LCL – Less than Container Load, a definition

lclimagesLess than container load (LCL) is a shipment that is not large enough to fill a standard cargo container.

The abbreviation LCL formerly applied to “Less than (railway) Car Load” for quantities of material from different shippers or for delivery to different destinations which might be carried in a single railway car for efficiency.

LCL freight was often sorted and redistributed into different railway cars at intermediate railway terminals enroute to final destination.

L940958446_7056ess-than-container load (LCL) is a shipment that is not large enough to fill a standard cargo container. The abbreviation LCL formerly applied to “less than (railway) car load” for quantities of material from different shippers or for delivery to different destinations carried in a single railway car for efficiency. LCL freight was often sorted and redistributed into different railway cars at intermediate railway terminals en route to the final destination.

LCL is “a quantity of cargo less than that required for the application of a carload rate. A quantity of cargo less than that fills the visible or rated capacity of an inter-modal container.” It can also be defined as “a consignment of cargo which is inefficient to fill a shipping container. It is grouped with other consignments for the same destination in a container at a container freight station”.

Originally posted on June 15, 2015 @ 2:34 pm

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