Whether you have recently ordered Argentine wine shipped to your home for personal use, you have a pending shipment arriving for your business, you’re opening or expanding a business to include international wine, or maybe you’re just interested, there are a series of international shipping terms and terminology which is useful to know and understand to help ease the increasingly complicated shipping process, and perhaps help make it more efficient.

On a simple and general note, ATA and ATD each refer first to Actual Time of Arrival and the latter to Actual Time of Departure. An arrival time will generally be posted after the ATD but will not be the ATA, as this “actual” time will be recorded upon receipt at the airport or the distributor. Consequently, ATA can also refer to Airport-to-Airport, or even Air Transport Association of America. B/L refers to a Bill of Lading, which is an important contract between the owner of the goods and the carrier. One type is nonnegotiable and the other is. Such a contract is needed by the consumer as proof of receipt and ownership. The commercial invoice, then, is a bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer. These invoices are often used by governments to determine the true value of goods for the assessment of customs duties. A CIF would stand for cost, insurance and freight. The CIF is the total price quote from the seller including insurance and shipping costs. The duty of course is the tax imposed on imports by customs. DDP would mean Deliver Duty Paid whereas DDU would Deliver Duty Unpaid.

These are some basic international shipping terms. Many others, some acronyms, some just confusing labels, apply to aircraft capacity or even travel through intermediate countries before arrival at the final destination. Of course, most of these terms apply to all sorts of internationally shipped products apart from wine. For more information visit http://www.tauruslogistics.co.nz/info/glossary.