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FDAFood and Drug Administration.
FAAFree All Average, Federal Aviation Administration.
FablessAn organisation that outsources 100% of its manufacturing to a third party. A term often used in the semiconductor industry.
FabricationA term used to distinguish manufacturing operations for components as opposed to assembly operations.
Fabrication-in-transit rateA through rate plus an additional charge applied to a shipment stopped at some point between origin and destination for the purpose of fabrication.
FabricatorAn intermediate product producer that purchases materials and processes them specifically for a particular project
FacilitiesAny real property entity consisting of a structure, building, utility system, or pavement and underlying ground, necessary to support a system.
Facilities DeskA computer aided facilities management system. It facilitates you as facility managers in maintenance management, property management, space management, people and asset management of your organisation effectively. This facilities management application provides all that you need to have for integrated workplace management and general service administration. This CMMS tool offers seamless maintenance and work order management, real-time data sharing of all the maintenance & facilities’ activities and reduction in facilities cost run.
Facility managementThose activities and systems involved in the care and maintenance of office buildings, factories, and other operating structures.
FactorAn agent appointed to sell goods on commission.
Factor of productionLand, labour or capital required for production.
FactoringFactoring is a financial transaction whereby a business sells its accounts receivable (i.e., invoices) to a third party (called a factor) at a discount in exchange for immediate money with which to finance continued business.
Factory Acceptance TestIn software engineering, an acceptance test is the process of the user testing the system and, based on the results, either granting or refusing acceptance of the software/system being tested. It is often referred to as functional testing, beta testing, QA Testing, application testing, or end user testing. It is also sometimes split into factory acceptance testing and site acceptance testing, the first being run in-house, the second at the customer’s site
Factory CostThe cost of producing the product in the production location including materials, labour and overheads.
Factory packageThe package that contains the actual product. Distinction from secondary and tertiary packaging.
Factory SharingDenotes the possibility of several companies sharing one set of production facilities.
FailsafeA process that uses controls and logic to stop an improper operation or transaction before it occurs and creates an error condition or defect.
FailureAn operating state or condition that is outside of stated or desired results; or a state of inoperability.
Failure costsThose costs incurred whenever a failure in product/service quality or processes occurs. This might be repair of breakage, safety incurred costs, downtime, or in customer service it might include premium transportation to replenish goods or lost goodwill with the customer.
Failure Modes And Effects Analysis (Fmea)A bottom up process or function analysis that examines the effects and interaction of failures at the micro level that may combine to create failure in an end item.
Fair Share AllocationAn allocation of available inventory to customer and interplant orders, when the availability is less than the total required. If the total available quantity is 80% of the total required, it may allocate 80% of the amount requested on each individual order, instead of a scheme that prioritises the availability based on the order date, most important customer, etc.
Fair ValueFair value is the amount of consideration agreed upon in an arm’s length transaction between knowledgeable, willing parties who are under no compulsion to act. Fair value is similar to market value.
FAKFreight All Kinds. Usually refers to consolidated cargo.
False billingWhen the shipping papers contain descriptions of commodities which fail to reflect the true contents of a shipment. It is referred to as a false billing.
Family groupingA term used in materials handling and stock layout indicating that different products of the same manufacturer or product lines are stored together.
FASFree Along Side. Seller quotes a price including delivery of the goods alongside the vessel.
Fast ChargingMethod for quickly recharging lift truck batteries on the vehicle during short periods where the vehicle is not being used (lunches, breaks, shift changes, etc). This process for “opportunity charging” eliminates the need to change batteries in multi-shift operations
Fast Freight LineAn organisation of the carriers to promote dispatch of freight between certain points for specified traffic.
Fast Freight TrainA freight train which does not stop at all of the stations on its route.
Fast Moving Consumer GoodsFMCG , description of common high volume products such as food, hygiene products, or cleaning supplies. These would be products that the average consumer would frequently purchase such as tinned/canned goods, toothpaste, or dish soap.
Fault ToleranceCharacteristics of a process that allow it to continue operation or produce acceptable output when faced with a condition outside its normal design parameters.
Faulty GoodsIf a product is faulty or damaged (in transit), the seller must replace the item without question.
FAXShort term for facsimile transmission of an image, letter, or other document from one place to another.
FCLFull Container Load.
Features and OptionsIn assemble to order (ATO) environments, the available standard set of product attributes that will be combined to create the finished product. For example, in configuring a desktop computer, available features might include monitor size, hard drive size, CPU speed, and bundled software, among others. The options are the individual choices within the feature categories, such as a 5, 10 or 20 GB hard drive. The options usually can only be selected from a predefined menu, and when combined create the final customer selling price and cost to the manufacturer.
Federal Acquisition RegulationsThe body of regulations that govern the process of US government agency purchasing.
Federal Aviation ActThe federal legislation by the United States congress which superseded the civil aeronautics act of 1938 regulating air transportation, it was termed the federal aviation act of 1958.
Federal Aviation AdministrationThe successor to the old civil aeronautics administration. The federal agency which initiates and executes policy relative to the promotion of safety and efficiency in flight operations. It is now in the department of transportation under 1967 order.
Federal Information Processing StandardStandards published by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, after approval by the Dept. of Commerce; used as a guideline for federal procurements.
