Freight that has not been called for or picked up by the consignee or owner.

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The owners of a ship are entitled to payment as freight for merchandise returned through the fault of either the consignees or the consignors. Such payment, which is over and above the normal freight, is called backfreight.


The person to whom cargo is consigned as stated on the bills of lading.


A document by which the Master of a ship acknowledges having received in good order and condition (or the reverse) certain specified goods consigned to him by some particular shipper, and binds himself to deliver them in similar condition, unless the perils of the sea, fire or enemies prevent him, to the consignees of the shippers at the point of destination on their paying him the stipulated freight. A bill of lading specifies the name of the master, the port and destination of the ship the goods, the consignee, and the rate of freight.


A detailed statement of a vessel’s cargo which includes all data regarding the shipper consignee and cargo quantity.


A letter given by the shipper to the shipowner when goods put on board are not good condition holding the shipowner harmless in respect of any claims the consignee may claim.


Numerous shipments from different shippers to one consignee that are consolidated and treated as a single consignment.


Abbreviation for 'Container Freight Station.' A shipping dock where cargo is loaded ('stuffed') into or unloaded ('stripped') from containers. Generally, this involves less than containerload shipments, although small shipments destined to same consignee are often consolidated. Container reloading from/to rail or motor carrier equipment is a typical activity. These facilities can be located in container yards, or off dock.


A B/L wherein the paying customer has contracted with the carrier that shipper or consignee information is not given.


Abbreviation for 'Please Authorize Delivery Against Guarantee.' A request from the consignee to the shipper to allow the carrier or agent to release cargo against a guarantee, either bank or personal. Made when the consignee is unable to produce original bills of lading.


The tender of one lot of cargo at one time from one shipper to one consignee on one bill of lading.

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