International Shipping Acronyms

April 17, 2024

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Welcome to our article containing all of the need to know International shipping acronyms! From 3PL through to VAT, and everything in between, please read on to discover all of the essential acronyms every logistics professional needs to know!

International Shipping Acronyms

3PL – 3rd Party Logistics

4PL – 4th Party Logistics

ATA – Actual Time of Arrival

AWBAir Waybill

AOR – Assignment of Rights

BIFA – British International Freight Association

BIMCO – Baltic and International Maritime Council

BL or B/LBill of Lading

BN – Booking Note

C/I – Certificate of Insurance

CBM – Cubic Meter

CFR – Cost and Freight

CFSP – Customs Freight Simplified Procedures

CIF – Cost Insurance and Freight

CIP – Carriage & Insurance Paid To

COGSA – Carriage of Goods by Sea Act

CPT – Carriage Paid To

CY – Container Yard

D2D – Door to Door

DAP – Delivery at Place

DAT – Delivered at Terminal

DDP – Delivered Duty Paid

DDU – Delivered Duty Unpaid

DPU – Delivered at Place Unloaded

EDD – Estimated Date of Departure

EORI – Economic Operator Registration and Identification

ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival

ETD – Estimated Time of Departure

EXW – Ex Works

FAK – Freight All Kinds

FAS – Free Alongside Ship

FCA – Free Carrier

FCL – Full Container Load

FEU – Forty Foot Equivalent Unit

FIATA – International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

FOB – Free On Board

FOQ – Free on Quay

FOR – Free on Rail

FOS – Free on Ship

FOT – Free on Truck

FTL – Full Truck Load

FTZ – Free Trade Zone

GA – General Average

H&M – Hull and Machinery

H/H – Half Height Container

HAWB – House Air Waybill

IATA – International Air Transport Association

ICC – Institute Cargo Clauses

ICS – International Chamber of Shipping

IMO – International Maritime Organization

ISO – International Organization for Standardization

ISPS – International Ship and Port Facility Security

UTF – International Transport Workers Federation

ILO – International Labour Organization

ISM – International Safety Management

JITJust-In-Time Delivery

LCL – Less than Container Loads

LOA – Letter of Authority

LOI – Letter of Indemnity

LOLO – Lift On, Lift Off

LTL – Less than Truck Load

MARPOL – International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

MTO – Multimodal Transport Operator

MOA – Memorandum of Agreement

NVOCC – Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier

OOG – Out Of Gauge

P2P – Port to Port

P&I – Protection & Indemnity

POD – Proof of Delivery

RORORoll On, Roll Off

SOLAS – Safety of Life at Sea

SWBSea Waybill

TACT – The Air Cargo Traffic

TEU – Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit

THC – Terminal Handling Charge

UCP – Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits

UNCLOS – United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

VAT – Value Added Tax

VGM – Verified Gross Mass

VOCC – Vessel Operating Common Carrier

W/M – Weight or Measurement


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