Looking for freight options to import and export goods easily? We will be introducing the services that shipping agents in Singapore provide and the types of shipping containers used.
M&P is a local freight forwarder that provides a one-stop service to all required shipping needs. Alongside sea shipping services, we also provide supply chain services, other freight services and even Taobao shipping.
- More economical, especially with larger volumes
- Able to transport heavy and bulky items
- More eco-friendly
- Better security as containers are locked
- Slower speed
- Higher risks associated with weather causing loss or damage to goods
- Less flexible routes and timing
LCL stands for Less than Container Load, where you will have to share a container with other importers and exporters. You will only pay for the space that your cargo will be using.
A general guideline is that if your shipments are not big and under 13 – 15 cubic metres (CBM), LCL can be a better option.
FCL refers to a Full Container Load, a container that is for the use of only one shipment. FCL is faster than LCL and is suitable for shippers who have quantities of goods larger than 13 – 15 CBM.
In this case, you will not have to share the container with another shipper’s cargo and risk damages. If your shipment is urgent and you would like enhanced security , then FCL will be the better shipping option.
Common Types of Shipping Containers
There are 5 different types of shipping containers that are used for shipping different types of cargo.
General Purpose Container
General purpose containers (also known as dry freight containers) are the most common type of cargo container. They transport most items, except liquids, gas, temperature-sensitive, perishable or hazardous cargo.
These containers do not have temperature controls, are fully enclosed and protected with strong steel against weather and sea water.
Here are the different variants that we have at M&P:
High Cube Container
High cube containers are taller than general purpose containers and are used to transport larger oversized cargo items. Like general purpose containers, they ship dry goods but have additional height clearance.
Our high cube containers come in 2 different sizes:
Refrigerated (or reefer) containers have controlled temperatures. They are used for shipping cargo that are sensitive to temperatures such as flowers and food.
We have 4 different sizes of refrigerated containers:
Open Top Container
Open top containers are used for items that require the help of a lifting crane such as:
- Over-height items such as tall machineries that require more vertical space
- Heavy goods that are difficult to load on sideways
Our open top containers come in 2 sizes:
Flat Rack Container
There are 2 main types of flat rack containers — collapsible rack and fixed end. These containers are used for transporting cargo that is oversized or has non-standard dimensions. They usually have collapsible side doors that can be folded to form a flat rack.
We have 20-feet and 40-feet flat racks for sea shipping:
M&P International Freights sells and rents shipping containers if you require this service.
- Faster speed
- Flexibility of shipment dates to allow efficient transportation
- Better accessibility to places in the world
- Limited cargo load
- Hazardous materials cannot be transported