The attractive middle ground between FCL and LCL
Röhlig Logistics offers you, as a buyer or seller, sea freight consolidation services that can be applied worldwide. This involves consolidating smaller shipments (LCL, i.e. Less than Container Load) originating from different suppliers at a Container Freight Station (CFS). All shipments are loaded into a container and transported to their final destination as Full Container Load (FCL). Depending on the perspective, consolidation services are also referred to as buyer's consolidation or seller's consolidation.
Advantages of sea freight consolidation with Röhlig Logistics
- Lower costs than traditional LCL service, as ocean freight and destination charges, are calculated per container and not for each individual shipment.
- Flexible solution that allows you to change the mode of transport before departure if necessary - for example from sea freight to air freight.
- All our consolidation solutions are tailored to your specific needs and the individual project - there are no standard solutions!
How does sea freight consolidation work?
From the perspective of the more commonly represented buyer's consolidation (see graphic), the process works as follows: First, shipments from different suppliers are transported to a Container Freight Station (CFS) for a single buyer. At the CFS, the shipments are consolidated and loaded into a shipping container to then travel by ship to the destination. Seller's consolidation involves loading multiple shipments from one source into a full container. At the destination, the unloaded goods are shipped to different consignees.
Not necessarily, because the costs depend very much on the consignment frequency, the consignment origin, and the size of the consignments. At Röhlig Logistics, we thoroughly analyse customer data and make recommendations as to which consignments should be included in consolidation and which should be sent by traditional general cargo.
Yes, generally dangerous goods can be included in the consolidation, however, depending on the region, there are also specifications for mixed loading that must be taken into account. On some trade lanes, it is not advisable to include dangerous goods in consolidations, as disproportionately high additional costs are incurred.
In buyer's consolidation, LCL consignments are bundled from different suppliers who have a common consignee. The originally separate shipments are collected at a consolidation center, loaded into a shipping container and sent to their destination as FCL (Full Container Load).