Bill-of-Lading (BL) (aka: Straight bill of lading (nonnegotiable)  with  Telex-Release /  Surrender /  Express-Release  or  Original-Bill-of-Lading (OBL).
Bill-of-Lading (BL) is ISSUED Before leaving foreign port by Shipper/NVOCC/OFF/OTI (Glossary) (What is Bill-of-Lading (BL) (examples of BL) (click here) (Incoterms)
Arrival Notice (AN) is ISSUED 5 days before shipment is US port by BL  Agent in US=aka Freight Forwarder (NVOCC/OFF/OTI) (Glossary) (Arrival Notice?)(LCL)(FULL)(AIR)
Issuer of  
AN  WAS  Pre-Chosen (InCoTerms) BY issuer of BL,   Issuer of  AN  is to OVERSEE movement of your cargo to CFS warehouse (LCL) / Seaport (Container) / Airport.

Freight Released is issued by your Freight Forwarder (ISSUER of  Arrival Notice = Agent of Bill-of-Lading (BL) / OBL, after you have satisfy your Freight Forwarder needs
Customs Released is issued by your Customs Broker//US Customs//Agencies, after your shipment is cleared & you have paid your Entry Filing fee, (click here) & look 1-11.

- On most of  
Bill-of-Lading,  Notify Party  is known as: Customs Broker,  Customs Agent,  ISF & Entry Filer with Domestic Trucker.
- On most of  
Bill-of-Lading, Issuer of  Arrival Notice  is known as: (Also, after these text, below there are 12 different Bill-of-Lading as examples)
Shipper Agent,  For Delivery of Goods Please Contact,  Forwarding Agent,  Domestic Routing/Export Instructions,  For Release of Shipment please contact,
Delivery Agent,  For delivery please apply to,  Document Presentation,  Cargo Releasing Agent,  For Arrival Info &  Release of Cargo Contact.

FYI, other bill:
Clean Bill Of Lading,  Claused Bill Of Lading (aka "dirty bill of lading" or "foul bill of lading."). Uniform Bill Of Lading,  Bill of Lading,  Bill Of Sale,
Ocean Bill Of Lading,  Inland Bill Of Lading,  Through Bill Of Lading,  STALE Bill Of Lading,  Negotiable bills of Lading,  Functions of bill of lading,  Carrier on bill of lading,  
Lash bill of lading,  Switch bill of lading,  Proforma bill of lading (normally given BEFORE leaving),  Onboard bill of lading (normally given AFTER cargo has LEFT)  
What, How,  When &  Why  bill of lading is use.            (Search by bill of lading >   

Let your supplier(s) do  
Telex-Release /  Surrender /  Express-Release (this will saves time, monies & headache),  but IF you do received a  ORIGINAL-Bill-of-Lading (OBL)
from your shipper/factory/supplier,  "
SIGN / DATE  the OBL (any place on OBL)"    & keep two copy for yourself & Fed-ex/UPS other to "ISSUER of  Arrival Notice = Agent of BL"
Usually, if you received
OBL,  if you made only partial payment & etc  against your shipment to your shipper/factory/supplier, before the shipping. (OBL  =  TITLE to your cargo)

Please list us as
Notify Party on Bill-of-Lading (BL) & WE WILL DO 99% OF THE WORK FOR YOU or all we need is your factory/supplier info (email & name), also, you could
give our below info to your factory/supplier as Customs Clearing Agent & Notify Party on BL.   
US Customs Clearing
2018 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Suite #201. Lomita, CA 90717
(213) 270-1930 / (718) 717-2680 / (305) 831-4800 /  (210) 787-3480

IF Exam is issued by
US Customs/Agencies, such as  Intensive Examination Notice (Stop Sign),  IBET-Exam,  A-TCET-Exam,  USDA-Exam  or  ANY OTHER Exam  and
if your
Bill-of-Lading (BL) / Arrival Notice (AN) is required  ORIGINAL-Bill-of-Lading (OBL),  your  ""Freight Forwarder (ISSUER of  Arrival Notice = Agent of Bill-of-Lading (BL)""
MUST received your   "
"sign/date OBL (any place on OBL)""   from you,   BEFORE your shipment/container could be moved to Exam site,  until then, you maybe paying
Storage Fees/Demurrage fees & other fees.   With or With-OUT exam, your  "
"Freight Forwarder (ISSUER of  Arrival Notice = Agent of Bill-of-Lading (BL)""   MUST receive
"sign/date the OBL (any place on OBL)""  to Freight-Release your shipment to you,  OBL is Consignee/Importer RESPONSIBILITY only. (OBL =  TITLE)

