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Documentary Credit
Commercial Letter of Credit providing for payment by a bank to the name beneficiary, usually the seller of merchandise, against delivery of documents specified in the credit.  
Documentary Draft
Draft to which documents are attached.  
Documents against Acceptance
Abbreviation: D/A. Instructions given by a shipper to a bank indicating that documents transferring title to goods should be delivered to the buyer (or drawee) only upon the buyer's acceptance of an attached draft.  
Documents against Payment
Abbreviation: D/P. Instructions a shipper gives to its bank that the documents attached to a draft for collection are deliverable to the drawee only against their payment of the draft.  
Domestic Carriage
Carriage whereby the place of departure and the place of destination are situated within one country (air cargo).  
Domestic Rate
Rate applicable within a country, and in most cases subject to special conditions other than those of IATA (air cargo).  
Door-to-Door Transport
House-to House Transport
Double Stack Train
Railway wagons on which containers can be stacked two-high. Block Train
Double-Deck Pallet
Flat pallet with a top and bottom deck.  
Down Time
Period of time when a machine is not available for production due to a functional failure or maintenance.  
Draft of a vessel is the vertical distance between the waterline and the underside of the keel of the vessel. During the construction of a vessel the marks showing the draft are welded on each side of the vessel near the stem, the stern and amidships. Draught
Draft (or Bill of Exchange)
Unconditional order in writing from one person (the drawer) to another (the drawee), directing the drawee to pay a specified amount to a named drawer at a fixed or determinable future date. Date Draft (Bill of Exchange)Sight Draft (Bill of Exchange)Time Draft (Bill of Exchange)
Repayment of any part of customs or excise duties previously collected on imported goods, when those goods are exported again.  
Individual or firm on whom a draft is drawn and who owes the stated amount. DraftDrawee
Individual or firm that issues or signs a draft and thus stands to receive payment of the stated amount from the drawee.  
1. The hauling of a load by a cart with detachable sides (dray). 2. Road transportation between the nearest railway terminal and the stuffing place. Connecting Road Haulage
Drop-off Charge
Charge made by terminal operators for delivery of a container into depot stock. The drop-off charge may be a combination of actual handling and storage charges with surcharges.  
Dry Bulk Container
Container consisting of a cargo-carrying structure, firmly secured within a framework, for the carriage of dry solids in bulk without packaging. Containers of this type have type codes 80 and 81.  
Dry Cargo Container
Shipping container which is designed for the carriage of goods other than liquids.  
Due Diligence
The care that a prudent person might be expected to exercise in the examination and evaluation of risks affecting a business transaction.  
Stowage material, mainly timber or board, used to prevent damage to cargo during carriage.  
Pressure that is used to make a company or an individual do something which they do not want to do.  
1. Ad valorem duty means an assessed amount at a certain percentage rate on the monetary value of an import. 2. Specific duty: an assessment on the weight or quantity of an article without preference to its monetary value or market price. 3. Drawback: a recovery in whole or in part of duty paid on imported merchandise at the time of exportation, in the same or different form. Drawback
Duty Free Zone
Area where goods or cargo can be stored without paying import customs duties awaiting further transport or manufacturing.  

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