What is the Cheapest Way to Ship Heavy Items or LCLs Internationally?

The internet has made shopping for the items you want easier and more accessible than ever before. Rather than schlepping across town to a brick-and-mortar store, or having to resign yourself to a sub-par model because the item you really want is only sold on another continent, you can simply log-in, fill your virtual cart and checkout. It’s no wonder 1.66 billion people spent over $2.3 trillion US in retail e-commerce purchases in 2017.

Yet, although purchasing any sized item can be done by anyone, anywhere, getting your buy home without breaking the bank is not so clear cut. Vexed by complex shipping processes and unexpected costs , sellers aren’t exactly keen on adopting international e-commerce shipping solutions. Nevertheless, in an effort to meet increasing consumer demands for the international fulfillment of large and heavy purchases or partial shipments (LCLs), sellers are starting to actively inquire about the cheapest shipping methods they can apply.

What is the cheapest way to ship heavy items or LCLs internationally?

It’s not the US Postal Service

While Google’s search results might have you believe that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will ship your heavy items for the lowest cost, this is not actually the case. The USPS is the cheapest way to ship packages within continental America, but if you want to ship items overseas, or your item is large or heavy, you’re out of luck. Here’s why:

  • There are different prices for shipping to different countries, laid out in complex pricing tables.
  • Pricing is not flat. Your rate can drastically change according to the item’s weight and the timeframe in which you want the item delivered. The price will also change if the item is being shipped directly to your destination country, or if the item is being shipped with other items making stopovers along the way.
  • USPS does have a Media Mail program to ship heavy books, but it is considered low priority (shipping is slow) and several restrictions on the kinds of books you can ship apply.

In other words, you get what you pay for, so choose wisely when purchasing a large or heavy item online.

It’s not FedEX or UPS

The cheapest way to ship heavy items domestically is via courier service, like FedEX or UPS. However, if you’re looking for the cheapest way to ship heavy items internationally, you’re going to have to keep looking. International courier services like TrakPak, DHL and FedEX do offer international large item courier services at a relatively cheaper cost, but one cannot say for certain that they are the cheapest way to ship your heavy purchases overseas. Still, when in a pinch, these services will provide rush delivery, so it’s good to keep them in mind.

The most affordable and efficient way to ship LCLs or heavy items internationally is using Ladingo

Ladingo is removing barriers related to the shipping and importation of large items, import is more of an e-mport, and with Ladingo it’s easy to create the cheapest, most efficient and streamlined retail-commerce fulfillment solution on the market, you can do it from your couch. By consolidating and optimizing the contents of  containers and automating all the customs documentation, regulation, and pricing processes related to international shipping Ladingo is helping to create a flatter world than ever – at a price that appeals to sellers, and importers, individuals or businesses. 


Calculate your shipping rate together with the taxes and the duties:

Ladingo’s  solution, ensures all pricing is presented upfront and all “importer” purchase requests are consolidated within a unified and automated platform. 

Ladingo teamed up with ZIM and Zim Logistics China to provide you with faster, smarter, and easier logistics. We call it ZLMAX

Join ZLMAX today to enjoy Ladingo’s innovation in combination with ZLChina’s experience and ZIM’s eCommerce express service (ZEX). Click here to learn more.

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