GLOSSARY

General Cargo

General Cargo is the goods that can be transported individually in one piece. This can be a pallet or a package, a barrel or a box. If these units are collected from different shippers and combined into larger units, they are generally referred to as groupage freight. Liquid cargo such as gas, milk or petrol, on the other hand, is not referred to as general cargo – nor are gravel, sand or other bulk goods. A further distinction is made between packages – the smallest unit of a consignment – and pieces – several packages that are sent together as one consignment unit.

What is General Cargo?

General Cargo is the goods that can be transported individually in one piece. This can be a pallet or a package, a barrel or a box. If these units are collected from different shippers and combined into larger units, they are generally referred to as groupage freight. Liquid cargo such as gas, milk or petrol, on the other hand, is not referred to as general cargo – nor are gravel, sand or other bulk goods. A further distinction is made between packages – the smallest unit of a consignment – and pieces – several packages that are sent together as one consignment unit.

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Key takeaways:

How the boundary to the package can be drawn has not yet been conclusively regulated. The maximum weight of a parcel is usually assumed to be 50 kilograms. Anything weighing more than this should be transported by a specialised general cargo shipper.

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The main difference between bulk and general cargo:

The two main categories are general and bulk cargo. General cargo is unitized (carried in defined load units), while bulk cargo is loose (carried in any quantity).

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