Shipping Terms

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  • On Deck Stowage
    Cargo stowed on the deck of the vessel.
  • On-Carriage

    Service of providing inland import transportation to our customer's premises from the port of discharge. This offers the customer flexibility of door to door transportation.This service is applicable when the carrier provides inland transportation to the desired inland location, based on the request of the customer.

  • On-Time Performance
    The proportion of time that a transit system adheres to its published schedule times within stated tolerances.
  • Open Rates
    Rates established for each individual carrier. These rates are listed in a tariff list but may differ according to carrier.
  • Order Cycle
    This includes the time and the process involved from the placement of the order to the receipt of the shipment. It includes the following processes: Communicating the order, order processing, transporting the shipment.
  • Origin Motor Terminal, Origin Rail Terminal, Destination Motor Terminal OMT, ORT, DMT
    Origin Motor Terminal, Origin Rail Terminal, Destination Motor Terminal. Location designated by a motor/rail carrier at origin/destination points where, the motor carrier or his authorised agent assembles, holds or stores an ocean carrier's containers and chassis; where loaded containers are received from shippers or their agents; where empty containers are delivered to shippers or their agents.
  • Original Bill of Lading OBL
    Original bill of lading. See also Negotiable Bill of Lading.
  • Out of Gauge Service
    The service is to handle and ship cargo that is "out-of-gauge". This is to provide the ability to ship cargo which exceeds the dimensions of standard containers by length, width, height and/or weight, but which still remains feasible for the carrier to handle as 'containerized cargo'. This fee is applicable to out of gauge shipments.
  • Outbound
    Export shipments.
  • Outport
    Destination port, other than a base port, to which rates apply but which may be subject to additional outport arbitraries.
  • Outsource
    To hire a third-party provider to assume tasks previously performed in-house.
  • Over Landed
    (1) Cargo volume count more than originally shipped. (2) Cargo taken beyond original port of discharge.
  • Overland Common Port OCP
    A special rate concession made by shipping lines, rail carriers and truckers serving the U.S. West Coast for export and import traffic, intended to benefit midwest shippers and importers by equalising rates to and from other coastal areas, and offering these midwest companies a comparable alternative. The steamship companies lower their rates and the inland carriers pick up the terminal charges, which consist of handling charges, wharfage charges and car loading or unloading charges. OCP rates apply to cargo shipped from or consigned to the states of: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico and all states east thereof. OCP rates in Canada apply to the provinces of: Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.