Glossary of Haulage Terms

GLOSSARY

Common Haulage Terms

The buying and selling of goods may seem like a simple process, but the process of moving these goods through a supply chain is anything but simple. With its variety of jargon and terms, it can be confusing and frustrating. We know, so this Glossary of Haulage Terms is built for you. Read on to learn more!

A

Arrival Notice

Notification provided by the carrier when a shipment has arrived to the consignee.

Available Inventory

The amount of shippable product in the warehouse; does not include product designated as damaged, on hold, or pending shipment.

B

Backhaul

Cargo carried on a return journey.

Bill of Lading (aka BoL, BL, B/L)

A document issued by a carrier or their agent acknowledging receipt of cargo for shipment.

Break Bulk

Loose cargo, such as cartons, stowed directly in the ship’s hold as opposed to containerized or bulk cargo.

Bulk Cargo

A commodity cargo that is transported unpackaged in large quantities. These cargo are usually dropped or poured as a liquid or solid, into a bulk carrier’s hold.

C

Carrier

Carriers are companies that own the vessels to ship containers. Top carrier companies in the world include Maersk Line, CMA CGM, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), Hanjin Shipping, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), American President Lines (APL), Hyundai Merchant Marine, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Wan Hai Lines.

Check Digit

A check digit is the 7th number of a container that is used to verify the container number based on the first 6 numbers.

Combo Chassis

A 40’ long chassis that can hold two 20’ containers simultaneously.

Consignment

A shipment of goods to a consignee.

Consignee

The person or place to whom a shipment will be transferred.

Bonus: The ultimate consignee is the final recipient of the goods, while an intermediate consignee takes possession of the goods for a portion of the time that they are in transit.

Consignor

the exporter or shipper from which the goods originate.

Consolidate

When cargo from multiple shippers is combined in a single container.

Container Depot

Container depots areas for storing empty shipping containers. Typically, hauliers obtain empty containers from depots, or deliver empty ones for storage.

Container Yard (CY)

The Container Yard refers to an area within the port or container terminal or dry port where FCL containers are stored either after it is off loaded from the ship (for import) or before it is loaded on a ship (for export).

D

Demurrage Charges

Demurrage charges are charges levied onto the importer by the carrier, if they have not collected the container from the port within the given number of free days.

Dangerous Goods (DG)

Dangerous goods, abbreviated “DG”, are items or substances that when transported are a risk to health, safety, property or the environment. Carriers will issue DG stickers, which will have to be pasted on containers.

Depot

A place where containers are checked and repaired for damages and stored for carriers. Empty (aka MT) are also kept here.

Depot Handling Charges (DHC)

Whenever a container enters or leaves the depot, Depot Handling Charges are imposed. The charge differs across different depots.

Detention Charges

Detention charges occur when containers have not been returned to the depot for more than the given number of free days, Terms and conditions may differ between import and export workflows.

Direct Delivery (DD)

When a particular set of cargo has been certified as a dangerous good, it cannot cannot touch the ground. The crane lifts it off the vessel, places it on a trailer, which gets driven off to its final location, where another crane lifts it off again to its resting spot.

E

Electronic Shipping Note (ESN)

The Electronic Shipping Note is a shipping document that gives details about the contents of a consignment to carriers, receiving authorities and forwarders.

Empty ("MT") Repositioning

Empty reposition, also called “MT”, refers to the transportation of empty containers. These empty containers are usually collected for stuffing, or returned after unstuffing of the goods in the container. The empty containers can also be shifted to other depots, i.e. empty depot-to-depot shifting.

Export jobs

Jobs going out of the country are referred to as “Export” Jobs. There are some procedural differences with Import workflows.

F

Forwarder

Also known as Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC). Forwarders organise shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution. 

Free Storage Period (FSP)

Free Storage Period (FSP) is offered by ports or terminals, and refers to the free period of time for customers to store offloaded containers at the container yard, before store rent is charged. Different ports and terminals offer different periods of FSP.

Related to: Store Rent

Flatbed

A trailer with no sides or top.

Flattrack Container

A container without sides or tops that has ends that fold up. Large equipment and pipe that cannot fit inside a container is often loaded on this type of equipment.

Full Container Load (FCL)

FCL stands for Full Container Load, where your shipment occupies the whole container.

Related to: Less Container Load (LCL)

Fumigation

This is an export-related term. Fumigation of a container is done in precaution of importing pests from imported goods into the said country. Fumigation is always done in the Exporting country.  

G

GST Payment Permits

For Import, before truckers can truck out of the Port, the GST must be paid. Otherwise, a Customs compound fine will be incurred, and the trucker will be stuck at the port. GST Permits are important as they state the condition of who is liable to pay for GST and are emailed by forwarders to the hauliers. Hauliers will then check with the relevant parties (as stated on the permit) to ensure that GST is paid before trucking out.

H

Half Height Container/Offshore Containers

Half height/ off shore containers have an open top, and half the height of regular containers. They are supplied with slings, cargo net or shackles, and are used to load cargo that is both heavy and dense. They are also designed to be stackable to save space. 

High Cube

A 9’6″ high container.

I

Inter-Terminal Trucking (ITT) jobs

Inter-terminal trucking (ITT) jobs are jobs within PSA’s ports. Hauliers can assign their drivers to do jobs within the port itself. Check out this blog post for more information.

