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Container Security Initiative - a U.S. cargo security program whereby containerized cargoes destined for the United States may be inspected on a selective basis at many foreign ports before loading on a vessel. As of October 2007, there were 51 approved ports. A multinational program, aligned with the President's 'Strategy for Homeland Security', that extends the United States' zone of security by prescreening containers that pose a potential security risk before they leave foreign ports for U.S. seaports.



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CONTAINER SECURITY INITIATIVE

A U.S. cargo security program whereby containerized cargoes destined for the United States may be inspected on a selective basis at many foreign ports before loading on a vessel. As of October 2007, there were 51 approved ports. A multinational program, aligned with the President's 'Strategy for Homeland Security', that extends the United States' zone of security by prescreening containers that pose a potential security risk before they leave foreign ports for U.S. seaports.

LOADING OVERALL

The loading of liquid cargo or ballast 'over the top' through an open ended pipe or hose through a hatch or deck opening. Not a preferred method and may be illegal on some vessels in some areas depending on the cargo.

FULL CONTAINER LOAD

(FCL) - a container stuffed or stripped under risk and for account of the shipper and/or the consignee. A general reference for identifying container loads of cargo loaded and/or discharged at merchants' premises. A vessel specially designed to carry containers, with cell-guides under deck and necessary fittings and equipment on deck.

CUT-OFF TIME

The latest time a container may be delivered to a terminal for loading to a scheduled barge, vessel, train, or truck.

CLOSING TIME

The latest time a container may be delivered to a terminal for loading to a scheduled barge, vessel, train, or truck.

CONSOLIDATION

Cargo consisting of shipments of two or more shippers or suppliers. Container load shipments may be consolidated for one or more consignees.

CUTOFF TIME

The latest time cargo may be delivered to a terminal for loading to a scheduled train or ship.

MARSHALING YARD

This is a container parking lot, or any open area where containers are stored in a precise order according to the ship loading plan. Containers terminals may use a grounded or wheeled layout. If the cargo box is placed directly on the ground, it is called a grounded operation. If the box is on

CONTAINER

A strong steel box of standard dimensions of 8 feet square and length of 20 feet or 40 feet, in which cargo is preloaded.

TRANSHIPMENT

Process of transferring cargo from one mode of shipment to another to effect delivery of the merchandise. This may involve several modes such as vessel, rail, truck, barge, etc.. Also spoken of a cargo which will be delivered via multi-transport modes.

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