General cargo

What is general cargo?

General cargo refers to goods that can be transported in one piece. This can be a package as well as a pallet, a barrel or a crate. Liquid cargoes such as milk, gasoline, gases or chemicals, on the other hand, are not designated as general cargo.

Likewise, sand, gravel or other debris are not designated as general cargo. As a rule, the dimensions for general cargo lie between a forklift truck, a truck load or the dimensions of a container. Larger general cargo is usually shipped by heavy goods vehicles. The term groupage is often used in connection with general cargo.

However, groupage refers more to the combination of several unit loads and the use of space in a transportation process. To date, there is no uniform rule as to how far the boundary can be drawn to the package. For parcel shipping, we are talking about a weight of around 40-50 kg. For a delivery above this weight, a general cargo shipper should be commissioned. The customer should ask any transport service or forwarding agent for the exact sizes and weights.


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