Shipping Glossary

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  • POSTNET
    The POSTNET barcode is used on envelopes and postcards that are sent through the U.S. Postal Service. This barcode is placed in the lower right-hand corner of the envelope.
  • Packing List
    List of packages for each shipment, showing individual breakdown in weights/measure and quantity.
  • Pallet
    Wooden structure used to support cargo and ease movement by forklifts.
  • Partlow Chart
    A chart that indicates the temperature reading in a reefer container.
  • Partnerships and Alliances
    Shippers and providers who enter into agreements designed to benefit both parties.
  • Per Diem
    On a daily basis.
  • Physical Distribution
    All logistics activities from the production line to the final user, including traffic, packaging, materials handling, warehousing, order entry, customer service, inventory control etc.
  • Pier
    A structure built away from land and extending some distance over water, often used for docking boats. Also known as a wharf.
  • Piggyback
    The transportation of highway trailers or demountable trailer bodies on specially equipped rail flat cars.
  • Pilferage
    Cargo stolen from the container, warehouse or terminal.
  • Plimsoll Mark
    Depth to which a vessel may safely load. Identified by a circle on the vessel's side with a vertical line through and a number of small horizontal lines showing the max depth for summer and winter.
  • Positioning
    The moving of empty equipment from surplus areas to deficit areas.
  • Pre-Carriage PRE - CARRIAGE

    Service of providing inland export transportation from our customer's premises to the port of loading. This offers the customer the flexibility of door to door transportation. This service is applicable when the carrier provides inland transportation from the desired inland location, based on the request of the customer.

  • Pre-Trip Inspection Service

    A service arranged by the carrier to have a technician perform an extra check on temperature controlled containers to ensure that the unit is functional and ready to transport commodities at the required temperature settings. The inspection is performed before release of the empty container. This service is applied upon the customer's request and/or to certain types of commodities where it is mandatory to be applied in order to permit transport of the shipment.

  • Purchase Order
    Common grouping of orders for goods/services. Several SKU categories may be listed on one purchase order. Most customers group their orders in a particular way to facilitate distribution at the other end. For example, one purchase order for an apparel importer might encompass 2 dozen green sweaters and 2 dozen red sweaters. If those P.O.s originated from the same store, it is simple for the store to put all items under that P.O. onto the right truck.