Terminal49 Glossary

Commonly used terms and definitions

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Written by Fred Alvarado
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Actual Time of Arrival (ATA) - refers to the precise moment when a shipment or cargo physically arrives at its destination. 

Actual Time of Departure (ATD) - refers to the exact moment when a shipment or cargo physically leaves its point of origin or departure.

Article(s) - those are contents written by Terminal49 members. Its purpose is to offer solutions to customer inquiries and searches, along with providing product guidance.

Automatic Identification System (AIS): An automated tracking system used in the maritime industry to monitor and exchange information between vessels and shore-based stations. It provides real-time data on a ship's position, speed, course, and other relevant information (IMO, vessel name/voyage).


Berthing - is the process of mooring the vessel to a particular berth (dock or quay) within the port. It involves positioning the vessel alongside a dedicated space at the port where it will be secured.


Container Milestones - refer to significant events or checkpoints provided by the Steamship Line, that occur during the transportation of containers. These milestones help track and monitor the progress of containers throughout their journey from the origin to the destination.

Container Number - is a unique alphanumeric code that is assigned to an individual shipping container for identification and tracking purposes. It serves as a unique identifier for a particular container throughout its journey in the transportation and logistics chain, enabling efficient management, monitoring, and tracing of containers.

Note: Tracking by container number is only supported via Terminal49 API.

Container Terminal - is a facility specifically designed and equipped to handle the movement, storage, and transfer of shipping containers. It serves as a crucial link in global supply chains by facilitating the efficient handling and transfer of goods between different modes of transportation, such as ships, trucks, and trains.

Containers - also known as cargo containers or freight containers, are standardized metal boxes designed for the transport and storage of goods. They are widely used in the global shipping industry to facilitate the movement of goods by various modes of transportation, including ships, trucks, and trains.


Daily Digest Email - is a summary email that provides a compilation of information or updates from Terminal49, which includes a collection of important notifications such as Shipments arriving, ETA Changes, new shipments being tracked.

DS - Dry Standard. It is a standard, enclosed, and weatherproof container used for the efficient and secure transportation of various goods by sea, land, or rail.


Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) - refers to the projected time frame when a shipment or cargo is expected to arrive at its destination as communicated by the carrier. It is an estimation based on several factors, including the distance between the origin and destination, transportation mode, carrier schedules, customs procedures, and potential delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) - refers to the projected time frame when a shipment or cargo is expected to leave its point of origin or departure. It is an estimation based on various factors, such as the nature of the shipment, transportation mode, distance, carrier schedules, customs processes, and other logistical considerations.


Firm Code - is typically a combination of letters, numbers, or a combination of both, assigned by an industry authority or governing body. It’s a unique identifier assigned to a container terminal company or facility. It is used to distinguish one container terminal firm from another in various operational and administrative systems.


Holds - when a hold is in place, the terminal will not release the container for pickup (“not available”) until they are cleared. The shipper or forwarder is generally responsible for resolving these issues. During this time, the countdown to Last Free Day (LFD) continues, which can result in demurrage fees.


Last checked - refers to the most recent time or date when the terminal data was refreshed. It is located under the container number in the shipment's page.

Last Free Day (LFD) - is a term used in shipping and logistics to refer to the final day by which a container or cargo must be picked up or returned to the port or container terminal without incurring additional charges. Usually get 4-5 free days at the terminal.

Last Refreshed - refers to the most recent time or date when the shipment data was refreshed. It is located under the container number in the shipment's page.


Notifications Tab - this is where you can adjust the notification settings of your account. Please note that this is only available for dashboard users.


Original ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) - refers to the estimated date and time at which a vessel is expected to arrive at its intended destination port or terminal as communicated by the carrier.


Port of Discharge (POD) - also known as the destination port, refers to the port where containers are unloaded from a vessel. It is the point at which the cargo is transferred from the carrier to the consignee or their designated agent.

Port of Lading (POL) - also known as a port of loading, refers to the port where containers are loaded onto a vessel for transportation.


Reference Numbers - is a unique alphanumeric identifier assigned to a specific shipment or transaction to facilitate tracking, documentation, and communication between various parties involved in the shipping process. It serves as a reference point to identify and retrieve information related to a particular shipment or transaction.


Shipment Number - is a unique identifier assigned to a specific shipment or package for tracking and identification purposes.

Steamship Line - also known as a shipping company, ocean carrier, or liner operator, is a company that specializes in transporting goods and cargo via sea vessels.

Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) - refers to shipping lines; you'll see it embedded within B/L's. It’s a code used to identify vessels operating common carriers (VOCC). It is typically two to four letters long.


Tags - also known as shipping tags or shipping labels, are physical or digital markers used to identify and track packages or shipments during the shipping process.


User(s) - refers to individuals who have created an account on the Terminal49 platform.


Vessel/Voyage - “Voyage” refers to the specific journey or trip made by a vessel while "vessel" refers to the physical ship used for transportation. The voyage emphasizes the movement, logistics, and transportation aspects, while the vessel focuses on the ship itself, its characteristics, and ownership.

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