Consolidated Full Container Loads

Consolidated Full Container Loads

Ocean freight was greatly streamlined almost sixty years ago when container shipping originated.  Today, value-wise, 60% of all ocean freight is containerized.  The concept was pioneered by Consolidated Full Container LoadsMalcolm McLean as a way to increase the efficiency in intermodal transport.  The ideas was that cargo could be quickly and easily moved from truck to train to boat all without having to unload the cargo.  This greatly revolutionized the shipping process and led to cost savings throughout the industry.  Most containers are constructed of corrugated steel or aluminum.

When most people think of today’s modern containers they typically picture the six-side dry cargo containers – most common are the Twenty-Foot Unit (TEU) and Forty-Foot Unit (FEU) versions.  However they come in multiple standard sizes – 20-foot (6.09m), 40-foot (12.18m), 45-foot (13.7m), 48-foot (14.6m), and 53-foot (16.15m).  However, there are also a number of specialized containers ranging from open end, open side, open top, half-height, flat rack, refrigerated, liquid bulk, and modular all built to same exterior lengths and widths as the standard dry cargo containers. 

Open tops are used for easy loading of cargo such as timber, industrial machinery and odd sized cargo.  Flat racks can be used for vehicles, marine vessels, bulky machinery or industrial equipment.  Open sides are often used for farm products such as onions and potatoes.  Tank containers transport a wide variety of liquids such as chemicals, dairy products, and oils.

Every container has its own unique box number that can be used by ship crews, coast guards, dock supervisors, customs officers and warehouse managers to identify who owns the container, who is using the container to ship cargo and even track the container’s whereabouts anywhere in the global supply chain.

When it comes to ocean freight if the client has Less than Container Load (LCL), allowing us as your 3rd Party Logistics provider to properly and professionally a pack a consolidated Full Container Load will save you money.   Of course if you already have a Full Container Load (FCL) you will automatically receive the premium FCL rate. 

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