Inter-Gate Haulage (IGH) jobs

Inter-Gate Haulage (IGH) jobs are jobs between different ports.

IMEX job

Short for import-export, these are typically round trips with both the import leg and export leg in one job.

Import job

Jobs coming into the country are referred to as “Import” Jobs. There are some procedural differences with Export workflows.

Import License

A government-issued permit to allow a party to import goods into a country.

J

Jurong Port

Jurong Port is a multi-purpose port and the main bulk and conventional cargo gateway for Singapore and the region.

K

L

Less Container Load (LCL)

LCL stands for Less Container Load, where your shipment occupies less than a whole container. If your goods cannot accommodate in a fully loaded container, you can arrange with a consolidator to book his cargo. In other words, you will share the space, and cost, with others.

Related to: Full Container Load (FCL)

Lift On/Lift Off (LOLO)

LOLO is short for “Lift On/Lift Off”. It refers to the action where the cargo needs to “lifted on and off” a vessel with a crane.

In Singapore, hauliers need to have a LOLO account where the charges for PSA LOLO services are charged. Typically, the charges are as follows:

  • 20ft S$20/container
  • 40ft: S$30/container

Related to: Roll On/Roll Off (RORO)

Loader

Refers to the ship transporting the cargo. Also known as Vessel or Discharger.

Loose Cargo

Also known as Break Bulk Cargo, Loose Cargo are goods that are not transported within a container.

Examples: Large steel pipes that cannot fit within containers, or containerised cargo that got broken up, and are now transported in smaller pieces.

Logistics

The care and movement of product from raw material, through the manufacturer, through the warehousing and distribution process, to the end customer, and on to the consumer.

M

Mode of Transport (MOT)

MOT stands for Mode of Transport, and can refer to air, sea, road, rail or inland waterways. Each mode has varying processes and information requirements, and its usage depends on factors like cost, urgency of the shipment and value of the goods.

N

O

One-way job

One-way jobs refer to trips that are made from Point A to B only.

Open Top

A container that does not have a hard top, instead, it has a tarp that can be removed. This is for cargo that will fit in a container but cannot be loaded/unloaded through the doors of the container.

Orange Plate

In Singapore, vehicles that have been licensed to carry hazmat goods will have an orange plate to identify them.

Out of Gauge (OOG)

When goods are either (1) too huge i.e. its dimensions exceed those of the container, or (2) too dangerous to be loaded onto a regular container, shipping companies charge an OOG surcharge for lost slots. After all, wherever goods protrude, no other containers can be loaded. These cargo will instead be transported on a platform, flat rack or in an open top container.

Out of Jurong (OOJ)

This term is only used in Singapore, and stands for Out-of-Jurong or OOJ. OOJ charges are charged by hauliers, for trips that go out of the Jurong area in Singapore.

Overlanded Goods

Overlanded goods refer to goods which are in excess of the quantity stated in the inward manifest, whether imported by air, sea or rail. Vessel owners are required to pay the duty and/or Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the excess quantity. Refer to Singapore Customs for more information.

Similar to: Shortlanded Goods, Un-manifested Goods

P

Platforms

Platform containers have a base without side or end walls. They are used to load irregularly sized cargo. 

PSA

PSA is a leading global port group and a trusted partner to cargo stakeholders around the world. With flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, PSA’s portfolio comprises a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 18 countries. Drawing on the deep expertise and experience from a diverse global team, PSA actively collaborates with its customers and partners to deliver world-class port services alongside, develop innovative cargo solutions and co-create an Internet of Logistics. As the partner of choice in the global supply chain, PSA is “The World’s Port of Call”.

R

Roll On/Roll Off (RORO)

RORO is short for “Roll On/Roll Off”. It refers to when wheeled cargo rolls on and off a vessel..

Related to: Lift On/Lift Off (LOLO)

Reefer Container

A container that can be mounted with a refrigeration power unit(genset) to keep the container cooled to a specific temperature.

S

Shortlanded Goods

Shortlanded goods refer to goods that fall short of the quantity stated in the inward manifest, whether imported by air, sea or rail. Vessel owners may apply for a refund if duty and/or GST has been paid. Refer to Singapore Customs for more information.

Similar to: Overlanded Goods, Un-manifested Goods

Standard Containers

An 8’6″ high container

Store Rent

Store Rent is the charge levied by ports or terminals, for the storage of containers within the container yard beyond the free storage period.

Related to: Free Storage Period

T

Tank Containers

Tanks are mostly used to transport liquids. They are made of anti-corrosive materials (e.g. steel) to protect the liquids.

TEU

Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit(TEU) is the industry standard to measure containers. A TEU’s dimensions are twenty feet long (6.09 meters), 8 feet wide (2.4 meters) and 8 feet six inches high (2.6 meters). These dimensions have been set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Transload

Unloading and reshipping cargo from one form of transport to another such as from a container to a van.

Triaxle Chassis

A chassis used in hauling 20″ containers with three axles and a center that slides out. This allows for better weight distribution and allows hauling of heavier containers.

Twistlock

Lock that inserts into a container from the chassis to lock or hold the container in place

U

Un-manifested Goods

Un-manifested goods refer to actual goods that are shipped but not listed in the inward manifest.

Similar to: Overlanded Goods, Shortlanded Goods

V

Vehicle License Plates

Singapore has different colored license plates to identify various heavy vehicle types.

Related to: Orange Plate

W

Y

Z

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