Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


Cabotage is the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country by a transport operator from another country.

What is Cabotage?

Cabotage is the trade or transport in coastal waters or between two ports/points within a country especially by parties other than domestic carriers. It originally applied to shipping along coastal routes, port to port, but now applies to aviation, railways, and road transport as well. Many countries, such as the USA, have laws requiring domestic-owned vessels to perform domestic interport water transportation services.