All you need to know about CFS Container Freight Terminal

All you need to know about CFS Container Freight Station

A container freight station (CFS) is the place where containers are loaded and unloaded from trucks or trains, and it is also sometimes called a container terminal or container yard. 

A container freight terminal is an essential part of the global supply chain, and in the following paragraphs, we will highlight what it is These stations and how they work.

What is a container freight station?

Container Freight station (CFS) is used by freight forwarders, shipping lines, and logistics service providers, located in major ports and cities around the world.

The main purpose of these stations is to consolidate small shipments into larger shipments to reduce transportation costs. For example, if the shipper has ten shipments of goods shipped from China to the United Arab Emirates, then it will be a more cost-effective situation to combine them into one shipment instead of It was sent in ten separate shipments.

The fees charged by the container freight station vary according to the services provided and the location of the station, and in some cases, it may offer discounts to customers in general, or to customers who use multiple services such as storage, completion of customs procedures, and others.

Container freight stations also play a very important role in the global economy, by facilitating the movement of goods between different modes of transport, so they are an essential part of the multimodal cargo transport system, as they provide storage, handling, and many other services for goods packed in containers.

Services provided by the container freight station

The container freight station provides several services, including the following:
  • Receipt and delivery of goods from/to senders of goods and consignees
  • In it, goods are handled and stored, as spaces are provided for shippers who do not have their own storage warehouses, to store their shipments temporarily until they are ready for shipment.
  • It also loads and unloads goods from trucks, trains, and ships
  • It is also possible to perform documentation and customs clearance operations within it, as these services are often provided by freight forwarders, shipping lines, and logistics service providers.

General view of a container freight station

The size of the container shipping station varies according to the needs of shippers and consignees, and most of these stations are large facilities with a lot of storage space, in addition to equipment for loading and unloading containers. The other is smaller terminals that only handle a few containers daily.

There are also many spaces within these stations in which a variety of services are provided such as container storage, maintenance, and cleaning. Value-added services such as cargo insurance, customs clearance, and freight forwarding can also be provided.

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