All shipment are
BOUND to Incoterms (PRE-Arranged to US Port/CFS,  BEFORE leaving foreign port). To understand why/who importer MUST pay, BEFORE/ After/ DURING  
shipping, you MUST review Incoterms/ICC/UNCITRAL &  contact   ISSUER of  BL / Arrival Notice.     Customs Broker is Messenger between US Customs & you, ONLY.

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BAF: Bunker Adjustment Factor  or    BSC (Bunker Surcharge)
This term refers to the portion of sea freight charges that are adjustable based on the fluctuating cost of oil. Previously, Carrier Conferences determined BAF charges for
certain periods of time and on certain trade routes, but individual shipping lines now set their own rates.

B/L: Sea Bill of Lading (
click here for details)  /  Air Way Bill (AWB)   /   (Inland B/L, aka domestic trucking)
This is a document that a carrier issues to whoever is shipping the goods. It simultaneously serves as a receipt, a contract, and a title of ownership.

Bulk Freight - Not in packages or containers, shipped loose in the hold of the ship. Grain, coal and sulfur are usually bulk freight

CBM/CM: Cubic Meter  
CBM Calculation  or
1cbm  =  1 pallet  =  3ft X 3ft X 3ft  =  1000kg  =  2000lb Max per Pallet) (Conversion Calculation)
This is a unit of volume that describes a cube where each edge is one meter long. It is often used to describe what size shipment can fit on a carrier vessel.

CBF/CF/CFT: Cubic Feet   
CBM Calculation  or
1cbm  =  1 pallet  =  3ft X 3ft X 3ft  =  1000kg  =  2000lb Max per Pallet) (Conversion Calculation)
This term essentially serves the same function as a cubic meter, the primary difference is that in a cubic foot, the “cube” is characterized by foot-long edges as opposed to
meter-long ones.

CFS: Container/Cargo Freight Station (
Warehouse Glossary.  (CFS)  /  Samples warehouse INVOICE )
A Container/Cargo Freight Station is a location where freight shipments can be consolidated, de-consolidated, or repackaged at various points along the path of transport.
Typically, these locations are proximal to seaports or airports.

Cargo movement delivered loose at origin point,   devanned by carrier at destination,   & picked up loose at destination terminal.

Loose cargo received at origin point,  loaded in a container by carrier,  then delivered intact at destination.

CIF: Cost Insurance and Freight   (for more
Sea Shipping Glossary / InCoTerms  click here)  
This is a term that refers to the need of a seller to arrange for goods to be transported to the destination port, as well as to provide the buyer with whatever documents he or
she needs to obtain the goods. CIF is an example of an “incoterm,” which is a set of common trade terms established by the International Chamber of Commerce.
A warehouse, section of a warehouse, or secured area designated by U.S. Customs as a bonded warehouse. It is a temporary storage area (limited for five years) for goods
until duties are paid or otherwise properly released and the cleared from Customs.

COD: Cash On Delivery
Cash On Delivery is a term that refers to a specific type of transaction. In such a transaction, payment for goods is made at the time of delivery. If the person receiving the
goods does not pay the necessary costs, the goods must be sent back to the seller.

C/Y: Container Yard
A facility located at the port where containers wait to be loaded onto ships, or where containers are taken after being off-loaded.

DEM: Demurrage
A Demurrage occurs when a ship is detained by a freight forwarder at the port beyond the time it takes to load or unload the ship. This term can also refer to the resulting
charge that occurs when a vessel is detained.

D/O: Delivery Order
Delivery Order is a term that refers to the document from a shipper or freight owner that permits cargo to be transported to another party, such as a warehouseman or carrier.

DDC: Destination Delivery Charge
This is a fee that is charged based on container size and is applied to cargo. This charge is “accessorial” and is added to whatever the base price is for freight. This charge
covers the costs to lift the cargo off the vessel, the cost of drayage within the terminal, and the cost of gate fees.

