Glossary

What does LT stand for? What does on-carriage mean? What's a time charter?

Shipping jargon and terminology can be confusing. In this section, we explain the meaning of the most commonly used international shipping terms.

If you still need a specific shipping term explained in detail, simply contact your nearest Safmarine office – we’re happy to help.

Q
Quality control
The systematic planning, measuring and control of people, materials, metrology and machines, with the objective of producing a product that satisfies the quality and profitability requirements of a business.
Quay
A structure built along a shore, and often projecting into the water, at which boats can be docked and loaded or unloaded; also known as a pier or wharf.
Quick response
A consumer-driven system of replenishment in which products and information flow through a paperless (EDI) system between all distribution points from the manufacturing line to the retail checkout counter. Distributors, carriers and suppliers act as trading partners and focus on improving the total supply system.
Quitclaim
A legal instrument used to release one person's right, title or interest to another without providing a guarantee or warranty of title.