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Less than Container Load (LCL)

Less than Container Load (LCL) refers to a small ocean freight shipment where the shipper does not contract for a full container since the quantity of shipment is not adequate to contract for a full container. 

A freight forwarder may create a “consolidation” by putting together multiple LCL shipments at a CFS (container freight station) before gating in at the CY (container yard) at the origin, and deconsolidation at the destination.

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