Federal Maritime CommissionThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is an independent regulatory agency responsible for the regulation of ocean-borne transportation in the foreign commerce of the U.S.
Federal RegisterA publication produced by the U.S government that provides information concerning notices and rules of the federal regulatory agencies. This was provided for under the federal register Act.
Federal Reserve SystemThe central banking system of the US comprising 12 Federal Reserve Banks controlling 12 districts under the Federal Reserve Board. Membership of the Fed is compulsory for banks chartered by the Comptroller of Currency and optional for state chartered banks
Federal trade commissionGovernment body created for the purpose of overseeing business practices.
FeedbackThe flow of information back into the control system so that actual performance can be compared with planned performance.
Feeder1) Air: another term for air commuter company. 2) Ocean: Term for small ship that picks up at smaller ports for consolidated transfer to a larger ship at a central port, and vice versa. 3) Trucking. Term used in some companies for pick up and delivery operations, particularly those contracted or provided by another firm.
Feeder linesBranches or short-line railroads traversing territory untouched by the trunk lines and interchanging traffic at connecting points.
Feeder ServiceCargo to/from regional ports are transferred to/from a central hub port for a long-haul ocean voyage.
Feeder ShipShips that ply smaller ports in pick up and delivery like mode as a feed to larger trans-ocean ships.
Feeder VesselA short-sea vessel which transfers cargo between a central “hub” port and smaller “spoke” ports.
Feeding in transitThe stopping of shipments of livestock, at a point located between the point of origin and destination to be fed and watered.
Ferry carWhen a freight car is loaded with several L.C.L shipments by a shipper to a railroad to a receiver, it is termed a ferry car. It may also be called a trap car.
Ferry charter rateThe portion of the charter charged by the carrier to over the necessary miles or hours of the aircraft to the point of origin of the charter, and the return of the charter aircraft to the destination of the carrier.
Ferry operationOperation of equipment from one point to another in non-revenue service for the purpose of positioning it for another revenue.
FerryboatA ship specially designed for mass movement of passengers, automobiles, truck and sometimes rail cars for short and medium length water movements.
FEUForty-foot Equivalent Unit. Ocean-freight term meaning containerised cargo equal to one forty-foot (40 x 8 x 8 feet) or two twenty-foot (20 x 8 x 8 feet) containers. One FEU equals about 25 metric tons or 72 cubic meters.
FFFreight forwarder
FibreboardFibreboard is a type of engineered wood product that is made out of wood fibres Types of fibreboard (in order of increasing density) include particle board, medium-density fibreboard, and hardboard
Fibreboard PalletA pallet that is constructed from fibreboard material
FieldComputer term for an electronic space allowed by a program for the entry of variables or constants. Example are location to enter a person’s name, address, etc.
Field entryA keyboarded entry of data into the field of a computer system.
Field Service PartsParts inventory kept at locations outside of the manufacturing plant (i.e., distribution centre (DC) or warehouse.)
Field ServicesRepair and test activities typically performed for a customer at their site based on warranty or other contractual agreements.
Field SizeThe length of a data record field for item number, on-hand quantity, order quantities, customer number, etc. that specifies the maximum allowable number of characters. Typically reviewed when selecting software to verify compatibility and conversion requirements.
Field WarehouseWarehouse that stores goods on the goods’ owner’s property while the goods are under a bona fide warehouse manager’s custody.
Fifth WheelCoupling device attached to a tractor or dolly which supports the front of a semi trailer and locks it to the tractor or dolly. The fifth wheel’s centre is designed to accept a trailer’s kingpin, around which the trailer and tractor or dolly pivot in turns.
File Transfer, Access and ManagementThe Open Systems Interconnection standard for file transfer, file access and management
Fill RateThe percentage of order items that the picking operation actually fills within a given period of time
Final AssemblyThe highest level assembled product, as it is ready to shipped to customers. The products consist of many possible features and options that may only be combined when an actual order is received.
Final Assembly Schedule (Fas)A schedule for the completion of a final assembly from previously-stocked sub-assemblies based on the receipt of a customer order.
Financial healthThe nature of a firm’s financial strength which regard to cash liquidity, leverage, overall capitalisation ,ability to meet future debt payments and the capability to invest in future resources and opportunities.
Financial InstrumentA document, real or virtual, having legal force and embodying or conveying monetary value
Financial leaseA lease in which the lessee makes payments and is responsible for the asset over its life. A lease that meets the requirements of a capital lease.
Financial MarketA market for a financial instrument, in which buyers and sellers find each other and create or exchange financial assets. Sometimes these are organised in a particular place and/or institution, but often they exist more broadly through communication among dispersed buyers and sellers, including banks, over long distances
Financial ReportAn accounting statement detailing financial data, including income from all sources, expenses, assets and liabilities.
FingerA software tool used to determine whether another user is logged on to the Internet. It can also be used to find out a user’s address.
Finger pierA long, enclosed walkway extending from airport terminal to the loading gate.
Finger terminalThe standard air terminal which has a central ticketing and general operations section, with projecting corridors for passenger facilitation.
Finished GoodsGoods or products that result from a final production process.
Finished Goods Inventory (FGI)A listing of products completely manufactured, packaged, stored, and ready for distribution.
