Do you know India has more than 169 Container Freight Stations approximately? For those venturing into the realm of the logistics industry, especially handling LCL shipments, the term “Container Freight Stations” might be familiar, but what goes on behind the scenes?
Here we unwind the layers of Container Freight Stations, their functions, and the invaluable benefits they offer to exporters and importers alike.
Container Freight Station is a logistical hub strategically positioned near transportation hubs like Ports, serving as a pivotal link in the LCL shipment journey. Whether consolidating shipments into Full Container Loads (FCL) or deconsolidating for final delivery, CFS facilities are the transition points where goods undergo meticulous handling.
The role of CFS in export and import
Container Freight Stations (CFS) play a crucial role in the world of export and import, acting as vital hubs that streamline the movement of goods.
For exporters, CFS serves as the point where shipments are unloaded, consolidated, prepped, and ready for their international journey. This consolidation process ensures efficient use of container space and cost-effective shipping, particularly for Less than Container Load (LCL) shipments. Finally, CFS seals container hands it over to port/terminal for export
For importers, CFS functions as the gateway where goods undergo deconsolidation. Here, shipments are carefully unpacked and inspected, ensuring that everything is in order before reaching its final destination. This step is essential for customs clearance, making the import process smoother and more efficient. Finally, CFS custodian issues gate pass to release cargo to the importer
Functions of a CFS:
- Consolidation and Deconsolidation: Grouping LCL shipments into FCL or separating them for final delivery.
- Loading and Unloading: Efficient transfer of goods between different modes of transportation.
- Customs examination: Weighing shipments, inspecting containers for customs compliance.Stacks, sorts, tracks and tallies containers before and after shipping
- Temporary Storage: Providing secure storage for cargo, empty and laden containers.
- Record Keeping: Maintaining comprehensive records for shipment tracking and compliance.
- Moving containers: Moves empty containers from container yards and laden containers to port/terminal
Benefits of CFS for Exporters, Importers and Freight Forwarders:
- Eases traffic at ports and terminals
- Makes customs clearance simpler
- Gives ships unique IDs for easy cargo and container tracking
- Maintain records of all shipment info like exporter names, cargo details, and more
- More security, timely loading/unloading, and container options to suit your needs.
- Can act as a warehouse
Container Freight Stations are the real rock stars behind the scenes, not just organising things but making sure everything runs super smooth. As the logistics game evolves, CFS continues to be the behind-the-scenes champ, ensuring your goods travel across borders without a problem, making life a bit easier for businesses around the globe. In exciting news, DahNAY has acquired Kailash CFS, bringing added benefits to our clients in terms of smooth operations and efficient logistics, making LCL shipping services simple and seamless.