Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


Pre-Carriage means any inland movement BEFORE the container is delivered to the port/terminal.

What is Pre-Carriage?

"Pre-Carriage" is a term used in shipping to refer to the inland transportation of goods from the shipper's premises to the port of departure. It is the first leg of the journey and is typically arranged by the shipper or their agent. Pre-carriage can be done by various modes of transport such as truck, train, or barge, depending on the location of the shipper and the port. The cost and responsibility for pre-carriage may be borne by either the shipper or the consignee, depending on the terms of the sales contract.