Finite SchedulingCreating production schedules that automatically take resource availability into account. Schedule dates are moved forward or backward in time as far as necessary to stay within prescribed capacity, and some systems also contain rules to move orders for certain products to approved alternate facilities when the initial resource is full. Finite scheduling systems normally do not ensure that material plans are automatically revised in conjunction with production rescheduling.
FIOFree In and Out is a pricing term that indicates that the charterer of the vessel is responsible for the cost of loading and unloading goods from the vessel.
Fire curtainLarge curtain made of a fire resistant material to prevent a fire from one side of the curtain to the other.
Fire palletPortable platform on which sits fire extinguishers and fire fighting equipment, to be moved to the scene of a fire.
FiremanAn unlicensed member of the engine room staff whose duties consist of standing watch in the boiler room and insuring the oil burning equipment is working properly.
FirewallA computer system that sits between the Internet and a company’s LAN. It is a means of automatically limiting what a company’s computer system will pass along to outside computer systems. It acts as an active gateway to keep non-company entities from accessing company confidential data.
Firing pointThe temperature required for the vapour from a liquid to be in sufficient quantity to provide a continuous flame. it is higher than the flash point.
FirkinA capacity measurement equal to one-fourth of a barrel.
FirmA commercial establishment that provides goods or service.
Firm OrderThese orders are for separate items that will not be updated
Firm Planned OrderIn a DRP or MRP system, a planned order whose status has been updated to a fixed order.
Firm ZoneThe period of time in an existing production schedule, normally the MPS, when changes are not allowed due to the impact on lower level items already in process and on vendors. It usually starts with the current date and extends into the future as far as required based on lead time. The same logic is also sometimes used in vendor scheduling
First Article InspectionThe analysis of the first item manufactured in a production run to verify correct setup and process alignment
First In First Out (FIFO)The method whereby the goods which have been longest in stock (first in) are used, delivered (sold) and/or consumed first (first out).
First main trackAs applied to line-haul roads, a single track extending the entire distance between terminals
First Mover AdvantageFirst-mover advantage or FMA is the advantage gained by the initial occupant of a market segment. This advantage may stem from the fact that the first entrant can gain control of resources that followers may not be able to match
First Order SmoothingForecasting exponential smoothing systems that do not contain parameters or adjustments for the effects of trends and seasonality
First Pick RatioThe percentage of time items are successfully picked to satisfy order requirements based on the initial location and quantity recommended by the system; an inventory accuracy and efficiency measurement.
First price sealed bidA purchasing method used in bidding whereby the buyers will only consider the best price of any of the bids without allowing further discussion by any of the bidders for submitting subsequent bids.
First Read RateThe ratio of the number of successful reads on the first scanning attempt to the number of attempts. Commonly expressed as a percentage.
First worldA loose term for the major industrial nations of the world. Second world countries were those in the former communist bloc. Increasingly, today, the term second world countries apply to those nations that are newly industrialising. Third word nations are typically those without highly developed economies.
Fish bone analysisA method used to analyse complex processes in terms of the sequence of components, activities and steps required to complete an overall task. Each sub component activity is drawn on a diagonal line that feeds the prime centre line in what become to look like a fish bone.
Fishbone DiagramA graphic technique for identifying cause-and-effect relationships among factors in a given situation or problem.
Fishy BackWhen highway trailers are transported aboard ships though a process of demounting the trailers, the shipment is referred to as fishy back.
FitnessA transportation regulation term pertaining to a transportation company’s financial stature and responsibility.
Fixed AssetFixed assets are items, such as property or equipment, a company plans to use over the long-term to help generate income. Fixed assets are most commonly referred to as property, plant, and equipment (PP&E)
Fixed BudgetA budget tied to a specific volume or level of production, distribution or other activity.
Fixed CostsCosts that do not vary with the level of activity. Some fixed costs continue even if no cargo is carried. Terminal leases, rent and property taxes are fixed costs.
Fixed improvementAny addition, alteration, annexation or improvement which shall become affixed to the Premises which cannot be removed, modified or changed without damage to, or destruction of, either itself or any portion of the Premises.
Fixed Interval OrderA purchase or production order that occurs at a regular time interval and covers the variable demand during that period.
Fixed Lead TimeA lead time that does not vary because of quantity changes. A manufacturing process such as curing, drying or baking may require a set amount of time regardless of the volume being processed.
Fixed LocationA storage system that assigns a permanent inventory location for a given item, usually based on its physical size and usage volume. Seasonal stock level variations may mean the dedicated location sometimes takes up more space than needed, or that temporary random locations will also be required.
Fixed Lot SizeA lot size that always uses the same quantity (or a multiple) for a reorder; the timing of the order varies while the size of the order is constant. Fixed lots are sometimes used when a process may require stamping out 100 pieces at a time, or when a vendor will only ship a carton of 500 items. Using fixed lots may mean placing fewer orders, at the trade-off of carrying more inventory for a period of time than may be required.
Fixed Order IntervalAn inventory control system for which a maximum stock level has been calculated based on usage during the lead-time and order interval. Stock is reviewed at specified time periods and subsequent order size equates to the difference between the maximum stock level and the current inventory position. Thus, the order size will vary according to usage between reviews.
