PVO

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Private Voluntary Organization

Reference number (MX control number)

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This is our 5 digit control number that we use.  If you’re shipping 10 containers at a time, we’ll likely have the same number.  However, if you shipping 10 containers spread out over a year, we’ll have one reference number … Read More

Residential

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If you’re moving your personal effects, you may want to load at your residence.  Sometimes this is not a problem.  Other times, due to liability, truckers are not legally allowed to go all the way to your residential door. In … Read More

Roll On Roll Off (RO/RO)

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Cargo which is driven on and off a vessel. RORO cargo consists of items such as tractors, buses, and trucks, or oversized cargo loaded on special flatbed. New or used automobiles that are transported by ship are often moved on … Read More

Sanction

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An embargo imposed by a Government against another country.

Shipper

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The sender of the cargo.  This is the cargo owner before the cargo transfers to the consignee.  This term is often confused with carrier. For example, if you are shipping your own personal effects, you would be the shipper on … Read More

Shipping Container

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Often referred to as a “20” or “40,” depending on its dimensions, containers have become the standard for any cargo that will fit inside them. Shipping containers come in lengths of 20 feet, 40 feet, and 45 feet (though the 45′ … Read More

Storage Charge

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Charge for goods held in storage facilities (warehouses) under a fixed agreement for periods of time, and which is not included in other arrangement.

Transship

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Transshipping is when your cargo changes vessels en route.  This can occur when a certain vessel does not go the entire range of your booked route.  For instance, if you book a container from, say, New York to Accra, Ghana, the … Read More

Unclaimed Freight

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Freight that has not been picked up by the consignee/receiver. As cargo-owner and contractual customer, YOU are ultimately responsible for any destination charges, e.g. demurrage, storage, detention; destination ramp or port fees; border crossing, cargo abandonment, and all cargo related fees, … Read More

USAID

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USAID is the US Government’s international development arm.  501(c)(3) companies can apply for reimbursement of some shipping costs by becoming a registered PVO.  From USAID’s website, you can read more here.

Volume Weight

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In air freight, the rate is calculated per unit of weight (e.g. $1.50/kg). However very non-dense cargo takes up significant room without weighing much.  (Think if you were to ship inflated balloons–they weigh almost nothing yet take up valuable room on … Read More

Weight or Measure (W/M)

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In ocean freight LCL, the rate charged under W/M will be whichever produces the highest revenue between the weight of the shipment and the measure of the shipment. This is based on the comparison of the number of metric tons (1,000 kilograms) … Read More

X-Ray Exam

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As it pertains to Customs, this is when Customs does not break the container seal or remove your cargo to examine it.  X-ray exams are often less expensive than the full Customs exam, where Customs removes your cargo and inspects it … Read More

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