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Shipping Terminology
840 definitions by U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

AbaftAbandonAbatementAbatementABIAboardAbsorptionAcceptanceAccessorial ChargesAcquiescenceAcquittanceACS (A.C.S.) or ACEAct of GodAdministrative Law JudgeAdmiralty (Adm.)Ad ValoremAdvanceAdvanced ChargeAdvanced Notice of Arrival (ANOA)AdventureAdvice of ShipmentAdvising BankAffreightment, Contract ofAframax TankerAftAgency TariffAgent (Agt.)Aggregate ShipmentAggregate ShipmentAgreed ValuationAgreed WeightAir WaybillAll InAllisionAlongsideAlternative RatesAlways AfloatAmbient TemperatureAmended B/LAmerican Bureau of ShippingAMSAnti–Dumping DutyAny Quantity (A.Q.)“Onboard” B/L“Order” B/L“Ro/Ro”Apparent Good OrderAppraisementAppraiser’s StoresArbitraryArrival NoticeAssignmentAsternATDNSHINCAthwartshipsAutomated Identification System (AIS)Avoirdupois PoundAWWLBack–to–BackBack–to–BackBackhaulBalloon FreightBank GuaranteeBarge CarriersBarge CarriersBarratryBase RateBeamBelt LineBeneficiaryBerth TermsBeyondBilateralBilateralBilled WeightBill of ExchangeBill of Lading (B/L)Bill of Lading Port of DischargeBill of SaleBill to PartyBIMCOBlanket BondBlanket RateBlanket WaybillB/L’s StatusB/L’s TypeBlind ShipmentB/L NumbersBlocked TrainsBlocking or BracingBlock StowageB/L Terms & ConditionsBoardBoard FeetBoatBobtailBogieBolsterBonded FreightBonded WarehouseBond PortBookingBooking NumberBottom–Air DeliveryBottom Side RailsBowBoxcarBreak BulkBridge PointBridge PortBroken StowageBrokerBrokerageBulk–Freight ContainerBulk CargoBulk CarriersBulk CarriersBulkheadBull RingsBunker ChargeBunkersBureau VeritasCabotageCAFCanceled B/LCapesize VesselCaptain's ProtestCargo TonnageCarload RateCarnetCar PoolingCarrierCarrier’s CertificateCar SealCartageCartmentCash Against Documents (CAD)Cash in Advance (CIA)Cash With Order (CWO)C–TPAT (Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)CCC MarkCellsCE MarkCenter of GravityCertificate of InspectionCertificate of OriginCFR (Cost and Freight) (...Named Port of Destination)CFSC&F Terms of Sale, or INCOTERMSCharter PartyChassisCIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) (...Named Place of Destination)CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid To) (...Named Place of Destination)Classification SocietyClassification YardClayton ActCleanCleanClean Bill of LadingClean B/LCleaning in TransitClearance LimitsCleatClip–OnCoastwiseCOGSACollectingCollectionCombination Export MgrCombination Passenger and Cargo VesselsCombination Passenger and Cargo VesselsCombination RateCombined B/LCommercial InvoiceCommercial Transport VesselCommodityCommodity RateCommon CarrierCommon LawCompany Security OfficerCompulsory ShipConcealed DamageConferenceConfirmedConfirmed Letter of CreditConfirming BankConnecting CarrierConnecting Carrier AgreementConsigneeConsignee MarkConsignmentConsignorConsolidated B/LConsulConsular DeclarationConsular InvoiceConsular VisaConsumption Entry (CE)ContainerContainer BookingContainerizable CargoContainerizationContainer LoadContainer ManifestContainer PoolContainer Security Initiative (CSI)Container TerminalContainer Yard (CY)ContrabandContractContract CarrierControlled AtmosphereCorner PostsCorrected B/LCorrespondent BankCost, Insurance