Fixed Order QuantityAn inventory reordering rule in which the lot size ordered each time remains the same, the length of time between orders varies.
Fixed OverheadOverhead costs incurred in support of the manufacturing process that can not be directly allocated to specific items, and do not vary with production changes as do direct material and labour costs.
Fixed Platform TruckTruck equipped with a load platform which is non-elevating
Fixed priceWhen price is not affected by demand. Contract term indicating that the price is a certain amount and not subject to change.
Fixed Quantity Inventory ModelA setup wherein a company orders the same (fixed) quantity each time it places an order for an item.
Fixed RateA traditional approach to determining the finance charge payable on an extension of credit. A predetermined and certain rate of interest is applied to the principal
Fixed route transitAny transit system of moving people that plies rigid routes without deviation. They are typically scheduled.
Fixed TandemAssembly of two axles and suspension that is attached to the chassis in one place
Fixed wing airAircraft having wings that are fixed to the aeroplane body.
Fixed-wall Pallet ContainerContainer that features an integrated pallet and has fixed sidewalls.
Fixing letterA document drawn to establish the conditions for a charter.
FixtureA report of vessel charters that explains the basic elements of the charter.
FlagAn indication of the country in which a means of transport is registered through a reference to the ensign of this country.
Flag stationA station at which trains stop only when signalled
Flag WaiverPermission from government to carry cargo otherwise labelled for flag recipient.
Flags Of ConvenienceA ship registered under the flag of a nation which offers conveniences in the areas of taxes, crew, and safety requirements.
Flammable gasAny compressed gas meeting the requirements for lower flammability limit, flammability limited range, flame projection, or flame propagation criteria as specified in DOT regulations.
Flammable substancesInludes goods, liquids and solids. that give off vapours which become combustible at a certain temperature.
FlangeIn rail transportation, the steel edge inside the rim of the wheels to provide guidance on the track.
Flash pointA hazardous material transportation term that refers to the temperature at which a substance gives off a vapour or gas that can become ignited by a source of some form, such as a spark.
Flat Bed CarAn open railroad car without sides or top designed to haul heavy or oversized non-containerisable cargo.
Flat Bill Of MaterialA production chart and situation whereby a firm assembles sub items into a finished good in one step without having to perform subassembly steps prior to the final assembly.
Flat bottomA flatbed truck or trailer without sides.
Flat CarA freight car without ends, sides, or top, used principally for the transportation of lumber, machinery, and unusually bulky articles, often called a Platform car.
Flat chargeA single fee regardless of the freight on board.
Flat faceA cab-over engine type of vehicle.
Flat FileA text file that structures the information in a simple format using tags. Typically consists of a header, features, and a sequence
Flat Rack ContainerA flat bed with fixed ends suitable for the carriage of cargo of excessive width and plated for carriage of heavy loads.
Flat rateA local or joint rate applicable to all aspects of a shipment.
Flat steel productsAre of a roughly rectangular cross-section that is wider than it is deep. Their finish is smooth but may (as in the case of bulb plates) contain recessed or raised elements at regular intervals. Examples of hot-rolled products are mill bars, steel plate and steel strip. Examples of cold-rolled products are cold broad strip, cold strip and steel plate.
Flex conveyorPortable conveyor that can be expanded, contracted, and flexed around curves
FlexibilityThe extent to which and the rate at which adjustments to changed circumstances are possible.
Flexible BudgetA budget that presents projected costs and revenues over a range of production, sales or distribution volumes.
Flexible Computer Integrated ManufacturingFCIM is the integration of equipment, software, communication, human resources, and business practices within an enterprise to rapidly manufacture, repair, and deliver items on demand with continuous improvements in the processes. The FCIM initiative is a Joint Service and Agency effort to establish and implement the procedures and processes needed Acronym: FCIM
Flexible manufacturingA production system that is capable of producing either in a number of ways or various products with a minimum of switch over effect from one to another.
Flexible Specialisationa business strategy a company takes to make itself more competitive. The company has employees with multiple skills. It also has multi-use machinery and equipment
Flexible-Path EquipmentMaterials handling devices that include hand trucks and forklifts.
Flexi-vanTruck trailers or containers that are loaded on specially constructed flat cars equipped with two turntables.
FlextimeA worker scheduling system whereby they may set their own daily work times , usually around a specified core time.
Flight corridorAir routes allowed by a country for aircraft from other countries.
Flight equipmentThe equipment facilities required for flight.
Flight equipment interchangeCircumstances in which a single plane is used by more than one carrier on a route, and where the crew is changed to fly the routes of the carrier.
Flight NumberA combination of two characters, indicating the airline, and three or four digits indicating the number of the voyage.
Float1) Trucking : A flatbed semi-trailer.2) Finance: The time in which a cheque is in transit and has not yet been deducted from the issuer’s account.
Floating CranesHeavy duty cranes brought in to handle cargo when unable to use gantry crane.
Floor loadThe range or maximum capacity of a car, in pounds per square foot.
Floor StockMaterial and components stored on the production floor used as needed for multiple production orders, and not pegged or issued to individual orders. Normally lower-dollar value, back flushed items.
