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Less than Container Load (LCL) Ocean Freight

Providing more direct services than any other forwarder, giving you space availability every week

We’re here to help you ship smaller consignments, without the need to compromise. Our Less than Container Load (LCL) Ocean Freight business works by consolidating several smaller shipments, either from different shippers and/or different consignees into one container, providing you access to one global network with the most extensive and frequent LCL direct services to and from all major ports and inland points. 

Expert Partners

We’re here to help you succeed. With over 4,000 LCL freight experts across major industry sectors and over 190 countries worldwide, we get the ocean freight LCL solutions that are right for you and enable your success.


We promise reliable, safe and efficient transportation of your goods. We handle and check cargo in our own/approved warehouses at all locations, ensuring your cargo is loaded and delivered in optimal condition.


We give you the ability to ship without having to wait for enough cargo to fill a full container, offering extensive pick-up and delivery options to suit your needs.

Increased Visibility

We give you the confidence you need - providing improved security and visibility through standardized ocean freight LCL labels to ensure a clear handover process, enabling a more efficient unloading process.

Take a Look Inside DHL Ocean LCL

Offering a flexible, Less than Container Load (LCL) Ocean Freight service to suit your needs.

Our Ocean Freight LCL Products


Helping you avoid the stresses and complexities of global trade. DHL Ocean LCL provides you with reliable, fully managed end-to-end transportation, ensuring predictability across your supply chain and helping you deliver on your promises to customers. We offer more direct services cutting transit times to a minimum and avoiding transhipment and double handling.

Best for Shippers Who
  • Don’t have enough cargo for a full container or need the entire capacity from a dedicated container
  • Need extra space for overflow on top of an already full container
  • Want to reduce emissions and save cost on transportation by shifting from air freight to ocean freight
  • Want a single provider to centralize and manage global shipments from multiple origins
Key Features and Benefits
  • Promises you reliability through a shipped as booked policy; with fast and guaranteed transit times
  • Helps you drive down costs, only paying for the space you use
  • Gives you a simple flat ocean freight rate per CBM or TON for the actual shipment size booked
  • Offers fully flexible options to suit you; from door-to-door or any other transport combination
  • GoGreen Plus: decarbonize your shipments at no extra cost for customers with approved SBTi targets.

DHL Ocean Buyers and Shippers Consolidation

Helping you increase efficiency, whilst decreasing your overall shipment cost. DHL Ocean Buyers and Shippers Consolidation allows you to bundle your orders from/to multiple manufacturers or consignees (in one or multi-countries) turning your ocean freight LCL shipments into a dedicated FCL shipment.

Best for Buyers/Shippers
  • With cargo to multiple customers / from multiple suppliers, in one or multiple countries, with the same origin or destination
  • Who have the ability to combine shipments to streamline the logistics process
Key Features and Benefits
  • Cargo is handled and checked in our own/approved warehouses at all locations, ensuring safety and negligible risk of damage or loss
  • Provides a more cost-effective solution than under-utilized FCL containers and/or high volumes as LCL
  • Provides reliability and predictability through scheduled departures and fixed lead times
  • Offers the flexibility to handle overflow or underflow LCL on DHL’s network at comparable lead times

Case Studies

Learn how our LCL solutions have helped our customers around the word optimize their shipping and logistics.

Understanding your Ocean Freight LCL options

Learn how our LCL solutions have helped our customers around the word optimize their shipping and logistics.

Do You Require Vendor and Order Management down to Item Level?

Get end-to-end visibility across all products and vendors, from order management issuance through to delivery of your shipments, optimizing supply chain performance across the whole journey.

Additional Ocean Freight LCL Services

DHL Ocean Plus

Giving you complete order management visibility and reporting right down to item level, with a user-friendly interface offering comprehensive, timely order management shipment data and reports.

  • Gives you detailed reporting via a single portal, including shipment details gathered from multiple sources
  • Simple to use interface allows you easy access to automated and standardized reports via 24/7 cloud-based platform and mobile app
  • Option of Ocean Live feature provides you with a vessel tracker feature and vessel location updates every hour
DHL Ocean Secure

Giving you confidence that your goods will arrive on time, in optimal condition - leveraging GPS/GSM-enabled container security devices to provide complete visibility via a 24/7 online platform.

  • Tracks the container throughout the journey via GSM and/or GPS
  • Provides in-transit visibility of mission critical parameters and delivery of exception notification
  • Monitors several parameters for the container, including temperature, humidity, light
  • Provides container security, including monitoring of container door opening with notification by e-mail, SMS or call

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