and Freight (CIF)Countervailing DutyCPT (Carriage Paid To) (...Named Place of Destination)Cross MemberCube OutCubic FootCustomhouseCustomhouse BrokerCustomsCustoms–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C–TPAT)Customs Bonded WarehouseCustoms EntryCustoms InvoiceCustoms of the Port (COP)Cut–Off TimeCwt.DAF (Delivered At Frontier) (...Named Place)DDP (Delivered Duty paid) (...Named Port of Destination)DDU (Delivered Duty Unpaid) (...Named Port of Destination)DeadheadDeadweight CargoDeadweight Tonnage (DWT)Deconsolidation PointDeferred PaymentDeficit WeightDelivery InstructionsDelivery InstructionsDEMDESDemurrageDemurrageDensityDepot, ContainerDEQ (Delivered Ex Quay, [Duty Paid]) (...Named Port of Destination)DES (Delivered Ex Ship) (...Named Port of Destination)DespatchDestinationDestination Control StatementsDetentionDet Norske VeritasDevanningDF CarDifferentialDiscrepancy Letter of CreditDisplacementDiversionDivisionDockDockageDocketDock ReceiptDocuments Against Payment (D/P)DollyDomestic B/LDoor–to–DoorDraftDraft, BankDraft, CleanDraft, DateDraft, DiscountedDraft, TimeDrawbackDraweeDrayageDry–Bulk ContainerDry CargoDSUDumpingDunnageDuplicate B/LDutiable ValueECMCEdge ProtectorEDIFACTElevatingElkins ActEmbargoEminent DomainEmpty RepoEndorsementEntryEqualizationEquipment Interchange Receipt (EIR)ETA, C, D, R, SEthyleneEx – “From”ExceptionExpiry DateExportExport DeclarationExport LicenseExport RateExpress B/LEXW (Ex Works) (...Named Place)Ex-WorksFactorFalse BillingFAS (Free Alongside Ship) (...Named Port of Shipment)FCA (Free Carrier) (... Named Place)Federal Maritime CommissionFeeder ServiceFeeder VesselFifth WheelFirkinFixed CostsFlat CarFlat Rack/Flat Bed ContainerFOB (Free On Board) (...Named Port of Shipment)FOB Freight AllowedFOB Freight AllowedFOB Freight PrepaidFOB Freight PrepaidFOB Named Point of ExportationFOB Named Point of ExportationFOB VesselFOB VesselForce MajeureForce MajeureFore and AftFore and AftForeign Sales CorporationForeign Sales CorporationForeign Trade ZoneForeign Trade ZoneFork LiftFork LiftFoul Bill of LadingFoul Bill of LadingFour–Way PalletFour–Way PalletFPPIFPPIFree Alongside (FAS)Free Alongside (FAS)Free AstrayFree AstrayFree Carrier (FCA)Free Carrier (FCA)Free In and Out (FIO)Free In and Out (FIO)Free of Particular Average (FPA)Free of Particular Average (FPA)Free on Board (FOB – U.S. Domestic Use)Free on Board (FOB – U.S. Domestic Use)Free Out (FO)Free PortFree Sale CertificateFree TimeFree Trade ZoneFreightFreight BillFreight B/LFreightersFreightersFreight ForwarderFull and DownFull ContainershipsFull ContainershipsFull Shipload LotGatewayGATTGeneral Cargo CarriersGeneral Cargo CarriersGeneral Order (G.O.)Generator Set (Gen Set)Global Maritime Intelligence Integration (GMII)Go–DownGooseneckGovernment B/L (GBL)GRIGross Tonnage (GT)Gross WeightGroupageGVWHague Rules, TheHandymax VesselHarborHarbor MasterHarmonized System of Codes (HS)HatchHeavy–Lift ChargeHigh–Density CompressionHitchmentHitchment B/LHopper BargeHopper BargeHouse–to–PierHouse–to–PierHouse B/LHumpingI/AIEImmediate ExportationImportImport LicenseIn–TransitIn–Transit Entry (I.T.)In–Transit Entry (I.T.)In BondIncentive RateINCOTERMSIndemnity BondIndependent ActionIndependent TariffIndependent TariffInducementIn