Floor-Ready Merchandise (FRM)Items that are received at the store in condition to be put directly on display without any preparation by retail workers.
FlotsamFloating items of a ship or its cargo at sea, floating debris.
Flow OrderUsed in a repetitive manufacturing environment as a cumulative schedule for a production line that is consumed by reported production over a period of time until the order quantity is complete.
Flow ProcessA process manufacturing environment where material moves in a continuous stream instead of a discrete batch.
Flow process chartA graphical representation of the sequence of all operations, transportation, inspections, delays, and storage occurring during a process or procedure
Flow rackRacking system that incorporates sections of conveyor to allow the cartons or pallets to flow to the face of the rack. Stocking is performed from the rear of the rack
Flow RateUsed in repetitive manufacturing environments to represent the amount of production per shift or hour.
FlowchartA diagram depicting the sequence of event that should take place in a complex set of tasks.
Flow-Through DistributionA process in a distribution centre in which products from multiple locations are brought in to the D.C. and are re-sorted by delivery destination and shipped in the same day. Also known as a “cross-dock” process in the transportation business
Flush PalletA pallet constructed in such a manner that there are no overhangs and the decks, both top and bottom, fit “flush” with the stringers on all sides.
FluteUsually on the inside portion of corrugated fibreboard
FlyerA round trip run involving a trip to a distant terminal and return trip without stop.
Flying ordersThe instruction given to the driver on the trip.
FMCFederal Maritime Commission. U.S. regulatory body affecting ocean-going carriers. A U.S. government body that overseas all maritime rules and regulations.
FOBFree On Board. A pricing term under which the seller must deliver the goods on board the ship at the point named at his own expense.
FOB AirportThe seller’s obligation to deliver the goods to the air carrier at the airport of departure. The risk of loss of or damage to the goods is transferred from the seller to the buyer when the goods have been so delivered.
FOB DestinationTitle of the goods passes at destination, and seller has total responsibility until shipment is delivered. Ownership (title and control) remains with seller until goods are delivered. It is expected that the supplier will make all of the transportation arrangements.
FOB Freight PrepaidThe same as FOB named inland carrier, except the seller pays the Freight charges of the inland carrier.
FOB named point of ExportationSeller is responsible for the cost of placing the goods at a named point of exportation. Some European buyers use this form when they actually mean FOB vessel.
FOB vesselSeller is responsible for goods and preparation of export documentation until actually placed aboard the vessel.
Focus ForecastingA forecast technique that tests the performance of a variety of forecast models and suggests the best fit for a given set of products and demand parameters.
Focused FactoryA production facility dedicated to the manufacture of a single product line or family, and whose process and support systems have been optimised strictly for that group.
Folding ContainerA container, either metal or plastic, with sides, ends, and a base so constructed that it can be folded to a flat configuration
Food and drug administrationAgency of the U.S. federal government regulating activity concerning food and drugs. Inspects warehouses and factories.
Force Field AnalysisA problem-solving technique that identifies the forces for and against a specific problem and assigns weights to each individual force to determine a total score on each side.
Force MajeureA term or condition typically found in purchasing, rail, motor, and water contracts that relieves either party from contract obligation if major unforeseen events beyond their control, such as earthquakes, floods or war, prevent compliance, typically the obligation is suspended for resumption at a later time.
Forced billingWhen no bill can be located, the forced billing provides a means for delivery of freight. This is most common when the traffic is moving party in the U.S and partly in a foreign country, or involves an international movement.
Fore And AftThe direction on a vessel parallel to the centre line
ForecastA Forecast is an estimation of future demand. Most forecasts use historical demand to calculate future demand. Adjustments for seasonality and trend are often necessary.
Forecast accuracyThe degree to which a forecast and actual sales or other physical activity correspond to each other. A highly accurate forecasting system can lead to a minimum of investment in unneeded safety stock.
Forecast ConsumptionThe netting of actual demand from customer or interplant orders against the forecast for a given time period. Systems for producing items to stock often use the higher of the forecast quantity or actual demand quantity when creating suggested schedules.
Forecast ErrorThe difference between actual demand and the forecast for a given time period. Past observations of forecast error are used in modifying new projected forecasts, and sometimes in calculating desired safety stock levels.
Forecast HorizonThe future period of time for which a demand forecast is generated, typically as long as the longest single-item cumulative lead time (on a monthly planning basis) or for 2-5 year periods for strategic planning.
Forecast PeriodThe time interval for which a forecast is developed. While often months are used, the forecast period is also the period for forecast consumption in most systems and may be changed to weeks or quarters to account for the extent to which demand patterns are even or lumpy.
ForecastleForward part of a vessel where stores, ropes and anchor chains are located.
Foreign air carrier permitA right to operate, issued by a government to a foreign carrier, authorising it to operate between a foreign country and the home country that issued the permit.
Foreign Branch OfficeA sales (or other) office maintained in a foreign country and staffed by direct employees of the exporter.
Foreign carIn the railroad transportation business, rail car move between lines and between nations. The car of one railroad used by another railroad line is termed a foreign car. It usually does not involve a foreign national car but it can.
Foreign corrupt practices actAn American law that prohibits the use of graft and other inducements when dealing with business and political persons in other countries.
