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To serve a wide range of customers, CF&S Estonia provides services for a wide variety of vessels. These include dry cargo vessels, navy ships, cruise and passenger ships, small river vessels, tankers, yachts, Ro-Ro vessels, as well as liner agent services. 

CF&S makes an extensive coverage of ports possible by serving all the ports in the Baltics. In doing so, we can meet all your requirements in an effective and efficient manner. We simplify your shipping process yet offer you a comprehensive and reliable service.

Are you looking for comprehensive, exceptional, and affordable maritime shipping services? Then look no further than the CF&S. We are an Estonian shipping agency providing global maritime services. A shipping agency or a shipping agent performs an essential job in executing maritime transport. 

It refers to a particular agency or individual responsible for handling goods at the port. In addition, this designated post also requires keeping in line with the customer’s general interests on behalf of ship owners, managers, and charterers, together with a seamless customer experience. 

Moreover, the shipping agent is also responsible for thoroughly clearing vessels and covering all the necessary documentation, as well as questions regarding vessels’ turnaround. This helps eliminate the likelihood of any difficulty for the customer when it comes to the shipment of goods.

To serve a wide range of customers, CF&S Estonia AS provides services for a wide variety of vessels. These include dry cargo vessels, navy ships, cruise and passenger ships, small river vessels, tankers, yachts, Ro-Ro vessels, as well as liner vessels. 

CF&S makes an extensive coverage of ports possible by serving all the ports in the Baltics. In doing so, we can meet all your requirements in an effective and efficient manner. We simplify your shipping process and offer you a comprehensive service.

We have a dedicated team that has acquired ten years of experience in logistics. They strive daily to meet your needs and provide you with a pleasant experience.  

CF&S Estonia AS provides you with a one-stop shop for all your maritime services. When you partner with us, you can expect comprehensive, exceptional, and affordable maritime services. That’s what makes CF&S your ultimate partner for maritime shipping.

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What is the role of a shipping agent or a shipping agency?

A shipping agent/agency processes all transactions in all concerned ports or docks.

What does a shipping agent or agency do?

A shipping agency or shipping agent is the designated person or agency held responsible for handling shipments and cargo, and the general interests of its customers, at ports and harbors worldwide, on behalf of ship owners, managers, and charterers. As your shipping agent, CF&S Estonia AS acquires local currencies, receives mail, and supplies mechanics. We also fulfill provisions of food, water, and many others.

Where are your ports located in the county?

We offer excellent access to our customers in our country. We have offices in all significant Estonian Ports: Tallinn, Kunda, Pärnu, and Paldiski. In this way, we can minimize time needed for fulfilling clients’ requests. 

Are we required to order pilotage in your area?

Yes, you must order pilotage. 

To learn more about pilotage service please visit Eesti Loots AS website.

What does a liner agent or agency do?

Liner agencies handle sales and marketing of shipments, provide extra essential services and that includes vessel operations, reporting to local government and port authorities, crew transfer, and container tracking. Moreover, liner agents also secure bookings of shipping space from shippers.

What is the difference between a shipping agent and a freight forwarder?

Usually, a freight forwarder provides services that a shipping agent cannot. A shipping agent is only concerned with the operational shipping of cargo. Operational shipping begins at the time of consolidation and ends with deconsolidation. A freight forwarder, meanwhile, oversees the entire shipping operation from door-to-door.

What is the role of the Clearing and the Forwarding agent?

Clearing and the Forwarding Agents act as a link between the one who owns the goods and owns the transport means They ensure properly-managed cargo movement to the buyers by providing the completion of several vital procedures and documentation processes.

What differentiates a carrier from the freight forwarder?

Carriers hold the responsibility for the transportation of goods from the loading port to the discharging port, with a chartered vessel or one of their own. On the other hand, a freight forwarder carries the responsibility to sign the carriage contract and then scout for an actual carrier in the market.

What is an agency fee?

The fee is fixed at a specific rate by the customs, official tariff, or dialogue between the two concerned sides in shipping, which is paid to the ship’s agent.

What are the different types of shipping agent?

There are three distinct types of shipping agents:

  • Liner agent

Operating primarily in the liner and break bulk trades, the cargo (or liner) agent is responsible for securing cargo for the line or ship operator. This requires the agent to be in regular contact with local shippers and be ready to provide information on vessel schedules, competitive rates and conditions of carriage. The agent may also offer or provide inland transportation, customs clearance and other related services.

  • Port agent

Is responsible for organizing, overseeing and coordinating all aspects of the port call, from booking berth allocations and services ahead of the vessel’s arrival to finalizing the accounts and other paperwork after the vessel has sailed. Legally, the agent always represents his principal – a Shipowner, however, in real life agents are nominated either by Shipowner or Charterer. The latter expect a ship agent to protect his commercial interest. Another reason could be the need to protect Charterer’s trade secrets.

  • Protecting agent

The agent who is nominated by a Charterer has to ensure there is no conflict of interest and, if there is an area of possible dispute between Charterer and Shipowner, that the agent maintains a completely even-handed approach. However, in some cases, a Shipowner is not satisfied with agent’s performance of his duties. In this situation the Shipowner is left with having to appoint a protecting agent who shall be looking after the Shipowner’s interest.

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