Shipment Terminology



Name of Vessel Voyage No. Japan Australia New Zealand 
Moji Kanda Osaka Kobe Nagoya Yokohama Brisbane Port Kembla Melbourne Fremantle Auckland Wellington Lyttelton Nelson
Dream Diva 25 3-Jun   5-Jun     7-Jun         19-Jun 26-Jun 24-Jun 26-Jun
Serenity Ace 0075A       16-Jun 15-Jun 13-Jun                
Trans Future 5 100     12-Jun   13-Jun 17-Jun   29-Jun 1-Jul   5-Jul 9-Jul 7-Jul 9-Jul
Carrera 1712 15-Jun           30-Jun 2-Jul   13-Jul 7-Jul 11-Jul 10-Jul 15-Jul
Fujitrans World 205     19-Jun   20-Jun 21-Jun         3-Jul 9-Jul 7-Jul 9-Jul
Firmament Ace 0087A   23-Jun   29-Jun 28-Jun 26-Jun                
Trans Future 6 97     26-Jun   27-Jun 1-Jul   14-Jul 16-Jul   20-Jul 24-Jul 22-Jul 24-Jul
Dream Diva 26 1-Jul   3-Jul     5-Jul         17-Jul 24-Jul 22-Jul 24-Jul
Lake Taupo 1713     2-Jul   3-Jul 5-Jul 16-Jul     5-Aug 21-Jul      
Trans Future 7  97     10-Jul   11-Jul 15-Jul   28-Jul 30-Jul   3-Aug 7-Aug 5-Aug 7-Aug
Tokyo Car 1714 16-Jul           30-Jul 2-Aug   15-Aug 6-Aug 10-Aug 9-Aug 14-Aug
Fujitrans World 206     17-Jul   18-Jul 19-Jul         31-Jul 7-Aug 5-Aug 7-Aug
Trans Future 5 101     24-Jul   25-Jul 29-Jul   11-Aug 13-Aug   17-Aug 21-Aug 19-Aug 21-Aug



Name of Vessel Voyage No. Japan Cyprus U.K. Ireland Germany
Kobe Nagoya Yokohama Kawasaki Larnaca Limassol Southampton Liverpool Bristol Dublin Bremerhaven
Themis AL713   20-May 19-May       13-Jul   6-Jul 16-Jul 13-Jul
Tarago AF713 20-May 21-May 22-May       7-Jul   9-Jul 9-Jul 3-Jul
Hoegh Trooper 169 24-May 25-May   27-May 19-Jun   15-Jul       12-Jul
Parsifal AF714 26-May 27-May 28-May       17-Jul   16-Jul 16-Jul 14-Jul


Name of Vessel Voyage No. Japan Kenya Tanzania Mozambique R.S.A.
Kanda Kobe Nagoya Yokohama Mombasa Dar es Salaam Maputo Durban
Marguerite Ace 70A 15-Jun 13-Jun 10-Jun 9-Jun 21-Jul 20-Jul 14-Jul 12-Jul
Primrose Ace 85A 24-Jun 25-Jun 27-Jun 28-Jun 21-Jul 22-Jul 26-Jul 28-Jul
Onyx Ace 45A 13-Jul 13-Jul 11-Jul 11-Jul 21-Aug 20-Aug 14-Aug 12-Aug
Bravery Ace 86A 26-Jul 26-Jul 27-Jul 27-Jul 22-Aug 23-Aug 27-Aug 28-Aug