Foreign Credit Insurance Association (FciaAn association of fifty insurance companies which operate in conjunction with the EXIMBANK to provide comprehensive insurance for exporters against non-payment FCIA underwrites the commercial credit risks. EXIMBANK covers the political risk and any excessive commercial risks.
Foreign ExchangeThe currency or credit instruments of a foreign country. Also, transactions involving purchase or sale of currencies
Foreign ExportsExports of foreign merchandise (re-exports), consist of commodities of foreign origin which have entered the United States for consumption or into Customs bonded warehouses or U.S. Foreign Trade Zones, and which, at the time of exportation, are in substantially the same condition as when imported.
Foreign Freight ForwarderA party that acts to arrange for foreign movement for shippers and consignees, distinct from domestic forwarders, foreign forwards do not take on the same obligations.
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)A site sanctioned by the customs service in which imported goods are exempted from customs duties until withdrawn for domestic sale or use, such zones are used for commercial warehouse or production plants. Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) were created in the United States to provide special customs procedures to U.S. plants engaged in international trade-related activities. Duty-free treatment is accorded items that are processed in FTZs and then re-exported, and duty payment is deferred on items until they are brought out of the FTZ for sale in the U.S. market. This helps to offset customs advantages available to overseas producers who compete with domestic industry.
ForexShortened term for foreign exchange of currency
ForgingGenerally describes an unfinished item made of metal that is produced through a process that heats the metal (not to melting point) then uses pressure or hammering to change the shape of the metal into a shape that closely resembles the finished item that will ultimately be made (through machining processes) from the forging.
For-Hire CarrierA transportation company that provides shipping of cargo belonging to others and is paid for doing so. There are two types of for-hire carriers: common carriers and contract carriers. A for-hire carrier may be both a common and a contract carrier, but must file separate registrations to obtain both licenses
Fork EntryThe opening between decks beneath the top deck or beneath the stringer notch to admit forks.
Fork LiftA machine used to pick up and move goods loaded on pallets or skids.
Fork Lift PocketOpenings or recesses in a side of a container for the entry of the forks of a fork lift truck.
Fork Lift TruckSynonym: Fork Lift Pockets. A forklift (also called a lift truck, a high/low, a stacker-truck, trailer loader, sideloader, fork truck, tow-motor or a fork hoist) is a powered industrial truck used to lift and transport materials.
Fork positionerLift truck attachments that allow the operator to adjust the distance between the forks without getting off of the truck. Used primarily in high volume operations where there is a great variety of pallet and crate sizes handled.
Fork StrapStrap that links the fork openings on the base of a pallet container. Fork straps can allow the use of a container on conveyors.
Form UtilityThe value the production process creates in a good by changing the item’s form
Formal complaintA complaint filed with the a regulatory commission alleging violation of the statute and to be investigated and adjudicated under formal procedure provided by the rules of that commission.
FormalitiesA general European term for the processes that are necessary for immigration and customs clearances when entering a country.
Forward Exchange Contract:An agreement to exchange different currencies at a specified future date and to a specified rate. The difference between the specified rate and the spot rate ruling on the date the contract was entered into is the discount or premium on the contract.
Forward SchedulingA scheduling method that begins with a specified start date and moves forward into time to calculate a due or completion date based on the lead time required. It assumes flexibility in the due date, but not the start date.
ForwarderThe party arranging the carriage of goods including connected services and/or associated formalities on behalf of a shipper or consignee
Forwarder integrationThe acquisition or development of firms downstream between the company and the final customers and consumers.
Forwarder’s Cargo ReceiptA negotiable document issued by a forwarder which will satisfy legal requirements for a letter-of-credit. Since a forwarder is not an NVOCC it cannot issue actual Bills of Lading. . Once issued, the consignor assumes full responsibility for the shipment.
Forwarding assistance pointsSpatially separate facilities at a freight yard at which forwarding can be performed. Each forwarding assistance point is assigned to a freight yard.
Forwarding InstructionsDocument issued to a freight forwarder, giving instructions to the forwarder for the forwarding of goods described therein.
Foul Bill of LadingA receipt for goods issued by a carrier with an indication that the goods were damaged when received. Compare Clean Bill of Lading.
FoundEquipped, provided, or supplied ,as a ship was well found.
FounderTo fill with water and sink, to cause to founder.
FoundryA contract manufacturing facility that provides production services to customers in the semiconductor and other industries. A foundry is a factory that produces metal castings.
Four bangerFour cycle engines, with little or no real power.
Four by fourA vehicle with four speed transmission and four speed auxiliary transmission.
Fourier SeriesA method that defines a periodic or discontinuous function as a series of sine and cosine waves, and can be used to predict a value or the level of system response.
Fourth section applicationWhen a rail carrier wished to publish rates which were in violation of the long and short haul principle. This stated that no rate may be higher to an intermediate point than to a farther point when the intermediate point was within the route between the origin and farther point.
Four-way ContainerA container that is accessible from all four sides for storage and retrieval purposes.
Four-Way Entry PalletA pallet of which the frame permits the entry of forks of e.g. a fork lift truck at all four sides.
Four-way PalletA pallet which, by its construction, allows forks of a lift to enter the pallet from both sides and ends.
