As a single point of entry, Panalpina provides access to a global network with a wide choice of routes and shipping options. The company also improves its clients’ productivity, for example by helping them effectively manage inventory levels or by making the supply chain more visible through its visibility tools. Panalpina provides ocean freight capacity under three main services, namely:
- Full Container Load: FCL is the shipping option that makes up the majority of Panalpina’s Ocean Freight service and it involves shipping a full container as a single unit. For customers this is generally the fastest and most efficient way to move products.
- Less than Container Load: LCL involves moving goods that do not fill a container. Cargoes are combined with others to maximize load factors of containers. Combining goods headed to the same region or destination gives customers with lower volume shipments access to ocean freight economies of scale that are normally restricted to full container movements.
- Non-Containerized Load: The NCL service covers goods that require special handling not covered by shipping in a standard container or oversize goods that do not fit a standard container. In addition to moving these loads by ship, Panalpina arranges road or other transport assistance to the final destination.