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Container Number - logistics

The unique identification number of an individ¬ual shipping container consisting of a four-letter owner’s code, a six-digit container serial number and a check digit. For example, in the container number ABCD-123456-7, ABCD is the container prefix (owner’s code), 123456 is the serial number, and 7 is the check digit.


Container on Flat Car – shipping / rail shipping

A shipping container without chassis, bogies or wheels that is transported on a rail flat car.


Container Part Load - shipping

A shipment of cargo that in either volume or weight is not sufficient to fill any one of many standard containers.


Container Platform - logistics

A flat rigid container floor without side or end walls, usually 20 or 40 feet in length, fitted with devices permitting ready handling and used for intermodal opera¬tions.


Container Prefix - logistics

A four-letter code that identifies the owner of a container and is the prefix of a container number. For ex¬ample, in the container number ABCD-123456-7, ABCD is the container prefix (owner’s code), 123456 is the serial number, and 7 is the check digit.


Container Security Initiative = CSI - U.S. Customs

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiative that serves to protect the global trading system and the trade lanes between CSI ports and the U.S. Under the CSI program, a team of CBP officers is deployed to work with host nation counterparts to identify and examine all U.S.-bound containers that pose a potential threat for ter¬rorism before they are shipped to the United States. The con¬cept is to prevent terrorist threats from being carried out and to make U.S. borders the last line of defense, not the first. The CSI is founded on four core elements:

(1) Using intelligence and automated information to identify and target containers that pose a risk for terrorism

(2) Pre-screening those containers that pose a risk at the port of departure before they arrive at U.S. ports

(3) Using detection technology to quickly pre-screen containers that pose a risk

(4) Using smarter, tamper-evident containers


Container Serial Number – logistics

A unique six-digit number that identifies a con¬tainer owner’s specific container. Forms the second part of a complete container number. For example, in the con¬tainer number ABCD-123456-7, ABCD is the container prefix (owner’s code), 123456 is the serial number and 7 is the check digit.


Container Ship - shipping

An ocean going or inland waterway vessel de¬signed to carry standardized shipping containers. A large container ship can accommodate as many as eight layers of containers stacked in wells in its hold and as many as four layers on deck


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