Glossary

  • Cargo Declaration Amendment Fee

    A required fee by customs that covers re-submission of necessary information due to an amendment request that is made by the customer after the carrier has submitted the documentation to local customs authorities. Please click here for more information.

  • Cargo Manifest

    A manifest which lists all cargoes carried on a specific Vessel voyage.

  • Carriage and Insurance Paid (CIP)

    The seller delivers the goods to the carrier or another person nominated by the seller at an agreed place and that the seller must contract for and pay the costs of carriage necessary to bring the goods to the named place of destination, and for insurance cover against the buyer’s risk of loss or damage.

  • Carriage Paid To (CPT)

    The seller delivers the goods to the carrier or another person nominated by the seller at an agreed place and that the seller must contract for and pay the costs of carriage necessary to bring the goods to the named place of destination.

  • Carrier

    Any person or entity who in a contract of carriage undertakes to perform or to procure the performance of carriage. The Bill of Lading is delivered in its name.

  • Carrier Haulage

    The Carrier organizes pre and post-transportation prior to and/or after the sea period.

  • Carrying Temperature

    A narrow, prescribed range of temperature in a container during transit that maintains the ideal temperature in the product and protects the product from damages. Please click here for more information.

  • Charter Party

    Charter contract between charterer and owner of a Vessel, with standard terms and additional clauses which specify special conditions. Three types of Charter Parties should be distinguished : Voyage, Time and Bareboat Charter Party.

  • Chassis

    A wheeled flat bed or a trailer constructed to accommodate containers moved over the road.

  • Classification Society

    Private non-governmental organisation to established and maintain technical standards for construction and operation of marine Vessels and offshore structures. They classify Vessels and validate that their design and calculations are in accordance with the published standards. They also carry out periodical survey of ships to ensure that they continue to meet the parameters of set standards.

  • Clean on Board

    A clause inserted in the Bill of Lading stating that they have not noted or are not familiar with any irregularities or discrepancies in the packing or in the general condition of any part of the goods or its description.

  • Clip-on Generator

    "A portable generator that is mounted on the front of a reefer container, can be used on stack trains and on trucks". Please click here for more information.

  • COGSA

    Carriage of Goods by Sea: American legislation passed in 1936, as an enforcement of the international Hague Rules, which standardizes and sets limitations on Carrier’s liability under their Bill of Lading for ocean shipments to and from the United States of America.

  • Commodity

    Article shipped, which can be bought and sold.

  • Conference

    A collection of shipping lines who operate along the same trade routes, agreeing on freight rates to charge for the transportation of cargo. Since 2008 these no longer exist for trade lanes covering Europe.

  • Consignee

    Person whose goods should be delivered and whose name is appearing on the Bill of Lading.

  • Consignor

    Person who delivers a consignment to a carrier for transport to a consignee named in the transportation documents. Consignor has the ownership of the goods unless title is transferred through endorsement, or until the consignee pays for them in full.

  • Consolidator

    A company that groups together shipments from different companies into a single shipment.

  • Consortium

    Group of maritime carriers which share their ships to furnish a combined service for a particular service. Members keep their financial independence.

  • Container

    Large box-shaped unit of standard design for the transport of goods, which facilitates the transfer of goods from one form of transport to another. Containers may be dry, ventilated, insulated, refrigerated, flat rack, vehicle rack, open top, bulk liquid or equipped with interior devices. Please click here for more information.

  • Container Cleaning Fee

    Additional costs for extra or special cleaning of containers which are applicable when the container does not meet the standard cleanliness criteria (inside and outside) upon empty return from the customer. This charge is not applicable to shipper-owned containers. Please click here for more information.

  • Container Depot

    Container freight station or a designated area where empty containers can be picked up or dropped off.

  • Container Freight Station (CFS)

    A consolidation depot where cargo is grouped and loaded into containers. At discharging, containers are discharged in this place prior to delivery of the goods.

  • Container Yard (CY)

    Place on a terminal where containers are stored before loading onboard Ships or after discharge.

  • Controlled Atmosphere

    Sophisticated, computer-controlled system that controls the mixture of gases within a container throughout an intermodal journey. Please click here for more information.

  • Controlled Atmosphere Charge

    It covers the additional costs associated with providing a special atmosphere controlled refrigerated container for transportation because these types of containers ensure the gas mixture. it is applicable when the carrier receives a request for this type of container. Please click here for more information.

  • Cost and Freight (CFR)

    The seller delivers the goods on board the Vessel or procures the goods already so delivered. The risk of loss of or damage to the goods passes when the goods are on board the Vessel. The seller must contract for and pay the costs and freight necessary to bring the goods to the named port of destination.

  • Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF)

    The seller delivers the goods on board the Vessel or procures the goods already so delivered. The risk of loss of or damage to the goods passes when the goods are on board the Vessel. The seller must contract for and pay the costs and Freight necessary to bring the goods to the named port of destination. The seller also must contract for insurance cover against the buyer’s risk of loss or damage.

  • C-TPAT

    Customs- Trade Partnership Against Terrorism: Partnership to develop and adopt measures that add security to safeguard the world's vibrant trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors.

  • Cubic Capacity

    Volume of goods in a container expressed in cubic meters.

  • Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM)

    Unit of measurement for the movement of a volume of gas per unit of time. CMH refers to "Cubic metres per hour". Please click here for more information.

  • Currency Adjustment Factor (CAF)

    "A compensatory cost-sharing charge as a percentage of a base rate to compensate the carrier’s risks associated with currency fluctuations. The charge will apply to all bookings that are taken on these trade lanes". Please click here for more information.

  • Customs

    Official department which is administrating imported and exported goods.

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