Less-than-container-load (LCL) describes ocean freight shipments of lower volume that do not require full-container capacity. Multiple shipments from different customers are grouped in order to create a consolidation, enabling cost advantages.



Regular LCL shipments can improve stock availability and reduce inventory carrying costs typically tied up with FCL shipments. At Rhenus South Africa, our LCL services are an integral part of our service offering, ensuring we get your stock to the right place, at the right time, in the most cost-efficient manner.


We consolidate less-than-container-load (LCL) shipments from different suppliers that share a common consignee into a full-container load (FCL). For a Buyer’s consolidation, freight is trucked to our consolidation centres and loaded into dedicated containers ready for shipping.

We can also combine multiple shipments from the same origin into one FCL container by the same seller or supplier. Known as a Seller’s consolidation, once the cargo arrives at the destination port, the individual shipments are unloaded and distributed to various buyers or consignees.

Benefits of Rhenus South Africa LCL Service

  • Cost-effective solution as you only pay for the space used
  • Regular consolidations worldwide
  • Ideal shipping service to introduce a new product line or enter a new market
  • Door-to-door solutions
  • In-house customs experts
  • Full transparency through monitoring

Highest quality standards for LCL Shipping

  • ISO 9001:2015 accredited
  • Rhenus South Africa partners with the most reputable carriers to service local requirements

Single Point of Contact Model

We will keep you up to date on your consolidations through our highly trained client service team that connects your business to Rhenus Logistics as your trusted logistics partner.

The so called Single Point of Contact approach gives you an experienced operator that is involved in all shipments as an advisor and is available 24/7 for your questions.

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