Meaning of Port of Discharge, ETA and CMR

Exporting and Importing can often be an extremely complicated and mundane process as there are so many rules, regulations as well as countless  number of procedures to adhere to. This, many a times, may require to prepare and submit documents for import and export. Usually, freight forwarders would prepare it  for us, but it is also good to know for ourselves as to how to complete the relevant documents by understanding what the terms mean.

As such, in our new article series titled “Export Terms”, we would  introduce you to all the various terms used in the international trade, be it through air, land or sea freight. We would roll out one related article on a regular basis, which would help you to get a comprehensive understanding as to the document and logistics preparation for the purpose of doing trade internationally.

What is  the meaning of Port of Discharge, ETA and CMR? In this article, we would be exploring the meaning behind each of these terms.

What is the meaning of Port of Discharge?

A Port of Discharge is referred to as the place where the load of a shipping vessel or aircraft is unloaded. This is different from a port of destination as the port of discharge is merely used to remove the load that it is on board the vessel. The Port of Discharge can also be referred to as the Port of Unloading

What is the meaning of Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)?

In the previous article, we covered the meaning behind Estimated Time of Departure (ETD), which you could read all about  over here. An estimated time of arrival is also known as an ETA. This describes the time that the goods in a shipping vessel or aircraft would arrive in the named port of destination.

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Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) refers to the time when the shipping vessel or aircraft arrives with the goods at the named port of destination

What is the meaning of CMR?

A CMR is a standardised document that is utlised for cargo transport that goes to different countries and territories in the European Union. It can be used for cargo that is on the road, which is based on the United Nations (UN) recommendations for standardised international rules. The term CMR is actually a short form for the French term, “Convention relative au contrat de transport international de Marchandises par route”. This is the convention that governs the application as well as its definition.

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