LCL Sea Freight2023-04-13T10:34:25+00:00

Less Than Container Load (LCL)

Less Than Container Load (LCL)

Emerald Freight Express provide an extensive range of international freight forwarding services, assisting clients in transporting cargo across the globe. Our Less Than Container Load (LCL) packages provide the perfect solutions for those occasions where your consignments are reduced in size and would benefit from being consolidated alongside other shipments, to reduce your shipping costs.

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Emerald Freight Ocean LCL

We cater for all sizes of consignments and our LCL shipping package is ideal when you need to transport smaller loads or compact cargo. Our agents will clearly identify and advise you if your cargo should be routed via LCL versus FCL (Full Container Load).

What’s more when you select Emerald Freight to organise the shipping of your valuable cargo using our LCL sea freight service, we will co-ordinate everything for you, keeping you updated as the journey progresses. We ensure a smooth transition at every stage to efficiently expedite the shipment to arrive at the destination on time.

What Is LCL Shipping?

Our LCL ocean freight shipping services are the ideal solution for low volume cargoes and loads that would not fill a full sized shipping container (FCL). With the sheer volume of products being shipped globally, Less Than Container Loads enable multiple consignments from different companies to be loaded and grouped alongside other smaller shipments to fill the standard containers.

What Happens When I Send A LCL Consignment?

  • Once your consignment is ready to be shipped, our freight forwarding experience will ensure that your package will be dealt with professionally throughout its journey.

  • We will ensure that all relevant outbound customs clearance requirements will be completed and paperwork checked before the cargo is loaded into the container and onto the ship. Once the ship arrives in the destination country, we can easily arrange all Customs clearance procedures and the payment of any duties or taxes.

  • Once released, the consignment will be loaded onto a vehicle for the final stage of the delivery process and delivered to your intended recipient.

The Benefits Of Shipping LCL

Choosing our ocean freight LCL solutions opens up numerous opportunities for companies to ship products worldwide and can lead to significant benefits, such as:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Cost For A LCL Shipment2023-04-07T15:00:25+00:00

Using a Less Than Container Load (LCL) ocean freight package can be more cost effective for companies who are only taking a smaller area within a full sized container. The cost is calculated by the amount of space in weight or measure that your consignment takes up. Using an option where multiple loads are consolidated into one container is far more cost effective. If you are looking to find out how much it would cost, speak to one of our agents or request a quotation.

Is It Cheaper To Send Via LCL than Air Freight?2023-04-07T15:01:29+00:00

Shipping products using one of our LCL packages will be more cost effective than sending your consignment via air freight. The trade of is that the delivery will take longer but if that is acceptable, shipping your consignments by ocean freight will save you money. In addition, the ecological impact will be less, so you will be playing your part in protecting the environment.

How Long Does Less Than Container Load Shipping Take?2023-04-07T15:02:17+00:00

Depending on where in the world your ocean freight cargo is destined for, the transportation time can be anywhere between four and ten weeks. Typically, consolidated container delivery times are extended a few days longer than full container loads, as each container will need to be destuffed and cargo seperated, prior to final delivery.

What Is The Difference Between LCL and FCL?2023-04-07T15:02:01+00:00

The principle difference between the two shipping processes is effectively the amount of space available. LCL sea freight consolidates smaller individual consignments that are not large enough to fill a whole container, and is usually more cost effective, as you only pay for the amount of space your cargo takes up. Whereas, ocean FCL is the perfect solution for companies who need to send larger sized or volume cargos and need to utilise the whole of a typical container.

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Our customs clearance agents can help to assist with the smooth and seamless transportation of your products around the world to ensure they arrive on time in perfect condition.

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LCL Freight Testimonials

Since 1981, Emerald Freight has been providing world class ocean freight forwarding assistance for our clients. We believe that we are the best in the business. But do not take our word for it; have a read through what some of our customers have to say about what we do.

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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