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Glossary of Shipping Terms


JIT – Abbreviation for "Just In Time." In this method of inventory control, warehousing is minimal or non-existent; the container is the movable warehouse and must arrive "just in time;" not too early nor too late.

Jacket – A wood or fiber cover placed around such containers as cans and bottles.

Jacob's Ladder – A rope ladder suspended from the side of a vessel and used for boarding.

Jettison – Act of throwing cargo or equipment (jetsam) overboard when a ship is in danger.

Joint Rate – A rate applicable from a point on one transportation line to a point on another line, made by agreement and published in a single tariff by all transportation lines over which the rate applies.