The CY/CY shipping method is one of the most common ways to move shipments. Read this blog to know all about CY/CY shipping and how you can track your containers easily. 

There are different ways in which you can arrange shipments for your cargo for international shipping. One of them is the CY/CY shipping arrangement. It’s important to understand the type of shipping method you’re choosing so each party is aware of their responsibilities in the arrangement. We’ll discuss more about this later in the blog. 

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What is CY/CY in container shipping? 

CY/CY or ‘Container Yard to Container Yard’ shipping is an arrangement where the shipper is responsible for delivering the Full Container Load (FCL) shipment to the carrier’s container yard (CY) at the origin port. Here the consignee is responsible for picking up the containerized cargo from the carrier’s CY at the destination or discharge port. 

To put it simply, if your Bill of Lading has CY/CY, it means:

  • The shipper delivers goods to the carrier’s yard at the origin port.
  • The consignee picks up the goods from the carrier’s yard at the destination port.

A CY/CY shipment term simply tells you the container yards at which the containers are loading and getting delivered. It ensures transparency and clarifies the roles of the shipper, exporter, and customer when transporting containers. 

What is CY in shipping vs CFS in shipping?

CY and CFS in shipping are both terms related to the handling of cargo containers, but they refer to different locations and arrangements. Let’s explore them in detail below. 

-CY: CY refers to Container Yard, which stands for a designated area within a port where shipping containers are stored, loaded, and unloaded. When shipping terms include CY, it means that the responsibility for delivering and picking up the goods lies with the shipper and consignee, respectively, at the carrier’s container yard.

-CFS: CFS stands for Container Freight Station. This is a facility where less-than-container-load (LCL) cargo is consolidated and de-consolidated. It’s used for smaller shipments that don’t fill an entire container. When shipping terms include CFS, the cargo is delivered and picked up at a container freight station, not directly at the port.

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CY/CFS shipping

In this arrangement, the shipper delivers the goods to the carrier’s CY at the origin port, and the consignee picks up the goods from the CFS at the port of destination.

CY/CFS refers to an arrangement where an FCL is initially shipped by a single seller. Upon arrival at the destination, the container is de-consolidated at the container freight station. This process allows for LCL quantities to be separated and delivered to multiple consignees individually

The responsibility of the shipping line is limited to transporting the goods between the CY at the origin port and the CFS at the destination port. 

CFS/CY shipping

CFS/CY means the shipper delivers the goods to the CFS at the origin port. The consignee picks up the goods from the carrier’s container yard at the destination port. 

During this arrangement, the origin port’s CFS consolidates the LCL shipments. Thereafter, the shipments are sent to the destination port’s CY, where the consignee collects them. This type of shipment generally has multiple shippers but a single consignee.

CFS/CFS shipping 

CFS/CFS shipping refers to a shipping arrangement where cargo is handled at container freight stations both at the origin and destination ports. Multiple sellers deliver their LCL shipment to the origin port’s CFS for consolidation. 

Upon arrival at the destination port, the cargo is offloaded back to its original groupings at the CFS. Each consignee can then pick up their respective cargo from the CFS.

Now that you know all about CFS shipping, let’s take a look at some other types of shipments as well. 

Door to CY shipping 

In Door-to-CY shipping, the shipping line picks up your cargo at your doorstep or your facility. They will handle the shipment until it reaches the destination port. The carrier’s responsibility ends at the destination port’s container yard. 

On the other hand, in CY-to-Door shipping, the shipping line takes charge of your cargo at the port of origin and will drop it at the receiver’s doorstep. 

In Door-to-Door shipping, the shipping company will pick up your cargo at your doorstep and deliver it to the doorstep of the recipient as well.

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Shipping terms in the Bill of Lading 

A bill of lading is a document used in freight shipping that states an agreement between a shipper and a carrier about the type of shipment they’re choosing. To get a quick overview of all the shipments we’ve discussed so far, take a look at the table below. 

Shipping term Meaning 
CY/CY Shipper is responsible for delivering goods to the carrier’s CY at the origin port. The consignee is responsible for picking up the goods from the carrier’s CY at the destination port.
CY/CFS Shipper delivers goods to the carrier’s CY at the origin port. The consignee picks up the goods from the CFS at the destination port.
CFS/CY Shipper delivers cargo to the CFS at the origin port. The consignee is responsible for picking up the cargo from the carrier’s CY at the destination port.
CFS/CFS Cargo is consolidated and de-consolidated at CFS both at the origin and destination ports for LCL shipments

Check out our detailed blog on Bill of Lading for more information. 

Use Container xChange to track containers for CY/CY shipment

It’s important to keep track of all your shipments. Accurate tracking of containers improves planning and enhances customer satisfaction. It also helps you avoid any unnecessary delay charges and saves you money. However, tracking multiple shipments can be a tedious process if you have to do it manually. That’s where Container xChange can help you! 

At Container xChange, we help you track your containers in different types of shipments like CY/CY, CY/CFS, and Door/CY. Our platform gives you automated real-time updates in case of delays, discharges, rollovers, or lengthy wait times, so you can share them in real-time with your customers. 

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Different combinations of CY/CY shipping rates

Shipping rates depend on a variety of factors, including the type of shipment you’ve opted for. Read on to get an overview of a few combinations of shipments and how their costs are calculated. 

  • Gate In/Gate Out: Terminal handling charges (THC) at both ends are included in the total shipping charges. Only the local charges payable to the carriers are excluded.
  • CY/Gate Out: Terminal handling charges at the discharge port are included in the total shipping charges. Local charges payable to the carriers at both ends and the origin THC are excluded.
  • Gate In/CY: In this combination, the THC at the origin port is covered in the total shipping charges, and what is excluded are the local charges payable to the carriers at both ends and the destination THC.
  • CY/CY: Only the carriage charges are included, and no other charges are covered.

Now that you know the different CY/CY shipping rates, let’s take a look at how you can keep track of your shipments easily.  

How to track containers for CY/CY shipment on Container xChange 

At Container xChange, we help you track your containers and give you automated, near real-time updates. Regardless of whether your containers are standalone (individually managed) or part of a larger deal or shipment, our container tracking feature allows for better visibility and management of your containers. 

By accurately tracking your shipments, you can manage your fleet better and provide better customer service based on the expected arrival of your containers. Tracking containers also helps you avoid any unnecessary delay charges and saves you money. 

All you’ve got to do is fill in your container number or Bill of Lading number on our platform. We’ll store this information and give you automated updates on:

  • Pick-up reminders
  • Container ETAs
  • Return schedules
  • Delay warnings
  • Route changes
  • Container close to destination update
  • Rollovers within the company and with customers

Container xChange tracking makes it easy for your business to keep track of all shipments, including CY/CY shipments. Moreover, you can lease containers on our leasing platform from 1,700 vetted suppliers and manage everything related to your shipment on a single platform! Talk to our experts by clicking the banner below and see how you can streamline your container operations.

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CY/CY Shipping: Common FAQs

Is CY/CY a FCL or LCL?

CY/CY shipments are FCL/FCL shipments and have a single shipper and consignee. The cargo fills the entire container in this type of shipment.

What is the CY date for shipping?

A CY cutoff date is the date by which a container must be gated in (checked in) at the container yard before its scheduled sailing. CY cutoff dates are determined by the shipping line but are typically 2 days before the scheduled sailing.

What is the CY/CY term in container shipping?

CY/CY term means 'Container Yard to Container Yard', referring to the carrier's port or terminal where goods are dispatched and the delivery port or terminal where a consignee accepts the goods.