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"On Board" Bill of Lading A bill of lading in which a carrier acknowledges that goods have been placed on board a certain vessel.
"Order" Bill of Lading A bill of lading, negotiable, made out to the order of the shipper.
Abeam
  1. Alongside, near amidships.
  2. For navigational purposes in the direction of a right angle to the ship's heading.
Absorption

Acceptance by the carrier of a portion of a joint rate or charge which is less than the amount which it would receive for the service in the absence of such joint rate or charge.

Acceptance

The act of a drawee acknowledging in writing on the face of a draft, payable at a fixed or determinable future date, that he will pay the draft at maturity.

Acceptance Draft

A sight draft, documents against acceptance. See "Sight Draft," "Documents Against Acceptance."

Acceptance of Goods

The process of receiving a consignment from a consignor, usually against the issue of a receipt. As from this moment and on this place the carrier's responsibility for the consignment begins.

Accommodation ladder

Movable steps arranged temporary alongside e.g. a quay to allow access on board for officials, crew or passengers.

Accompanied Transport

The transport of complete road vehicles by another means of transport (e.g. train, ferry accompanied by the driver).

Accord Relatif aux Transports Internationaux de Denrees Perissables et aux Engins Speciaux a Utiliser pour ces Transports, ATP

Agreement on the international carriage of perishable foodstuffs and on the special equipment to be used for such carriage.