There are cases which shippers don’t have enough cargo to fill a full container and they have only small cargoes. These small cargoes are known as LCL (Less than Container Loading)

The consolidators collects these small cargoes and make up a FCL (Full Container Loading)

In these cases, although there is a full container load, as the shippers are many, the consolidators would issue their bills of lading to the shippers.

These bills of lading will have a term CFS/CFS mentioned. This means that the consolidators responsibility begins at the CFS (Container Freight Station) in port of load and ends at the CFS in port of discharge.

The consolidators issue their House Bills of Lading to the shippers and secure a Master Bill of Lading from the shipping line for the container which is booked with the line as an FCL and which will show them as a shipper on the lines bill of lading..

The freight charges for these are charged by the Consolidators to the shippers up to the amount of cargo they have received from the shipper.

 

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