What is LCL shipping ?
LCL shipping is short for Less than Container Loading shipping.
When your cargo is not enough for a container, you can ship by sea via sharing a container with others.It means that we put your cargo together with other customers’ cargo in one container .This can save a lot on international shipping cost. We will let your Chinese suppliers send products to our Chinese warehouse. Then we load different customers’ products in one container and ship the container from China to USA . When the container arrive at USA port, we will unpack the container in our USA warehouse and separate your cargo and deliver it to your door in USA
For example if you have 30 cartons of clothes to be shipped from China to USA, each carton size is 60cm*50cm*40cm and each carton’s weight is 20kgs . The total volume would be 30*0.6m*0.5m*0.4m=3.6cubic meter . The total weight would be 30*20kgs=600kgs . The smallest full container is 20ft and one 20ft can load about 28cubic meter and 25000kgs. So for the 30cartons of clothes, it is definitely not enough for a whole 20ft . The cheapest way is to put this shipment together with others in one container to save shipping cost
1. Cargo entry into warehouse: We will book space in our system so that we can issue warehouse entry notice to your Chinese factory. With the warehouse entry notice, your Chinese factories can send products to our Chinese warehouse. As we have many products in our warehouse, there is a unique entry number in the entry notice. Our warehouse separate the cargo according to warehouse entry number.
2. Chinese customs clearance: We will make separate Chinese customs clearance for each shipment in our Chinese warehouse.
3. AMS/ISF filing: When we ship to USA, we need to do AMS and ISF filing. This is unique for USA shipping as we do not need to do it when we ship to other countries. We can file AMS in China directly. For the ISF filing, we usually send the ISF docs to our USA team and then our USA team will coordinate with consignee to do ISF filing.
4. Container loading: After Chinese customs is finished, we will load all products into a container. Then we will truck the container from our Chinese warehouse to Chinese port.
5. Vessel departure: The vessel owner will get the container onto vessel and ship the container from China to USA according to shipping plan.
6. USA customs clearance: After vessel depart from China and before vessel arrive at USA port, we will coordinate with our customers to prepare USA customs docs. We will send these docs to our USA team and then our USA team will contact the consignee in USA to make USA customs clearance when the vessel arrive.
7. Container unpacking: After vessel arrive at USA port, we will pick up the container from USA port to our USA warehouse. We will unpack the container in our USA warehouse and separate each customer’s cargo. Then we will return the empty container from our USA warehouse to USA port as the empty container belongs to vessel owner.
8. Delivery to door: Our USA team will contact the consignee in USA and deliver the cargo to door.
1. Cargo entry into warehouse
2. Chinese customs clearance
3. AMS/ISF filing
4. Container loading
5. Vessel departure
6. USA customs clearance
7. Container unpacking
8. Delivery to door
How long is for the transit time for LCL shipping from China to USA?
And how much is the price for LCL shipping from China to USA?
The transit time will depend on which address in China and which address in USA
The price is related how many products you need to ship.
To answer the above two question clearly, we need below information :
① What is your Chinese factory address ? (if you don’t have a detailed address, a rough city name is ok).
② What is your USA address with USA post code?
③ What are the products ? (As we need to check if we can ship these products . Some products may container dangerous items which can be not shipped.)
④ Packaging information : How many packages and what is the total weight(kilograms) and volume(cubic meter) ?
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