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Acronyms

The following acronyms are part of the foreign trade parlance.

A

AAR — Association of American Railroads
ABI — Automated Broker Interface
ABS — American Bureau of Shipping
ACEP — Advisory Committee on Export Policy (USA)
ACDA — Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (USA)
AEO — Authorized Economic Operator (Int'l)
AG — Australia Group
ALADI — Spanish acronym for Latin American Integration Association (LAIA)
AMF — Airport Mail Facility
ASEAN — Agreement of Southeast Asian Nations
AT — Anti-Terrorism
ATA — Air Transport Association
ATFI — Automated Tariff Filing Information System
ATP — Advanced Technology Products
AWB — Air Waybill

B

BAF — Bunker Adjustment Factor
BB — Breakbulk
BBLS — Barrels
BDLS — Bundles
BEET — Business Executive's Enforcement Team (USA)
BIS — Bureau of Industry and Security (USA)
BOL — Bill of Lading

C

CAF — Currency Adjustment Factor
CAPSTAN — Computer Aided Planned Stowage and Networking System
CARAT — Cargo Agents Reservation Air Waybill Issuance and Tracking
CARBN — Caribbean Common Market Commercial Invoice
CB, CBW or CW — Chemical and Biological Weapons
CBD — Cash Before Delivery
CC — Crime Control
CCATS — Commodity Classification Automated Tracking System
CCC — Commodity Classification Automated Tracking
CCCN — Customs Cooperation Council Nomenclature
CCI — Canadian Commercial Invoice
CCL Commerce Control List
CCOO — Canadian Certificate Of Origin
CCS — Cargo Community System
CED — Canadian Export Declaration
CFR — Code of Federal Regulations (USA)
CFS — Container Freight Station
CI — Commercial Invoice
CIB — Commercial Invoice Billing
CIF — Cost, Insurance and Freight
CIP — Carriage and Insurance Paid
CIS — Commercial Invoice Shipping
CIT — Court of International Trade
CJ — Commodity Jurisdiction
CL or C/L — Carload
COD — Cash on Delivery
COFC — Container on Flat Car
COGSA — Carriage of Goods by Sea Act
COINV — Covering Invoice
CL — Container Load
COO — Certificate of Origin
COO — Country of Origin
C & F — Cost and Freight
C & I — Cost and Insurance
CPOA — Customs Power of Attorney
CTP — Composite Theoretical Performance
CVD — Counterveiling Duties
CWC — Chemical Weapons Convention
CY — Container Yard

D

DCS — Destination Control Statement
DDP — Deliver Duty Paid
DDU — Deliver Duty Unpaid
DEL — Demand Export License
DEQ — Delivered Ex Quay
DES — Delivered Ex Ship
DISA — Data Interchange Standards Association
DOA — Department of Agriculture (USA)
DOC — Department of Commerce (USA)
DOD — Department of Defense (USA)
DOE — Department of Energy (USA)
DOI — Department of Interior (USA)
DOL — Department of Labor (USA)
DOS — Department of State (USA)
DOT — Department of Transportation (USA)
DPL — Denied Parties List (USA)
DRP — Diversion Risk Proliferation
DTC — Office of Defense Trade Control (USA)
DTSA — Defense Technology Security Administration (USA)
DWT — Dead Weight Tonnage

E

EAA — Export Administration Act (USA)
EAB — Export Administration Bulletin (USA)
EAR — Export Administration Regulations (USA)
EARB — Export Administration Review Board (USA)
ECASS — Export Control Automated Support System
ECN — Export Control Number
ECCN — Export Control Classification Number (USA)
ECD — Export Counseling Division (USA)
EDI — Electronic Data Interchange
EE — Export Enforcement
EFTA — European Free Trade Agreement
EI — Encryption Items
EIN — Employer Identification Number (USA)
EMS — Export Management Systems
EPCI — Enhanced Proliferation Control Initiative
ERIC — Electronic Request for Item Classification
ESS — Export Seminar Staff (USA)
ETA — Estimated Time of Arrival
ETC — Export Trading Company
ETD — Estimated Time of Departure
ETS — Estimated Time of Sailing
EU — European Union
EX DEC — Export Declaration
EXW — Ex Work

