Glossary of Shipping Terms

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UNCOV
uncovers.

UNDERCHARGE
To charge less than the proper amount.

UNDERWAY
a vessel is underway when it is not at anchor, made fast to the shore, or aground.

U
upper limb correction for moon.

U.Q.
ultra quick flashing.

U.S. CONSULAR
Invoice a document required on merchandise imported into the United States.

U.S.
U.S. Sur M U.S. Survey mile(s).

UCP
Abbreviation for the “Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits,” published by the In­ternational Chamber of Commerce. This is the most frequently used standard for making payments in international trade; e.g., paying on a Letter of Credit. It is most frequently referred to by its shorthand title: UCP No. 500. This revised publication reflects recent changes in the transportation and banking industries, such as electronic transfer of funds.

UFC
Abbreviation for “Uniform Freight Classification.”

UHF
ultra high frequency.

UL
upper limb.

ULCC
Ultra Large Crude Carrier. A tanker in excess of 320,000dwt.

ULD
Unit Load Device, Any type of container, container with integral pallet, aircraft container or aircraft pallet.

ULLAGE
The space not filled with liquid in a drum or tank.

ULTIMATE CONSIGNEE
The ultimate consignee is the person located abroad who is the true party in interest, receiving the export for the designated end-use.

UN/EDIFACT
United Nations EDI for Administration, Commerce and Transport. EDI Standards are developed and supported by the UN for electronic message (data) interchange on an international level.

UNCLAIMED FREIGHT
Freight that has not been called for or picked up by the consignee or owner.

UNCONFIRMED:
A letter of credit forwarded to the beneficiary by the advising bank with­out engagement on the part of the advising bank.

UNIFORM
Customs and Practices for Documentary Credits (UCP) Rules for letters of credit drawn up by the Commission on Banking Technique and Practices of the International Chamber of Commerce in consultation with the banking associations of many coun­tries. See Terms of Payment.

UNIQUE B/L IDENTIFIER
U.S. Customs’ standardization: four–alpha code unique to each carrier placed in front of nine digit B/L number; APL’s unique B/L Identifier is “APLU”. Sea–land uses “SEAU”. These prefixes are also used as the container identification.

UNIT LOAD
Packages loaded on a pallet, in a crate or any other way that enables them to be handled at one time as a unit.

UNIT TRAIN
a train of a specified number of railcars, perhaps 100, which remain as a unit for a designated destina­tion or until a change in routing is made.

UNITIZATION–
The consolidation of a quantity of individual items into one large shipping unit for easier handling. – Loading one or more large items of cargo onto a single piece of equipment, such as a pallet.

UNLOADING
Removal of a shipment from a vessel.

UPS
Universal Polar Stereographic.

USGS
United States Geodetic Survey.

USPPI
United States Principal Party of Interest The party that receives the primary benefit from an export transaction, usually the seller of the goods.

USWMS
Uniform State Waterway Marking System.

UT
Universal Time.

UT0
Universal Time 0.

UT1
Universal Time 1.

UT2
Universal Time 2.

UTC
Coordinated Universal Time.

UTM
Universal Transverse Mercator.