Common Shipping & Trading Abbreviations

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 3PL  3rd Party Logistics
 4PL  4th Party Logistics
 4SC  4-High Straddle Carrier
   
 A  
 AMS  Automated Manifest System
 API  Application Programming Interface
 AS/RS  Automated Storage and Retrieval System
 AWB  Air Waybill
   
 B  
 B2B  Business to Business
 B2C  Business to Customer
 BAF  Bunker Adjustment Factor
 B/B  Break Bulk
 BCO  Beneficial Cargo Owner
 BIMCO  The Baltic and International Maritime Council
 B/L  Bill of Lading
 BPO  Business Process Outsourcing
   
 C  
 CAF  Currency Adjustment Factor
 CBM  Cubic Metre
 CC  Carbon Copy
 CDMA  Code Division Multiple Access
 CEP  Courier, Express, Parcel
 CEPA  Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement
 C&F  Cost and Freight
 CFS  Container Freight Station
 CGI  Common Gateway Interface
 CIF  Cost, Insurance and Freight
 CILT  The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
 CIM  The Chartered Institute of Marketing
 CIP  Carriage and Insurance Paid To
 CLP  Container Load Plan
 C/O  Certificate of Origin
 C.O.C.  Carrier’s Own Container
 C.O.D.  Cash On Delivery
 COFC  Container-on-flatcar
 CPT  Carriage Paid To
 CSC  International Convention for Safe Container
 CSI  Container Securtiy Intiative
 CY  Container Yard
   
 D  
 D/A  Document Against Acceptance
 DAF  Delivered at Frontier
 DDC  Destination Delivery Charge
 DDP  Delivered Duty Paid
 DDU  Delivered Duty Unpaid
 DEQ  Delivered Ex-Quay
 DES  Delivered Ex-Ship
 D.G.  Dangerous Goods
 D/O  Delivery Order
 D/P  Document Against Payment
 DPP  Damage Protection Plan
 D/R  Dock Receipt
 DRP  Distribution Resources Planning
   
 E  
 EDI  Electronic Data Interchange
 E.&O.E.  Errors and Omissions Excepted
 ERM  Enterprise Resources Management
 ERP  Enterprise Resources Planning
 ETA  Estimated Time of Arrival
 ETD  Estimated Time of Departure
 EXW  Ex-Works
   
 F  
 FAF  Fuel Adjustment Factor
 FAK  Freight All Kinds
 FAS  Free Alongside Ship
 FB/L  FIATA Combined Transport Bill of Lading
 FCL  Full Container Load
 FCR  Forwarder’s Cargo Receipt
 FEU  Forty Feet Equivalent Unit
 F.I.  Free In
 FIATA  International Federation of Forwarding Agent Associations
 FIFO  First-in, First-out
 F.I.O.  Free In and Out
 FIOST  Free In, Out, Stowed & Trimmed
 FMC  Federal Maritime Commission
 F.O.  Free Out
 FOB  Free On Board
 F.O.R.  Free On Rail
 F.O.T.  Free On Truck
 F/R  Flat Rack Container
 FRC  Fuel Recovery Charge
 FTP  File Transfer Protocol
 FTZ  Free Trade Zones
   
 G  
 GDP  Gross Domestic Product
 GRI  General Rate Increase
 GSA  General Sales Agent
 GSC  Global Supply Chain
 G.WT .  Gross Weight
   
 H  
 HAFFA  HAFFAHong Kong Association of  Freight Forwarding and Logistics Ltd.
 HAWB  House Air Waybill
 H/H  Half Height Container
   
 I  
 IADA  Intra Asia Discussion Agreement
 I.A. Rates  Independent Action  Rates
 IATA  International Air Transport Association
 IBC  Intermediate Bulk Container
 ICAO  International Civil Aviation Organization
 ICC  International Chamber of Commerce
 ICT  Information and Communications Technology
 IMDG  International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
 IMO  International Maritime Organization
 Incoterms  International Commercial Terms
 IP  Internet Protocol
 IPI  Interior Point Intermodal
 IRA  Informal Rate Agreement
 ISDN  Integrated Server Digital Network
 ISO  International Standard Organization
 ISP  Internet Service Provider
 ISPS  International Ship and Port Facility Security
   
