Full container load

Transportation in ocean containers (FCL). Whole container is intended for one consignee. Submit rate request form for one type of container.

The Difference Between Container Shipping and Break Bulk

Shipping accounts for 95 percent of transported goods across waters. A computer part manufactured in China will most likely make it's way to the United States via ship. Two major forms of shipping cargo are break-bulk and containerization.

Containerization

Containers come in all sizes and are found stacked in deep holds or on board throughout a cargo ship. Sealed ahead of time with all of their goods inside of them, container shipping provides a secure means of shipping items overseas. Goods vary from produce to furniture. Temperature-sensitive cargo is put into refrigerated containers.

Break-Bulk

Break-bulk shipping includes items that aren't put into containers for whatever reason, but are not loose material. With its own packaging, break-bulk items, such as cardboard boxes or bags, get loaded into cargo holds.

Advantages of Each

Containers offer a significant advantage as it streamlines the shipping process. Cranes easily lift containers on and off a ship at fast speeds. Turnover time in port is greatly reduced. Break-bulk comes in handy for ports that aren't capable of handling containers. Some ports don't have cranes and have draft restrictions that don't permit larger ships to enter.