Shipping terms and updates

Logistics terms

What is ocean freight?
Ocean freight is the method of transporting containerized cargo loaded onto vess...
What is a Letter of Indemnity (LOI)?
A Letter of Indemnity (LOI) is a document protecting the cargo owner from losses...
What is sea freight?
Sea freight is a method of transporting large quantities of products via cargo s...
What does rolled cargo mean?
Rolled cargo means the cargo is not loaded onto the vessel it is supposed to sai...
What is meant by consignee?
This person or entity is the shipment receiver and generally the owner of the sh...
What is store door delivery?
Store Door (SD), also known as Carrier Haulage is where the carrier bears the re...
What does EXW in shipping mean?
EWX (Ex Works) means that the seller delivers when it places the goods at the di...
What is shipping?
Shipping is the physical moving of good from one point to another, such as the m...
How to calculate TEU?
A forty foot container is regarded as two twenty foot containers or 2 TEU (somet...
What are Incoterms in shipping?
Incoterms are rules, that define the terms of trade for the sale of goods all ar...
What is vessel dwell time?
The vessel dwell time is the time a ship spends at port securing the vessel, dis...
What is Telex release?
Using the Telex Release service, you can send a Bill of Lading (BOL) in a digita...
What is vessel bunching?
Vessel bunching means vessels arrive back to back, or within a short amount of t...
What is import duty?
Import duty is a tax collected on imports and some exports by a country's custo...
How to ship freight?
We know that it can be hard to tap into international trade when you are new to ...
How long does ocean freight take?
Ocean freight will likely take anywhere from 20-60 days, depending on where the ...
What does DAP in shipping mean?
DAP (Delivered At Place) means that the seller is responsible for arranging carr...
What is CHB (Customs House Brokerage) and Customs Clearance?
CHB is an acronym used in logistics for 'Customs House Brokerage'. All goods tha...
What is duty drawback?
Duty drawback is the refund of customs duties, taxes and fees paid on imported i...
What are sweeper vessels?
Sweeper vessels are dedicated vessels sent by international carriers for specifi...
What does FOB in shipping mean?
FOB means Free On Board and is one of the most used Incoterms. It is when the se...
What is lead time in logistics?
Lead time in logistics refers to the time taken to fulfil the logistics transpor...
Who pays for FCA in shipping?
Under the Free Carrier, or FCA Incoterm, the buyer is responsible for all freigh...
What is container turnaround?
Container turnaround is when a container is returned empty to the specific locat...
What does FCA in shipping mean?
Free Carrier (FCA) means that the seller delivers the goods to a carrier or anot...
What are freight costs?
Freight costs are also known as freight charges or freight rates. It is the amou...
How long does ground shipping take?
Ground shipping can take from a few to several days depending on the point of or...
What is freight shipping?
Freight shipping is the transportation of large shipments of goods transported d...
What does ground shipping mean?
Ground shipping means 'shipped by ground'. It refers to cargo that is delivered ...
What does importer of record mean?
The Importer of Record carries the legal responsibility for the initial valuing,...
What is a port of discharge?
A port of discharge is a place where a vessel discharges or unloads some or all ...
What does DIT in shipping mean?
DIT is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Delay in Transit'. This indica...
What is meant by freight?
Freight is a term used to mean all the charges payable to the Carrier in accorda...
What is a customs broker?
A customs broker is a professional who provides expert services by arranging the...
What is ocean transportation?
Ocean transportation is any movement of goods and/or passengers using seagoing v...
What does CIF in shipping mean?
CIF (Cost, Insurance, & Freight) is an international shipping agreement and one ...
What is FEU?
FEU is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Forty Equipment Unit'....
What is COO in shipping?
COO is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Change of Origin'. In Twill, o...
What is COD in shipping?
COD is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Change of Destination'. With T...
What is TEU?
TEU is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Twenty Equipment Unit' or in o...
What is Cargo Haulage?
Cargo haulage refers to the whole or part of the ocean transportation of your ca...
What is FFE?
FFE is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Forty Foot Equipment'....
What is FCL?
FCL is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Full Container-Load'. This mea...
What is LCL?
LCL is an acronym used in logistics, which means 'Less than Container-Load'. LCL...

Current Shipping Situation

What is Foodstuff, Medical or Humanitarian goods?
Foodstuffs and medicines are for human and animal consumption and essential for ...
What is happening in shipping these days and why?
To find out more what is happening in shipping these days and why, please head o...
What will happen to my cargo if it is already loaded on vessels or discharged at a port in Ukraine or Russia?
Twill and Maersk have now stopped all vessel operations in Russia and service wi...
Are there any exceptions when it comes to shipping cargo to/from Russia?
No. Twill and Maersk have now stopped all vessel operations in Russia. For the d...
Can I ship cargo to/from Ukraine at the moment?
At Twill and A.P. Moller – Maersk, we have been constantly evaluating the situat...
Can I ship/transport cargo from neighbouring countries of Russia that originates from Russia or is going to Russia?
Adhering to sanctions, such shipments must be treated as direct Russian shipment...
How will the new sanctions and export controls that are being applied to Russia affect my cargo already underway to Russia?
We are keeping a very close eye on developments with regards to sanctions and ma...
Can I ship cargo to or from Belarus at the moment?
No. Twill and Maersk, being responsible market participants, acting in complianc...
Why are we experiencing port congestion in the shipping industry?
Vessels do not reach ports when scheduled, as they face longer waiting times to ...
Can I ship cargo to/from Russia at the moment?
No. Twill and Maersk have now stopped all vessel operations in Russia. For the ...
What are my options if I want to divert my cargo?
For cargo already on its way to Russia and Ukraine, that we are currently unable...
When will the current shipping situation go back to normal?
We will keep monitoring the situation and reviewing impacts from sanctions, with...
Is the current shipping situation affecting other ports?
We are starting to see the effect on global supply chain flows resulting in unpr...
How are intercontinental rail services affected by the current situation?
Twill and Maersk do not accept any new bookings to any of the services, includin...
Where can I find more information about the current situation?
For more information about the situation in Ukraine and Russia, please visit Mae...
What is dual-use cargo?
Dual use items are items that are mainly used for commercial/civilian purposes b...
How long will these processes be in place?
Twill and Maersk have now stopped all vessel operations in Russia and service wi...
Where can I find information on the situation in shipping?
If you have any additional questions or concerns about this situation, please ge...
Where can I get help if my cargo is being affected?
If your cargo is affected by the current situation, one of our Twillers will rea...
What happens to my cancelled booking if I already have picked up my container(s)?
Please reach out to our customer care team. They will support you in creating a ...
What are you doing to mitigate the impact this will have on global supply chains?
Together with Maersk, we are working hard to manage the impact of the current sh...
What are the latest ocean freight market trends?
Across the globe, most ports are facing operational delays, such as the Yantian ...
What is the current situation in shipping?
We are experiencing a challenging period for ocean freight. We are working hard ...

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What does Twill by Maersk mean?
Twill is an innovation supercharged by Maersk. We are part of Maersk Group and w...
Why are my shipping documents showing the Twill logo now?
As of the 27th of August, you will see the Twill logo appearing on various shipp...
Is Twill a freight forwarder?
Twill is an innovation supercharged by Maersk, one of the world's largest and mo...
When was Twill founded?
Twill was founded back in 2017 as a DAMCO innovation and is now part of Maersk G...
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