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International Moving Glossary Part Two

Jul 09. 2019

Here’s part two of our glossary of terms associated with moving internationally. We hope this also helps to de-mystify some of the terms you’ll come across when planning and undergoing a move abroad.

Our international moving experts are, of course, on hand to answer any of your questions and to supply you with further information on 01902 714555 or on sales@burkebros.co.uk. Our international moving pages can also be viewed here.

Consolidation: the assembling of several loads originating from several sources for joint despatch.

Container: a metallic box, of steel or aluminium, with double doors at one end, for use on sea-routes

Dangerous goods: goods, which, because of their nature, are classified as hazardous and admitted for transportation on special terms and regulations

Delivery note: documents used by cartage contractors or carriers to be signed by consignee as receipts for the goods, and on which reservations must be stated if consignments are not in order

Demurrage: a penalty for keeping containers longer than allowed and a penalty for immobilization of a vessel longer than allowed for loading/ unloading

Door-to-door: a service from origin to consignee, as can best be operated by containers or road

ETA: estimated time of arrival of the vessel

ETD: estimated time of departure of the vessel

FCL: Full container load

Harbour dues: taxes levied for using port facilities

Heavy lift charges: additional charges for moving, loading or unloading pieces above a certain weight limit per unit

Lay-day: time allowed for unloading/ loading of a vessel

LCL: less than a container load

Markings: symbols, letters and figures, stencilled on cases/packages and serving as identification of consignments

Outturn report: list of consignments unloaded from a vessel and established in the port of unloading

Waybill: a consignment note- generally speaking a document covering dispatch of goods.

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