Glossary

Alongside
Refers to the side of a ship. Goods delivered alongside are placed on the dock or barge within reach of the ship’s rigging so they can be easily loaded onto...
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Automated Manifest System (AMS)
The AMS is an electronic information transmission system operated by the CBP.
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Arrival notice
Notification provided by the carrier when a shipment has arrived at the consignee or notify party.
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BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor)
BAF accounts for vessel fuel and fluctuates based on the price of Brent oil.
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Backhaul
Cargo carried on a return journey.
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Bill of lading
A document issued by a carrier or their agent acknowledging receipt of cargo for shipment. Often abbreviated as BOL or BL.
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Bonded Goods
Bonded goods are goods where the customs duty hasn't been paid yet. In such cases, the goods remain in the warehouse under customs supervision until th...
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Bonded Warehouse
Bonding warehouses are customs-controlled warehouses where goods for which duty has not been paid can be stored until it is paid.
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CBM
Cubic Meter is a measurement of the volume of a shipment. It determines how much space the cargo will take up on a container, which in turn will decide how ...
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CBP
US Customs and Border Patrol.
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