GateInherent ViceInland CarrierInspection CertificateInstallment ShipmentsInsulated ContainerInsulated Container TankInsurance, All–riskInsurance, General–AverageInsurance, Particular AverageInsurance with Average–clauseInterchange PointIntercoastalInterline FreightIntermediate PointIntermodalIntermodal B/LInternational Maritime Consultative OrganizationInternational Maritime Dangerous Goods CodeInternational Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS)International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS)International Standards OrganizationIn TransitInvoiceInward Foreign Manifest (IFM)IPIIrrevocableIrrevocable Letter of CreditIssuing BankIssuing CarrierJacketJacob’s LadderJettisonJITJoint RateKilogramKing PinKnocked Down (KD)KnotKnotKnown LossKTLadenLadingLandbridgeLanded CostLanding CertificateLanding GearLanemeterLASHALAYCANLCLLess Than TruckloadLetter of Credit (LC)Letter of IndemnityLicensesLienLighteningLighterLighterageLine–HaulLinerLiquidated DamagesListLiterLloyds’ RegistryLNGC (LNG Carrier)LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)Load LineLocal CargoLong Form B/LLongshoremanLong TonLooseLow–BoyMalpracticeMandamuManifestMarine InsuranceMaritimeMaritime Commerce Security Planmaritime, commerce, shipping, travelMaritime DomainMaritime Domain Awareness (MDA)Maritime Infrastructure Recovery PlanMaritime Security and Safety Information System (MSSIS)Maritime Transportation System Security PlanMarkingMarlinespikeMarViewMaster InboundMate’s ReceiptMBMMeasurement CargoMeasurement TonMechanically Ventilated ContainerMegaports InitiativeMemo B/LMemorandum Bill of LadingMeterMetric TonMicrobridgeMileMilitary B/LMini LandbridgeMinimum Bill of LadingMinimum ChargeMixed Container LoadModified AtmosphereMSAMSPMTSAMultimodalMultiTank ContainerNational Strategy for Maritime SecurityNautical MileNaval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS)NCBNegotiable B/LNegotiable InstrumentsNestedNet Register TonsNet Tare WeightNet Tonnage (NT)Net WeightNeutral BodyNippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK)No–showNomenclature of the Customs Cooperation CouncilNon–Dumping CertificateNon–Negotiable B/LNon–Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)Non cumulativeNORNoseOcean Bill of Lading (Ocean B/L)ODSOn BoardOn DeckOpen AccountOpen Insurance PolicyOpen SeaOpen Top ContainerOperating RatioOptimum CubeOptional Discharge B/LOrder–Notify (O/N)ORFSOriginOriginal Bill of Lading (OBL)Original B/LOut GateOverchargeOverheight CargoOverland Common Point (OCP)Overseas Private Investment CorporationOwner Code (SCAC)Packing ListPADAGPaired PortsPalletPanamax TankerPanamax VesselPaper RampPaper RateParcel ReceiptPartial ContainershipsPartial ContainershipsPartial ShipmentsPayeePayerPer DiemPerils of the SeaPhytosanitary Inspection CertificatePickupPierPier–to–HousePier–to–PierPiggybackPiggy PackerPlace of DeliveryPlace of ReceiptPlimsoll MarkPodPoint of OriginPOLPomerene ActPortPort Facility Security OfficerPort Facility Security PlanPort of CallPort of EntryPort of ExitPort SecurityPort Security Grant Program (PSGP)Pratique CertificatePre–coolingPrepaid (Ppd.)Product TankerPro FormaPro Forma InvoiceProject RatePro RataPublic Service CommissionPublishing AgentPulp