Freight Consolidation Solutions for Your Supply Chain
It can be tough to penetrate new markets if your enterprise has no presence in the region, but with Exim Cargo you can outsource your entire supply chain into Latin America or the USA.
We can take care of the end-to-end logistics process for you, and, when your merchandise arrives, we can receive it in our warehouse facilities, store, pick, pack, and dispatch it to your local customers on demand.
Freight Consolidation Services for Logistics Efficiency
For logistics economy and efficiency, instead of sending a bunch of small orders with a variety of carriers, a smarter approach would be to consolidate your freight into full truckloads. It’s an approach that becomes even easier when you use a single company to consolidate and ship your goods by road or by sea.
Our Range of Freight Consolidation Solution
About the LTL and LCL Consolidation Process
Consolidation in a logistics context means bundling together many items bound for the same destination and shipping them in a single truck or, in the case of ocean freight, a single container.
Freight Deconsolidation Services
Freight deconsolidation occurs at a destination point, where logistics teams separate and prepare less than truckload (LTL) or less than container load (LCL) shipments for final delivery.
Supply Chain Warehouse Logistics Options From Exim
LTL Consolidation Services
If yours is a smaller ecommerce business that frequently uses the LTL mode of shipping for deliveries in the Americas, Exim is well-placed to provide you with fast, compliant, consolidated freight services.
LCL Consolidation Services
If you are in the business of shipping LCL freight internationally, it may pay to use professional LCL consolidation services, such as those offered by Exim Cargo, to consolidate your freight and secure it against damage during its passage.
FTL/FCL Consolidated Freight Services
Does your large enterprise fulfill high volumes of orders in various locations across the Americas? If so, the cheapest logistics solution would be to use Exim’s freight consolidation services to collect the smaller shipments, consolidate them, and forward them as FTL or FCL freight.
Specialized Freight Consolidation Services
As a leading logistics provider in the Americas, Exim Cargo’s specializations encompass refrigerated goods consolidation, reefer LCL consolidation, consolidated freight services for pharmaceutical goods, air freight consolidation, and consolidation for niche industries such as automotive parts and luxury goods.
Consolidated Freight Services: Why Choose Exim?
Access a Vast Consolidation Footprint
Exim Cargo has partnered with an extensive network of logistics providers across Latin America, the US, and around the world. This means that as a shipper, you can cover all your consolidation needs with a single service provider.
Integrated or Standalone Consolidation
With our standalone consolidation option, you don’t have to ship with Exim to avail of our LTL and LCL consolidation services. You also have the option to integrate consolidation with our other services for an end-to-end solution. The choice will always be yours.
Support and Advice for Shippers
Our agents are well-versed in the complexities of consolidated freight and are always ready to offer their support, expertise, and advice concerning all aspects of FTL and LCL consolidation services.
We are not only skilled and experienced freight consolidators. Our expertise extends to an entire range of other important logistics services, including:
Inland / Road Freight
Consolidation: Frequently Asked Questions
The processes involved in LTL and LCL consolidation services are more complicated than they sound. To help you understand them, here are some frequently asked questions about the topic.
LCL consolidation refers to the process of bundling several small goods consignments destined for the same port, at a consolidation center, where warehouse teams load them into a single shipping container. The less than container load (LCL) shipments may be from the same shipper or several shippers.
The challenge for freight consolidators is to stack the freight in such a way that all items are secure, and the entire space of the container is filled up.
Deconsolidation is the opposite process, in which logistics operatives unload a full container, separate the individual consignments, and forward them for delivery at their final destinations.
Consolidated freight shippers follow the same procedures when transporting smaller loads overland by truck. This process is known as less than truckload (LTL) consolidation.
Freight carriers use refrigerated containers, or reefers, to transport perishable items such as fruit, meat, vegetables, and some pharmaceutical products. Cooled by dry ice or liquid nitrogen, reefers can maintain cargo temperatures of -35 degrees Centigrade to +35 degrees Centigrade for up to 30 days.
Consolidated freight shippers need special training to ensure that LCL consolidation in a reefer uses available space efficiently without the merchandise being packed so tightly that it suffers damage.
The chief benefit of freight consolidation for companies using LTL and LCL shipping is a significant reduction in shipping costs. Because you are sharing the use of transportation assets with other shippers, you only pay for the space that your cargo occupies. Another benefit is a reduction in your carbon footprint because of using fewer trucks and/or containers to transport your goods.
LTL and LCL shipping can take much longer than other forms of transport because freight consolidators try to fill the truck or container with as much cargo as possible. The consolidator may hold your merchandise at a consolidation center while it gathers enough shipments to fill a truck or shipping container. Another disadvantage is that your freight undergoes handling many more times than in FTL and FCL shipping, increasing exposure to risks of loss or damage.