What is less than container load?

Less than container load (less than container load, LCL) is a shipping term that refers to the delivery of cargo in smaller quantities than a full container load. A full container load is a shipment of goods that fills a standard 20-foot or 40-foot ocean container. Less than container load shipments are often transported via truck, rail or air freight.

You may also hear the term less than truckload (LTL), which means that less than one truckload of products are being shipped. In some cases, these shipments may be consolidated into larger loads for more efficient delivery.

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