Load Sizes, HAZMAT & Marine Insurance

Full Container Load

FCL is an abbreviation for Full Container Load. FCL term is used in ocean freight service describing full container shipping from one place to another. FCL usually associates one shipper and one consignee. Full container shipping usually brings lower cost, than equivalent size and weight of cargo bulk.

FCL is the most optimized container shipping way regarding cost, volume and weight of the cargo. The FCL (full container load) process involves – picking up empty freight container at the container yard, loading at the shipper facility, transporting by truck / rail to the port of loading and further sea / ocean container shipping of the cargo to the port of arrival and delivery to final destination. In certain circumstances of sea cargo transportation if you don’t have enough cargo for a full container load we still recommend you may consider the FCL option. You may find FCL sea freight service compared with LCL (Less than Container Load) to be more efficient, cost-effective, and convenient for you.


Less than Container Load

LCL is an abbreviation for Less than Container Load which is one of the most cost saving and efficient ways of international container shipping. For customers who don’t have enough cargo to fill whole ocean container, LCL freight is the right solution providing Full Container Load frequency and service. Depending on your cargo dimensions and weight we can consolidate your LCL load in a 20’ or 40’ foot sea container.

Whether you are an Importer or Exporter of cargo from USA, LCL can drastically decrease shipping cost. We can provide you with space within an ocean container and the sailing time will be the same when transporting goods LCL internationally.


Marine Cargo Insurance

Standard Marine Cargo Insurance also known as Basic Risk Coverage insures freight damage or loss to portion of the cargo while in transportation. This marine freight container insurance provides protection for total or partial loss depending on customer requirements and is available for all goods and terms.


Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) also called Dangerous Goods are substances or materials – liquid, solid or gases defined as harmful for the people, living organisms, property and environment when transported in USA or internationally. Dangerous goods (HAZMAT) include:

  • Flammable
  • Corrosive
  • Explosive
  • Oxidizing
  • Radioactive
  • Asphyxiating
  • Toxic
  • Bio hazardous
  • Pathogenic
  • Allergenic hazardous materials
  • Class 1. Explosives
  • Class 2. Gases
  • Class 3. Flammable Liquid
  • Class 4. Flammable Solids
  • Class 5. Oxidizing Agents
  • Class 6. Toxic
  • Class 6. Infectious
  • Class 7. Radioactive
  • Class 8. Corrosives
  • Class 9. Miscellaneous

Shipping Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) or Dangerous Goods overseas is strictly regulated process: loading, storage, labeling, documentation etc. Dangerous goods (DG) may only be loaded on the carrier and ship internationally with explicit approval from the shipping line. The shipper has to submit hazardous goods documentation (IMO declaration) with the shipping line prior to scheduling ocean freight transportation. Exporting or importing from USA of hazardous materials internationally, requires more transit time and is subject to hazardous materials surcharges from the shipping line. The Shipper is entirely responsible for providing the proper documentation and correct cargo description for the ocean transportation of hazardous materials. Incorrect classification, identification, improper IMO declaration and missing documentation will detain and delay the dangerous goods shipment.