What is a groupage container? What preparations are there for shipping a groupage container? Why is it necessary to prepare in advance for a groupage container? This article will give answers to these questions and more. So read carefully and check all references to get the full information.
WHAT IS A GROUPAGE CONTAINER?
A groupage container is another term for a less-than-container load (LCL). In an LCL shipment, , the importer’s cargo does not fill a full container, which is usually some 33m3. Such an importer or Customer usually engages the services of freight Forwarders.
The freight Forwarder with many of such LCL customers, gathers there cargos and consolidates same to make full container loads. Thus, the Forwarder helps all its Customers enjoy the comfort of container shipping and at reduced expenses. Hence, an LCL service is the service rendered by freight Forwarders to their customers. Such services are not limited to mere engagement a shipping company to transport cargo from one location to another. The following are the services rendered by freight Forwarders to their customers:
- Export haulage,
- Paper works,
- Export cargo clearance
- Loading and unloading
- Import cargo clearance
- Import haulage, etc.
My article for how to handle an LCL shipment discusses in detail what the services of the freight Forwarder is. Read here for detail: CONSOLIDATION: SHIPPING LESS –THAN-CONTAINER
SHIPPING A GROUPAGE CONTAINER: WHAT TO NOTE
- Shipping liners used by freight Forwarders usually have weekly frequency of sailing every 7 days.
- Your Forwarder need know if your shipment is marked as priority cargo with your operation.
- Export documentations are needed on time so the container does not miss the stack period for the planned vessel.
- Sufficient time has to be allowed for your shipment to be packed, gated into port, loaded
- And also sufficient time for the shipment to reach its destination.
- All sea freight, maybe affected by bad weather, transship delays, disasters en-route.
- The transit time provided by the carriers is only estimation and it is always good to have some buffer where possible.
- If your shipments are going to be priority delivery you need to have a special discussion with your freight forwarder, banks, clearing agent, etc. This is because you do not want transit time affected by delay from any party.
- For cargos on urgent list, the Forwarder should work hard to choose the most direct route and try to avoid transshipment. If transshipment are unavoidable, then the Forwarder should restrict it to not-more-than-one-transshipment.
- If transshipment is the case, Forwarder will request shipping line to flag the shipment as priority transshipment. He will also make sure that the liner’s offices and ports at the transhipment port are aware of the urgency of this cargo.
- The shipping line may not accept to flag all cargos as priority. Be mindful of this fact and plan accordingly in case of rejection to flag shipment.
- Ensure you use the right documentation when shipping such priority cargoes. Vagmon Group can handle all documentation work for you.
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The decision to do a groupage must be weighed against all odds. The customer should understand from beginning the calculated risks and mitigating factors. To spare you of much heartache, why not engage the services of Vagmon Integrated Services, who will do all things for you. Contact us via watssap, voice call or email, using the contacts in our contact us page.