They say “sharing is caring”. This is most certainly true, not least when it comes to moving goods. Shipping empty containers is hugely wasteful. Sharing space, on the other hand, contributes to a more sustainable environment – and also provides one or two advantages for shippers. At Greencarrier Freight Services, we recently improved our LCL service by sea between China and Europe. Keep reading to find out more!
Eliminating the steps and intermediate nodes in the shipping process
Shipping is all about managing the goods flow in the best way possible. There are always a number of factors that can affect the goods on its journey from the starting point to the end destination. The more steps and intermediate nodes, the larger are the risks of transshipment problems and the consequences that follow. This can include long transit times, congestion in ports, delays, damaged or lost goods or negative impact on the environment. When these things happen, they leave the shipper with unnecessarily high costs and, worst case, unsatisfied customers. However, if you can minimise or eliminate the steps and intermediate nodes of the shipping process, you will have a faster, safer, and much more reliable solution.
Improving our Less than Container Load service based on market needs
We have been offering LCL services on scheduled departures to and from most ports in Asia and the North European countries for many years now. But more importantly, we are constantly working to improve our shipping services.
By keeping our ears close to the ground and listening to the market needs of the shipping industry, we realised that there was an increasing need for a direct shipping service for consolidated goods between China and Europe. We could also see that the trend of shippers reaching for more sustainable solutions and eco-friendly shipping alternatives, was only growing stronger.
LCL shipping by sea is both eco-friendly and cost-efficient
Today, there is an overcapacity in the container segment, meaning that containers are often transported empty, which is neither friendly to the environment nor cost-efficient. LCL shipping allows for substantial savings on freight costs as the goods are shipped as containerised cargo at lower shipping rates. Sharing space means that you use the full capacity of the containers, and by combining various cargoes into a single shipment, you contribute to a greener environment.
Direct LCL service by sea from Ningbo to Felixstowe, amongst others
With our improved LCL service, we ship your containerised goods at low shipping rates directly from, for example, Ningbo to Felixstowe. Without the goods being reloaded. Previously, we had to reload the cargo on its way to the final destination, but by eliminating this step, we can now offer a transport solution that is not only cost-efficient and eco-friendly, but also faster, safer, and more reliable.
Who benefits from Greencarrier Freight Services’ LCL service?
Almost any dry cargo that fits into a container can be shipped with our LCL service. If you are a small or midsize business that don’t have the volume to fill a full container, but cannot afford to miss delivery deadlines, then our LCL service might be an option for you. Thanks to our extensive transportation network in Europe, we can also offer road freight services between our north europeans hubs.
Here you can read more about our LCL service by sea as well as other ocean freight alternatives. If you are interested in the possibility to ship your goods from China to the UK using Greencarrier Freight Services’ LCL service, contact our local UK office. Also, feel free to contact me with questions regarding our LCL services in general.
What are your thoughts on LCL shipping? Why do you use it and what are the advantages for your company? Please, let me know in the comments!