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LCL (Less-Than-Container Load)

Optimize Transit Times and Minimize Costs with LCL Ocean Freight
When you don't have enough cargo to fill an ocean freight container, UPS Supply Chain Solutions offers LCL service between major ports worldwide. We have an extensive network of capabilities and container freight stations. That means we can offer you space within a container that is shared with other customers’ goods to deliver economical usage-based costing, while providing Full-Container-Load (FCL) frequency, routing and visibility.

As one of the world's leading Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCC), we can provide LCL service that features:

  • Global network coverage - over 1,000 facilities in over 180 countries
  • Frequent sailings with fast transit times
  • Reliability and adherence to scheduled sailings
  • Competitive pricing
  • Shipment visibility for multiple freight modes
  • Capability of providing end-to-end solutions

LCL keeps goods moving in your supply chain because you can send them as soon as they are ready rather than waiting until you have a full container. The following services are included:

  • Receipt of customer’s cargo at the origin Container Freight Station (CFS)
  • Consolidation of customer’s cargo with cargo from similarly situated merchants
  • Issuance of house bill of lading
  • Ocean shipment
  • Deconsolidation at destination CFS and release to consignee

LCL service can be effectively combined with these service offerings to provide an end-to-end solution:

  • Supplier Management, for effective management of vendors and goods prior to shipment
  • Transportation of goods to CFS for consolidation
  • Freight insurance and financing products from UPS Capital
  • Customs Brokerage services for entry and clearance
  • Transportation of shipment and delivery to consignee following deconsolidation at destination CFS

Our LCL service is unique because it adheres to fixed scheduling, operates with UPS economies of scale, and fully integrates with our superior visibility tools and broad portfolio of value-added services.

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