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Container Transport

Container Transport

A Full Container Load (FCL) is a container assigned to a single recipient. In shipping, FCL means that a single client has reserved an entire container to ship its products.

A Less than Full Container Load (LCL), meanwhile, assigns a container to several clients. Meaning several clients share the cargo capacity of a single container. LCL is ideal for smaller shipments that do not require speedy delivery. Using LCL for less time-sensitive transportation helps save on costs.

CF&S Estonia AS offers two modes of container transportation. 

  • Full Container Load (FCL). 
  • Less than Full Container Load (LCL).

CF&S Estonia AS offers you a wide variety of container cargo services.  For example, we provide fragile goods, break bulk, out of gauge, and reefer services. Our range of services offers you flexible options at a reasonable cost.

Thanks to a collaboration with major ocean carriers, you’ll get the most appropriate allocations. You’ll also get proper scheduling and a full range of standard and special equipment, such as:

  • 20´ and 40´ standard containers
  • 40´ high cube and 45´containers
  • 20´ and 40´ high cube reefer containers
  • 20´ and 40´ open-top containers
  • Collapsible flat rack containers are suitable for intermodal transport
  • Tank containers

CF&S also connects to the online booking/Track ‘n Trace system. That allows us CF&S to offer customs service along with transport costs. This is one way we take the responsibility off your shoulders.

Our Container Transport Department does the yeoman’s work. We have a close-knit team of eight knowledgeable industrial professionals. Yet they generate results you might expect from much larger teams. 

CF&S Estonia AS provides a full suite of services to meet your needs. Our goal is to provide you with a range of options tailored to your specific needs. With CF&S Estonia AS on your side, you’ll gain a competitive advantage.

Container transport

What kind of import documentation does Estonia require for container cargo?

Estonia requires EX1 and cargo invoices for import to Estonia. Cargo transportation is not a complex field, and we will help you even in this minimal documentation process.

What is detention in container shipping?

Detention is also known as a per diem fee. Detention occurs when an importer picks up a container for unpacking but does not return it to the assigned depot within the agreed free-time

How to apply for Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?

VGM refers to the gross weight of the container including its content. There are two ways to obtain VGM.

  1. The first method entails weighing the packed and sealed container and its contents. The container is weighed along with the truck on which it is loaded. The weight of the truck and its fuel is then eliminated from the total value.
  2. The second method requires weighing all the cargo items and contents of the container. That includes the packing material, securing equipment, pallets or dunnage individually. This is then added to the container’s tare weight.

What shipping lines does CF&S work with?

We work with all the prominent names such as MSC, Maersk, CMA-CGM, Evergreen, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL, ONE etc.

How to choose the container suitable for my cargo?

You have five options to choose from.

  1. Standard containers, usually made of aluminium or steel also known as general-purpose containers.  Standard containers are provided in the following sizes: 20’DC, 40’DC, 40’HC, 45’HC 
  2. The flat rack containers have collapsible sides that fold. That makes them ideal for transporting cars and boats. Flat rack containers are primarily meant for over width and heavyweight cargo due to its open construction.
  3. Open top containers have no roof and are ideal for amorphous goods such as machinery and logs.
  4. Refrigerated containers, also called reefers are used to transport cargo that requires protection from heat or cold, temperature control or ventilation. A wide variety of commodities can be shipped in refrigerated containers, including fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh and frozen meats, poultry and seafood, dairy products and fresh juices, live plants and flowers.
  5. Tank containers are cylindrical containers designed to retain liquids, gases and powders. They carry both hazardous and non-hazardous goods. Hazardous goods include oils, chemicals, and fuels. Non-hazardous goods include wines, spirits, and juices.

Also, there are plenty of non-standard containers available for a specific purpose or cargoes. We find the best option to fit your requirements.

What is drop off service?

Drop off service refers to the return of an empty container to the container owner’s terminal.

What do commercial invoice and packing lists mean and why are they required?

A commercial invoice is a standardized, commercial document drafted to reflect a transaction between a seller and a buyer. This document serves two purposes:

  1. It certifies the actual shipment of the goods by the seller (contractor) to the buyer (customer). The invoice lists the range and value of the goods.
  2. It serves as the basis for the collection of customs duties and for tax accounting.

A packing list serves as a product specification that contains detailed information for each item. The document is especially relevant as a supplement to the commercial invoice, if the cargo comprises a large unit of goods, with different weights and contents.

How much does insurance cost for one container?

The cost of insurance depends on the value of the cargo. In calculating the cost, the type of container or service is immaterial.

How many pallets can we fit into the containers?

A 20´ Container can fit:

  • 9-10 standard pallets 1000 x 1200
  • 11 EUR-pallets 800 x 1200

A 40´ Container can fit:

  • 20-21 standard pallets 1000 x 1200
  • 23-24 EUR-pallets 800 x 1200

What are the ways you can communicate with CF&S?

We are a customer-centric company focused exclusively on meeting your needs. You can stay in touch with CF&S 24 x 7 via telephone, email, fax, and text. We have a team of experienced experts that can resolve any issues you may have. We are always staffed to handle your needs, challenges, and concerns – routine and unexpected.

What Sets CF&S Apart from the Competition?

You’ve already read how working with CF&S benefits you. Besides that, you’ll gain a business partner that will work with you from start to finish. The job’s not done until you say it’s done. 

Our success depends on your success. That’s why we’ll strive to go the extra mile. We don’t view transportation support and services as a short-term, transactional business. Instead, we view it as a long-term, strategic business. We go beyond meeting your short-term objectives. We will work in partnership with you to achieve your long-term goals. Specifically, we will ensure short-term objectives are aligned with your long-term goals.

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