ARRIVAL NOTICE

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Notification sent by the ocean freight carrier’s destination office to the consignee or their agent informing them that a shipment has arrived.

AWB Number

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The AWB or (Airway bill) number is similar to the booking number in ocean shipments, but it is for Air shipments.  It is the central control figure.  You will be able to find it on your Airway bill (or AWB).

B/L Terms and Conditions

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The fine print on the back of the B/L; defines what the carrier can and can­not do, including the carrier’s liabilities and contractual agreements. Please visit Terms and Conditions for examples.

Bill of Lading (BL)

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Common abbreviations: BL, BoL (note OBL refers to a specific type of release, the original bill of lading) Sometimes mistakenly referred to as: “bill of landing,” or “bill of laden.” This is the contract between you and the carrier that … Read More

Booking Number

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This most often refers to the ocean carrier’s booking number.  Like our reference number, the booking number can have multiple containers or only a single one (or just a pallet).  It is per-instance.

Cargo Insurance

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Cargo insurance (also known as marine, shipping or freight insurance) covers the loss, damage or theft of commodities while in transit.

Carrier

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This is the one party who moves the cargo.  The carrier can be a trucker, rail, ocean vessel, or airplane.  Some mistakenly called the carrier the “shipper,” but these are not the same.

CBO

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Community Based Organization

Consignee

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The consignee is the receiver of the cargo.  Once ownership passes from the shipper, it becomes the consignee’s. For example, if you are shipping a donation to Zimbabwe, you would need to find an organization registered in Zimbabwe to receive … Read More

Customs Broker

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This is an agent that clears customs on your behalf.  Often they are most needed on the destination side.  It is very important that you pick a Customs broker who is trustworthy and time-tested, as delays in Customs can cost … Read More

DAP – Delivered At Named Place

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Deliver from seller ends at destination place agreed, the seller is not required to unload the goods. It can be used for any mode of transportation. Seller pays for export customs, buyer pays for import customs clearance, duties, and taxes.

DDU- Delivery Duty Paid

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The seller is responsible for all costs associated until the seller delivers the goods to the buyer, cleared for import at the named place of destination. In DDP the seller does not pay for unloading the goods. It is important … Read More

Demurrage

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This fee is applicable when the consignee/ shipper holds carrier equipment in the terminal at destination for longer than the agreed amount of free time. It can be incurred for both exports (early drop-off) and imports (late pick-up). Export: Demurrage days … Read More

Depot

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Designated area where empty containers can be picked up or dropped off.

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