What is Groupage Transport?

There are many various types of distribution and it can be confusing when choosing which best suits you and your business. In this article we will be looking at Groupage Transport, what it is and when it is likely to be used.

What is Groupage Transport?

Groupage is a type of transport which consists of goods which are grouped together but dispatched by several different companies within the same load. This type of shipping is also referred to as Less than Container Goods (LCL) or Less than Truckload (LTL), it can also be referred to as a ‘consolidation’.

This kind of load is used when the company shipping goods does not have sufficient load to fill a truck or container to full capacity and so this means that transporters specialising in groupage can offer the space in their truck to multiple companies at the same time. 

What Are The Benefits of Groupage? 

For companies who wish to send small amounts of goods at a time, Groupage offers many benefits and advantages. It offers the company a way to save on shipping costs as they share the overall costs with the other senders.

Groupage also offers a more straightforward option for shipping to multiple destinations with a wider range of itineraries without the complications the shipping of a larger load can entail. 

Of course there are conditions to this kind of shipping, and in order to offer a flexible service, senders must be willing to be flexible too. One of the specifics of Groupage is that shipping can take slightly longer as the load makes multiple stops to various destinations.

When would one use Groupage Transport?

  • When the load being shipped is not enough to fill a truckload
  • Despatch times are more flexible and not reliant on solid deadlines
  • Goods can be loaded on to one or more pallets
  • If you aim to dispatch goods to multiple countries

Overall Groupage can offer an alternative to standard freight and delivery options, by grouping together with other senders it can also positively impact your carbon footprint, and it also provides an economic mode of delivery which can lower costs and offer significant savings for your business.

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