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Glossary of terms for phrases beginning with “H”

Handling Costs

The cost involved in transferring, preparing and otherwise contracting inventory.


Specialised container equipped with hanger beams for the purpose of stowing garments on hangers.

Harmless Chemicals

A cargo description, which is a contradiction of terms. A chemical is a substance and whether it is harmless or not, depends on the context in which the substance appears or is used.

Harmonised Tariff System

An international classification system designed to improve the collection of import and export statistics as well as provide a uniform tariff code structure for incorporation into national tariff systems. Promotes a high degree of international uniformity in the presentation of customs tariffs and foreign trade statistics. Consists of approximately 5,000 item descriptions, grouped into 21 sections and 97 chapters.


House Airwaybill/Master Airwaybill

Documents required for air transportation of cargo.


Marrying 2 or more portions of one shipment that originate at different geographical locations, moving under one bill of lading, from one shipper to one consignee. Authority for this service must be granted by tariff publication.


Section of vessel in which containers are stored.

See also Bays.


Tractor that pulls containers around the pier for positioning. Also known as a yard hustler.