Harbor Freight Key Terms
Learn about harbor freight terminology for your businessHarbor freight terminology affects a wide number of people. Whether you are someone who works at the harbor, a captain of a ship, or simply someone working in the ocean freight industry, harbor freight terms are key to your business knowledge and communication with your customers, colleagues and with anyone in the industry.
Harbor freight key terms include anything from paperwork to software to organizations and more. They also deal with how much freight you have as well as services that assist getting freight to the harbor. Familiarizing yourself with the harbor freight lexicon will help you as you conduct business in this particular field.
Automated Broker Interface (ABI)Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is a US Customs program where brokers can file their importers' entries electronically instead of having to do it manually.
US Customs and Border Protection.
Bill of ladingThe bill of lading is the paperwork from the carrier to the shipper that says that the specified goods have been taken on board as cargo to be moved to a specific place for delivery to the consignee identified on the paperwork.
Full container load (FCL)Full container load (FCL) means that your goods are taking up the entire shipping container and you are not splitting the cost with another client of the shipper, which would be situation if you were using LCL (less-than-container load).
US Exporters Competitive Maritime Council (ECMC)The US Exporters Competitive Maritime Council (ECMC) is an association of mostly US engineering, procurement and construction businesses and the freight forwarders that they work with that have joined together via the Maritime Administration in 1997. Their goal is to seek solutions to transportation issues in the industry and to increase and better the industry of export of US cargo.
Feeder serviceA feeder service is one that takes cargo to or from a regional port to or from a central hub in order to get it out to sea for the long-haul ocean journey.
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