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Glossary of Terms

Global Shipping Services is proud to support your global shipping needs. Reference our glossary below to learn about our logistics solutions and domestic trucking and international air and ocean shipping services.


Full Container Load (FCL)
Full Container Load (FCL) refers to a container that is listed on one bill of lading, meaning it is owned by one party. It doesn’t matter how full the container is because payment covers one full container.

Less than Container Load (LCL)
Less than Contain Load (LCL) refers to a shipment with other goods in the container. Multiple LCL shipments from different owners are loaded in a single container.

Reefer Containers
Reefer containers are temperature-controlled with settings that range from minus to plus zero degrees Celsius. Depending on the goods being shipped, drains can be opened or closed for condensation discharge.

Roll-on, Roll-off (RoRo)
RoRo describes the act of driving mobile material onboard a ship without the use of cranes.

Transloading Container Trucking
Transloading describes the process of moving a shipment from one mode of transport to another, picking up the container from port, transporting it to a warehouse, unloading it, and reloading the cargo into a truck.

TSA-Approved Indirect Air CarriersAnyone transporting cargo in an air carrier must be accepted into the TSA’s Indirect Air Carrier (IAC) program. IAC refers to any person or entity transporting property or goods by air who is not in possession of a Federal Aviation Administration air carrier operating certificate.

Out of Gauge
Out-of-gauge loads exceed the dimensions of the container, prohibiting other containers from being loaded onto the carrier. Shipping companies generally charge OOG surcharges for lost slots on the carrier.

Break Bulk
Break bulk shipping describes the shipment of exceptionally large goods by a container ship.

Interagency Liaison
A service provided by Global Shipping Services that allows customs clearing agents to communicate with the necessary agencies to make sure your merchandise meet all rules and regulations before they enter the country. Agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the Fish and Wildlife Service require clearance before goods enter the country.

Remote Location Filling
A service provided by Global Shipping Services that allows brokers to file data on certain types of merchandise from any location, regardless of their port of entry. This guarantees a more streamlined shipping process.

Importer Security Filing (10+2)
A rule requiring U.S. parties to declare specific data or descriptions about imported goods to U.S. Customs.

Customs Bonds
Customs bonds guarantee the payment of import duties and taxes between customs and an importer for any given transaction.

Binding Rulings
Binding rulings enable importers to get pre-entry classification decisions prior to importing their products. Importers receive important duty information on imported items before any goods are shipped.

Duty Drawbacks
Customs issues refunds (or duty drawbacks) when imported merchandise are exported or destroyed.


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