Common International Shipping Terms


Clients of international shipping services, whether they are new to international transport or not, can often be overwhelmed by the sheer number of technical terms and often confusing processes involved in overseas shipping. With terms like maritime, shipping, freight, logistics, and supply chain, it is understandable that many may be discouraged when it comes to international shipping of all cargo, even with the help of a reliable freight forwarding company.

In this context, the shipping industry is simply the transport of cargo from one point to another, and maritime industry specifically refers to international transport of cargo via ocean or sea and involves the navigation of ships from port to port. Freight can be used to describe the cargo that is shipped by international shipping companies and shipping lines via container or roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel. Logistics services are the processes involved in getting cargo from the warehouse of the manufacturer to the warehouse of the receiver of the cargo and involves arranging maritime shipping services. Finally, supply chain in this case encompasses the whole process of acquiring cargo, transporting it from warehouse to port, and finally to a port overseas.

Clients who are overwhelmed should not hesitate to ask their freight forwarder questions. Reliable and experienced international shipping companies can help clients transport cargo of all sizes and weights overseas efficiently and for an affordable price, even for the clients that have no experience with overseas transport.