Devanning - The process of unloading cargo from a container. Also referred to as un-stuffing, unloading, or stripping.

DOC: Documentation Fee
One of the fees that a shipper must pay to have goods transported either domestically or internationally.

EBS: Emergency Bunker Surcharge
An Emergency Bunker Surcharge is similar to a BAF and is a charge added to shipping costs in order to cover the price of fuel.

EPS: Equipment Position Surcharge
The charge associated with the cost of positioning a container to accommodate exports

F2F: Foreign to Foreign
Foreign to Foreign is a term LILLY + Associates uses to refer to a shipping method where goods are transported between two foreign nations rather than first passing
through a U.S. port.

FAF: Fuel Adjustment Factor
This is an extra charge included to recover increased costs of fuel. It is often calculated based on the average price of fuel from the month prior to the shipping date.

FCL: Full Container Load
This term refers to a container that a shipper has paid to use exclusively – it does not necessarily mean that the container is filled entirely. It is the standard form of freight
shipping for those who need to transport a large amount of goods.

FEU: Forty Foot Equivalent Unit
This ocean freight term refers to containerized cargo that is equivalent to either one forty foot container or two twenty foot containers. One FEU equals 25 metric tons or 72
cubic meters.

FOB: Freight on Board
This acronym, along with the designation “origin” or “destination” determines who is responsible for covering freight costs. This is an example of an “incoterm,” or a trade
term established by the International Chamber of Commerce.

FPP: Freight Prepaid
This is a term often used on a bill of lading to communicate that the shipment cost has already been paid. Although this is a nice way of allowing the receiver to avoid paying
shipment costs, it also means the freight cost is nonrefundable.

FTL: Full Truckload Shipping
This term refers to a shipping method where an entire trailer-load is contracted out to a single customer. Cargo remains with a single, dedicated trailer over the course of the
shipment and is not handled en route. It is a very time- and cost-efficient way of shipping goods for shippers who need to move large amounts of cargo.

FTZ: Free Trade Zone
A Free Trade Zone is a specific type of economic zone/geographic area where incoming and outgoing goods can be handled, manufactured, and/or reconfigured without
customs authorities intervening. The shipments are not subject to customs duties until they are sent to customers within the country.

General Average (GA) - The law of general average is a legal principle of maritime law according to which all parties in a sea venture proportionally share any losses
resulting from a voluntary sacrifice of part of the ship or cargo to save the whole in an emergency.

GO: General Order
This term refers to the status given to imported goods that are either missing the documentation they need or are not quickly cleared through customs. Goods could be held
under a “GO” for a number of reasons, such as because there are taxes owed on them or because paperwork still needs to be filled out.

GRI: General Rate Increase
A General Rate Increase is the average amount a carrier’s tariff rates increase annually. This increase is then applied to general shipping rates.

HC: High Cube
High Cube is a term that describes a specific type of shipping container. These containers are of similar structure to standard containers (often forty feet long) but are
somewhat taller – usually 9’6” tall instead of 8’6” tall.

ICTF - Immediate Container Transfer Facility.

IFM - Inward Foreign Manifest.

Interchange - Transfer of a container from one party to another.

Interchange Agreement - Contract between carrier and trucker that legally permits interchange of equipment.

Intermodal - The combining of two forms of transportation, usually refers to ocean/rail, rail/truck/ocean, air/truck/rail/ocean movements, Intermodal movements include mini-
landbridge (MLB) and microbridge.

IPI (Inland Point Intermodal) - Inland carriage by another mode of transportation after port discharge, cargo moving to/from an inland point.

L/C: Letter of Credit
This is a document that serves as a set of instructions from an importer’s bank to an overseas bank letting the latter know that it should pay the exporting company in
advance. It serves as a guarantee of payment and can help facilitate trust between two business partners who don’t know each other very well.

LCL: Less than Container Load
This is a term for cargo that does not meet either certain weight or certain quantity requirements to qualify for freight rates applied to a standard shipping container of goods.

LO/LO: Lift On, Lift Off
Lift On, Lift Off is an acronym used to describe a specific type of carrier vessel. When these ships are used in transport, freight must be lifted on and off of the vessels using
cranes. This is in contrast to RO/RO ships, defined later in the article.

