What is CY-CY in Shipping?

What is meant by CY?

Container Yard shipments, also known as Merchant Haulage, are abbreviated as CY. The customer is responsible for transporting the container(s) to the port/terminal.

  • Container Yard shipment refers to the port where the containers are being delivered as well as their final destination, making it clear to the shipper, exporter, and customer who is in charge of handling responsibility for container transportation.
  • If the origin container yard is landlocked, then it is also used to transfer containers to CY seaports.
  • If necessary, a destination sea port can also be used to transfer containers to landlocked CYs, which are located closer to the locations where the cargo is offloaded and the empty containers are returned to the carrier.

What is CY-CY Shipment?

The terms /CY are frequently found after the port names on bills of lading or letters of credit.

  • CY/CY, which stands for “Container Yard to Container Yard,” refers to both the delivery port or terminal and the carrier’s port or terminal where goods are received by a consignee.
  • To make it clear to the shipper, exporter, and customer who is responsible for transporting containers, a CY/CY shipment term simply informs the shipper of the port where the containers will be delivered as well as their final destination.

How Does it Work?

Freight shipping can be costly. Along with the price of the item you’re shipping, you must pay for the freight’s transportation. You will be responsible for paying both the freight and the cost of transporting your goods when using CY-CY.

The CY-CY term is important for shippers because it helps them calculate their overall shipping costs. It also helps to determine what they will need to pay when they’re planning their logistics.

Difference between CY and CFS?

Container yards (CY) are generally used for full container load (FCL) shipments before and after loading.

Container freight stations are primarily used for less than container load (LCL) shipments in which the goods must be consolidated before being loaded onto the vessel and de-consolidated after being unloaded.

Here are the four main CY and CFS shipment configurations, as well as the scenarios in which they would be used.

  • CY/CY

FCL shipment, in which the packed containerized cargo is picked up at the container yard at the origin port and delivered to the consignee at the destination port Container Yard. In this case, the carrier’s liability begins at the CY of origin and ends at the CY of destination. These shipments, also known as FCL/FCL shipments, will have a single Shipper and Consignee.


When cargo is delivered in less-than-container load quantities to a CFS Container Freight Station for loading into containers and unloading from the containers at the destination CFS, this is referred to as CFS/CFS.

  • CY/CFS

The term CY/CFS is used when cargo is picked up from a Container Yard at the origin port (FCL) but delivered to a CFS at the destination port (LCL) for de-consolidation. These shipments, also known as FCL/LCL shipments, will have a single shipper and multiple consignees.

  • CFS/CY

Typically, this is a buyer consolidation shipment. At the origin port, the cargo is consolidated or grouped together at a CFS (LCL). However, at the destination, the container is delivered at a Container Yard (FCL). As a result, such shipments, which have multiple shippers and a single consignee, are also known as LCL/FCL shipments.