Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Welcome to Trade Terms Tuesday! Each Tuesday, we will share three trade-related terms. In order to reach out to our diverse readership, we will try to provide one for exports, one for imports, and one for logistics/transportation. This week, we continue with the R’s.

A refrigerated container or reefer is a shipping container used to transport temperature sensitive cargo. The reefer has an integral refrigeration that uses an external power source; however, when transported over the road, they can be powered from diesel powered generators.

Remote Location Filing
Remote Location Filing (RLF) is a program that allows approved customs brokers and importers to file electronic entry data for clearance of imported cargo from a location other than where the goods will arrive. For example, a broker located in New Orleans can file an entry for merchandise located in Charlotte. North Carolina.

RLF allows customs brokers with a national permit to serve several port locations without the cost of maintaining multiple offices. Approved importers and brokers transmit electronic entry data via the Automated Broker Interface, also called ABI, to designated RLF ports. Currently, only Entry Types 01 and 11 are allowed to be processed by RLF.

Returned Without Action
For export control purposes, the returned without action (RWA) means that a license application is returned when the application is incomplete, additional information is required, or the product is eligible for a General License.

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