Signal Meaning
AAA American Arbitration Association
AAEI American Association of Exporters
A/C Account Current
ACEP  Advisory Committee on Export Policy
ACS Automated Commercial System
ACTPN Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations
ADS  Agent Distributor service
AECA Arms Export Control Act
AEV Articles of Extraordinary Value
AFT Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
AGX Agriculture Export Connections
AIES Automated Information Exchange System
AMF Airport Mail Facility
AMS Automated Manifest System
APEC Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
APHIS Administrative Protective Order
APO Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ATP Advanced Technology Products
A.V. or Ad Val Ad Valorem
BAF Bunker Adjustment Factor
BATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
Bbl Barrel
B/D Bank Draft
BDL Bundle
B/E Bill of Exchange
B/L Bill of Lading
Bls Bales
BOP Balance of Payments
BOT Balance of Trade
B/R Bills Receivable
BSA Bilateral steel Agreement
BXA Bureau of Export administration
C.A.F. Currency Adjustment Factor
Cbm/C.B.M. Cubic Meter
CET Common External Tariff
C&f Cost and Freight
CFS Container Freight Station
Cft or CuFt Cubic Foot (Feet)
CG Consul General, Consulate General
C.I. Cost and insurance
C.I.F. & C. Cost, insurance, freight, and commission
C.I.F. I&E Cost, insurance, freight, interest and exchange
CIF Cost, Insurance and freight
CIMS Commercial Information Management System
CIP Carriage and Insurance Paid To / Commodity Improt Program
CIT Court of International Trade
CITA Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
C.K.D. Completely Knocked Down
C.L. (Shipping) Carload
C.M. Cubic Meter (Capital Letters)
C.O.D. Collect (Cash) on delivery
C.O.F.C. Container on flatcar
COGSA Carriage of Goods by Sea Act
COP Cost of Production
CPT Carriage Paid To
C.S.C. Container service Charge
CSS Cargo Selectivity System
Ctr Container
Cu. (measure) Cubic
C.Y. Container Yard
D/A Documents Against Acceptance
DAF Delivered at Frontier
D/D Delivered
DDP Delivered Duty Paid
DDU Delivered Duty Unpaid
DEQ Delivered Ex Quay
DES Delivered Ex Ship
DL Distribution Licence
D/O Delivery Order
D/P Documents Against Payment
Ea or ea. each
EAA Export Administration Act
EAR Export Administration Regulations
EC European Community
ECCN Export Control Classification Number, formerly: Export commodity Clasification Number
ECU European Currency Unit
EDIFACT Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transportation
EEA European Economic Area
EEC European Economic Community
EFTA European free Trade Association
E&OE Errors and Omissions Excepted
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETD Estimated Time of Departure
EXW Ex Works
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
F.A.K. Freight all Kinds

Free Alongside Ship

FBT Flatbed Trailer
FCA Free Carrier
F.C. &s. Free of Capture and seizure warranty
FDA Food and Drug administration
FEU Forty Foot Equivalent Units
FI Free In
FIO Free In and Out
F.I.O.S. Free in, Out and Stow
F.M.C. or FMC Federal Maritime Commission
FO Free Out
FOB Free On Board
FOR/FOT Free on rail / Free on Truck
FPA Free of Particular Average
FR Flat Rack
FTC Federal Trade Commission
FIO Freign Trade Organization
F/X Foreign Exchange
G/A General Average
GATT General Agreement on Traiffs and Trade
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GNP Gross National product
G.R.I. General Rate Increase
HAWB House Air Waybill
H/H House to House
H/P House to Pier
HS Harmonized System
HTS Harmonized Tariff schedule
HTSUS Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S.
IATA International air Transport Association
IMF International Monetary Fund
IMO International Maritime Organization
IN. Inch
INC. Incorporated
IPI Inland Point Intermodal
ISC Intermodal sercvice Charge
ISO Internation Standards Orgainzation
JEIC Japan Export Information Center
JICA Japan International Cooperation Agency
K.D. Knocked Down
K.D.F. Knocked Down Flat
KGS or Kilo (s) Kilogram(s)
L/C Letter of Credit
LCL, L.C.L. Less Than Container Load
L.O.A. Length overall
LOI Letter of Indemnity
L.S. Lump sum
L.T. Long Ton ( 2240 pounds)
Ltd. Limited
Ltda. Limitada
Ltee Limitee
L.T.L Less than Truckload
M Measurement
MAX Maximum
MBF or MBM One Thousand Board feet
MFN Most Favored National Treatment
MFT Per Thousand Feet
MIN Minimum
MLB Mini-Land Bridge
M.O. Money Order
MOFTEC Ministry fo Foreign Economic Trade and Economic Cooperation
MOFERT Ministry of Foreign economic Relations and Trade
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MT Marine Terminal
MTN Multilateral Trade Negotiations
MTO Multilateral Trade Organization
N/A Not Applicable
NAFTA North Americal Free Trade
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
N.B. Note below
N.E.S. Not Elsewhere Specified
NIPA National Income and Product Accounts
NO Number
N.O.S. Not Otherwise Specified
NT Net Ton
N.V. Naamloze Vennotschap
NVOCC Nov-Vessel Operating Common Carrier
O.B.L. (Shipping) Ocean Bill of Lading
O/C Overcharge
OCP Overland common Point
O.D. Overside Diameter
O/S Out of Stock
OT Oper Top
O/T Overtime
Oy Osakeyhtiot
P/A Power of Attorney
PCS Piece of Pieces
P/H Pier to House
Pkg or Pkgs Package(s)
P&L Profit and Loss
PLC Pre-License Check
P/N Promissory Note
PP Purchase price
P.P. Prepaid (Freight must be Prepaid)
P/P Pier to Pier
PSV Post-Shipment Vwertification
Pte.Ltd. Private Limited
PT/PC Per Trailer / per Container Proprietary Limited
PU&D Pick Up and Delivery
QRs Quantitative Restrictions
R&D Research and Development
RIPI Reverse Inland point Intermodal
R.R. Railroad
S.A. Sociedad anonima / Societe Anonyme
SDRs Speical Drawing Rights
SDU Special Drawing Unit
S.G.L. Societa a Garanzia Limitata
SLI Shipper's Letter of Instruction
S.N.C. Societe on Nom Collectif
SOD Shipped on Deck
S.p.A. Societa per Azioni
S.P.R.L. Societa de Personnes a Responsabilite Limitee
S.Q. Sociedad por Quota
S.R. & C.C. Strikes, Riots and Civil Commotion Warranty (all risk Insurance)
S.R.L. Societa a Responsabilita Limitada / Societe a Responsabilite Limitee
S.T.C. Said to contain
Ste. Societe
T or Ton Ton of 2240 lbs
TACM Transit air Cargo manifest
TEU (Shipping) Twenty foot equivalent unit. A Forty foot container is equal to two (2) Teus
T.L. (Shipping) Truckload
TM Trademark
T.O.F.C. Trailer (On Wheels) Flat Car
UBO Ultimate Beneficial Owner
UCP Uniform Customs and Practices
UN United Nations
VAT Value-Added Tax
Viz Namely
VP Vice President
W Ton of 1000 kilos
WA With Average
WB Waybill
WTO World Tourism Organization / World Trade Orgainization