FPAFree of Particular Average. Marine insurance provision which limits the liability of an insurance company to only those losses that exceed a specified percentage of the value of the goods.
FramesOn web pages, it is the placement of two or more pages that load on the same screen at the same time. Often, this one frame is useful as an index or table of contents that is always visible to guide the reader to all the sections of the web site.
FranchiseAmount which in case of damage will have to be borne by the assured.
FrancoWhen a delivery is made to the consignee’s door, all charges have been paid, and all circumstances completed, it is called a Franco delivery.
Free Alongside ShipUnder this F.A.S term, the seller agrees to deliver the goods in proper condition along side the vessel. It may be delivered on a lighter or on a receiving pier. The buyer assumes all subsequent risk and expenses after delivery.
Free AstrayAn astray shipment (a lost shipment that is found) sent to its proper destination without additional charge.
Free BorderVertical distance from the main deck to the surface of the water measured at the middle of the vessel’s length.
Free CarrierFree Carrier” means that the seller fulfils his obligation to deliver when he has handed over the goods, cleared for export, into the charge of the carrier named by the buyer at the named place or point. If no precise point is indicated by the buyer, the seller may choose within the place or range stipulated where the carrier shall take the goods into his charge. When, according to commercial practice, the seller’s assistance is required in making the contract with the carrier (such as in rail or air transport) the seller may act at the buyer’s risk and expense.
Free DischargeThe shipper do not have the duty to discharge
Free enterpriseThe freedom of private businesses to operate competitively, for profit, and without government controls
Free EntryFree entry is a term used by economists to describe a condition in which firms can freely enter the market for an economic good by establishing production and beginning to sell the product.
Free GoodsThe free good is a term used in economics to describe a good that is not scarce. A free good is available in as great a quantity as desired with zero opportunity cost to society.
Free InA pricing term that indicates that the charterer of a vessel is responsible for the cost of loading goods onto the vessel
Free In And Out:Transport condition denoting that the freight rate excludes the costs of loading and discharging and, if appropriate, stowage and lashing.
Free ListA list of goods that a country has designated as able to be imported without being subject to tariff or import licensing
Free MarketA market in which supply and demand are unregulated except by the country’s competition policy, and rights in physical and intellectual property are upheld.
Free Of Capture And SeizureAn insurance clause providing that loss is not insured if due to capture, seizure, confiscation and like actions, whether legal or not, or from such acts as piracy, civil war, rebellion and civil strife.
Free On Board (FOB)“Free on Board” means that the seller fulfils his obligation to deliver when the goods have passed over the ship’s rail at the named port of shipment. This means that the buyer has to bear all costs and risks of loss of or damage to the goods from that point. The FOB term requires the seller to clear the goods for export. This term can only be used for sea or inland waterway transport. When the ship’s rail serves no practical purpose, such as in the case of roll-on/roll-off transport, the FCA term is more appropriate to use
Free PortAn international port or an area within an international port at which, crew, passengers, baggage, cargo, mail and stores may be disembarked or unloaded, may remain and may be transshipped, without being subjected to any customs charges or duties.
Free SpanThe distance between supports in a storage rack.
Free StockStock on hand not allocated to a future Shop or Customer Order
Free TimeThe period of time allowed for the removal or accumulation of cargo before charges become applicable.
Free TradeTrade between nations without customs duties or tariffs.
Free trade zone (FTZ)A commercial or industrial area usually near a port of entry where merchandise and raw material imports are not subject to customs charges or duties.
FreeboardThe distance between the water line and the deck.
Freeing PortAn opening in the rail (bulwarks) along the deck to allow water to drain.
FreightCharges paid for carriage or transportation of goods (cargo) by air, land, or sea. Goods may be transported (shipped) on freight-prepaid or freight-collect basis:
Freight BillA document issued by the carrier based on the bill of lading and other information; used to account for a shipment operationally, statistically, and financially. Carrier’s invoice for freight charges applicable to a shipment. Also called freight invoice.
Freight Brokerit is any person who sells transportation without actually providing it. The term usually refers to an agent for TL shipments, matching small shippers with carriers. Freight brokers often do not accept any responsibility for their shipments
Freight ClaimFormal letter with supporting documents, i.e., B/L, D/R, temperature chart, etc., making claim against carrier for lost or damaged cargo.
Freight CollectFreight and charges be paid by the consignee.
Freight ContainerA reusable container designed and constructed to permit being lifted with its contents intact and intended primarily for containment of packages (in unit form) during transportation.
Freight CostCosts incurred by the merchant in moving goods, by whatever means, from one place to another under the terms of the contract of carriage. In addition to transport costs this may include such elements as packing, documentation, loading, unloading and transport insurance.
Freight equalisationA common industry practice when a mill sells steel outside its geographic area; it will assume any extra shipping costs (relative to the competition) to quote the customer an equivalent price to get the business.
Freight forwarderA person or company involved in the collection, consolidation, shipping and distribution of goods from overseas territories. Typically, freight forwarders clear freight through customs, prepare documents and arrange shipping, warehousing and delivery.
Freight Linera long-distance express freight train between industrial centres and seaports with facilities for rapid loading and unloading of goods
Freight managementThe management of third-party carriers to ensure the swift, safe and cost-efficient delivery of shipments , often involving the integration of a range of services.
