Combining cargo from more than one shipper and/or to more than one consignee for shipment together, usually in a single shipping container. On arrival, the container is unloaded, and each individual shipment may be claimed by its appropriate consignee. The same scenario applies when a single shipper or consignee consolidates small shipments for its own use, or arranges that this be done by a third-party logistics provider. Firms providing consolidation services often act as carriers, providing their own house transport documents that are supported by a master transport document issued by the undercarrier for the entire consolidated shipment. Also called groupage.