The smaller the consignment, the more rational sending it as groupage cargo, rather then chartering a dedicated vehicle.
What is general cargo? What features are factored in its delivery? What is carried as general cargo, and what is not recommended to be sent as groupage cargo?
Let us try to understand the specific nature of this mode of transportation.
Let us start with the definition of “ General Cargo” for groupage.
Any cargo that can be consolidated with other similar cargo in volume and weight from other customers allowing for joint delivery to final consignees, can be considered general cargo.
To calculate correctly the groupage costs and organize its delivery effectively, the following information must be known:
Exact cargo description and name;
Packaging type, weight and dimensions for each piece ;
If the packaging type allows for stacking;
Exact loading & unloading location (with the correct zip code or province code);
Possibility of uploading on site at customs clearance or the need to deliver at the consignee’s warehouse (In reference to CIS countries);
Necessary documents for control during loading;
Customs clearance requirements (additional specific details, fine points);
Customer transit time requirements.
Groupage transport can be applied to almost all types of cargo. Exceptions are perishable, oversized and extremely hazardous shipments (ADR class 1, and some subclasses of 6)
Overview of the Groupage Scheme:
When a customer places an order, a representative contacts the shipper and confirms the necessary information and particulars for loading.Cargo collection will be arranged in accordance with the shipper’s schedule and delivered to one of the consolidation warehouses.At the consolidation warehouse, an optimal formation of the master consignment will be shipped with our weekly line-hauls on the required route of delivery.Each of the customer’s particulars (delivery time, unloading priority, the need for delivery to the customs terminal or to the final consignee’s warehouse) are taken into account during the final formation of a consignment.
During the entire transportation, customers receive updates on the status of the cargo from the time of shipment until the time of final delivery.
Combined schemes (by road, rail, sea or air) can be used in the case of groupage shipments. This will depend on the needs and desires of the customer.
Using the groupage option, it is possible to significantly reduce the cost of delivery for small consignment of cargo.