Dictionary of Shipping, Fifth Edition - International Business Trade Terms and Abbreviations

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A dictionary with over 18,000 entries, covering all aspects of international shipping.

The dictionary is a reference guide to all aspects of shipping and international trade terms and abbreviations. It contains entries relating to international business, marketing, banking, seaports, airfreight, documentation, shipping, multimodalism, electronic data interchange, marine insurance and tourism.

Now in its 5th edition, it has been updated with 4,000 new entries, taking the total number of definitions provided to over 18,000.

It includes appendices on:

  • Exportmaster consignment flowchart
  • exportmaster operations flow chart
  • exportmaster sales process and shipping process flowcharts
  • major ports and their location
  • currencies and conversions of weights and measures
  • IMO Dangerous Goods labels.

Preface to the Fifth Edition


Dictionary of Shipping/International Trade Terms and Abbreviations

Appendix A:

Progressing Export Consignment - Flow Charts, Diagrams A and B

Export Process Improvements Cycle Diagram C

Export Master Sales Process and Shipping Process Flow Chart Diagram D

Appendix B:

Major Ports of the World and Their Location

Appendix C:

(i) World Currencies

(ii) Euro Based Currency Countries

Appendix D:

Conversion of Weights and Measures

Appendix E:

IMO Dangerous Goods Labels

Appendix F:

Further Recommended Reading


Witherbys titles are developed using scripts developed by technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to improve understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by Industry.

Witherbys staff have significant expertise in the fields of navigation and hazardous cargoes as well as in the presentation of complex subjects in a graphic and easy to understand manner.

Professor Alan E. Branch

Alan Branch was an international business and shipping consultant, an author of several books on these subject and an examiner in shipping, export practice and international marketing. He also held a number of visiting lecturer positions, including at Plymouth University, London City College and the Rennes International School of Business, France.

David Branch

David Branch is an international business consultant.

Number of Pages:
Published Date:
January 2004
Binding Format:
Book Height:
285 mm
Book Width:
170 mm
1 kg

David Branch