Full Container Loads (FCL)
FCL shipping is the most efficient and cost effective container shipping method. FCL involves one shipper and one consignee – meaning you do not share space in the container with other shippers. In order to simplify the process and reduce risk, many shippers choose to ship FCL while not actually filling the container to capacity.
A typical door-to-door FCL shipping process includes:
Transporting the empty container from the container yard
Loading the container at the shipper’s facility
Transporting the container via truck or rail to the departure port
Shipping the container to the destination port
Delivering the container to its final destination
Less than Container Load (LCL)
When shippers do not have enough cargo to fill an entire 20 foot or 40 foot container, we recommend less-than-container load shipping. LCL refers to consolidated shipments of loose cargo that are typically boxed, palletized or crated. LCL is typically cheaper due to the cost of the full container being shared between multiple shippers – however, the rate per equivalent weight of an LCL shipment will be much higher than a full container load (FCL). Despite sharing a container with other shippers, LCL still allows visibility and control over your cargo.
Break Bulk Cargo
Break bulk shipping refers to cargo that must be loaded onto a vessel individually, rather than in a shipping container. Break bulk cargo will not fit into a container due to its large size or weight. We will take care of your break bulk shipment, including heavy machinery, large equipment, infrastructure building supplies, granite blocks, rolling stock, oil well supplies, and other various types of project cargo. Our skilled operations team will take your cargo from door-to-door regardless of any special needs you may have.
Refrigerated Containers (Reefers)
A reefer container is a special type of container equipped with a refrigerated motor. This allows for the transportation of sensitive goods that may need controlled temperatures such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, chocolate, wine, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
Important things to keep in mind…
It is more costly to use warehouses in expensive transportation markets, such as the U.S.
If there are mistakes with the order the shipment has to be sent all the way back to China to be fixed
Manufacturers sometimes implement minimum purchase orders when shipping internationally
Unneeded inventory just takes up “dead space” at domestic warehouses
The lead time from manufacturer to end user makes just-in-time inventory difficult
This may seem like an overwhelming list of problems, but there’s good news: it can all be solved by using China waehouses with LILLY.
SaveMoney and Space
One of the best advantages of this warehouse system is that it simply costs less than storing goods domestically. Not only can you save money on real estate, but you can:
Put the space in domestic warehouses to better use
Place smaller and more frequent purchase orders
Order just what you need and take it out just when you need it
Many Chinese manufacturers have limitations on the orders they will ship internationally, but by keeping transport at tht part of the supply chain domestic, you harness more control over the quantity and arrangement of your goods.
Guarantee Speed and Flexibility
Most of our customers love it when we tell them we can be flexible in our ship dates and can shorten the time it takes to process an order. Logistics providers have long since faced the dilemma of figuring out how to shorten the time it takes for an item to ship from beginning to end. This warehousing system is our solution. By storing items in a Chinese warehouse:
You eliminate the manufacturer from the equation and take control of the supply chain
We put just-in-time inventory within your grasp
We can ship your products at a moment’s notice
The speed and flexibility with which we can deliver goods to your end users may be just what you need to develop a loyal customer base and increase your business.
Establish Quality Control
Instead of shipping items directly to your home warehouse only to risk a mistake with the order, keep the products close to your supplier. That way if there are any issues you can easily ship the items back to the manufacturer, saving you time and money.
Implementing these measures puts quality controls in place early in the supply chain, minimizing the risk to your shipments as they travel internationally.