FCL Sea Freight2023-04-13T10:35:01+00:00

Full Container Load (FCL)

Full Container Load (FCL)

At Emerald Freight Express, our Full Container Load (FCL) services provide the best choice for companies looking to ship cargo around the globe. Our team of experts are on hand to help you navigate your products to their delivery destination, making sure they arrive on time. Our FCL ocean freight forwarding packages are managed professionally and are competitively priced.

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Emerald Freight Ocean FCL

If you send large consignments via ocean freight to or from Europe, Asia or further afield, we can help expedite the transportation by co-ordinating all stages of the process with our international container freight forwarding packages.

From start to finish our focus is on the smooth handling of your FCL sea freight consignment, from the moment you confirm your booking through to the point at which the cargo arrives at its destination. You can trust Emerald Freight to provide updates throughout, giving you the confidence that your shipment is being taken care of; as if you were delivering it yourself.

What Is FCL Shipping?

The ocean freight FCL solutions we offer enable you to despatch all types of cargo whether loose, palletised or even oversized. Containers are available in 20ft, 40ft and 45ft sizes, providing the ultimate flexibility, whatever you need to ship. Only your cargo will be packed into the container and all import / exports customs clearance declarations will be completed.

What Happens When I Send A Full Container Load (FCL) Consignment?

  • We will take care of everything for you. All you have to do is prepare the consignment ready for us to collect. We will apply our experience to help you with preparing the paperwork to accompany the cargo to ensure you do not experience delays.

  • We aim to provide seamless transitions at every stage of the journey to make sure your cargo is delivered on time. This includes working with local customs in the origin or destination country to expedite the movement of the container through the port and on to the last stage of the delivery.

The Benefits Of Shipping FCL

If you regularly ship larger consignments across the globe, the best way to do so is to use our sea freight full container load solutions (FCL). Your cargo will be handled with care at every stage and you could also benefit from:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Cost For A FCL Shipment?2023-04-07T16:26:03+00:00

Full container load (FCL) ocean freight packages are usually charged on a flat fee rate which can make the per unit delivery cost extremely competitive for companies. Be mindful that prices can be volatile especially at busy times of the year and at times when availability of containers is restricted.


Our agents are on hand to help you with current pricing. Either call our office or request a quotation.

Is It Cheaper To Send Via FCL than Air Freight?2023-04-07T16:26:25+00:00

Sending your deliveries by FCL is the most cost competitive way to get your products to all the corners of the globe. The flat rate fee structure is considerably better value for money than sending by air freight. As the consignments get larger, the delivery charge per item is reduced immeasurably. When sending larger shipments via air freight you will pay much higher rates and the only benefit is that products arrive quicker.  It’s also more environmentally friendly sending by ocean freight.

How Long Does Full Container Load Shipping Take?2023-04-07T16:26:43+00:00

This really depends on where the destination country is and any local issues that may be encountered. The transportation time for any FCL sea freight cargo is likely to be anywhere from four weeks up to ten weeks. Also bear in mind that at busy times of the year and during public holidays this could be extended.

What Is The Difference Between FCL and LCL?2023-04-07T16:27:02+00:00

As the name suggests, full container load shipments or FCL are exactly that and is perfect for sending oversized or loose cargo and large inventory loads that need to be delivered to a single destination point. Whereas, LCL or less than container load is an option that enables the forwarding company to offer the container space to companies that are sending smaller consignments that are destined for multiple ship to addresses.

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We can provide cost effective, less than container load (LCL) deliveries when you need to ship small consignments to a host of global destinations.

LCL Services


If you are importing into Ireland, we can provide seamless transportation through the major ports to ensure your deliveries arrive at their destination on time.

Import Services


Our exporting services can help you deliver your consignments around the globe, safely, efficiently and professionally.

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Customs Clearance

Our team of agents are on hand to assist with all of your custom clearance support and requirements to ensure your shipments are handled smoothly.

Customs Clearance Services

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FCL Freight Testimonials

We pride ourselves on providing a world class, high quality, professional freight forwarding service. Our customers think so too and have provided the testimonials below to review their experience of working with Emerald Freight. Take a look and read for yourself.

John West have worked with Emerald Freight for over seven years. We find the team at Emerald to be engaged & reactive placing a high value on customer satisfaction. Their professional & friendly approach makes them a perfect partner for John West.

Jenny Larkin

Commercial Operations, John west Ireland

I have been using Emerald for about 4 or 5 years and have NEVER had one single issue, every transaction has been smooth and everything taken care off, Lilianna is fantastic as my contact point. Quick happy responses. Keep it up guys

Matt Gregg


We are completely satisfied with the service provided by the Emerald Freight team. Competitive rates, highly reliable and great people to deal with.

Darren McManus

Order Fulfillment Manager Mission Critical Environments Division Subzero Engineering

We have been dealing with Emerald Freight for 7 years, they oversee all our Asian imports. They are always professional and friendly and provide an excellent and efficient service. Always on hand to answer any shipping queries.

Tracy Fitzgerald

Purchasing Manager MVI Hazel

Homecare Medical Supplies entrusted Emerald Freight with organizing their inward freight several years ago and have never looked back. The team are fast, friendly, informative and always willing to go that extra mile to get the job done. Would highly recommend them for their efficient all round service.

Sarah Burke

Homecare Medical

We have been using Emerald Freight for approximately three years and have always found them to be prompt, efficient, knowledgeable, courteous and good value. Would highly recommend them as they make what can be a tricky process seem easy.

Peter Brady

CTO Action 24

I have been dealing with Emerald Freight for over 4 years now and I have always found the staff to be very polite, prompt and informative. As well as being price competitive, Emerald Freight always keep me advised (even if shipments get delayed!) – as a customer I appreciate this.

Anne Rolston

Money Point Ltd.
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