Sea freight, or ocean freight, is one of the oldest forms of trade transporting goods from country to country for thousands of years. Even before the time of Julius Caesar there were multiple combined land and sea trade routes.
Today it is still one of the most economical ways to transport your goods from country to country and is the favoured option by many businesses and sole traders looking for that less costly answer to their shipping needs.
Whether you are a global multi-national company or a small business looking to reduce costs and save money or even a private non business-related individual looking to relocate, you should consider sea freight as an option for your goods.
The term ‘FCL’ means a ‘full container load’ whether that be a 20ft or 40ft container.
To work out whether you would require this for your shipment a guide to the size of these containers is:
19’ 4” long x 7’ 9” wide and 7’ 10” high which in metric terms would be 5.898m long x 2.352m wide and 2.393m high.
39’ 6” long x 7’ 9” wide and 7’ 10” high which in metric terms would be 12.025m long x 2.352m wide and 2.393m high.
You can also get something called a ‘high cube container (HC Container) this will give you an extra foot in height with all other dimensions the same.
There are 2 common types of pallets, firstly the Euro pallet, with dimensions of 1.2m x 0.8m. The base of a 40-foot container can hold up to 25 Euro pallets but only as long as any load on the pallet is not over hanging any of the sides.
The other type of pallet is the standard American Pallet which has dimensions of 1.02m x 1.22m or 40” x 48”. The base of the 40 foot container in this case can cold 21 pallets again as long as any load on the pallet is not over hanging any of the sides.