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Updated: Jun 10, 2022

We've compiled 4 reasons why shipping your cargo via LCL (Less Than Container Load) service could be the answer for your business.

1. This container transportation method groups smaller volumes of cargo from different shippers into a single container so that shipping costs for the full container are split among the customers. You need to be aware, though, that if the container is placed on any of the multiple government agency holds, you are also subject to share all of the costs involved with the exams, holds, or any storage that may occur as a result. This is regardless of the reason for the hold or exam.

2. LCL shipments involve several different transportation providers and warehouse facilities, each of which will have their own fees and documentation requirements:

ORIGIN CFS (Origin consolidation warehouse) This warehouse receives your shipment and prepares for loading into the container with other shipments.

1ST DESTINATION CFS (Destination deconsolidation warehouse) This warehouse receives, unloads and segregates the multiple shipments within the full container for their final distribution throughout the U.S.

FINAL CFS (Final Destination warehouse) This warehouse typically is in another city and/or state from the 1st destination CFS and receives the goods for ultimate delivery to the customer.

3. The transit time on LCL cargo is generally longer than that of full container shipments due to the routing and extra handling involved at the aforementioned warehouses:

Once the container arrives in the U.S., it may take a week or more to move off the port to the 1ST DESTINATION CFS.

Once the container has been stripped and segregated, it may take another week before cargo is loaded out for delivery from the 1st DESTINATION CFS to the FINAL CFS.

Depending on the distance from the 1st DESTINATION CFS to the FINAL CFS, transit times can vary from a few days to a week or more. Upon receipt at the FINAL CFS, it may be a few days after receiving all Government releases for the cargo to become available for pick up.

4. LCL cargo also has a higher risk for loss or damage due to the number of different warehouses involved with handling your cargo.

Time and money are probably the most important considerations when deciding on the best shipping method for your business. Of course you want it to be as simple as possible too.

IFF can answer any questions or concerns regarding which shipping method meets your needs.

Contact us at 800 288 7139 or email us at, and we’ll be glad to help.

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