Freight ManifestA (cargo) manifest including all freight particulars.
Freight Of All Kinds (FAK)Single freight which is charged irrespective of the commodity.
Freight PolicyShipments sent FOB University Park, IL (Chicago area). Automatic insurance for value of shipment is charged at lowest USPS rate if shipment is not made by UPS, RPS, or freight. Minimum shipping charge is $6.00 per parcel.
Freight PrepaidFreight and charges to be paid by the consignor.
Freight QuotationA quotation from a carrier or forwarder covering the cost of transport between two specified locations.
Freight RateThe charge made for the transportation of freight.
Freight ReleaseEvidence that the freight charges for the cargo have been paid. If in writing, it may be presented at the pier to obtain release of the cargo. Normally, once the freight is paid freight releases are arranged without additional documentation. aka Freight Bill Receipt.
Freight Traffic EstablishmentFreight traffic establishments may be freight yards, frontier crossing points or forwarding assistance points. They serve as a means of calculating chargeable mileage for invoicing purposes.
Freight trainA freight train is a train which is used to carry cargo, in contrast to passengers. Freight trains consist of at least one engine and a chain of train cars which are coupled together.
Freight WagonVehicles for the conveyance of goods (from all-round to special-purpose types). Examples are open containers, containers with closed sides and open top, sliding-side wagons. Containers with sliding sides (ideal for high-value goods), tank containers: containers for the carriage of liquid goods.
Freight yard or depotCargo traffic location from and to which goods are accepted for conveyance. Entities organisationally assigned to a freight yard are the actual premises of the yard plus the open line immediately thereafter as far as the next yard or depot.
Freighted B/LA bill of lading that lists all charges relevant to cargo movement from origin to destination.
FreighterA vessel or an aircraft used for the carriage of cargo.
FreightwaysEuropean cross-border train paths for freight traffic that may be used by all train operators domiciled in the EU.
FRIDAFramework for Integrated Dynamic Analysis of Travel and Tariffs, a DRIVE project.
FronthaulThe first leg of the truck trip that involves hauling a load or several loads to targeted destinations
Frontier Crossing PointsAct as re-invoicing points in cross-border freight traffic.
Front-to-back DimensionAs applied to welded wire decking, the horizontal direction of a decking section perpendicular to the beams of the storage rack.
Frozen StandardAn item cost standard created at the beginning of a fiscal period that is retained for budget and comparison purposes even if material or production changes occur.
FTLFull Truck Load, an indication for a truck transporting cargo directly from supplier to receiver.
Fuel surchargeA fee added to a ticket by an airline to cover the increased cost of fuel. Usually lumped onto the cost of a ticket as if it were a tax.
Fulfilment HouseA company that handles the entire ordering process for books, such as storing, packing, mailing, maintaining records, and other business related operations for the author or publisher.
Full CarloadA shipment in which the freight completely fills a container or railcar.
Full Containerload (FCL)A shipment in which the freight completely fills a container.
Full Container-shipsShips equipped with permanent container cells, with little or no space for other types of cargo.
Full employmentRefers to when an economy operates at an unemployment rate equal to the sum of frictional and structural unemployment rates
Full PeggingA method that traces the source of requirements upwards through all levels of the bill of material until the end item demand source is reached.
Full Service LeaseAn equipment-leasing arrangement that includes a variety of services to support the leased equipment; a common method for leasing motor carrier tractors.
Full trailerA truck trailer constructed in such way that its own weight and that of the cargo rest upon its own wheels, instead of being supported by e.g. a tractor.
Full-perimeter PalletA pallet that utilises a block design and incorporates the use of deck boards and stringer configured in the same plane. Such a configuration results in the formation of a complete framework on both ends and both sides. GMA Pallet (Grocery Manufacturers of America) A pallet is made of hardwood, and is forklift able from all four sides. Manufactured to GMA requirements.
Full-Service LeasingAn equipment-leasing arrangement that includes a variety of services to support leased equipment (i.e., motor carrier tractors).
Full-time Connection:A communication link between two (or more) entities which is normally maintained continuously.
Fully Allocated CostAn accounting method to distribute all costs among a firm’s various products and services; hence, the FAC may include costs not directly associated with a particular product or service.
Fully Mission CapableA system in which all supporting subsystems are fully functional.
FunctionThe specific purpose, activity, or role of something; or the act or state of performing a specific role or activity.
Functional DesignA formal documentation of a proposed system’s capabilities, processing methods, and points of integration that serves as the basis for approval and work initiation.
Functional SiloA functional group or department within an organisation that acts as a silo or island in its lack of interaction with other groups and in not sharing its internal data or processes.
FungiblesGoods which are comprised of many identical parts. For example, a bushel of grain, a barrel of apples or oil, which can be easily replaced by other identical goods. One of the tests of whether items are fungible or not is whether they can be sold by weight or number.
Furniture carA car equipped with facilities for safe and proper handle furniture.
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E)Types of items that can be arranged for installation or de-installation through a Logistics company.
Future StateThe desired future condition to be created from a planned, organised change in the current condition.
Futures marketA sales opportunity for future delivery of common which may be bought and sold . This is an insurance against price fluctuation avoids risks.

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