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Transport Terminology

In this section, you will find some common terms used in transportation. The terms are sorted alphabetically.

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Terminology Meaning of the term
API Application ProgrammingInterface
ARENA Asia North America Eastbound Rate Agreement
ASME American Society ofMechanical Engineers
ASP Active Sever Page
AS/RS Automated Storage andRetrieval System
AWB Air Way Bill
ARENA AsiaNorth AmericaEastbound Rate Agreement
B2B Business to Business
B2C Business to Customer
BAF Bunker Adjustment Factor
B/B Break Bulk
BCC Blind Carbon Copy
BCO Beneficial Cargo Owner
BIMCO The Baltic and InternationalMaritime Council
B/L Bill of Lading
BPO Business Process Outsourcing
BSP British Standard Pipe Tread
CAF Currency Adjustment Factor
CBM Cubic Meter
C&F Cost and Freight
CC Cost Collect
CC Carbon Copy
CDMA Code Division Multiple Address
CEPA Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement
CFM Cubic Feet per Minute
CFR Costand Freight النفقات وأجور الشحن (ميناءالمقصد معين)
CFS Container Freight Station
CGI Common Gateway Interface
CIF Cost Insurance and Freight النفقات والتأمين وأجور الشحن (ميناء المقصدمعين) 
CILT The CharteredInstitute ofMarketing
CIM The CharteredInstitute ofMarketing
CIS Commonwealth of Independent States
CLM The Council of Logistics Management
CIP أجور النقل والتأمين مدفوعة (حتى ميناء معين) Carriage and Insurance Paid To
CLP Container Load Plan
CNOOC National Offshore Oil Corp.
C/O Certificate of Origin
C.O.C. Carrier's Own Container
C.D. Cash On Delivery
COFC Container-on-flatcar
COSCO China Ocean Shipping Company
COSL China Oilfield Services Limited
CPFR Collaborative Planning Forecasting andReplenishment
CPT أجور النقل مدفوعة (حتى ميناء معين) Carriage Paid To
CRM Customer Relationship Management
CSC International Convention for SafeContainer
CY Container Yard
D/A Document Against Acceptance
DAF التسليم على الحدود (مكان التسليم معين) Delivered at Frontier
DDC Destination Delivery Charge
DDP التسليم والرسوم مدفوعة (ميناءالمقصد معين) Delivered Duty Paid
DDU التسليم والرسوم غير مدفوعة (ميناء المقصد معين) Delivered Duty Unpaid
DES التسليم على ظهر السفينة (ميناءالمقصد معين). DeliveredEx-Ship 
DEQ التسليم على رصيف الميناء (ميناء المقصد معين) Delivered ex-Quay 
D.G. Dangerous Goods
DNS Domain Name System
D/O Delivery Order
DOS Disk Operating System
D/P Document Against Payment
DPP Damage Protection Plan
DRP Distribution Resources Planning
ECR Efficient Customer Response
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 تسليم أرض المعمل. Ex-Works
FAF Fuel Adjustment Factor
FAK Freight All Kinds
FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FAS تسليم جانب السفينة (ميناء الشحن معين) Free Alongside Ship
FB/L FIATA Combined Transport Bill of Lading
FCA تسليم الناقل (مكان التسليم معين) Free Carrier
FCL Full Container Load
FCR Forwarder's Cargo Receipt
FEFC Far East Freight Conference
FEU Forty Feet Equivalent Unit
F.I. Free In
FIATA International Federation of ForwardingAgent 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
FDA Fire Defense Agency (Japanese)
FOB تسليم ظهر السفينة (ميناء الشحن معين) 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
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
GPRS General Packet Radio Service
GRI General Rate Increasing
GSA Global System forMobileCommunications
GSC Global Supply Chain
GSM General Sales Agent
GWT Gross Weight
HAFFA Hong Kong Association of FreightForwarding and Logistics Ltd.
