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Break Bulk Cargo


Full load Container shipping is typically the most cost-effective and efficient method of ocean freight forwarding worldwide, but if the goods you need to ship don’t fit in a standard shipping container,  you may need to move your cargo using break bulk shipping method.

Break bulk transportation involves moving large cargo in smaller units, such as pallets, barrels, drums, boxes, or bags. It was the most common method of ocean freight transportation before the rise of large container ships. While typically more labor intensive than full container load (FCL) and less than container load (LCL) shipping, it is often still the best shipping choice when products are too large, heavy, or awkwardly shaped to fit in a standard container, or if the products need to be transported to a minimally-developed port that can’t accommodate container ships.

If you have break bulk cargo, let Express Transport Shipping Line facilitate the moving of the goods from beginning to end. We have been in dealing with Break bulk shipments for many years and we have great experience and extensive professional network in the project cargo forwarding industry, we know how to transport your shipment safely and at the lowest possible cost to you.

Break Bulk Features & Benefits

Break bulk shipping is still used more frequently than you might think, especially in fields that need to move large or heavy goods, such as the petrochemical, oil and gas, energy, marine, and mining industries. Types of goods that are commonly transported in a break bulk shipment include timber, steel slabs, paper pulp, heavy machinery, and project cargo (such as power generating equipment and refinery equipment). Below are a few of the benefits of this shipping method:

  • It Allows Heavy Industry & Power Generation Businesses to Move Their Equipment: Some equipment, such as windmills and large drills, can only be transported using break bulk.
  • It Allows Goods to Enter Minimally-Developed Ports: Some smaller ports cannot accommodate large container ships or tankers, and in these cases, it may be necessary to use a smaller ship designed to carry broken down cargo.
  • It Makes It Easier to Keep Goods Separated: If your goods need to be delivered to their final destination in separate units, it may make more sense to utilize break bulk than to combine them in a container and separate them later.