Some people might use 40 FCL to refer to the use of an entire 40ft shipping container or TEU to store and transport products. The standard container measures 40ft (12.2m) by 8ft (2.44m) by 8ft 6in (2.6m) and can hold 20x standard pallets (1m x 1.2m), or 23x Euro-pallets (0.8m x 1.2m). By contrast a 20ft container measures 20ft (6.06m) by 8ft (2.44m) by 8ft 6in (2.6m) and can carry 9x standard pallets (1m x 1.2m), or 10x Euro-pallets (0.8m x 1.2m).

In logistics, 20 FCL is more commonly known as a 20ft container or 20ft TEU. An empty standard 20ft container weighs around 1.8-2.2 metric tonnes (about 3,970 - 4,850 lb) and can hold up to about 25,400kg (28 tons). An empty 40-foot container weighs between 3.8 and 4.2 tonnes (8,340 - 9,260 lb) and can carry up to 26,300kg (29 tons). However, while you can fill a container to its maximum payload, you also need to consider the local road weight limits throughout the shipment's journey.

The price for LCL mainly depends on the number of pallets you want to transport and the routing they take using a specific modality.