• Railhead

    Rail terminal / container yard where containers are either loaded or discharged from train.

  • Ramp

    On RoRo ships ramps permit to load and discharge cargo.

  • Rate Agreement

    Group of carriers who discuss rates and common problems with options to publish independent tariffs.

  • Received for Shipment Bill of Lading

    Bill of Lading without the mention "Shipped". This kind of Bill of Lading is normally issued to acknowledge receipt of shipment before cargo loading or before official original bill of lading is issued

  • Reconsignment (R/C)

    Change of the consignee or destination on a Bill of Lading while the goods are still in transit.

  • Reefer Container

    "Aka" "refrigerated container" Thermal container equipped with an electrical appliance (mechanical compressor) for the purposes of cooling or heating the air within the container. CMA CGM owns one of the largest and youngest fleets of Reefer containers designed for the transport of perishable goods in a temperature-controlled environment. (from -35°C to +35°C). The CMA CGM Reefer fleet consists of 20’, 40’High Cube and 45’32/33 Pallet Wide containers. Please click here for more information. Please click here for more information.

  • Refrigerated Cargo

    Cargo requiring temperature control. Please click here for more information.

  • Refrigeration

    The removal of heat from one medium to another one by the use of inert gas. Please click here for more information.

  • Register Ton

    A unit of interior capacity of ships. 1 Register Ton = 100 cubic feet or 2,832 cubic metres. Also known as vessel ton.

  • Registrar Accreditation Board

    A board, governed by a board of directors from industry, academia, and quality management consulting firms, that evaluates the competency and reliability of registrars.

  • Relative Humidity

    "The ratio of the actual amount of water vapour in the air to the maximum it can hold at a given temperature. Please click here for more information."

  • Relay

    To transfer goods from one ship to another within the same ownership/control.

  • Release note

    Receipt signed by customer acknowledging delivery of goods.

  • Return Cargo

    Cargo to be returned to original place of receipt.

  • Revenue Ton

    The greater weight or measurement of goods where 1 ton is either 1,000 kilos or 1 cubic metre . Also known as Bill of Lading ton or freight ton. It is used to calculate freight charge.

  • Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro/Ro)

    A specialised vessel designed with a ramp to facilitate driving on and off cargo, as opposed to being loaded with cranes or other lifting equipment.

  • Route

    The manner in which a shipment moves.

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