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EDI For Administration, Commerce and Transport
  Abbreviation: UN/EDIFACT

The ISO application level syntax rules for the structuring of user data and of the associated service data in the interchange of messages in an open environment.

arrow Electronic Data Interchange

Abbreviation: EDI


The transfer of structured data, by agreed standards from applications on the computer of one party to the applications on the computer of another party by electronic means.

arrow Electronic Data Processing

Abbreviation: EDP


The computerised handling of information (e.g. business data).

arrow Embargo

A government order prohibiting the entry or departure of commercial vessels or goods at its ports


The refusal by a carrier, for a limited period, to accept for transport over any route or segment thereof, and to or from any area or point, of a connecting carrier, any commodity, type of class of cargo duly tendered (air cargo)

arrow Emergency Medical Service

Abbreviation: EMS


Medical procedures in case of emergencies on board of vessels.

arrow Endorsement

The transfer of the right to obtain delivery of the goods of the carrier by means of the consignee's signature on the reverse side of a bill of lading. If the name of the new consignee (transferee) is not stated, the endorsement is an open one which means that every holder of the document is entitled to obtain delivery of the goods.

arrow Equipment Interchange Receipt

Abbreviation: EIR


Physical inspection and transfer receipt.

arrow Estimated Time of Arrival

Abbreviation: ETA


The expected date and time of arrival in a certain (air)port.

arrow Estimated Time of Departure

Abbreviation: ETD


The expected date and time when a certain (air)port is left.

arrow Ex Works (...named place)

Abbreviation: EXW

arrow Export

The process of carrying or sending goods to another country or countries, especially for purposes of use or sale in the country of destination. The sale of products to clients abroad.

arrow Export Licence

Document granting permission to export as detailed within a specified time.

arrow Exporter

The party responsible for the export of goods.

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