FCL Shipment

Leeline helps you to get FCL shipments at COMPETITIVE rates. We handle all the packaging and transportation of containers.

You get short and fast routes with our warehouses near ports. Smooth CUSTOMS experience with our experienced staff. 



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Sea Freight

Sea Freight

We handle your Ocean freight from your supplier to your doorstep. Real-time tracking of your FCL cargo. We help you to select short sea routes with good pricing.

Extra PROTECTION layers for a rough sea journey. Safe and smooth experience! 

Air Freight

Air Freight

Air freight is expensive, but we get you good pricing on your cargo. Urgent delivery with our network of airlines.

We handle all PAPERWORK  of your sensitive goods for air freight. Hassle-free experience with fast shipping. 

Railway Freight

Railway Freight

Get your FCL container on Railway at cheap rates. We handle loading and unloading to AVOID damage.

Avoid delays at Railway junctions with the right routes. Get your fast FCL shipping within your budget.

Door-to-Door Shipping

Door-to-Door Shipping

Connect your supply chain with our automated system. We entertain all your special handling requests. Customized service PLANS to connect many suppliers.

We collect and merge your bundles to lower down bundles’ weight. Less shipping cost with low weight. 

Alibaba Shipping

Alibaba Shipping

Get good rates as compared to Alibaba shipping agents. You Get access to our LOGISTICS infrastructure around the world. We have a Network of warehouses around the world.

We handle everything from the supplier to your doorstep. 

Shipping To FBA

Shipping To FBA

Ship direct to your Amazon FBA warehouses. We collect goods from your supplier and direct ship them to Amazon warehouses. We MERGE, inspect, and do branding & packaging of your items.

Save time and build the Amazon brand with automation. 

Why Choose Us?

FCL Infrastructure

We got specialized FCL infrastructure. Get access to Forklifts or CRANES to load and unload the containers. Better handling and no product damage! 

Cheap Rates

Get competitive rates and more room for PROFIT. Also, our network of carriers and agents gets you Time to time discount deals. Enjoy fast shipping with low rates. 

Customized Service Plans

Make your service plan. We entertain all CUSTOMIZED requests. Adjust your peak season and off-season logistic services. Low price with optimized services.

Free Storage

Get 30 days of free storage at our warehouses. You avoid recurring STORAGE costs on cargo. You select your storage timeline with a shipping schedule. Save money on storage! 

Hear it from fellow Products Wholesaler

Leeline helped in handling my bulk volumes. Now I save more on shipping and focus on other operations. Thanks to leeline for choosing the right routes. I always appreciate their sincere advice. Loved all your services!  

– David, New Zealand

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FCL Shipment: Ultimate Guide

Your entire shipment is ready, but you don’t know about shipping this big shipment?

Don’t worry! Shipping bulky volumes are EASY. SEA freight or Railway is your way. The best is to get an FCL shipment. 

You read this FCL guidebook from our logistics EXPERTS. This guidebook comes with years of Sea freight experience. You get some TIPS to save on Shipping costs.

Keep reading to know about FCL shipment.

FCL Shipment

What is FCL shipment?

FCL means Full Container Load. A single customer’s cargo fills an entire container for shipping. FCL is best for shipping a large AMOUNT of cargo. It is generally cheaper & efficient than shipping with LCL (less-than-container-load). 

You book standard container sizes for shipping. FCL shipments offer more control over the handling and security of the cargo. 

You get faster TRANSIT TIME because you are the only shipper. You use full capacity with a flat fee. Best for Large shipments.

When to use FCL shipping?

Here are key points to consider for using FCL shipping:

  • Economical option for bulk VOLUMES. Shippers don’t get only a portion but an entire container. It is the main deciding factor.
  • FCL shipping is good for shipping various types of goods in the SAME container. While In LCL Container, you ship items with items of other shippers. They prefer similar items.
  • Your container arrives fast. FCL has a FASTER transit time than LCL shipments. The shipment consists of only your bundles.
  • FCL shipping allows you to pack and load the container yourself. It gives you more control over the HANDLING and security of your cargo.

