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Abbreviations of International Trade Terms

Listed here are most acronyms / abbreviations used in International Trade, and what they stand for. These trade terms are used in import, export, shipping and other documents in international business.

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Acronym Full Form
A/C Account
A/O Account Of
AAA Association of Average Adjusters
ADR EU agreement for international carriage of dangerous goods by road
AF Advance Freight (such as prior to shipment)
AMT Air Mail Transfer
AN Advice Note
ANF Arrival Notification Form
AP Additional Premium
ARAMCO Arabian American Oil Company
ASEAN Association of South East Asia Nations
ASSP Any Safe Suitable Port
ASWP Any Safe World Port
ATA Admission Temporaire - Temporary Admission
ATP Accorde Transports Perissable (european agreement on the international carriage of foodstuffs)
ATR Admission Temporaire Roulette - Temporary Admission on Wheels
AV freight rate based on value of goods shipped
AWB Air Way Bill
B/D Banker's Draft
B/E Bill of Exchange
B/L Bill of Lading
B/S Bill of Sale
BAF Bunkerage Adjustment Factor on shipping rates
BB Bill Book
BCL Bank Capability (or Comfort) Letter
BD Bond
BDI Both Days Inclusive
BF Back Freight for goods being returned to point of origin
BKG Breakage
BKGE Brokerage
BL Bulk Licence to cover a trading period, or value
BLCO Bonny Light Crude Oil
BLR Bank Letter of Readiness
BOND guarantee to customs for payment of duty or tax
BP Bills Payable
BR Bills Received
BS Bill of Sight used for Customs declaration when the importer is unable to furnish all documents




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