Shipping Glossary

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RO/RO

Roll on Roll Off – A vessel onto which goods can be driven via a ramp.

Reefer

A refrigerated container used for cargo requiring temperature control.

 

 

S

SOB

Shipped on Board – an endorsement on the bill of lading confirming that the goods have been loaded on board.

Shipper

The person who tenders the goods for carriage.

Slot

The space on board a vessel occupied by a container.

 

 

T

Time Slot

The time booked to deliver a container or collect a container from the wharf.

TEU

Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (20’).

THC

Terminal Handling Charge – A charge for handling containers at ocean terminal/ wharves. Also charge for handling LCL cargo at deconsolidation depots.

Tare Weight

The actual weight of the empty container, not including the goods.

Tariff

The terms, condition and scale of charges for carriage.

Transship

When cargo is discharged from one ship and loaded onto another in order to reach a port of no direct service or as a cheaper alternative to the direct service.