TemperaturePupQuarantineQuayQuoinQuotaQuotationRag TopRail DivisionRail GroundingRampRamp–to–DoorRamp–to–RampRate BasisReasonablenessRebateReceived for Shipment B/LReconciled B/LReconsignmentRecourseRed LabelReeferRelated PointsRelayRemittanceRestrictedRestricted ArticlesRevenue Ton (RT)Reverse IPIRevocableRevolvingRFPRFQRollRoll–on/Roll–off vesselsRollingRoll-on/Roll-off vesselsRouteRunning GearRVNXSAFE Port ActSanctionSchedule BSea–Bee VesselsSea WaybillSeawaymax VesselSeaworthinessSecure Freight Initiative (SFI)Security Level 1Security Level 2Security Level 3SEDServiceService ContractSHEXSHINCShipShip’s BellsShip’s ManifestShip’s TackleShip ChandlerShip DemurrageShip LoadShipmentShipperShipper’s Export Declaration – SED, “Ex Dec”Shipper’s InstructionsShipper’s Letter of Instructions for issuing an Air WaybillShipper’s Load & Count (SL&C)Shippers AssociationShipping Act of 1916Shipping Act of 1984Shipping Act of 1998Shipping OrderShip Security OfficerShip Security PlanShoreShort Sea Shipping – SSS (European-EU)Short Term B/LShort Ton (ST)Shrink WrapSide–Door ContainerSide LoaderSight DraftSIGTTOSkidsSleepersSlingSlipSL/WSpine CarSplit B/LSpottingSpreaderSSHEXStabilityStack CarStacktrainStale B/LStandard Industrial Classification (SIC) AStandard International Trade Classification (SITC)StarboardSTCSteamship ConferenceSteamship GuaranteeSternStevedoreStore–Door Pick–up DeliveryStowageStraddle CarrierStraightStraight Bill of LadingStraight (Consignment) B/LStrippingStuffingSTWSubrogateSuezmax TankerSufferance WharfSupply ChainSurchargeSurface Transportation Board (STB)SurtaxTailTankersTankersTare WeightTariff (Trf.)TBNT.&E.TelexTemperature RecorderTenderTenorTerminalTerminal ChargeTerms of SaleThe Domestic Outreach PlanThe Global Maritime Intelligence Integration PlanThe International Outreach and Coordination StrategyThe Maritime Operational Threat Response PlanThe National Plan to Achieve Maritime Domain AwarenessThird Party Logistics (3PL)Throughput ChargeThrough RateTime CharterTime DraftTon–MileTonnageTonnageTop–Air DeliveryTowageTractorTrade AcceptanceTrafficTrailerTramp LineTransferableTransportTransportation & Exit (T&E)Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)Transport International par la RouteTransshipTransshipment PortTrust ReceiptTurnaroundTwist LocksTwo–Way PalletUCPuDocuments Against Acceptance (D/A)UllageUltra Large Crude CarrierUnclaimed FreightUnconfirmedUnderchargeUnderwayUniform Customs and Practices for Documentary Credits (UCP)Unique B/L IdentifierUnitizationUnit LoadUnit TrainUnloadingU.S. Consular InvoiceU.S. Department of TransportationUSPPI – United States Principal Party of InterestValidated Export LicenseVanningVariable CostVentilated ContainerVery Large Crude CarrierVessel ManifestVessel Supplies for Immediate Exportation (VSIE)Viz.VLFO – Vessel Load Free OutVoided B/LVoluntary Intermodal Sealift AgreementVoluntary ShipWarehouseWarehouse EntryWarehouse Withdrawal for Transportation Exportation (WDT&E)Warehouse Withdrawal for Transportation Immediate Exportation (WDEX)Warehouse Withdrawal for Transportation (WDT)WarehousingWar RiskWaybill (WB)Weight CargoWell CarWharfWharfageWindy BookingWithout RecourseW.M. (W/M)YardYork–Antwerp Rules of 1974Zulu Time
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