What Does CFR Stand For?

May 21, 2020 Shawn Mack Shawn Mack

In this world developing day by day, business is being accomplished through the borders. Nowadays, people are constantly selling and buying products internationally. Cost and Freight (CFR) is a term that is used in international trading contracts. It means that the vendor must pay off the costs and freights to transfer the goods and products to the required port. In a foreign trade contract that determines the cost and freight, the vendor has to organize the whole coach or carriage containing Goods to the destination port by means of sea. Vendor also must deliver the essential documents to the purchaser. In CFR, the vendor is not answerable for any kind of harm or damage to the cargo during the transport. This term can be used only for the transportation of goods by internal waterways or by Sea.

Breakdown of CFR

The Code of Federal regulations is generally a classification of some universal and permanent rules and guidelines. It is also known as administrative law. Keeping this in mind, CFR is classified into fifty labels that specify the larger regions subjected to federal regulation.    

Shipping and trading of things internationally through sea’s or internal waterways imposes some essential terms that vary from:

1. Payment settlement

2. Area of Delivery

3. Time of Delivery

4. Protection cost

5. Threats and risks involve the shifts between the purchaser and the vendor 

Related Commercial Terms

Free Alongside Shipping

Free alongside ship means that the delivery of products and goods to the seaport along with the ship or boat is the duty of the vendor.

Free On Board (FOB)

FOB means that the vendor must ensure that all the products are loaded into the vessel.

Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF)

It is similar to (CFR). In Cost Insurance and cargo (CIF), the vendor is controlling the entire transportation process.

CFR Calculation

In the shipment and transportation of merchandise from one port to the other, Cost is also an important thing. During this trade process, the cost of goods that have to be shipped is mostly calculated using various formulas.

CFR cost = Shipping cost + FOB cost

CFR cost = CIF cost * [1-(1+ Insurance) * Insurance rate]

On the other hand, the purchaser is responsible for paying the cost for:

• Ocean cargo

• Unloading of products

• Insurance of the products

• Transfer of products from one port to some other area

Vendor's Obligations

There are a few Vendor's Obligations under CFR Incoterm some of which are as per the following:

Conveyance of Documents and Goods

It is the responsibility of the vendor to deliver or move the goods from the warehouse to the source port at the agreed date and time. Also, they are responsible for delivering the required documents on time.


Wrapping and packing of the goods is the duty of the vendor. They should ensure that everything is packed in a good manner to avoid any harm.

Inland Transport

The vendor is responsible for the security and costs for moving the shipping goods from factories or warehouses to the seaport. All the costs of moving the shipping goods within the origin country will be paid by the vendor. For example, if we talk about vehicle exporters, they will be responsible for moving the vehicles from their showroom or factory to the origin port.  


The vendor should give notice that the products have been delivered.

Purchaser's Obligations

There are a few Purchaser’s Obligations under CFR Incoterm some of which are as per the following:


The purchaser is responsible for paying all the expenses for dispatched merchandise.

Destination Port Charges

It is the duty of the purchaser to pay all the costs from the time products are delivered to the destination. These costs include Carriage, delivery charges, custom, insurance, and duty taxes.

Inland Transport

The purchaser is answerable for all the inland activities after the appearance of products. They are responsible for the expense of moving products from port to some other area inside the country.

Last Thoughts

Cost and Freight (CFR) plays an essential role in foreign trade like all other incoterms. But still, it is important to choose the most suitable Incoterm for trading. So choose wisely which incoterm suits you better according to your business.

Shawn Mack is a content writer who offers ghostwriting, copy-writing, and blogging services.His educational background in business and technical field has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He is also fond of writing interesting blogs on technology & digital marketing related topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Techloner.

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