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Definitions



DDP


Deliver Duty Paid.

DDU


Deliver Duty Unpaid.

Dangerous Goods


Also referred to as hazardous material, dangerous goods are potentially harmful substances such as petroleum, acid, radioactive material, explosives, bio-hazardous medical waste, etc that pose a high or unreasonable risk to the health and safety of people, property, flora and fauna.

Deck


Horizontal ship platform.

Delivery


The transport of goods to final destination.

Delivery Order


Abbreviated DO, the Delivery Order grants the consignee title of goods following payment for services received.

Devan


To unload or unpack goods from a shipping container.

Demurrage


Also referred to as a detention charge, demurrage is a penalty fee relating to the late detention of a ship or freight transportation vehicle, during loading or unloading, beyond allowable specified time frames (Free Time).

Destination


The name place in which a journey or consignment is intended to end.

Detention Charge


Please refer Demurrage.

Dimensional Weight


Additionally referred to as the DIM weight, volume weight, cubed weight and measurement weight, the dimensional weight is a method of calculating freight transportation fees with consideration to cargo height, width and length.

Door To Door


Cargo pickup and delivery to final specified address location.

Draft


Please refer Draught.

Draught


The vertical distances between the waterline and a ship or boat’s lowest point underwater.

Drawback


Government tax or duty rebate applied to imported goods which are subsequently exported.

Dry Dock


A dock at port which can be flooded or drained of water to allow vessels to enter or exit, and rest on a dry platform for hull repairs and maintenance.

Dry Shipping Container


20’ to 40’ standard shipping container used to stow general cargo commodities.

Duty


A tax or tariff imposed on imports by local customs authorities.

EDI


Electronic Data Interchange – used in the transfer of data between different computer networks and systems.

Embargo


Official ban or restriction of trade or commercial activity to a country.

ETA


Estimated Time of Arrival.

ETD


Estimated Time of Departure.

Ex Works


Terms of trade which places greater responsibility on the buyer, allowing goods to be picked up (without loading) at the seller’s place of business, warehouse, depot, etc.

Exports


The shipment of goods to another country.

Export Duty


Tax imposed on exported goods.

FAK


Freight All Kinds or Freight of All Kinds is a shipping classification term, which refers to a consolidated full container load shipment consisting of mixed goods.

FAS


Free Alongside Ship or Free Along Side. Transport quote which includes physical delivery of goods to port alongside a vessel.

FCA


Meaning Free Carrier, the FCA is a named place of cargo delivery which may be an airport, container freight station, terminal, etc.

FCL


Full Container Load. A shipping container carrying one consignment of goods, commonly filled or near space or weight capacity.

Fendering


A port fendering system is designed to facilitate safe mooring of vessels, acting as a shock absorber to protect both the wharf and ship from damage during berthing.

FMC


Federal Maritime Commission.

Flat Rack Container


Shipping containers especially designed without sides or top for the transport of oversized cargo which are too large to fit inside standard sea freight containers.

Flatbed


An open platform trailer without sides for the transport of heavy or oversized cargo and containerised freight.

Foot (ft)


1 ft = 0. 3048m.

Free Time


Specified timeframe allowing freight to be loaded or unloaded before demurrage and detention fees commence and accrue.

Free Trade


Government economic policy which reduces or eliminates import & export tariffs.

Freight


The transport of goods and merchandise by train, truck, plane and ship.

Freight Forwarder

   
Additionally referred to as a forwarder or forwarding agent, a freight forwarder is a business that specialises in the shipping and storage of goods on behalf of a shipper. Other common freight forwarding services include cargo tracking, containerised freight packing and devanning, insurance, Customs Clearances, etc.

Freighter


A cargo ship or plane designed to carry freight.

FOB


Free On Board. Terms of trade defining seller’s and buyer’s transport responsibilities (including costs and liabilities) to port and loading.

FOR


Free On Rail. Charge exclusion for the transport and loading of goods to rail at a designated point.

Gantry Crane


Positioned on rails for parallel maneuvering alongside vessels, a gantry crane is a large port crane commonly used to load and unload containerised freight from cargo ships.

Gateway


The primary entry point (seaport or airport) to a country, territory or region.

GO


General Order. A Customs mandate for imported goods and merchandise which remains uncleared.

GP


General Purpose. A common type of shipping container designed to stow non specific goods and merchandise.

Gram


1g = 0.035274 oz  .

Groupage


The consolidation of smaller freight consignments into one single shipment.

GST


Goods and Services Tax (currently 5% throughout all GCC countries).

GVW


Gross Vehicle Weight. The total weight of a vehicle and its load including trailers, cargo, fuel, driver, passengers, etc.