Container Freight Station Facilitates Import & Export
Modern warehouses are fully equipped to take care of client needs. When you are in the business of manufacturing there are raw materials that you may need to import. Most manufacturers do not have a large warehouse so they store their raw materials and imported components in a third party warehouse.
A well-equipped warehouse can work as a fulfillment center. There are many new businesses that are blossoming due to the internet. Hundreds of medium-sized businesses have grown fast into large multinational corporations due to the blessings of the internet. Due to express communications, the complexity of doing business internationally is now zero. It is now very easy to find buyers and sellers online.
Both importers and exporters can get any type of information about the world markets and pursue partnerships and benefit from new business opportunities with ease. The licensing requirements are also eased which has mushroomed the growth of B2C businesses.
Due to an increment in import and export activity, the ports are always congested. Near the ports, you can find many container freight stations (CFS) that are meant to ease this congestion. This way the operation of the ports is not affected. The shipment containers come in and get stored in the CFS. For exporters, the CFS serves as a place where they can take time to stuff their containers. A mill may be small and may only produce a certain number of items in a day due to the number of machines or employees they have. They can take a few days to a few weeks to finish with the export order and continue to stiff the container until the shipment is ready.
There are many transportation companies that offer drayage services. All you have to do is hand over the shipment documents to them so they can go to the port and pick your merchandise for you or drop your export shipment there. The drivers are well trained to handle all types of customs and shipping documents. They can pick up the inbound container from the port and drive it to the CFS where it can go through customs clearance.
A CFS is a huge storage facility where you can store shipments and also empty containers. It operates round the clock and has a full-fledged IT and communication infrastructure which is integrated with dockside terminal operations, shipping lines, and the Customs. The off-dock container freight station is a mini-port facility and warehouse. Here the exporters like to consolidate their shipments and the importers de- stuff their containers for distribution in the local market.
A CFS is like a reliable cargo manager and follows international standards of service to serve the shipping companies, importers and exporters. Operations at the mini-port are managed by a professional team that focuses on customer service standards. Every day, all types of cargo go through the CFS and the management team efficiently handles it in a secure environment. CFS has a contract agreement with various transporters and logistics service providers to move your shipments from their facility to the dockside. Some CFSs also have their own transportation company and can help with inland deliveries as well. You can have just the right amount of raw materials shipped to your factory as and when required. The rest of the raw materials stay in the CFS until they are used up in production. This is a very good feature of a CFS that helps manufacturers continue with the operation without much need for a heavy expense. It takes a lot of investment to build your own warehouse and when you can rent cheap space it saves you the expense.
A CFS is also good in terms of security. The 24/7 facility is monitored with cameras and there is no unauthorized personnel allowed in the facility. In case there is a fire and your shipment burns down the CFS is liable to pay you the damages. They have the insured facilities and you can store the shipment there with total peace of mind knowing that it is safe and secure there.
The logistics support that CFS offers helps clients save on the cost of transportation. Facilities are kept clean and there is a refrigerated area where all perishable items are stored. This helps keep the fresh produce at the right temperatures so when they get to the end-user they are still fresh. Whether you are importing or exporting perishables the CFS ensures all your goods stay in the best possible condition in transit.
A CFS is equipped with refrigeration plants and well insulated cold rooms. Chiller can be operated between -5°C and +17°C and freezers at -25°C. These are ideal for storing fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits, processed foods, poultry, fish, dairy products, processed meats and more. Some electronic items are also temperature sensitive like the vaccines and other pharmaceuticals. These can also be stored in temperature-controlled storage areas.