Glossary of logistcs terms

Since all the terms are used in international business, the glossary is available in English language only.

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Documents against Acceptance
Documents against Payment
Incoterm for "Delivered at Frontier (... named place)". Incoterms
Damage Report
Form on which physical damage of a consignment or transportation unit (e.g. container) is recorded.  
Damaged Cargo Report
Written statement concerning established damages to cargo and/or equipment.  
Dangerous Goods
Goods are to be considered dangerous if the transport of such goods might cause harm, risk, peril, or other evil to people, environment, equipment or any property whatsoever. Articles Dangereux de RouteDangerous Goods Packing CertificateInternational Maritime Dangerous Goods CodeInternational Maritime OrganizationMedical First Aid GuideUnited Nations Dangerous Goods Number
Dangerous Goods Declaration
Document issued by a shipper in accordance with applicable conventions or regulations, describing hazardous goods or materials for transport purposes, and stating that the latter have been packed and labeled in accordance with the provisions of the relevant conventions or regulations.  
Dangerous Goods Packing Certificate
Document as part of the dangerous goods declaration in which the responsible party declares that the cargo has been stowed in accordance with the rules in a clean container in compliance with the IMDG regulations and has been properly secured.  
Data Plate
Metal identification plate affixed to a container which displays, among other things, the gross and tare weights and external dimensions.  
Date Draft (Bill of Exchange)
Draft that matures in a specified number of days after the date it is issued, without regard to the date of acceptance. DraftSight Draft (Bill of Exchange)Time Draft (Bill of Exchange)
Incoterm for "Delivered Duty Paid (... named place of destination)". Incoterms
Incoterm for "Delivered Duty Unpaid (... named place of destination)".  
Difference between the actual and calculated ship's draft. Draft
Abbreviation: DWT. Total weight of cargo, cargo equipment, bunkers, provisions, water, stores and spare parts which a vessel can lift when loaded to her maximum draft as applicable under the circumstances. The deadweight is expressed in tons.  
Any extended horizontal structure in a vessel or an aircraft, serving as a floor and structural support, covering, partially or fully, a portion of the vessel or aircraft.  
Deck Cargo
Cargo carried outside on deck of a vessel.  
Declaration of Origin
Appropriate statement as to the origin of the goods, made in connection with their exportation by the manufacturer, producer, supplier, exporter or other competent person on the commercial invoice or any document relating to goods. Commercial Invoice
Declared Value for Carriage
Value of the goods declared to the carrier by the shipper for the purpose of determining charges or of establishing the limit of the carrier's liability for loss, damage or delay. It is also the basis for possible applicable valuation charges (air cargo).  
Specific dollar amount, or percentage of the insured value, which will be deducted from all losses recoverable under a policy.  
Deep Tank
Tank fitted and equipped for the carriage of vegetable oil (e.g. palm oil and coconut oil) and other liquids in bulk.  
Default Charge
Charge applicable for a trade, stretch or location. In the absence of specifics (not otherwise specified/enumerated) a general amount has been set.  
Deferred Payment Credit
Type of Letter of Credit providing for payment some time after presentation of shipping documents by seller.  
Splitting up shipments into small consignments. Regroupage
Even under All Risk cover, damage due to delay is not recoverable. Most underwriters have inserted a "Delay Clause" in the Open Cargo Policy, which states specifically that damage caused by delay is not recoverable even if the delay was due to a peril insured against. All Risk
Delivered at Frontier (... Named Place)
Abbreviation: DAF. Incoterm Incoterms

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