International Shipping & Freight Forwarding Blog

The Basics Of FCL Shipping

Posted by Michael Jackson on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:56 AM


Wikipedia defines FCL Shipping or a Full Container Load Shipping as an ISO standard container that is loaded and unloaded under the risk and account of one shipper and only one consignee. In practice, it means that the whole container is intended for one consignee. FCL container shipment tends to have lower freight rates than an equivalent weight of cargo in bulk. FCL is intended to designate a container loaded to its allowable maximum weight or volume, but FCL in practice on ocean freight does not always mean a full payload or capacity".

This simply means that if you are shipping and prefer and pay for a full container load, that particular container belongs to you whether you fill it to capacity or not.

Are you a business looking to save a few dollars by importing goods from overseas? Or maybe you’re lucky enough to be shipping a car across the ocean. If so, you’re probably wondering what the best way to move your cargo might be, and for your money, ocean freight shipping is a solid option.

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Avoiding Ocean Freight Rate Increases

Posted by Daniel Shlifer on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

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Competitive Commercial Ocean Freight Shipping Rates

Posted by Reid Malinbaum on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

ETC International Freight System not only provides very competitive commercial ocean freight shipping rates but we also love to acknowledges customers that make a difference in their trade importing as well as exporting quality shipments. Here is an excellent example of a produce & products imported and exported.

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Will Ocean Freight Rate Increases Hold Up Amidst Vessel Overcapacity?

Posted by Annette Leahy on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

The major ocean carriers have announced intended freight shipping rate increases on July 1 on many global trade lanes, but overcapacity of cargo vessel space leaves uncertainty as to whether these new attempts to get freight rates up will be any more successful than preceding general rate increases this year.

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Overcapacity Pressures Freight Rates in Trans-Pacific

Posted by Annette Leahy on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 06:58 AM

Slack U.S. import demand and too much vessel capacity undermined most of the general rate increase that container carriers implemented on Jan. 15, sending average spot freight rates in the eastbound trans-Pacific trade down this week, the third consecutive week of decline.

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