Shipping Glossary of Terms

Clarifying shipping terminology

As you’ll already be aware, the shipping industry is a big one. It encompasses a number of different processes, and with that a wide range of terms. For people new to the industry, getting to know shipping terminology can be a challenge. We believe the industry, and its jargon, should be accessible for everyone, which is why we’ve created our very own shipping dictionary. 

Compiled by industry experts, DCSA’s shipping glossary serves as a valuable tool, explaining international container shipping terminology used within the industry, fostering communication, and promoting standardisation among stakeholders. Explore and utilise this resource to enhance collaboration and navigate the container shipping landscape with precision. 

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Shipping Terms

An overview of the industry-wide accepted definitions.


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