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Freight Forwarding Terms Glossary

Word Spelled Out Acronym Super Cat Category Keywords Definition
  CanMar a      
  CASS        
Less Than Container Load LCL        
  AES        
  PAL        
  MF        
  SGS Inspection     process  
  ABI        
  ZIM        
(US Navy Rating) Aviation Structural Mechanic (Structures) AMS        
20' container          
40' container          
Aalesund, Norway - Vigra (Airport Code) AES        
Abilene, TX, USA - Municipal Airport code ABI        
Actual Time of Arrival ATA        
Aerospace Material Specification AMS        
Air waybill AWB AIR Freight     bill of lading for air freight shipments
Aircraft Hangar (USAF bare base deployable aircraft shelter) ACH        
Aircraft/Airplane Evacuation Simulation AES        
American Transit Association ATA        
American Trucking Associations ATA        
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Schiphol [Airport Code] ANS        
Automated Clearing House ACH        
Automatic Broker Interchange ABI        
bill of lading B/L        
Bill of lading BOL     document  
Bonded Warehouse / CFS CFS        
Bonding          
Break Bulk          
Bunker surcharge BSC        
Call Tag   Trucking      Shipper
Canadian Transport Commission CTC        
Cargo Network Services CNS     Organization CNS Cargo Network Services www.cnsc.net CNSC, a subsidiary of the International Air Transport Association, was founded to serve the needs of the air cargo industry in the United States. CNS provides a range of products and services to promote productivity, profitability, credibility, cooperation and quality of service among air carriers and cargo agents. In a constantly changing landscape, CNS is committed to understanding industry dynamics so it can anticipate the future needs of the airline-cargo agent partnership. Since its founding in 1985, CNS has served the air cargo industry through its specialized programs and services. Viewing itself as a clearinghouse for valuable information and as a natural central point for the interactions between carriers and agents, CNS continues to work hard to identify and meet the challenges that the industry faces.
carrier          
carton / container CTN     abbreviation  
cubic meter CBM, M3        
         
centralized traffic control CTC        
Certificate of Origin C of O        
cubic feet CFT        
Civil Aeronautics Board CAB        
collect on delivery COD        
Commercial Import Program CIP        
Commercial Invoice       document  
Commodity          
Consignee          
Cost Insurance Freight CIF        
Currency Adjustment factor CAF        
Customs AMS AMS        
customs broker          
Customs Clearance ABI ABI        
Customs Clearance ACH ACH        
Customs Clearance AES AES        
Department of Transportation DOT        
Dimensional Weight          
Dolly          
drawback rate          
Drayage   Sea Freight     moving a sea container from the port to another central warehouse
Eindhoven, Netherlands - Welschap [Airport Code] EIN        
Employer Identification Number EIN#        
Estimated Time of Arrival ETA        
Estimated Time of Arrival ETD        
Evergreen          
Expedited Services NFO NFO        
Federal Maritime Commission FMC     Organization FMC Federal Maritime Commission www.fmc.gov The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) was established in 1961 as an independent government agency, responsible for the regulation of shipping in the foreign trades of the United States. The Commission's five members are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
           
FTZ management FTZ        
Full Container Load FCL        
Handtruck          
Hazardous Materials HAZMAT     guideline  
House Air Waybill HAWB     document  
Hub         In trucking a centrally located warehouse where shipments are rerouted to other hubs or terminals.
Inland freight          
Inter-modal, intermodal          
International Air Transport Association IATA     Organization IATA International Air Transport Association www.iata.org IATA is the trade association of the world's international airline industry. Originally founded in 1919, it now groups together nearly 270 airlines, including the world's largest. These airlines fly over 95 percent of all international scheduled air traffic.
Load Device LD2 , LD3, LD4       Standard sized Load devices fit into the belly of an airplane.
Less than Total Load / Less than Truck Load LTL        
Letter of Credit          
Logistics          
Master House Air Waybill MAWB     document  
Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier NVOCC       A company that is a NVOCC does not own the actual ocean vessel. It leases space with the VOCC under contract.
Ocean Freight O/F        
Packing List       document  
pallet          
pick up P/U        
PRO Number PRO Number        
Publication Air Cargo World       Publication  
Publication American Shipper       Publication  
Publication Journal of Commerce       Publication  
Publication Shipping Digest       Publication  
Publication Traffic World       Publication  
purchase order PO        
refrigerated container Reffer        
Refrigerator dolly Reffer handtruck       refers to truck or ocean container
Registro nacional de pessoa jur¡dica (Legal registration) CGC#        
Request for quote RFQ        
said to contain STC        
Shipper's Bill of Lading       document  
Shipper's Export Declaration SED     document  
Shipper's Letter of Instructions SLI     document AESDirect is the U.S. Census Bureau's free, internet based system for filing Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) information to the Automated Export System (AES). It is the electronic alternative to filing a paper SED, and can be used by U.S. Principal Parties in Interest (USPPIs), forwarders, or anyone else responsible for export reporting. http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/regulations/forms/index.html
skid SKD       A wooden or plastic pallet that allows a forklift or pallet jack to lift the freight to a truck or around the warehouse. standard dimensions are 40" x 48" x 8"
Terminal         In trucking, A centrally located warehouse for a local area this would be at the end of a "spoke" in the hub and spoke analogy.
Third-Party Logistics 3PL        
Transfer Receiving Charge TRC        
Unit Load device ULD AIR Aircraft device equipment Standard sized Load devices fit into the belly of an airplane.
Vessel Operating VCCC       A company that owns the actual ocean vessel is a VOCC. NVOCC's
Common Carrier         lease space in bulk from VOCC
Waybill          

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