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Term

Description

RailGrounding

The time that the container was discharged (grounded) from thetrain.

Ramp

Railroad terminal where containers are received or delivered andtrains loaded or discharged. Originally trailers moved onto the rearmostflatcar via a ramp and driven into position in a technique known as circusloading. Most modern rail facilities use lifting equipment to positioncontainers onto the flatcars.

Ramp to Door

A movement where the load initiates at an origin rail ramp andterminates at a consignees door.

Ramp to Ramp

A movement of equipment from an origin rail ramp to adestination rail ramp only.

RateBasis

A formula of the specific factors or elements that control themaking of a rate. A rate can be based on any number of factors (i.e. weightmeasure equipment type package box etc.).

Reconsignment

Changing the consignee or destination on a bill of lading whileshipment is still in transit. Diversion has substantially the same meaning.

Recourse

A right claim against the guarantors of a loan or draft or billof exchange.

RedLabel

A label required on shipments of flammable articles.

Reefer

Refrigerated container.

RelatedPoints

A group of points to which rates are made the same as or inrelation to rates to other points in group.

Relay

To transfer containers from one ship to another when bothvessels are controlled by the same network (carrier) manager.

Remittance

Funds sent by one person to another as payment.

RestrictedArticles

Articles handled only under certain conditions.

RevenueTon (RT)

A ton on which the shipment is freighted. If cargo is rated asweight or measure (W/M) whichever produces the highest revenue will beconsidered the revenue ton. Weights are based on metric tons and measures arebased on cubic meters. RT=1 MT or 1 CBM.

ReverseIPI

An inland point provided by an all water carriers through billof lading in the U.S.by first discharging the container in an East Coast port

RFP

Request for Proposal

RFQ

Request for quotation.

Ro/Ro

A shortening of the term Roll On/Roll Off. A method of oceancargo service using a vessel with ramps which allows wheeled vehicles to beloaded and discharged without cranes. Also refers to any specialized vesseldesigned to carry Ro/Ro cargo.

Roll

To re book cargo to a later vessel.

Rolling

The side to side (athwartship) motion of a vessel.

Route

The manner in which a shipment moves, i.e. the carriers handlingit and the points at which the carriers interchange.

RunningGear

Complementary equipment for terminal and over the road handlingcontainers.

RVNX

Released Value NotExceeding. Usually used to limit the value of goods transported. The limitationrefers to carrier liability when paying a claim for lost or damaged goods.

SAFE Port Act

Is the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006 which is an Act of Congress in the United States that covers port security.

Sanction

An embargo imposed by a Government against another country.