 J  
   
 K  
   
 L  
 LAN  Local Area Networking
 LASH  Ligther Aboard Ship
 L/C  Letter of Credit
 LCL  Less (than) Container Load
 L/G  Letter of Guarantee
 L.I.  Liner Inward
 LILO  Last-In, Last-Out
 L.I.O.  Liner In and Out
 LNG  Liquefied Natural Gas
 L.O.A.  Length Overall
 Lo-Lo ship  Lift-on Lift-off Ship
 LPG  Liquefied Petroleum Gas
 LT  (Lead Time) Time between placing and receiving an order
 LTL  Less-Than-Truckload
   
 M  
 MAWB  Master Air Waybill
 MLO  Main Line Operators
 MRP  Material Requirements Planning
 M/S  Motor Ship
 MSDS  Material Safety Data Sheet
 MTO  Multimode Transport Operator
   
 N  
 N/A  Not Applicable/Not Available
 NAP  Network Access Point
 N.O.E.  Not Otherwise Enumerated
 N.O.S.  Not Otherwise Specified
 NVOCC  Non Vessel Operating Common  Carrier
   
 O  
 OCP  Overland Common Point
 OEM  Original Equipment Manufacturer
 O/H  Over Height
 ORC  Origin Receiving Charge
 O/S  Open Side Container
 O/T  Open Top Container
 O/W  Over Width
   
 P  
 PCS  Port Congestion Surcharge
 P & I Club  Protection and Indemnity Club
 POD  Port of Discharge
 POL  Port of Loading
 POP  Point of Presence
 PPP  Point-to-Point Protocol
 PRD  Pearl River Delta
 PSS  Peak Season Surcharge
   
 Q  
   
 R  
 RF  Reefer Container
 RFP  Request for Proposal
 RFQ  Request for Quotation
 RFRC  Rail Fuel Recovery Charge
 Ro-Ro ship  Roll-on Roll-off Ship
 RRS  Rate Restoration Surcharge
 R/T  Revenue Tons
   
 S  
 SAN  Storage Area Network
 SET  Secure Electronic Transaction
 SKU  Stock Keeping Unit
 SME  Small and Medium-size Enterprises
 S/O / S/I  Shipping Order / Shipping Instruction
 S.O.C.  Shipper’s Own Container
 SQL  Structure Query Language
 S/S  Steamship
 SSL  Secure Socket Layer
 S.T.C.  Said To Contain
   
 T  
 TACA  Transatlantic Conference Agreement
 TCP  Transmission Control Protocol
 TEU  Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit
 T.H.C.  Terminal Handling Charge
 TMS  Transportation Management System
 TOFC  Trailer-On-Flatcar
 TQC  Total Quality Control
 TQM  Total Quality Management
 T.R.S.  Terminal Receiving Station
 TSA  Transpacific Stabilization Agreement
 TT  Telegraphic Transfer
 TVC  Time Volume Contract
 TWRA  Transpacific Westbound Rate Agreement
   
 U  
 UCP500  Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits
 ULCC  Ultra Large Crude Carrier
 UNCTAD  United Nations Conference of Trade and Development
   
 V  
 V.A.T.  Value Added Tax
 VLCC  Very Large Crude Carrier
 VMI  Vendor Managed Inventory
 VOC  Vessel Operating Carrier
 V.O.W.  Vehicle On Wheel
 VPN  Virtual Private Network
 VSL  Vessel
   
 W  
 WAP  Wireless Application Protocol
 WCS  Wireless Communications Service
 WMS  Warehouse Management System
 W.R.  War Risks
 WTO  World Trade Organization
 W.W.  Warehouse Warrant
   
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 Y  
 YAS  Yen Appreciate Surcharge
   
 Z