCL shipments are essentially the same as for traditional breakbulk shipments.
What is the shipping LCL shipping fee?
In the process of LCL export by sea, after 11:00 noon on the working day before the order cut-off date, the goods cannot be shipped in time due to the booking person’s fault, resulting in the LCL company’s space being vacant. The fee charged by the cabin owner to make up for the loss.
How to calculate the loss of cabin fee?
The calculation of the lost space fee is based on the cost of vacant space. The specific calculation formula is the loss of space fee = booking billing cube x (full container sea freight + full container departure port fee) / standard cubic number.
Note: Standard cubic number: 25/20′ 50/40′ 60/40’HQ
Common causes and preventive measures for loss of cabin fees

  1. The cargo owner was too late to enter the warehouse or temporarily canceled the shipping and booking, but the person failed to cancel the booking in time. Prevention: Freight forwarders are required to communicate regularly with cargo owners before the customs cut-off date and provide timely feedback. And inform the cargo owner that he has the responsibility to notify, otherwise he will incur loss of space fees.
  2. A larger proportion of oversquare/reduced square/overweight. Prevention: Please ask the freight forwarder to require the cargo owner to make the booking invoice as consistent as possible with the actual goods, and notify you in time if there are any changes.
  3. After the goods enter the warehouse, it is found that the characteristics or specifications of the goods themselves have problems that make them unable to be transported, such as “liquids/dangerous goods/oversized and overweight items”. Prevention: Please ask the freight forwarder to inform the cargo owner that liquids/dangerous goods/semi-dangerous goods will not be accepted. Oversized and overweight items must be confirmed in advance.
  4. Customs inspection prevents timely shipment. Prevention: Please ask the freight forwarder to require the cargo owner to make the customs declaration consistent with the documents, documents, and goods. If the customs has any questions, please cooperate with the customs declarer of the freight forwarding company to respond to the customs in a timely and clear manner. Customs will cooperate as much as possible with any requirements to ensure timely shipment of goods.
  5. In short, the most important thing to prevent LCL shipping costs is to maintain close and good communication between the cargo owner and the freight forwarder. At the same time, freight forwarders do their best to solve problems for cargo owners in a timely manner, and cargo owners must also trust the freight forwarders and be honest with them.

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