Glossary

  • Deadweight (DWT)

    The maximum carrying capacity of a ship expressed in tons, including provisions and fuel. The Vessel’s capacity for cargo is less than its total deadweight tonnage.

  • Decidee / Deciding Party

    The party that decides to transport cargo with the shipping carrier.

  • Deck Cargo

    Cargo carried on the deck of the ship.

  • Delivered at Place (DAP)

    The seller delivers when the goods are placed at the disposal of the buyer on the arriving means of transport ready for unloading at the named place of destination. The seller bears all risks involved in bringing the goods to the named place.

  • Delivered at Terminal (DAT)

    The seller delivers when the goods, once unloaded from the arriving means of transport, are placed at the disposal of the buyer at a named terminal at the named port or place of destination. The seller bears all risks involved in bringing the goods to and unloading them at the terminal at the named port or place of destination.

  • Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)

    The seller delivers the goods when the goods are placed at the disposal of the buyer, cleared for import on the arriving means of transport ready for unloading at the named place of destination. The seller bears all the costs and risks involved in bringing the goods to the place of destination and has an obligation to clear the goods not only for export but also for import, to pay any duty for both export and import and to carry out all customs formalities.

  • Delivery of Cargo

    The physical and legal transfer of a cargo from Carrier or his agent to receiver/consignee/notify party.

  • Delivery order (DO)

    Document issued by agent of the carrier authorizing the named party to take delivery of the cargo at arrival of the ship. The Delivery Order is given against the original Bill of Lading.

  • Demurrage

    A separate charge, in addition to ordinary shipping costs, which is imposed according to the terms of a contract of carriage for a period in which Shipper or consignee's laden container is stored at carrier's terminal facilities before Vessel's departure or after Vessel's arrival. Please click here for more information.

  • Despatch

    The Vessel must perform the agreed voyage or successive voyages within a reasonable time. It is an obligation of the Shipowner.

  • Destination Delivery Charge

    A charge, based on container size, added to the base ocean freight. This charge covers crane lifts off the Vessel, drayage of the container within the terminal and gate fees at the terminal operation. Please click here for more information.

  • Detention Fee - Export

    A separate freight charge, in addition to ordinary shipping costs, which is imposed according to the terms of a contract of carriage for the period in which carrier's container is on hold by the shipper or the consignee. It is counted from the day of empty container pick-up to the day of laden container return (both days inclusive). Please click here for more information.

  • Detention Fee - Import

    A separate freight charge, in addition to ordinary shipping costs, which is imposed according to the terms of a contract of carriage for the period in which carrier's container is on hold by the shipper or the consignee. It is counted from the day of laden pick-up to the day of empty return (both days inclusive). Please click here for more information.

  • Diversion Charge

    Fee for diverting cargo from original intended destination port to a new location. Please click here for more information.

  • Dock Receipt

    US: A form used to acknowledge receipt of cargo and often serves as basis for preparation of the ocean Bill of Lading.

  • Door–to–Door

    Shipment placed in a container at origin residence and delivered in the same container to a destinations residence. Also known as House to House.

  • Double Stack Car

    Rail car capable of carrying two containers stacked on top of each other in United States of America.

  • Draft (US)/ Draught (UK)

    The depth to which a vessel’s deepest point is under water.

  • Drayage

    The service offered by a carrier for pick-up and delivery of ocean containers or rail containers. Drayage agents usually handle full-load containers for ocean and rail carriers.

  • Dry Container

    A freight container, totally enclosed and weatherproof, with a rigid roof, rigid side walls, and floor, having at least one of its end walls equipped with doors and intended to be suitable for the transport of cargo. This is by far the most common type of container. It is suitable for the carriage of most types of “Dry” goods. Please click here for more information.

  • Dry Dock

    A dock used to lay up Vessels for inspection, reparation and maintenance.

  • Dry Port

    An inland intermodal terminal, which can be "in bond", directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transhipment of sea cargo to inland destinations.

  • Dunnage

    Material used in stowing or bracing cargo (often in wood) to prevent movement of goods inside the container.

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