Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


Groupage is the grouping together of several compatible consignments into a full container load. Also referred to as consolidation.

What is Groupage?

The term groupage refers to a type of shipment – increasingly widespread in international trade – which consists of grouping small shipments of goods that have the same or near origin and destination, so as to form a more manageable load unit (semi-trailer, sea freight container, air container, etc.). The operation of joining the goods in a single groupage shipment is called consolidation; the opposite activity on arrival (separating of lots) is called degroupage.