Sending small parcels and paying the ECTN certificate fee for Full Container Load may seem unfair. Although that is the requirement, there are a number of ways to share the cost of the ECTN certificate if you are sharing the container.
First, you can share the cost of the ECTN certificate for your LCL container, if you are using freight forwarder and if they have local agents at the destination country to address the container to. In this case, the Master BL is created to Freight Forwarder as the exporter and the local agent as Importer.
The second option arises when exporters from the same location sending to the same consignee. In this case, one of the exporters acts as an intermediator and instead of LCL the container will be mentioned as FCL and only one ECTN certificate for the whole container is enough.