Prepare LCL international move

How To get perfectly ready for a LCL shipment

When we send a sending LCL (Less than Container Load) for maritime freight, the goods have to be carefully prepared. It is essential to guard to the spirit the differences when you prepare a sending LCL from a sending FCL (Full Container Load). More precisely, provided that the sending(parcel) LCL needs a division of container, you must give test of more prudence.

The most frequent reason of hurts in LCL nose of load is an insufficient packing. It is important to annotate that certain insurance companies do not supply of coverage in this case. This to say, a suitable packing and the search the good material is an almost a science in yes. This is not a risk that you should seize. The difference between the utilization of the best and more suitable material and the one that can be a bit too much big or small it is enormous.

If you are an exporter / frequent sender, you already should know the procedure of preparation of a sending LCL. Nevertheless, if you begin to plunge exactly in the world of the exports, is here an advice: before beginning to look for rates of expedition of containers, it is advised to know to what to be waited and how to prepare correctly a sending LCL.

This says, in this post, we try to clarify the fundamental question of: how can I prepare correctly a sending LCL?

This question is better distributed in several factors to assure the transport of the public safety of your shipment. This includes if your goods contain fragile goods and the total number of boxes. In all that we have these answers, we must reflect this on the packing and the labelling so clearly and precisely like possibly. Certain aspects that it is necessary to take in consideration understand:

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  1. Labeling

Label clearly every box with: the name of the sender, the name of the addressee, the country of destination, the name of the agent of traffic and the number of reservation.

If it is possible, label these details for every side of the box. This guarantees a visibility when the goods are palletized and accumulated in the container. As the container is consolidated your load can cross diverse stages of load and of unload.

  1. Boxes and packaging

Pack all your goods in boxes. Not neither in suitcases, nor in bags or another type of container. Certain companies sell boxes specially conceived by the export. If you send delicate goods, it is recommended to fulfill first the boxes by bubbles of plastic packing to protect your goods. In addition, every box must be sealed correctly. Guard to the spirit that the boxes can be sensitive to violent movements in the course of the trip in sea.

  1. Labeling of fragile goods

If you send fragile goods, insure itself of labelling them clearly and visibly on every box that contains fragile goods.

As the numeration of the boxes, you can indicate it on the label of the principal box. But we recommend to him to stick a special “FRAGILE” label on the box. Place it on four sides of the box to assure the visibility whereas his box can be displaced during the process of transport.

  1. Numeration

Label every box with a number that indicates the position with relation to the total number of boxes. For example, if) sending understands 30 boxes, you must label your boxes of a following way: boxn ° 1 of every 30, box n ° 2 of every 30, box  n ° 3 of every 30, etc.

You can include this numeration on the principal label of the box or have written it separately.

  1. Uniform packing

Have your goods uniformly and uniformly. Avoid to have a section that it exceeds too highly or has an unbalanced weight. The prices  of expedition  they are calculated in accordance with the cubic volume of the goods. To have a not uniform distribution might increase your volume and provoke higher costs.

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  1. Labeling of non stackable pallets

As well as mentioned, you should paletizar correctly your shipment inside the container. It is not strange that palettes are accumulated some on others. Nevertheless, you do not want providing that your shipment is accumulated, especially if it contains fragile goods. If you want to preserve your depilated palettes, you must inform about it ,your agent of traffic in the moment of the reservation. Also we recommend to label it on the boxes – on four sides of every box.

  1. Self-palletizing

The palleting of the goods generally efectua when the goods come to the store. ** If you prefer botching this part from the process of expedition, insure itself of using plastic palettes or the wood treated by fumigation. This prevents the risk that the customs authorities to your port of destination reject a shipment due to the breach of the regulation.

  1. Palletizing and shipping volume

To obtain a budget of expedition LCL, you must indicate the total volume of your goods.

In all that you calculated your volume of freight and a reservation happened with your agent of traffic, you should begin to think about the palleting of your goods. Contrary to a sending FCL where the goods can move freely in a container, the container LCL is shared. This means that everything must be perfectly and correctly palletized.

Take note of this with the importance because it might concern, your volume of shipment. The palleting increases a bit the volume, so if your estimation is too tight you run risk of not bearing supplementary costs in mind. When you measure the volume of your sending(parcel), always it bears used palettes in mind.

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