The location designated by carriers for receipt of cargo to be packed into containers/equipment by the carrier. At destination, CFS is the location designated by the carrier for unpacking of cargo from equipment/containers.
A depot at which (in export) a quantity less then container load (LCL) of cargo is received from sellers for loading into containers, or where (import) LCL cargo is discharged from containers and then delivered to merchants.
A facility tailor-made for centrally handling exported LCL cargo from shippers for consolidating into containers, and imported LCL cargo unloaded from containers to be delivered to appointed consignees.
A shipping dock where cargo is loaded ("stuffed") into or unloaded ("stripped") from containers. Generally, this involves less than container load shipments, although small shipments destined to same consignee are often consolidated. Container reloading from/to rail or motor carrier equipment is a typical activity.