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Glossary

FCL (Full Container Load)

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A FCL container is one person's shipment that takes up a full container, as opposed to LCL.

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What is FCL? 

FCL (full container load) is an ocean shipment in which the cargo occupies a full container (of any size). 

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An FCL shipment can be stuffed at the supplier, and then trucked directly to the CY (container yard):

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The container can either be live unloaded at the destination, or the trucker can do a drop

How are FCL shipments charged?

FCL shipments are charged at a flat rate per container. 

What are the most common container sizes?

The most common container sizes are: 

See How Much Cargo Fits in a Container for more information on cargo sizes and capacity. 

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Related Help Articles

How Much Cargo Fits in a Container? 

Should I Ship by LCL or FCL? 

Related Glossary Terms

Container 

TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) 

FEU (Forty-foot Equivalent Unit)

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