Glossary of Shipping Terms

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EX DEC
Contraction for “Shipper’s Export Declaration.”

ETD
estimated time of departure.

E
base of Naperian logarithms; origin of own ship’s true vector.

E
east.

E
eccentricity.

E.
Int. equal interval; isophase.

E.C.M.C.A.
Eastern Central Motor Carriers Association.

E.W.I.B.
Eastern Weighing and Inspection Bureau.

EBL
electronic bearing line.

EC
electronic chart.

ECD
envelope to cycle difference; envelope to cycle discrepancy.

ECDB
electronic chart data base.

ECDIS
electronic chart display and information system.

ECMC
The U.S. Exporters Competitive Maritime Council. An association primarily of U.S. engineering, procurement and construction companies and their freight forwarders that was formed jointly by the Maritime Administration in 1997 to seek solutions to transportation problems and enhance the export of U.S. project cargoes.

ED
existence doubtful.

EDD
estimated date of departure.

EDGE PROTECTOR
An angle piece fitted over the edge of boxes, crates, bundles and other packages to prevent the pres­sure from metal bands or other types from cutting into the package.

EDI
Abbreviation for “Electronic Data Interface.” Generic term for transmission of transactional data between computer systems. EDI is typically via a batched transmission, usually conforming to con­sistent standards.

EDI
Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transportation, is an international syntax used in the interchange of electronic data. Customs uses EDI to interchange data with the importing trade community.

EDIFACT
International data interchange standards sponsored by the United Nations. See UN/EDIFACT.

EEZ
exclusive economic zone.

EGC
enhanced group calling.

EHF
extremely high frequency.

ELEVATING–
A charge for services performed in connection with floating elevators.– Charges assessed for the handling of grain through grain elevators.

ELKINS ACT
An act of Congress (1903) prohibiting rebates, concession, misbilling, etc. and providing specific pen­alties for such violations.

EM
electromagnetic (underwater log).em other ship’s true vector.

EMBARGO ORDER
to restrict the hauling of freight.

EMINENT DOMAIN
The sovereign power to take property for a necessary public use, with reasonable compensation.

EMPTY REPO
Contraction for Empty Repositioning. The movement of empty containers.

ENC
electronic navigation chart.

ENCDB
electronic navigation chart data base.

ENDORSEMENT
A legal signature usually placed on the reverse of a draft; signifies transfer of rights from the holder to another party.

ENTRY CUSTOMS
documents required to clear an import shipment for entry into the general commerce of a country.

EP
estimated position.

EPIRB
Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacon.

EPROM
erasable programmable read only memory.

EQ.T
equation of time. er own ship’s true vector.

EQUALIZATION
A monetary allowance to the customer for picking up or delivering at a point other than the destina­tion shown on the bill of lading. This provision is covered by tariff publication.

EQUIPMENT INTERCHANGE RECEIPT (EIR)
A document transferring a container from one carrier to another, or to/from a terminal.

ET
Ephemeris Time.

ETA
estimated time of arrival.

ETA
Estimated Time of Arrival. Then, It normally takes 3 hours for carriers to Break Bulk then ready to be picked up by forwarders along with customs release notification.

ETA, C, D, R, S–
Estimated Time of Arrival, Completion, Departure, Readiness, or Sailing– Estimated Time of Availability. That time when a tractor/partner carrier is avail­able for dispatch.

ETD
Estimated Time of Departure. The cut-off time for carriers’ cargo ramp handling is normally two hours ahead of ETD. However, the freight forwarders’ consolidation cut-off time may vary depending on each forwarder’s operations respectively.

ETHYLENE
a gas produced by many fruits and vegetables that accelerates the ripening and aging processes.

EX
“From” When used in pricing terms such as “Ex Factory” or “Ex Dock,” it signifies that the price quoted ap­plies only at the point of origin indicated.

EXCEPTION
Notations made when the cargo is received at the carrier’s terminal or loaded aboard a vessel. They show any irregularities in packaging or actual or suspected damage to the cargo. Exceptions are then noted on the bill of lading.

EXIM
Bank Abbreviation for Export–Import Bank of the United States. An independent U.S. Government Agen­cy which facilitates exports of U.S. goods by providing loan guarantees and insurance for repayment of bank–provided export credit.

EXPIRY DATE
Issued in connection with documents such as letters of credit, tariffs, etc. to advise that stated provi­sions will expire at a certain time.

EXPORT DECLARATION
A government document declaring designated goods to be shipped out of the country. To be com­pleted by the exporter and filed with the U.S. Government.

EXPORT LICENSE
A government document which permits the “Licensee” to engage in the export of designated goods to certain destinations.

EXPORT RATE
A rate published on traffic moving from an interior point to a port for transshipment to a foreign country.

EXPORT
Shipment of goods to a foreign country.

EXPRESS B/L
Non–negotiable B/L where there are no paper copies printed of origi­nals.

EXTING
extinguished

EXW
EXW (Ex Works) (...Named Place): A Term of Sale which means that the seller fulfills the obligation to deliver when he or she has made the goods available at his/her premises (i.e., works, factory, warehouse, etc.) to the buyer. In particular, the seller is not responsible for loading the goods in the vehicle provided by the buyer or for clearing the goods for export, unless otherwise agreed. The buyer bears all costs and risks involved in taking the goods from the seller’s premises to the desired destination. This term thus represents the minimum obligation for the seller.

EX-WORKS
An Incoterm of sale meaning the seller delivers to the buyer at seller’s named premises.