Full Container Load (FCL) is a shipping method for high-volume cargo in which one party owns all goods being shipped in the ocean container. In this shipping method, all goods are listed on a single bill of lading, although the shipper does not have to fill the entire container.
FCL Logistics Services
As a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) and Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI), AIT provides comprehensive FCL logistics for your ocean freight. We manage imports and exports across the globe, helping move your goods to their final destination. We also leverage long standing relationships with our core carrier network to secure predictably priced space for you every month of the year.
Our FCL logistics services include:
- Ocean Import and Export
- Customs Clearance
- Logistics Management
- Cold Chain Warehousing and Packing
- Inventory Management
- Global Coverage
Ocean Container Sizes
Standard containers used for sea cargo transport are either 20 or 40 feet in length, 8 feet wide and 8.5 feet in height. Larger versions known as “high-cube containers” are also common, and are 40 feet in length and 9.5 feet tall. While ocean freight container sizes are uniform, the vessel sizes vary. Corresponding to the typical container size, vessels are measured in TEUs, or twenty-foot equivalent units. Size and capacity of sea-freight-carrying ships range from as few as 20 TEUs to more than 1,000.
Download our ocean freight shipping guide as a quick reference for conversions, dimensions and helpful links.
Incoterms (International Commercial Terms) are international commercial rules standardizing the interpretation of common contract clauses in export and import transactions. Established by the International Chamber of Commerce, these terms ensure international contracts of sale are universally understood, with agreed-upon standards for the carriage of goods from seller to buyer and export/import clearance.
Consisting of a series of three-letter trade terms, Incoterms are designed to prevent inconsistent interpretations of rules in different countries. They permit electronic communication as long as both parties agree, and consist of two components: the Incoterms code and a named place or port of destination. Visit our Incoterms reference page for more a comprehensive explanation of Incoterms 2010.