OCS has amassed a list of Domestic and International Shipping Terms and Acronyms to keep us on the same page with our clients and know when you need them.

General Terms

BOL – Bill of Lading

The bill of lading is a legally binding document that provides the carrier and shipper with all of the necessary details to accurately process a shipment. It has three main functions. First, it is a document of title to the goods described in the bill of lading. Secondly, it is a receipt for the shipped products. Finally, the bill of lading represents the agreed terms and conditions for the transportation of the goods.

POD – Proof of Delivery

ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival

ETD – Estimated Time of Departure

LTL – Less Than Truckload (Freight)

FTL – Full Truckload (Freight)

Freight Forwarder –

Merchant Processing Fee – MPF

Bond Fee-

Harbor Maintenance Fee – HMF

Custom Broker –

SLI – Shippers Letter of Instruction

POA – Power of Attorney

Know Shipper –

Unkown Shipper –

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