FCL and LCL – these acronyms are daily companions in international ocean freight logistics. But what do they stand for, what are the differences and when is which shipping option suitable?


Our motto is „Better logistics for you” and this is also how we approach our apprenticeship programs. Multi-faceted and international – that is how our young logistics professionals to be are trained during their apprenticeships. They get to know different logistics sectors and develop their competencies individually.

At our Bremen office, the main focus of training is on ocean freight shipments. In the following article, Lars Cyriaks, one of our young logistics professionals to be, gives insights on the topic FCL and LCL container shipments.


The freight rates are calculated differently.

Calculating freight rates

For LCL-shipments freight charges are calculated based on either the weight or the volume of the shipment whichever is the greater – precisely on the so called “volume weight”. For a very small shipment, which for example only contains one small piece, a minimum charge applies.

For FCL-shipments a rate per container is due regardless of weight and volume of the shipments – given, of course, that the maximum capacity of the container is not exceeded.

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