  • Act of God-An act beyond human control such as lightning flood or earthquake.
  • Aboard-Referring to cargo being put or laden onto a means of conveyance.
  • Advising Bank-A bank operating in the sellers country that handles letters ofcredit on behalf of a foreign bank.
  • Agency Tariff-A tariff published by an agent on behalf of several carriers.
  • Air Waybill (AWB)-Specifies the terms under which the air carrier is agreeing totransport the goods and contains limitations of liability, contract betweenshipper and carrier.
  • Amended B/L-B/L requiring updates that do not change financial status, thisis slightly different from corrected B/L.
  • B/L Bill of Lading.
  • B/L Terms &amp,Conditions-The fine print on B/L, defines what the carrier can and cannot do including thecarriers liabilities and contractual agreements.
  • B/Ls Status-represents whether the bill of lading has been input rated reconciled printed or released to the customer.
  • BAF Bunker Adjustment Factor.Used to compensate steamship lines for fluctuating fuel costs. Sometimes calledFuel Adjustment Factor or FAF.
  • Bank Guarantee-Guarantee issued by a bank to a carrier to be used in lieu oflost or misplaced original negotiable bill of lading.
  • Beneficiary-Entity to whom money is payable. The entity for whom a letter ofcredit is issued. The seller and the drawer of a draft.
  • Bill of Lading-A contract between the owner of the goods and the carrier A straight bill oflading is nonnegotiable. A negotiable or shippers order bill of lading can bebought sold or traded while goods are in transit.
  • Bill of Lading (B/L)-A document that establishes the terms of a contract between ashipper and a transportation company. It serves as a document of title acontract of carriage and a receipt for goods.
  • Bonded Warehouse-A warehouse for storage or manufacture of goods on which payment of duties isdeferred until the goods enter the Customs Territory. The goods arenot subject to duties if reshipped to foreign points.
  • Booking-Arrangements with a carrier for the acceptance and carriage offreight, i.e. a space reservation.
  • Booking Number -Reservation number used to secure equipment and act as a controlnumber prior to completion of a B/L.
  • Broker-A person who arranges for transportation of loads for a percentage of the revenue from the load.
  • Brokerage-Freight forwarder/broker compensation as specified by ocean tariff or contract.
  • Bunker Charge-An extra charge sometimes added to steamship freight rates, justified by higher fuel costs. Also known as Fuel Adjustment Factor or FAF.
  • Bunkers -A maritime term referring to fuel used aboard the ship. In the past fuel coal stowage areas aboard a vessel were in bins or bunkers.
  • Bureau Veritas-A French classification society which certifies seagoing vessels for compliance to standardized rules regarding construction and maintenance.
  • CAF-Currency Adjustment Factor. A charge expressed as a percentage of a base rate that is applied to compensate ocean carriers of currency fluctuations.
  • Cancelled B/L-B/L status, used to cancel a processed B/L, usually per shippers request, different from voided B/L.
  • Cargo-Freight loaded into a ship.
  • Cargo Manifest-A manifest that lists all cargo carried on a specific vessel voyage.
  • Certificate of Inspection
  • A document certifying that merchandise (such as perishable goods) was in good condition immediately prior to its shipment. The document issued by the U.S. Coast Guard certifying an AmericanFlag vessels compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Certificate of Origin-A document that certifies the country where the product was made (i.e. its origin). A common export document a Certificate of Origin is needed when exporting to many foreign markets. It may be required in order to obtain preferential tariff treatment under several Free Trade Agreements (i.e. NAFTA APTA DR_CAFTA etc.)
  • Chassis-A frame with wheels and container locking devices in order to secure the container for movement.
  • CIF (Named Port) Cost Insurance Freight.(Named Port) Same as C&amp,F or CFR except seller also provides insurance to named destination.
  • Claim-A demand made upon a transportation line for payment on account of a loss sustained through its alleged negligence.
  • Commercial Invoice-Represents a complete record of the transaction between exporter and importer with regard to the goods sold. Also reports the content of the shipment and serves as the basis for all other documents relating to the shipment.
  • Confirmed Letter of Credit-A letter of credit issued by a foreign bank whose validity has been confirmed by a domestic bank. An exporter with a confirmed letter of credit is assured of payment even if the foreign buyer or the foreign bank defaults
  • Consignee-A person or company to whom commodities are shipped.
  • Container-A truck trailer body that can be detached from the chassis for loading into a vessel a rail car or stacked in a container depot. Containers may be ventilated insulated refrigerated flat rack vehicle rack open top bulk liquid or equipped with interior devices. A container may be 20 feet 40 feet 45 feet 48 feet or 53 feet in length 80 or 86 in width and 86 or 96 in height.
  • Correspondent Bank-A bank that in its own country handles the business of a foreign bank.
  • Demurrage-A penalty charge against shippers or consignees for delaying thecarriers equipment or vessel beyond the allowed free time. The free time anddemurrage charges are set forth in the charter party or freight tariff.
  • FOB-See Free On Board. See also Terms of Sale FOB.
  • Foreign Trade Zone-A free port in a country divorced from Customs authority butunder government control. Merchandise except that which is prohibited may bestored in the zone without being subject to import duty regulations.
  • Free on Board (FOB)-The goods are placed on board the vessel by the seller at the port of shipmentspecified in the sales contract. The risk of loss or damage is transferred tothe buyer when the goods pass the ships rail.
  • Freight-Refers to either the cargo carried or the charges assessed forcarriage of the cargo.
  • Freight Forwarder-A person whose business is to act as an agent on behalf of theshipper. A freight forwarder frequently makes the booking reservation. In theUnited States freight forwarders are now licensed by the FMC as OceanIntermediaries.
  • Import License-A document required and issued by some national governmentsauthorizing the importation of goods.INCOTERMS
  • The recognized theInternational Chamber of Commerce Terms of Sale. These terms were last amendedeffective July 1 1990.
  • Inland Carrier-A transportation line that hauls export or import trafficbetween ports and inland points.
  • Irrevocable Letter of Credit-Letter of credit in which the specified payment is guaranteed bythe bank if all terms and conditions are met by the drawee and which cannot berevoked without joint agreement of both the buyer and the seller.
  • Issuing Bank-Bank that opens a straight or negotiable letter of credit andassumes the obligation to pay the bank or beneficiary if the documentspresented are in accordance with the terms of the letter of credit.
  • Manifest-Document that lists in detail all the bills of lading issued bya carrier or its agent or master for a specific voyage. A detailed summary ofthe total cargo of a vessel. Used principally for Customs purposes.
  • On Board-A notation on a bill of lading that cargo has been loaded onboard a vessel. Used to satisfy the requirements of a letter of credit in the absence of an express requirementto the contrary.
  • Prepaid (Ppd.) -Freight charges paid by the consignor (shipper) prior to therelease of the bills of lading by the carrier.
  • Remittance-Funds sent by one person to another as payment.
  • Supply Chain-A logistical management system which integrates the sequence of activities from delivery of raw materials to the manufacturer through to delivery of the finished product to the customer into measurable components. Just in Time is a typical value added example of supply chain management.
  • Terms of Sale-The point at which sellers have fulfilled their obligations so the goods in a legal sense could be said to have been delivered to the buyer. They are shorthand expressions that set out the rights and obligations of each party when it comes to transporting the goods.
  • Vanning-A term for stowing cargo in a container.
  • Yard-A classification storage or switching area.