LCL Shipment & Custom Clearance


LCL Shipment & Custom Clearance

When shipping a small volume of stock by container ship, it's more economical to combine your delivery with other orders. LCL shipment (Less-than-container Load shipment) is a shipping term used to describe container loads that are filled by multiple orders or goods. Learn more about LCL and custom clearance below.



 When you should choose Less-than-Container-Load  (LCL) 

 LCL shipment boxes
  • If your freight volume is larger than one cubic meter, LCL could be the best choice.

Parcelmate LCL provides you with a one-stop shipping service on a tradeline from China to New Zealand. Once our warehouse in China receives your LCL goods, we will keep you updated with notifications, and you can manage and track your shipments online.


 Advices For Your LCL Cargo 

1. Any material used for packing and transporting your LCL cargo should be wood-treated and the ISPM-15 verified stamps should be visible. This applies to pallets, dunnage, wooden boxes, and block and brace materials. The recommend package is an MDF material crate.


2. Use high-quality packing material and do so with care, as your shipment will be exposed to sudden and brusque movements during handling and transportation.


3. When shipping fragile merchandise, make sure to use appropriate labels and ensure they're visible. When possible, label all sides of the box.


Palletized LCL shipment
We recommend this option. Your cargo is transported safely on pallets and allows for easy handling. Truckers also usually require cargo to be palletized for inland moves. 

Palletized LCL shipment
Loose LCL cargo

Loose LCL cargo:
With loose cargo, your merchandise is transported in stacked boxes. While it's a popular option for shipping LCL cargo in Asia, the merchandise is susceptible to damages. Also, there will be an extra charge for loading fees. Sign up, to check our LCL rates.

Label your shipment  


  • Include:

    *The port and country of origin and destination


    *Shipping mark (This will be your Account ID)


    *Number of items and sizes (both in inches and centimetres)


    *International pictorial symbols in order to indicate how to handle your cargo (Fragile and dangerous goods etc)
Tips to prevent damage


  • *We recommend using Palletized LCL to minimise damage in transit.


    *Insure all freight. Some damage is simply not preventable, so you should focus on protecting yourself against the inevitable.


    *Take special care of your labelling
Shipping Furniture
  • *We generally recommend hiring professional packing services.


    *We recommend shrink-wrapping them to get them as airtight as possible.


    *Cover sharp corners. Wrap parts individually. Seal and label.


    *Stack to a maximum of 70 inches high.


    Note: When using wooden pallets or even wood packaging material, ensure that they have been treated according to ISPM 15 regulations. This is to prevent the introduction of foreign plant pests into a foreign country.

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                                                                                         LCL FAQs
Do I need client codes for ParcelMate LCL shipments?
Client codes are only issued to New Zealand entities (such as registered New Zealand companies). A client code is required as part of the import and export entry preparation for customs clearance for shipments valued at NZ$1000 or more. If you don't have this, we can apply for this on your behalf. The form can be downloaded to your account, completed, and re-uploaded. We will send you notifications once this is approved. The cost is $45+GST. This is a one-off application and can be used for future shipments.
What if my packages arrived at your warehouse damaged or are missing items?
We do our due diligence to inform customers if we notice a package arrive with any damage. But ultimately, it is your responsibility to ensure all items arrive to us in proper working condition. All parcels arrive to us on pallets from the carriers, so we cannot inspect each package at the time of delivery. We ask that you view the incoming photos provided and if you wish to see the contents, please request content photos to be taken.
Do you receive loose cargo in your warehouse?
Yes, if in loose cargo, please make sure each package has a shipping mark (your account ID). There will be extra charges for labourers to handle this.
Can you deliver it to my address? 
LCL shipment is from point to point, and the delivery is at your cost, which is not included in the quotation. However, we are happy to provide a delivery service if you require it. Prices will depend on the address and various situations such as your business or personal address or any equipment supported (forklift etc.).
Can I consolidated my packages for LCL shipment?
No. LCL freight is your responsibility to wrap, seal, consolidate, and pack well. We will it send as it is when it comes to us. While we cannot consolidate your LCL packages, there are special services that we can offer in our warehouse at your request. These include a professional packing service. If you're expecting multiple packages that you plan to consolidate, select small parcel services, and please bear in mind this is only offered for packages under 1m³.
How long can I store my package in the warehouse?

China Warehouse:

30 days of free storage for LCL shipments

NZD 6 storage cost per CBM per day if over 30 days.

If not claimed, parcels will be thrown out after 60 days.


New Zealand Warehouse:

Seven days of free storage for LCL shipments

NZD 10 storage cost per CBM per day if over seven days

If not claimed, parcels will be thrown out after 180 days


Note: This cost still applies regardless of any MPI or customs delays.