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Air transport service and related terminology explanation

Basenton logistics air transport service and related terminology explanation

Forwarder: An agent or company that provides services (such as receiving, transferring, or delivering) to guarantee and assist in the transportation of goods. 

Gross Weight: The total weight of the shipment, including the weight of the container and packaging materials.

HAFFA (Hong Kong Air Freight Forwarding Association): The abbreviation of Hong Kong Air Freight Forwarding Association Limited (HAFFA), founded in 1966, is a non-profit organization that promotes, protects and develops Hong Kong’s freight forwarding industry.

Freight Forwarder Air Waybill (HAWB) (House Air Waybill): This document includes a single piece of cargo in the assembled cargo, which is issued by the consolidator of the mixed cargo and includes instructions to the dismantling agent. 

IATA (International Air Transport Association): Abbreviation for International Air Transport Association. IATA is an organization of the air transport industry, providing services to airlines, passengers, cargo owners, travel service agents and governments. The association aims to promote the safety and standardization of air transportation (baggage inspection, air tickets, weight lists), and to assist in the approval of international air transportation charges. IATA is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Import License (Import Licence): A government license document that permits the licensee (consignee) to import designated commodities.

Marks: Marks used to identify the goods or indicate relevant information about the owner of the goods on the packaging of the goods.

Air Waybill (Master Air Waybill): This is an air waybill that includes a batch of consolidated cargo, and the consignor of the cargo is listed as the consignor.

Neutral Air Waybill: A standard air waybill without a designated carrier.

Perishable Cargo: Perishable cargo within a certain period of time or under unfavorable temperature, humidity or other environmental conditions.

Prepacked Cargo: Cargo that has been packed in a carrier by the shipper before being submitted to the operator of the cargo station.

Reception Checklist List: The documents issued by the operator of the freight station when receiving the shipper’s goods.

Regulated Agent Regime: It is a system by which the government conducts security inspections on all air freight agents.


Shipment Release Form: A document issued by the carrier to the consignee to pick up the goods from the operator of the freight station.

Shipper: The person or company who delivers goods to the consignee as specified in the cargo transportation contract.

Shipper’s Certificate for live animals/dangerous goods: A declaration made by the shipper-a declaration that the goods have been properly delivered in accordance with the latest version of IATA rules and all carrier rules and government regulations Packing and accurate description make it suitable for air transportation. 

Shipper’s Letter of Instruction (Shipper’s Letter of Instruction): A document that includes instructions from the shipper or the shipper’s agent on the preparation of documents and the delivery of goods.

STA/STD (Schedule Time of Arrival / Schedule Time of Departure): Abbreviation for estimated arrival/departure time

TACT (The Air Cargo Tariff): The abbreviation of “Air Cargo Tariff” published by the International Aviation Press (IAP) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Tariff (Tariff): The carrier’s price, charges and/or related conditions for the transportation of goods. The freight schedule varies depending on the country, the weight of the goods and/or the carrier.

Unit Load Device: Any type of container or pallet used to transport goods.

Valuable Cargo: Goods whose declared value of goods is equal to or more than US$1,000 per kilogram, such as gold and diamonds.

Valuation Charge: A freight charge based on the value of the goods declared at the time of shipment.

Vulnerable Cargo (Vulnerable Cargo): Goods that have no declared value but obviously need to be handled carefully, or goods that are particularly vulnerable to theft. 

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