FCL – an abbreviation for “Full Container Load” for Import and Export cargo to and from the USA. This term is commonly used to describe a sea freight service that is designed for ocean freight shipments of cargo where shipper has exclusive use of sea freight multimodal container. Usually the containers are loaded by propositional international movers and sealed at the shipper's facility. Then it transported by ocean, rail and/or truck directly to the point of final destination.
Multimodal sea freight containers specification
Besides commonly used 20'STD, 40'STD and 40'HC ocean freight containers, there are numerous of other types of sea containers including 45' High Cube, Open Tops and Flat Racks sizes of 20' and 40' etc. However, as a rule these types of sea freight containers are subject to equipment availability from Steam Ship Lines (or direct carriers or International Transportation Companies). In certain circumstances it can be limited. Then, if you ship a regular cargo by sea, we suggest planning your sea freight shipment by using one of these three types of multimodal sea freight containers below.
20' Standard multimodal sea freight container
40' Standard multimodal sea freight container
40' High cube multimodal sea freight container
*Payload weight exceeds over-the-road legal limits in US and Canada. Recommended maximum ocean freight containers payload for the US and Canada is 35,000 lbs per 20' and 42,000 lbs per 40'.