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General Cargo Shipping (FAK)

What is considered ‘General Cargo’? The industry generally refers to this cargo as FAK which stands for Freight All Kinds. Typically this is defined as cargo which is not restricted by customs in any way, or by the carrier. Restricted cargo is typically cargo that requires more documentation, approval processes, or other unique requirements before it can be accepted for shipment. FAK/General Cargo also refers to cargo that will fit easily within standard 20’ and 40’ containers and does not require any special equipment (flat racks, open tops, etc.).

General Cargo covers the vast majority of what the world ships. It can range from commodities such as food products, clothing, manufactured goods, etc. If you are new to shipping and are unsure our representatives are here to help determine how your cargo would be categorized

What is NOT General Cargo?

“It is easier to understand General Cargo by examining what is NOT considered FAK/General Cargo. The list can be long, but for a better understanding of what falls outside of general cargo we have comprised a short list:
  • Dangerous Goods / Hazardous goods
  • Ammunition, flammable chemicals.
  • Human remains, blood samples, organs.
  • Live animals.
  • Out of gauge cargo (OOG)
  • Cargo that will not fit in a standard container and needs special equipment.
  • Certain pharmaceuticals and medicines.

Can You Ship Goods NOT Considered General Cargo/FAK?

Yes, absolutely! The term restricted cargo only means that the goods have a different set of requirements prior to boarding a vessel. This could be additional documentation, certification, special loading procedures, exams, etc. However, once met the goods can move freely like all other cargo. At Vital Worldwide we are well experienced in shipping all types of cargo whether general/FAK or otherwise. Contact us today with all your logistic questions. We look forward to talking to you!
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