HAWB House Air Waybill
H/H Half Height Container
HKIM Hong Kong Institute of Marketing
HTML Hypertext Mark-up Language
HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol
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
ICP Internet Content provider
ICT Information and Communications Technology
IEEE the Institute of Electronic andElectrical Engineering
IICL Institute ofInternational Container Lessons
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous GoodsCode
IMO International Maritime Organization
Inco terms International Commercial terms
IP Internet Protocol
IPI Interior Point Intermodal
IPO Initial Public Offering
IRA Informal Rate Agreement
ISAPI Internet Server Application ProgrammingInterface
ISDN Integrated Server Digital Network
ISO International Standard Organization
ISP Internet Service Provider
ISPS ضريبة تؤخذ على النقل البري الداخلي
JIT Just In Time
Kbps Kilobits per second
K/T Kilo Tons
LASH Lighter Aboard Ship
LAN Local Area Networking
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
L.O.A. Length Overall
Lo-Lo ship Lift-on Lift-off ship
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas
LPG Liquefied Petroleum Gas
LTL Less-than-truckload
MAWB Master Air Waybill
MB Megabyte
MBO Management By Objective
Mbps Millions of bits per second
MIS Management Information System
MLB MainlandBridge
MLO Main Line Operators
MMS Multimedia Messaging Services
MPEG Motion Picture Experts Group
MQC Minimum Quantity Commitment
MRP Material Requirements Planning
M/S Motor Ship
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet
MTO Multimode Transport Operator
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
OCP Overland Common Point
QDII Qualified Domestic InstitutionalInvestors
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
QFII Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors
O/H Over Height
OPM Other People's Money
ORC Origin Receiving Charge
O/S Open Side Container
O/T Open Top Container
O/W Over Width
P2P Path to Profit
PCD Pitch Circle Diameter
PCS Port Congestion Surcharge
PDA Personal Digital Assistant
PDF Portable Document Format
PENAVICO China Ocean Shipping Company
P&I Club Protection and Indemnity Club
PKI Public Key Infrastructure
POD Port ofDischarge
POL Port ofLoading
POP Point of Presence
PP Pre Paid
PPP Point-to-Point Protocol
PSS Peak Season Surcharge
PSTN Public Switched Telephone Network
PTO Please Turn Overleaf
PWS Personal Web Server
RAM Random Access Memory
RF Reefer Container
RFP Request For proposal
RFQ Request For Quotation
RFRC Rail Fuel Recovery Charge
RMB Renminbi
Ro-Ro ship Roll-on Roll-off ship
ROA Return On Assets
ROI Return On Investment
R/T Revenue Tons
SAN Storage Area Network
SET Secure Electronic Transaction
S/C Service Contract
SCM Supply Chain Management
S.G. Specific Gravity
SKU Stock Keeping Unit
SINOTRANS China National Foreign trade andTransportation Corporation
SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol
SME Small and Medium-size Enterprises
SMS Short Message Services
SMTP Simple Mail Transport Protocol
S/O Shipping Order
S.O.C. Shipper's Own Container
SQL Structure Query Language
S/S Steamship
SSL Secure Socket Layer
S.T.C. Said To Contain
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
TSR Trans Siberian Railway
T/T Telegraphic Transfer
TVC Time Volume Contract
TWRA Transpacific Westbound Rate Agreement
UCP500 Uniform Customs and practice forDocumentary Credits
UHF Ultra High frequency
ULCC Ultra Large Crude Carrier
ULD Unit Load Device
UNCTAD United Nations Conference of Trade andDevelopment
URL Uniform Resource Locator
V.A.T Value Added Tax
VHF Very High Frequency
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
WAP Wireless Appreciation Protocol
WCS Wireless Communications Service
WMS Warehouse Management System
W.R.S War Risks
W.W. Warehouse Warrant
WWW World Wide Web
XML Extensible Mark-up Language
YAS Yen Appreciate Surcharge