On Board / Shipped On Board

A notation on a bill of lading, indicating that not only did the carrier receive the goods in good order and condition, but they were also placed on board the ship.


Open Account

The seller allows the buyer to send payment at some future time (ie 60 days).

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Packing List

A document which details the contents, and often dimensions and weight, of each package or container.



see Bill of Exchange


Phytosanitary Certificate

A document issued by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, for exports from Australia of plants or plant products.


Port charges

see APCA, BSRA and PSC



The buyer pays the seller for the goods prior to shipment.


Pro Forma Invoice

A sample invoice issued by the exporter before shipment, which the importer may require to arrange import approvals or apply for a letter of credit. It can also be used as an offer to sell goods.



Port Service Charge, similar to APCA.

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Colloquial for a refrigerated container



A “roll-on/roll-off” ship, where loaded transport vehicles are driven onto it, such as a car ferry, or where containerised and other cargo is loaded into it by forklifts or similar.Shipping Marks

Specific markings on packages to identify them apart from other packages and to identify them on the relevant documents.

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Suites G-H

Tucker GA 30084

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