American National Standards Institute

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American National Standards Institute - ANSI

An organization that develops and publishes a set of vol¬untary product standards called the American National Standards. In addition to product standards, ANSI pub¬lishes a guide to unit-load and transportation package sizes for containers. ANSI is also an influential member of the ISO (International Standards Organization). American National Standards Institute; 25 West 43rd Street; New York, NY 10036 USA; Tel: [1] (212) 642-4900; Fax: [1] (212) 398-0023 - International Standards Organization

American Option - banking / foreign exchange related

A foreign exchange option containing a provision to the effect that it can be exercised at any time between the date of writing and the expiration date - European option

American Traders Index = ATI

A compilation of individual U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) domestic client files, for use by over¬seas posts to generate mailing lists - United States and Foreign Commercial Service

Americas Counter Smuggling Initiative = ACSI - United States

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program established in 1998 to build upon the suc¬cess of the Carrier Initiative Program (CIP) and the Busi¬ness Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC) by strengthening and expanding anti-narcotics and anti-terrorism security programs with industry and government. ACSI is made up of teams of CBP inspectors and agents detailed to assist businesses in developing security programs and initiatives that safeguard legitimate shipments from being used as vehicles for drug smuggling or terrorist actions. The target countries are the same as those where BASC chapters ex¬ist. The ACSI teams travel to each target country approxi¬mately four times a year to provide hands-on training and site surveys to BASC members in the trade industry. For information about the CBP Industry Partnership Pro¬grams

Amidships – shipping related

At or in the middle of a vessel…..Because a ship’s movement is less in the middle of the vessel, shippers will sometimes specify that fragile freight be placed amid¬ships

Amortization – banking related

(a) The gradual extinguishment of any amount over a period of time (e.g., the retirement of a debt)

(b) A reduction of the book value of a fixed asset

Analysis Certificate

certificate of analysis

Andean Group

An alliance of Latin American countries formed in 1969 to promote regional economic integration among medium¬sized countries. Members include Bolivia, Colombia, Ec¬uador, Peru and Venezuela. Contact : Andean Group - Avenida Paseo de la Republica 3895 - Casilla Postal 18- 1177 - Lima 27, Peru - Tel : [511] 411-1400 : Fax - [511] 221- 3329

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