Are you considering becoming an importer for the first time? Unsure about where to begin when importing items into New Zealand? A significant proportion of the items we customs clear fall under the Sea Freight Less than a Container Load (LCL) category. Essentially, this means that your items, being Less than a Container Load, will share space inside a shipping container with other items on their way to New Zealand.
You can request that your supplier ship the goods to New Zealand. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can handle the shipment to New Zealand. In that case, we will request that your supplier deliver your LCL cargo to our depot.
Subsequently, we will place the cargo inside a shipping container and manage the necessary processes with the New Zealand Customs Service [NZCS] and the Ministry for Primary Industries [MPI] before the goods reach New Zealand.
WHY CHOOSE LESS THAN A CONTAINER LOAD (LCL) SHIPPING TO NEW ZEALAND?
Sea freight LCL shipping is an ideal solution for shipping small quantities of cargo to New Zealand. By opting for LCL shipping, your cargo will be consolidated with other shipments to utilise the container’s space efficiently.
Businesses that ship goods as Less than a Container Load (LCL) usually do so when they have a few pallets, crates, or a single pallet, and do not have enough cargo to fill an entire Full Container Load (FCL).
HOW DOES LESS THAN A CONTAINER LOAD (LCL) SHIPPING WORK TO NEW ZEALAND?
When shipping sea freight to New Zealand, you can ship via Less than a Container Load (LCL) or a Full Container Load (FCL). LCL shipping is suitable when the volume of your goods is less than a full 20” or 40” container, allowing your goods to share the container space with other shippers’ cargo.
In contrast, FCL shipping involves booking an entire container for your exclusive use without sharing space with other shippers’ goods. Since LCL shipments are consolidated with other cargo, the sea freight rate is typically lower than shipping a whole FCL shipment.
To ship an LCL shipment to New Zealand, your supplier will deliver the goods to their designated shipping company or our warehouse overseas. We will consolidate your cargo with other shipments and ship the goods to New Zealand.
When the goods arrive at the warehouse, we may palletise the cargo before packing it inside the container. Once all the cargo is loaded into the container, it will be sealed and transported to the seaport for loading onto the vessel.
WHERE IS THE CARGO ONCE IT ARRIVES INTO NEW ZEALAND?
The shipping container will arrive at the seaport, be unloaded from the vessel and placed on the wharf. The container will then be collected by a freight forwarder, taken to their unpack depot and the goods will be segregated from other items; this process can take say up to 5-7 calendar days.
Once the goods have been devanned, you, your transport company or your customs broker has 3 free days to collect the goods before storage begins. Storage is not cheap and each depot charges differently; storage charges are based on the kilograms of the shipment, the cubic metres (m3) and how many days the cargo remains in the depot.
Please also note that if NZCS and or MPI wish to inspect the goods, they must be inspected at the unpack depot or another specified depot before they can be collected [and storage continues to accrue during this time].
Compared to FCL shipping, LCL shipping is a more cost-effective solution for smaller shipments. However, it is worth noting that LCL shipments can take longer to reach your location as they need to be devanned. If you are transporting time-sensitive cargo or large quantities of goods, FCL shipping may be a more suitable option for your project.
WHAT WE REQUIRE FOR PLATINUM® CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IN NEW ZEALAND
To facilitate the customs clearance of your sea freight Less than a Container Load (LCL) shipment in New Zealand, we kindly request the following documentation from you:
- Commercial invoice for the goods
- Packing list
- Bill of Lading
- Photos of the goods unpackaged
- Fumigation certificate (if your goods contain timber or plant material)
- Authorisation form
WHY CHOOSE PLATINUM® FOR LESS THAN A CONTAINER LOAD (LCL) SHIPPING TO NEW ZEALAND?
Less than a Container Load (LCL) shipping is an excellent option for companies in New Zealand that don’t have enough cargo to fill an entire container. It is also a good choice for companies with multiple sea freight shipments from different suppliers or countries.
At Platinum®, we specialise in Less than a Container Load (LCL) shipping to New Zealand. Our experienced customs clearance professionals will collaborate with you to assess your shipping needs and determine the most suitable shipping solution for your business. We also provide visibility to monitor and track the progress of your shipment en route to New Zealand.
Choose Platinum® for all of your Less than a Container Load (LCL) shipping needs to New Zealand and you can be assured of receiving a premium service.
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Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES CONTAINER LOAD MEAN IN NEW ZEALAND?
Container loads in New Zealand can be categorised as either Full Container Loads (FCL) or Less than Container Loads (LCL). FCL shipments refer to completely filling a shipping container with your own goods, whereas LCL shipments involve sharing container space with other shippers’ goods.
LCL shipments in New Zealand are typically smaller in volume and are consolidated with other LCL shipments in the same container. Utilising Less than a Container Load of shipments allows for the advantage of shipping without filling an entire container. As a result, LCL shipping is often favoured for smaller shipments or shipments that are not time-sensitive.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LESS THAN A CONTAINER LOAD AND A FULL CONTAINER LOAD IN NEW ZEALAND?
LCL and FCL are two sea freight shipping methods commonly used in New Zealand. LCL, or Less than Container Load, consolidates multiple shippers’ shipments in the same container.
On the other hand, FCL, or Full Container Load, refers to one shipper having an entire container to themselves. While LCL is cheaper per cubic meter, it takes longer to load and unload due to the individual consolidation and de-consolidation of each shipper’s goods.
FCL is more expensive because it provides more space for your shipment. In addition, FCL shipping is at least one week faster than LCL shipping, as the container can be unpacked at an MPI-approved Transitional Facility [ATF].
Ultimately, the decision between LCL and FCL shipping to New Zealand relies upon factors such as the kilograms and cubic meters associated with your shipment.
HOW DO YOU CALCULATE LESS THAN A CONTAINER LOAD?
Less than a Container Load (LCL) shipments are commonly used when a Full Container Load is not feasible and can offer a more cost-effective solution for more minor or infrequent shipments. When calculating the cost of an LCL shipment, a few factors need to be considered.
First, you must determine the shipment’s dimensions to calculate the volume. Secondly, you need to determine the weight in kilograms. You will receive a rate once you have the volume and weight information. The rate will vary depending on the origin, destination and the type of cargo being shipped.
In addition to the rate, there will be destination port charges in New Zealand and a possible insurance premium. To obtain a comprehensive estimate of the total costs, it is recommended that you get in touch with Platinum®.