Glossary C

Cargo  

The freight carried by a vehicle

Carrier

An individual, partnership or corporation engaged in the business of transporting goods or persons.

Cartage

Hauling between locations in the same metropolitan area

Claim

a demand made upon a transportation line for payment on account of loss or damage alleged to have occurred while shipment was in possession of carrier, or a demand upon a transportation company for refund of an overcharge

Claimant

Person or company filing a claim

Class Rate

A rate (usually stated on a per hundred weight basis) that will apply on all commodities as assigned a rating by the classification.

Class Tariff

A published schedule of rates that contains only class rates.

Classification

A publication assigning ratings to commodities for freight movement.

Classification Rating

The result of a rating provided by the classification; the rating will be stated as a percentage to the first class (class 100) rating.

Cofc

Container on flat car.

Common Carrier

A transportation business that offers service to the general public licensed by the Federal Highway Administration.

Concealed Damage

A damage to the contents of a package that is apparently in good condition externally.

Concealed Loss

Loss that cannot be determined until the package is opened.

Connecting Carrier

A carrier that has a direct physical connection with another for interchange of cargo.

Consign

To send or address goods to another.

Consignee  

The receiver of shipments.

Consignee Marks

Identification symbols placed on packages.  They usually are a square, triangle, diamond, circle or cross with letters and/or numbers.  They generally are used for export.

Consignment

A shipment.

Consignor

The shipper of articles

Consolidation 

Combining LTL shipments to make a volume shipment to obtain lower freight cost.

Container

Anything in which articles are packed, or a truck or trailer body provided with means for ready removal from and attachment to a vehicle

Contract Carrier

A company that engages in for-hire transportation of property under individual contract or agreement with one or a limited number of shippers.

Convenience Interline

When a motor carrier elects to interline a shipment with another carrier for their own convenience.