Common Freight Tracking AcronymsPosted On 20th September 2018
Confused by some freight tracking acronyms? Here are some common tracking acronyms and their meanings:
DEL or On Board – This means the goods are out for delivery or delivered.
LOD – Left on the dock, generally because the consignment has arrived into the depot too late for delivery on that day’s delivery run.
LID – Left in the depot, same as LOD
CA – Check the address, the driver is querying the delivery address
CL – Card left, the driver has attempted delivery and left a card because there wasn’t anyone at the delivery address to sign for the goods.
RTS – the goods have been returned to Sender
ETD - Estimated time of departure
ETA - Estimated time of arrival
T/A - Terminal handling charges
Demurrage - A fee charged for storage of cargo beyond the free period granted by the carrier
Detention - A fee charged for keeping cargo beyond the free period granted by the carrier
EDI - Electronic Data Interchange - the exchange of business documents between computers in a standard format
BOL - Bill of lading - a document issued by a carrier that lists the details of a shipment and serves as a contract of carriage
Cargo manifest - A document listing the details of a shipment
Truck order - A document issued by a shipper to a trucking company, authorizing the pickup and transport of freight
POD - Proof of delivery - a document confirming that a shipment has been delivered
LTL - Less than truckload - a shipment that is too small to fill an entire truck trailer
RFP - Request for proposal - a document issued by a shipper in order to solicit bids from carriers for the transport of freight
RFQ - Request for quotation - a document issued by a shipper in order to solicit bids from carriers for the transport of freight
COA - Certificate of Analysis
CBM - Cubic Meter
COD - Cash on Delivery
DDP - Delivered Duty Paid
DIM - Dimensions
FDA - Food and Drug Administration
HTS - Harmonized Tariff Schedule
LCL - Less than Container Load
MWT - Minimum Weight Tolerance
PCS - Pieces
UCS - Uniform Commercial Code
VGM - Verified Gross Mass, the declared weight of a shipment including packaging and dunnage
W&M - Weights and Measures
While this is not an exhaustive list, it covers some of the most commonly used freight tracking acronyms.
Familiarizing yourself with these terms will help you better understand the shipping process and make sure your shipments are tracked correctly.
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