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Common Freight Term Glossary and Explanations

New to shipping? See our full list of freight terms and explanations in our freight glossary.

 

If you’re looking for a trusty source for everything you need to know about international freight, you’ve found it! Check out this glossary, our Freight 101 posts, and our handy tools (like the CBM calculator or (for US trucking) the freight class calculator, and this handy tool for estimating shipping cost.)

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A

Air Freight

Air Waybill

Alameda Corridor Surcharge (ACS)

AMS System

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B

Bill of Lading

Billable Weight

Bonded Goods

Booking Confirmation

Booking Fee

Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF)

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C

 

Cargo Insurance

Carriage & Insurance Paid To Incoterm (CIP)

Carriage Paid To Incoterm (CPT)

Carrier’s Lien

Certificate of Origin (COO)

Chargeable Weight

Chassis Usage Fee

Commercial Invoice

Congestion Surcharge

Consolidation Fee

Container Cleaning

Container Fumigation (at Export)

Contract of Carriage

Cost Freight Incoterm (CFR)

Cost Insurance Freight Incoterm (CIF)

Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF)

Customs Bond

Customs Clearance Fee

Customs Duty (at Destination)

Customs Duty (at Origin)

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D

DAP (Delivered At Place Incoterm)

DAT (Delivered At Terminal Incoterm)

DDP (Delivered Duty Paid Incoterm)

Delivery Fee

Demurrage and Detention/Warehouse Fees

Dimensional Weight (Volumetric Weight)

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E

Expedited Freight

EXW (Ex Works Incoterm)

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F

FAS (Free Alongside Ship Incoterm)

FCA (Free Carrier Incoterm)

FCL (Full Container Load)

FOB (Free On Board Incoterm)

Freight Carriers

Freight Class

Freight Forwarder

Freight Quote

FTL (Full Truckload)

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G

General Rate Increase (GRI)

Green Freight

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H

Harbor Maintenance Fees (HMF)

Hazardous Material

House Bill of Lading

HS Code (Harmonized System Code)

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I

Import Duty

Incoterms

Intermodal Shipping

International Courier Express

ISF Filing

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J

 

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K

 

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L

Letter Of Credit

LTL (Less Than Truck Load)

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M

Main Transit Fee

Master Bill Of Lading

Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS)

Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF)

Multimodal Shipping

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N

 

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O

Ocean Freight

Onboard Bill Of Lading

Order Bill Of Lading

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P

Packing List

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Q

 

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R

Received-For-Shipment Bill of Lading

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S

Sea Waybill

Shipper’s Letter Of Instruction

Straight Bill of Lading

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U

 

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V

Volumetric Weight

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W

 

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X

 

 

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Z

 

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