Transit Time (T/T) in international logistics

The transit time (T/T) time is the planned travel time from port to port or airport to airport. The transit time is not binding, as unforeseeable events can still lead to delays. This means that the transit time can change, especially if the destination is not served directly but the shipment has to be reloaded via HUBs. The UTC time is also the basis for this in international logistics. (See What is the time in London)

In container transport, a distinction is made between FCL and LCL containers.

Groupage (LCL)

Less than Container Load. Transporting a shipment with other goods in a container is called LCL. This means that several LCL consignments with different bills of lading and different owners can be loaded in a single container. Each area used is calculated.

In the LCL transit, goods from 1m3 to 20m3 can be transported economically. The combined goods are transported in a common container. The most economical way to deliver small shipments.

LCL container means “less than full container load”. The unloader delivers general cargo to the carrier’s terminal and in the port of arrival, the same general cargo from the terminal there – the ship’s allong – must be delivered to the consignee. Transport in containers, together with other cargoes, packing before and unpacking after are internal calls of the carrier. The container is loaded in the port of departure from a “Container Freight Station (CFS)” for the carrier (“Stuffing”), and in the port of destination another CFS is responsible for unloading (“stripping”) the container (pier-pier traffic).

Sea container (FCL)

Delivery of goods in sea containers (FCL). The container is intended for a single recipient.

FCL stands for “full container load” and is a container packed by the unloader, which is handed over to the shipper fully loaded (house-to-house traffic). The place of delivery – according to the delivery – is not the terminal, but the container yard, the stacking place on the quay, where the carrier takes over the container and makes it available for shipment according to a computer-controlled plan, so that it is loaded directly onto its correct position in the ship.

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