Glossary of Shipping Terms

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K
Kelvin (temperature).

KHZ
kilohertz.

KILOGRAM
Kilogram 1,000 grams or 2.2046 pounds.

KING
Pin a coupling pin centered on the front underside of a chassis; couples to the tractor.

KM
kilometer, kilometers.

KN
knot, knots.

KNOCKED DOWN (KD)
Articles which are taken apart to reduce the cubic footage displaced or to make a better shipping unit and are to be re–assembled

KNOT
One nautical mile (6,076 feet or 1852 meters) per hour. In the days of sail, speed was measured by tossing overboard a log which was secured by a line. Knots were tied into the line at intervals of ap­proximately six feet. The number of knots measured was then compared against time required to travel the distance of 1000 knots in the line.

KNOWN LOSS
a loss discovered before or at the time of delivery of a shipment.

KT
Kilo or metric ton. 1,000 Kilos or 2,204.6 pounds.