of Shipping Terms

A08/A18                        quay paper for delivery/pickup of cargo at terminals in Hamburg

ABD                                 customs document for exporting EU-goods

Barge                              inland vessel operating on rivers, lakes and canals

B/L                                    bill of lading = document of transportation for sea freight shipments

Break Bulk                  cargo that cannot be loaded into containers due to its weight, size and/or


CFR                                  Incoterm = cost & freight

CIF                                    Incoterm = cost, insurance, freight

DAP                                 Incoterm = delivered at place

DC/DV                           dry container/dry van = container with regular height of 8'6", inner height

                                           approx. 2,4m

demurrage                 storage charge for containers that stay too long at the port terminal

detention                    charge for late re-delivery of a shipping line's container to its depot

                                           or terminal 

DDP                                Incoterm = delivery duty paid

DDU                               Incoterm = delivery duty unpaid

EORI number           customs identification number, mandatory for all export parties

EXW                               Incoterm = ex works

FOB                                 Incoterm = free on board

FR                                     flat rack = container type for oversized cargo

free out                         so called "liner term", consignee has to pay unloading charges at port of


gate in all in               freight base that includes all terminal charges as well as sea

                                           freight additionals

HC                                   high cube = extra high container with 9'6'', inner height approx. 2,7m

IMO                                hazardous cargo, determined by the "International Maritime Organization"

LCL                                  less than container load = piece goods that are being consolidated

MRN                              movement reference number = number of the export customs document

NVOCC                        non vessel operating common carrier = shipping line that doesn't own vessels

roro                                roll on, roll off = self-propelled loading of vehicles onto special vessels

part load                     piece goods in small quantities that are consolidated for financial reasons,

                                          since their load factor is too small for a full truck/container

TEU                                twenty foot equivalent unit = measurement for freight calculation

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