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Term

Description

N.C.I.T.D.

National Committee on International Trade Documentation.

N.M.F.C.

National Motor Freight Classification.

N.P.C.F.B.

North Pacific CoastFreight Bureau.

NauticalMile

Distance of one minute of longitude at the equator approximately6076.115. The metric equivalent is 1852.

NavalCooperation and Guidance for Shippi

It is a naval organization with members who are trained toestablish and provide advice for safe passage of merchant ships worldwideduring times of peace tension crisis and war. NCAGS personnel act as a liaisonbetween military commanders and the civil authorities. During war the NCAGSorganization may be responsible for establishing a convoy.

NCB

National Cargo Bureau established in 1952 as a nonprofit marinesurveying organization that inspects and surveys ships and cargoes incidental to loading anddischarging. It issues certificates as evidence of compliance with the provisions of the DangerousCargo Act and the Rules and Regulations for Bulk Grain Cargo.

NEC

Not Elsewhere Classified.

NegotiableInstruments

A document of title (such as a draft promissory note check orbill of lading) transferable from one person to another in good faith for aconsideration. Non negotiable bills of lading are known as straightconsignment. Negotiable bills are known as order b/ls.

NES

Not Elsewhere Specified.

Nested

Articles packed so that one rests partially or entirely withinanother thereby reducing the cubic foot displacement.

Net TareWeight

The weight of an empty cargo carrying piece of equipment plusany fixtures permanently attached.

NetTonnage (NT)

The replacement since 1994 for Net Register Tonnage.Theoretically the cargo capacity of the ship. Sometimes used to charge fees ortaxes on a vessel. The formula is(0.2+0.02 log10(Vc)) Vc (4d/3D)2 for passengerships the following formula is added 1.25 (GT+10000)/10000 (N1+(N2/10)) whereVc is the volume of cargo holds D is the distance between ships bottom and theuppermost deck d is the draught N1 is the number of cabin passengers and N2 isthe number of deck passengers.) Ton is figured as a 100 cubic foot ton. Anapproximate conversion ratio is 1NT = 1.7GT and 1GT = 1.5DWT.

NetWeight

Weight of the goods alone without any immediate wrappings e.g.the weight of the contents of a tin can without the weight of the can.

NeutralBody

An organization established by the members of an oceanconference acts as a self policing force with broad authority to investigatetariff violations including authority to scrutinize all documents kept by thecarriers and their personnel. Violations are reported to the membership andsignificant penalties are assessed.

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK)

A Japanese classification society which certifies seagoingvessels for compliance to standardized rules regarding construction andmaintenance.

No show

Cargo which has been booked but does not arrive in time to beloaded before the vessel sails. See also Windy Booking.

NOI

Not Otherwise Indexed.

NOIBN

Not Otherwise Indexed ByName.

Nomenclatureof the Customs Cooperation C

The Customs tariff used by most countries worldwide. It wasformerly known as the Brussels Tariff Nomenclature and is the basis of thecommodity coding system known as the Harmonized System.

Non DumpingCertificate

Required by some countries for protection against the dumping ofcertain types of merchandise or products.

Non VesselOperating Common Carrier (NVOC

A cargo consolidator in ocean trades who will buy space from acarrier and sub sell it to smaller shippers. The NVOCC issues bills of ladingpublishes tariffs and otherwise conducts itself as an ocean common carrierexcept that it will not provide the actual ocean or intermodal service.

NOR

Notice of Readiness (when the ship is ready to load.)

NOS

Not Otherwise Specified.

Nose

NRT NetRegister Tons see Net Tonnage

Theoretically the cargo capacity of the ship. Sometimes used tocharge fees or taxes on a vessel.

OceanBill of Lading (Ocean B/L)

A contract for transportation between a shipper and a carrier.It also evidences receipt of the cargo by the carrier. A bill of lading showsownership of the cargo and if made negotiable can be bought sold or tradedwhile the goods are in transit.