cost is determined, in part, by speed of transit. an air shipment is substantially more costly than an ocean shipment. as such, many of our customers choose to send a small air shipment of more essential belongings, to be followed by the remainder of their goods in an ocean shipment.
there are also multiple cost options with ocean shipments. the primary options are fcl (full container load), lcl (less than container load), consolidation, and groupage. (note: the following definitions may vary, depending on local terminology across the world). as a full container load shipment, you have exclusive use to a steamship container. as a less than container load shipment, your belongings are loaded into lift vans, and then handed over to a company which combines lcl shipments from multiple companies into steamship containers – thereby sharing the cost of the container. however, customers may feel their goods are more secure with an fcl exclusive-use service.
on routes that UniGroup Worldwide Moving has significant volume, we can offer consolidation service, in which we consolidate lcl shipments ourselves (even more cost savings than standard lcl service). likewise, in a groupage shipment, numerous shipments are combined; however, they are loose-loaded into a container, rather than separated into lift vans (saving more cost). customers tend to feel more secure with their goods separately contained in their own lift vans, rather than loose-loaded with others’ goods. while consolidation and groupage services are less expensive, the transit time is usually 1-3 weeks longer (or more) because of potential waiting time needed to gather enough shipments to fill the steamship container.