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Breaking Down the A to Z of Shipping Terms

Logistics should be simple. At Jam Couriers, we go above and beyond to take the stress out of the shipping equation for our customers. 

However, sometimes complex shipping acronyms and abbreviations can make you feel stuck in a jam. To help you understand every step of the courier delivery service process, we have broken down some of the most common shipping terms from A to Z.

Custom terms

A status awarded by Customs, which deems companies “trusted traders” for custom documentation.

This information needed from the shipper/importer enables the completion of customs clearance forms.

This is the form required for a UK import entry (customs declaration).

An EAD export declaration must be created in order to export goods from Customs territory.

A trader’s EORI number must begin with GB to be able to trade between the UK and the EU.

This alerts the export border that the shipment is on its way and gives the Border Force and HMRC time to decide if the vehicle will require additional checks.

The agent appointed to pay VAT and duties in the shipment destination.

These are the terms of sale that establish who is responsible for paying Import/Export charges such as Duty, VAT, insurance, freight, and clearance costs.

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