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Less-Than-Container Load

What is a Less-Than-Container Load (LCL)?

A term that means that freight is loaded in a container with other freight that may be owned by multiple, different parties with different Bills of Lading.

This method is cheaper than full-container-load (FCL) shipping and can be used when goods being transported are not large enough to fill a standard cargo container. Shipments are combined to save space.

Related Terms

Full Container Load (FCL)

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