Are you planning moving overseas? That is a big move that needs a good planification. Remember that you better not travel before all your goods have been shipped. Travel times are estimates and subject to change. Your Freight Forwarder will confirm and track your booking. Here you are a glossary of moving overseas frequent terms:
-Air Freight: Air Freight is the shipment of cargo by aircraft. Almost all passenger aircraft also carry freight, along with air planes that are specifically designed to transport freight.
-Air Waybill : The contract for transportation between the customer and the air carrier. It is also the receipt for cargo.
-Bill of Lading : A document that establishes the terms of a contract between a shipper and a transportation company. It serves as a document of title, a contract of carriage and a receipt for goods. Includes the dates, services and charges involved in the international relocation.
-Cargo: Freight loaded into ship or by aircraft.
-Containerization: Stowage of general or special cargoes in a container for transport in the various modes: boxes, cartons, drums, barrels, etc.
-Currency Adjustment : An added fee to compensate for currency fluctuation between countries.
-Customs: It’s the agency in charge of the protection of the country’s import and export revenues. It’s the place where physical examination of imports and exports is done. It can also refer to fees placed on these imports and exports.
-Customs Clearance: The release of goods from customs. This process includes documentation handling.
-Door-to-Door: Transportation of a container from consignor to consignee. Also known as House to House. Gives customers the ability to book shipments as easily as they would send a package overnight, without worrying about pickups, paperwork and delivery.
-Door-to-Port: The shipper is responsible for loading the goods into the truck (LCL) or container (FCL). Goods must clear custom and all fees must be paid before customer can claim them. A destination agent can help with all the paperwork.
-Freight Forwarders : A person/company who act as an agent on behalf of the shipper. They make all the booking reservation. In the United States, freight forwarders are now licensed by the FMC as “Ocean Intermediaries”.
-Household Goods Shipment : Personal property/goods being shipped for use or intended use in the home.
-Ocean Freight: exporting and importing cargo by shipping lines. Goods are packed in shipping containers, the freight forwarder books the reservation with the ship agent, cargo is trucked to the shipping line at the port origin and shipped overseas to the importer at the port of destination. The itinerary can be port- to- port or can include truck pick up and or delivery, door-to-port, port-to- door and door-to-door.
-PBO: “Packed by Owner” – the owner/customer packs his or her own goods at origin. This method is not always acceptable in certain countries.
For more info about shipping terms, visit theU.S Department of Transportation.