LTL: Less Than Truckload
Less Than Truckload is a term that describes a method of shipment where multiple customers’ goods are mixed on a single trailer. Freight on these trailers are often
handled at various points along the shipping route.

NVOCC: Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier
A Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier is a freight forwarder who doesn’t own a vessel. Instead, the freight forwarder acts as a carrier by taking certain responsibilities for
shipments, including issuing bills of lading.

O/F: Ocean Freight
This term refers to any goods or shipments that are transported via boat across body of water. Many carriers and freight forwarders provide a number of services specific to
ocean freight.

OFF/FF: Ocean Freight Forwarder
An Ocean Freight Forwarder is an individual or company that is responsible for organizing shipments on behalf of shippers. They book the transport and arrange space on
the carriers, among other things.

PCC: Panama Canal Charge
A Panama Canal Charge is the fee applied to shipments moving through the Panama Canal. This charge is set by the Panama Canal Authority and is set in terms of a price
per TEU.

PCS: Port Congestion Surcharge Or Pieces
This is a charge rendered to shippers in the instance that there is some sort of disturbance or other delay at the port when the shipment arrives. This could include a strike,
lockout, work slowdown or stoppage, or another labor-related disruption.

Per Diem - Costs per day. Charge on containers held by customers for an extended time; charges levied upon a trucker due to late return of equipment.

Pilferage - The act of stealing cargo.

POD - Port of Discharge. Also an acronym for Proof of Delivery.

POR - Port of Origin.

POL - Port of Loading.

Port of Arrival - Location where imported merchandise is off-loaded from the importing aircraft or vessel.

Port of Departure - In export, the final ocean port of aircraft where the shipment in the vessel or aircraft departs from the US.

Port of Discharge - Port where goods are unloaded from vessel.

PRS: Piracy Risk Surcharge
This is a charge that carriers often add to their prices in order to mitigate the threat of piracy when shipping goods via ocean liner.

PSF: Port Security Fee / Port Security Charges
A Port Security Fee is a charge that port authorities in North America have the right to issue to carriers in order to recover the costs of any expense related to security in and
around the port.

PSS: Peak Season Surcharge
A Peak Season Surcharge is a fee that was proposed to account for the high volumes that carriers have to transport during peak shipping season. This is generally
considered to last between the summer and November of each year. During this time carriers are able to negotiate rates because they are not desperate for freight.

RO/RO: Roll On, Roll Off
This term refers to a class of ships designated to carry wheeled cargo, such as automobiles, trucks, farm/construction equipment, and railroad cars. These ships have built-
in ramps that allow wheeled cargo to be moved on and off of the vessel with ease.

SED: Shipper’s Export Declaration
This is a document that serves two main purposes. First, it serves as a census record of U.S. exports, and second, it is a regulatory document that is required for any
shipment where the commodity’s value exceeds $2,500.

SL&C (Shippers Load and Count) - Shipments loaded and sealed by shippers and not checked or verified by the carriers.

STC: Said to Contain
This is a term often used on a bill of lading where the carrier acknowledges receiving a certain quantity of packages but is unaware of the exact nature or value of the
contents. This helps to limit the carrier’s liability in the instance of an insurance claim.

TEU: Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit
A Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit is an inexact measure of cargo capacity that helps describe the size and capacity of container ships. A unit is based on the size of a 20-ft.
intermodal container.

THC: Terminal Handling Charge
This term refers to the charges collected by authorities at the ports to cover the costs of handling equipment and performing maintenance. The exact costs vary from port to
port based on the amount of handling and maintenance done at each one.

VACIS: Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System
Also known as a Customs Exam, this is the most common type of inspection performed at a port, usually on ocean freight. It is essentially an x-ray exam of an entire
shipment or container and is generally done at the first port of entry.

VAT: Value Added Tax
A Value Added Tax is a tax placed on goods whenever there is valued added to the product through a stage of production or at final sale. A manufacturer might pay a VAT on
all the supplies he or she purchases to go toward the final product, and that tax is often passed onto the consumer.

VOCC: Vessel Operating Common Carrier
This is basically the opposite of an NVOCC, or a freight forwarder who does own vessels used in the transport of goods.

W/M: Weight or Measure
This is a term that refers to the weight or volume of cargo that is used to determine the freight rate on export goods.

Wharfage - Charge assessed by terminal or port authority for the handling of incoming or outgoing cargo.
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