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Goods weighing less than 10,000 pounds from several shippers loaded onto one trailer.


Large volume shipment from a single customer that weighs more than 10,000 pounds or takes up all the trailer space so no other shipment can be loaded.


Shipment moved by more than one mode of transportation (ground, air, rail, or ocean). Also called multimodal.


A Refrigerated trailer with insulated walls and a self powered refrigeration unit. Most commonly used for transporting food.


The hauling of a load by cart with detachable sides.


A semi trailer with no sides and with the floor of the unit a standard height from the ground.


Hazardous materials are defined by the US Department of Transportation in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Material Law. A substance or material may be designated as hazardous if the transportation of the material in a particular amount and form poses an unreasonable risk to health and safety. Hazardous material may include: compressed gas, oxidizing or corrosive material, an explosive, flammable or combustible liquid or solid, or radioactive material.


Part of a shipment.


Start to finish service for sensitive shipments or fragile items that require special care.


When the shipping or receiving location does not have a loading dock and manual loading or unloading is necessary. A liftgate is a platform on the back of certain trucks that can raise and lower a shipment from the ground to the truck. Additional fees apply for this service.


The movement of freight over the routes of a transportation line from one town or city to another town or city.


A distance of more than 500 miles.


Freight secured to fill equipment which would otherwise return to base empty.


If you are shipping to or from a business in a residential zone (among personal homes or dwellings) or to or from a residence, the carrier may charge and additional fee.


A shipment in which the person who arranges the shipment is neither the originating nor the receiving destination. CJC Transport is a third party that makes the arrangements for the shipper and receiver.


When the driver is required to go inside (beyond the front door or loading dock) to pick up or deliver a shipment. Additional fees will be charged for this service.


Local hauling between locations in the same town, city, or contiguous municipalities. Usually it is the local movement of a LTL shipment.


When the customer has contracted with the carrier so that the shipper or consignee information is not given. This keeps the origin location and receiving destination unaware of each other and provides two separate Bills of Lading in which both show the carrier's terminal as the shipper or the receiver.


Freight not in packages or containers.


The act of sending a driver on his/her assigned route with instructions and required shipping papers.


The number of units received is in excess of the quantity shown on shipping documents.


The number of units received is less than the quantity shown on shipping documents.


A production strategy that delivers goods to the production line only when needed, reducing in-process inventory and associated carrying costs.


A service point which may or may not be serviceable pending freight specifications. Additional fees may apply for this.


Charges made for performing services beyond normal pickup and delivery. Inside delivery, liftgate service, limited access delivery, residential delivery, fuel surcharge, etc.


A binding contract between the shipper and the carrier which serves as a receipt for the goods delivered to the transportation provider and a definition or description of the goods.


A demand made on a transportation company for payment for goods allegedly lost or damaged while the shipment was in the transportation providers possession.


A term denoting that transportation charges are to be paid at the point of destination by the receiver. Shipments should never be paid collect when working with CJC Transport. We are responsible for the billing and payment of all of our shipments.


When the receiver of goods pays the carrier directly upon delivery. COD payments should never be made when working with CJC Transport. We are responsible for organizing the carrier payment.


The document a consignee or its agent dates and signs at delivery stating the condition of the goods at delivery. Abbreviated DR or POD (proof of delivery).


Any article of commerce. Goods shipped.


The person or place to whom the goods are addressed (destination).


The relationship of the weight of a shipment to the physical space it occupies


An extra charge imposed by the carriers due to the excessive costs for diesel gas. The charge is a percentage based upon the US National Average Diesel Fuel Index.


Refers to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) and it is the category of your freight as defined by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). Your shipments freight class identifies the size, value, and difficulty of transporting the freight and it determines the carrier's shipping charges.


A person who sells transportation without actually providing it.


A bill rendered by a transportation line, giving a description of the freight, the name of the consignee and shipper, point of origin, weight, and amount of charges.


Industry standard tariff published by motor carriers containing rules, descriptions, and rating on all products moving in commerce. Used to classify goods to rate the freight bill. The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) assigns NMFC item numbers to all products along with a freight class. This number identifies what you are shipping and its freight class.


A number or combination of numbers used by a carrier to identify a Freight Bill.


After a failed delivery attempt, the carrier will assess a fee for having to deliver the freight again.


If the carrier suspects that the weight or class of your shipment is inaccurate, they may charge a fee to reweigh and re-class your shipment.


A document setting forth applicable rules, rates, and charges to move goods. A tariff sets forth a contract for the shipper, the consignee, and the carrier.


A charge above the usual or customary charge.


A rate applicable in connection with a specified volume of freight.


A car carrier with no sides and no roof so the vehicles are exposed to the elements. This is the most common and readily available type of trailer used for auto transportation.


A pick up and delivery vehicle not having separate tractor and trailer units.


A freight hauling trailer without motor power designed to be drawn by a tractor and so constructed that some of its load rests upon or is carried by the loading vehicle.


An unpowered, fully enclosed trailer towed by a powered vehicle. Provides a safe and secure environment for the vehicle being transported. This method is generally more expensive than using an open air trailer for auto transportation.


The material used in loading a trailer to protect the contents of the trailer from damage. It is often scrap materials such as cardboard, foam rubber, or plywood.


A platform, generally the same height as the trailer floor, where trucks are loaded and unloaded.


Another name for a trucking company who transports freight.


A transportation provider that US Customs allows to carry customs-controlled merchandise between customs points.


The LTL freight building and grounds where shipments are prepared for delivery or transportation to other terminals.

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