Glossary

Break Bulk

Tags: Glossary

Break bulk is described as cargo that does not fit in standard shipping containers or cargo bins.

Flexport
Woman with face mask

Blog

Coronavirus Update: Supply Chain and Economic Updates

What is Break Bulk?

Break bulk is a shipping term for cargo that does not fit in a standard shipping container or cargo bin. Break bulk cargo is instead transported individually in bags, boxes, crates, drums, or barrels.

Shipping break bulk takes more time than shipping in standardized containers because each item must be loaded and unloaded individually using special equipment.

Break bulk is different from bulk cargo, which is free flowing, liquid, or dry items shipped loosely and unpackaged.

Examples of breakbulk cargo include the following:

  • Construction equipment
  • Manufacturing materials
  • Oversized vehicles
  • Boats
  • Ship propellers
  • Generators
  • Large engines

Learn More

Related Help Articles

Should I Ship via Freight or Parcel?

How to Load a Container

Related Glossary Terms

Bulk Cargo

Rolled Cargo

Share the Article

More From Flexport

arrowImage

准备好开始了吗?

注册 Flexport 账号或要求查看我们的行动平台。

关注微信公众号阅读每周的航运市场动态。

立即扫描二维码关注 Flexport。

flexport-wechat