Shipment by FCL/LCL in Shenzhen
FCL means full containers load, LCL means less than container load. Shipment by FCL/ LCL sea from Shenzhen to worldwide is very cheap.
Shipping by FCL(full container load) from Shenzhen:
This is the way that most buyers like to use because it’s so much cheaper and secure to ship by FCL.It’s also very easy to operate: Ask all your suppliers, no matter a few or a dozen, to deliver all your products to your Shenzhen agent’s warehouse, then let the container go to the warehouse, get loaded and shipped. You open the container in the warehouse at your destination port or even in your own warehouse.
Buyers usually use a trade agent to do this. Trade agents will do everything: collect goods, do QC, provide warehouse/load men, arrange customs declaration, prepare documents and so on. And they’ll follow up the whole process. The charges of these services are usually included in the commission which you both agreed.
And you don’t need to worry much about what should be filled in your container. Shenzhen market has millions of electronic products for you to choose from, which can easily fill up a 20 feet(28 cubic meter) , if not a 40 feet container.
The easiest way my clients using is to fill up the extra space with some disposable foam food containers. These foam containers are very light and can also be used to protect your expensive products, which only cost about 45 USD/CBM (cubic meter). They are popular products you can sell out with no problems.
In most cases, you also need a customs clearance agent/forwarder at your destination port to help you with the clearance and handling.
And you’d better also know the restrictions (if any) and solutions for importing your products into your country before shipping your container from Shenzhen port. Customs and customs clearance agents of your port can help that with no problem.
Ship by LCL(less than container load) from Shenzhen:
If you tried but still cannot fill up 15 CBM (an experience data, if you have less than 15 CBM, It’s better to ship by LCL; if more than 15 CBM, go for a 20 feet container. You can obtain the exact data from your destination port), then you may consider using LCL.The process is more or less the same with shipping by FCL, but you need to have a mark on each carton. It’s really cheap to ship this out from Shenzhen market, but the handling charges at your destination fees are usually very high.This is all about how to ship by FCL (full container load) and LCL(less than container load) from Shenzhen. Hope it helps.