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Gateway City Key cities of entry/departure for international shipments, strategically located for the most efficient movement of goods.
General Order (G.O.) A Customs term referring to a warehouse where merchandise not entered within five working days after the carrier's arrival is stored at the risk and expense of the importer.
Gondola Cars Special type of railroad equipment. Car usually shaped like a gondola (long with no top). Usually carries grain, ore, or other bulk cargo.
Gross Weight The total weight of a shipment including the goods and packaging. (Compare with Tare Weight.)
Harbor Maintenance Fee Customs form CF349 is used by both exporters and importers to report, on a quarterly basis, all shipments which used a U. S. water port. A fee of .125% of the value of the shipments is collected and used to maintain U.S. harbors.
Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System ("Harmonized Code") An international classification system that assigns identification numbers to specific products. The coding system ensures that all parties in international trade use a consistent classification for the purposes of documentation, statistical control, and duty assessment.
Hazmat Bill of Lading The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the Department of Transportation provides specific regulations for shipping papers documenting hazardous material shipments in the U.S. The Haznat Bill of Lading, usually based on a straight, non-negotiable Short Form Bill of Lading, includes areas to report the additional requirements of the RSPA.
HBL House Bill of Lading.
House to House Rates This rate usually applied from the Shipper's Warehouse to the Consignee's Warehouse. Also known as Warehouse to Warehouse.