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What is CFS (Container freight station)

What is CFS?

CFS stands for ‘Container Freight Station’, It can be best described as a station or warehouse where exported goods or products are stored to be shipped together in one or more containers.

There is another term apart from appearing on Bills of Lading or Letters of Credit are CFS/CFS pier to pier. The term refers to the cargo packed by the carrier into a container along with other goods and accepted and unpacked by consignee at the destination terminal or port.

CFS is a facility in which freight shipments are consolidated or de-consolidated and staged between transport legs. A CFS is typically located very close to an ocean, port, or airport. The sole purpose of situating it near ports is that those cargo containers are transported to and from them. CFS at loading port stands for the location assigned by carriers for the receiving of cargo to be loaded into containers by the carrier. At destination or discharge port the term CFS stands for the bonded location designated by carriers for devanning of containerized cargo.

CFS Receiving Services

CFS receiving services are considered a set of services which are provided between receiving cargo from exporters and packing them into containers.

CFS Receiving Services include:

  • Moving empty containers from a Container Yard to a Container Freight Station
  • Drayage of loaded containers from the Container Freight Station to the Container Yard
  • Tallying
  • Issuing dock receipt or shipping order
  • The physical movement of cargo in or out of a Container Freight Station
  • Stuffing, sealing and marking of containers for labelling and identification
  • Storage of containers
  • Ordinary sorting and stacking of containers pre or post-shipment
  • Preparing containers internal load plan

At a CFS, the goods normally belong to several different customers, and the shipment is often done via LCL shipments.

LCL (Less container load) shipments occur when the exporters don’t have enough cargo to fill one container full (an FCL). Read our guide on difference between Less Container Load Shipments and Full Container Load Shipments.

CFS/CFS – What is a CFS – CFS shipment?

A Bill of Lading might contain the port name followed by CFS, which refers to the shipping port name, followed by the destination port name, which lays out the responsibilities between the exporter, shipping company and customer.

CFS Pier to Pier

There is another term often appeared on Bills of Lading or Letters of Credit are CFS/CFS pier to pier. The terms are referring to the cargo which should be packed by the carrier into a container along with other goods and accepted and unpacked by consignee at the destination terminal or port.

CFS Receiving Services

CFS also receives a set of services which are provided between receiving cargo from exporters and packing them into containers.

CFS Receiving Services include:

  • Moving empty containers from a Container Yard to a Container Freight Station
  • Drayage of loaded containers from the Container Freight Station to the Container Yard
  • Tallying
  • Issuing dock receipt or shipping order
  • The physical movement of cargo in or out of a Container Freight Station
  • Stuffing, sealing and marking of containers for labelling and identification
  • Storage of containers
  • Ordinary sorting and stacking of containers pre or post-shipment
  • Preparing containers internal load plan