How is LCL Shipping priced?
Most freight companies price their LCL shipment based on the package measurements and density. Usually a standard unit of cubic meter measurement (cbm) is used and you will be charged based on this even for a very small shipment. Cubic meter measurement is also converted to chargeable shipping weight using standard conversions set by the shippers: 1 cbm = 500kg. The actual weight of the goods is compared against this, and the higher pricing is taken.
What other factors do I have to take note of when using LCL ocean services?
The duration for LCL shipping generally takes the same time as regular shipping. However, a last minute LCL customer may get a nice spot to fill in the remaining space of a container about to depart. Uncommon routes and destinations which do not have regular shipping to may be inconvenient.
Your pallets holding your goods have to match the international shipping standards in terms of size and measurements. This is standardized for all pallets in the same container and ship. Another packaging requirement would be secured wrapping and labelling for the receiving country.