The pros and cons of FCL shipping

The pros and cons of FCL shipping

Here are some pros and cons of FCL shipping:


  • Cost-effective for large quantities of cargo. You are PAYING for an entire container capacity rather than some container space.
  • Cargo does not need to MERGE with other shipments before loading onto the vessel. So you get Fast shipment than LCL.
  • You have more control over the handling and SECURITY of cargo. So you add protection layers to fragile goods. 
  • FCL shipping allows you to ship various types of CARGO in a single container. No limitation to similar types of cargo like LCL. 
  • Suitable for shipping to REMOTE or hard-to-reach locations. FCL is a dedicated loaded container that is shipped to the destination port.


  • FCL Requires more PLANNING and coordination. You or your shipping company handles the packing and loading of the container.  
  • FCL is not cost-effective for low-volume shipments. You have to PAY for the entire space, which you may not use in short quantities. 
  • FCL shipping may need EXTRA handling fees. Port fees and customs duties can add to the cost of the shipment.
  • Large Container sizes need specialized equipment for HANDLING. Forklifts or cranes to load & unload the container.

How to calculate FCL shipment?

How to calculate FCL shipment

Here is how you calculate the FCL rates. 

  • Gather the length, WIDTH, height, and weight of the items you want to ship. This help determines the size of the IDEAL container.
  • Gather the distance for cost calculation according to different modes of transportation. 
  • Choose the type suitable for your cargo and the CONDITIONS it needs for shipping. Options include dry containers, refrigerated containers, and flat rack containers. 

Contact a freight forwarder or shipping company, or use a FREIGHT calculator. Use this information to get a QUOTE for your FCL shipment. Compare quotes from different companies to find the best deal. 

Negotiate the rate. You may get a better rate by BOOKING in advance or working with a company specializing in your type of cargo.

Tips for getting the best FCL pricing

Tips for getting the best FCL pricing

Here are some tips for getting the best pricing to ship FCL (Full Container load):

  • Try to get quotes from many freight forwarders to COMPARE prices and find the best deal.
  • Try to Book in advance. Shipping companies often offer DISCOUNTS for early bookings. More room for planning and profit!
  • Make sure you use the right container for your cargo. Small containers with last-minute upgradation cost a lot. Also, using a too-large container will result in wasted space.
  • Optimized packaging and securing your CARGO reduce the weight of the shipment. You save on shipping costs.
  • FCL shipments charged with Different modes of transportation (e.g. by sea, air, or land). Consider which MODE is most appropriate for your cargo and budget.
  • Feel free to NEGOTIATE the rate with the freight forwarder or shipping company. They may offer a discount if you are a regular customer or shipping a large cargo volume. 

Companies specializing in a particular type of cargo may offer BETTER RATES. They have better expertise and relationships with carriers. Try to discuss shipping terms and conditions before the agreement. So you avoid hidden costs in your bill.

 A Fast, Easy and Cheap Way to Ship from China 

Do not hesitate to contact Leeline at any time regarding your shipments from China.

FAQs about FCL Shipment

What goods are not allowed by FCL?

Certain goods are not allowed via FCL for safety, legal, or other reasons. Hazardous materials and Prohibited or STOLEN goods. Also, Perishable goods and Live animals are not allowed. You need special handling for them.

Which is cheaper, FCL or LCL?

The total costs of FCL and LCL depend on the size and weight of the cargo and the shipping distance.  LCL shipment is cheaper for SMALL quantities. FCL is cheaper for large quantities. LCL and FCL have different viabilities. 

What is FCL clearance?

FCL clearance is a process of customs clearance and regulatory approvals for an FCL.  It needs some documentation. They vary depending on materials and goods. Customs clearance is a must for all international shipments. 

What’s the minimum order for FCL shipping?

There is no set minimum order for FCL, as it depends on the cargo size, dimensions, and container type. Try to CONTACT your agent. They determine the most cost-effective shipping option with order size. 

What’s Next

FCL is perfect for bulk volumes. But mishandling and lack of experience can DAMAGE your items. FCL handling needs proper infrastructure. You need to go with Experienced staff with FCL infrastructure.

We have been handling FCL shipping for decades. We have COMPLETE FCL handling infrastructure with skilled staff. Get extra protection layers to avoid damage. 
Competitive pricing with fast shipping. Contact us to get a quote Now!

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Sharline Shaw

Hey I'm Sharline, the founder of Leeline. With 10 years of experience in the field of sourcing and shipping in China, we help 2000+ clients import from China,Alibaba,1688 to Amazon FBA or shopify. If you have any questions about sourcing and shipping , pls feel free to contact us.

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