F

FA — Free Alongside
FAF — Fuel Adjustment Factor
FAK — Freight of All Kinds
FAS — Free Alongside Ship
FC — Firearms Convention
FCA — Free Carrier
FCL — Full Container Load
FCPA — Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (USA)
FEU — Forty Equivalent Units
FIFO — First In, First Out
FIO — Free In Out
FIOS — Free In Out and Stow
FMC — Federal Maritime Commission (USA)
FMS — Foreign Military Sales
FMV — Foreign Market Value
FO — Free Out
FOB — Free On Board
FOB FACTORY — Free On Board Factory
FOT — Free On Truck
FPG — Foreign Parent Group
FSN — Foreign Service National
FTA — Free Trade Agreement
FTA — Free Trade Area
FTO — Foreign Trade Organization
FTSR — Foreign Trade Statistics Regulation
FTZA — Foreign Trade Zone Act

G

GA — General Average
GATT — General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GL — General License
GPO — Government Printing Office (USA)
GRI — General Rules of Interpretation
GSP — Generalized System of Preferences
GTDI — Guidelines for Trade Data Interchang

H

H/H — House-To-House
H/P — House-To-Pier
HHD — Hogshead
HPC — High Performance Computer
HS — Harmonized Schedule
HWA — Hold Without Action

I

IATA — International Air Transport Association
ICN — IATA Code Number
IC — Import Certificate
ICC — Interstate Commerce Commission (USA)
IEEPA — International Emergency Economic Powers Act
IFTA — Israel Free Trade Agreement
ILA — International Longshoremens Association
IMCO — Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization
IMDG — International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
INCOTERMS — International Commercial Terms
IPI — Interior Points Intermodal
ISO — International Standards Organization
ITD — Intent to Den

J

JIT — Just in Time
JOC — Journal of Commerce (USA)

K

KD — Knocked Down

L

L & D — Loss and Damage Claim
LAIA Latin American Integration Association
LASH — Lighter Aboard Ship
LCL — Less Than Container Load
LDC — Less Developed Country
LE — License Exemption
LIFO — Last In, First Out
LO/LO — Lift On/Lift Off
LOC — Letter of Credit
LTL — Less Than Truck Load

M

MARC — Missile Annex Review Committee
MCI — Mexican Commercial Invoice
MFN — Most Favored Nation
MIDCL — MI Bank Direct Collection Letter
MKS — Marks and Numbers
MRO — Material Release Order
MRP — Manufacturing Resources Planning
MSC — Military Sea Lift
MT — Missile Technology
MTAG — Missile Technology Advisory Group (USA)
MTCR — Missile Technology Control Regime (USA)
MTEC — Missile Technology Export Control Group (USA)

N

NAFTA — North American Free Trade Agreement
NCBFAA — National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Assn. (USA)
NCOO — NAFTA Cerificate of Origin
NES — Not Elsewhere Specified
NLR — No License Required (USA)
NMT — Office of Nuclear and Missile Technology Control (USA)
NO., NOS. — Number, Numbers
NOIBN — Not Otherwise Indicated By Name
NOS — Not Otherwise Specified
NPTC — Office of Non-Proliferation Controls and Treaty Compliance (USA)
NRC — Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USA)
NSD — National Security Directives
NSG — Nuclear Supplies Group
NVOCC — Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier

O

OAC — Office of Anti-Boycott Compliance
OBL — Ocean Bill of Lading
OC — Operating Committee
OEA — Office of Enforcement Analysis (USA)
OEE — Office of Export Enforcement (USA)
OEM — Original Equipment Manufacturer
OEXS — Office of Exporter Services (USA)
OFAC — Office of Foreign Assets Control (USA)
OS & D — Over, Short and Damaged

P

P/H — Pier to House
P/P — Pier to Pier
PECSEA — President's Export Council Subcommittee on Exports (USA)
PECSENC — President's Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption (USA)
PL — Packing List
PO — Purchase Order
PRC — People's Republic of China

Q

R

RO/RO — Roll On, Roll Off
ROK — Republic of Korea
RS — Regional Stability
RVC — Regional Value Content
RWA — Return Without Action

S

SADC — South African Development Community
SCL — Special Comprehensive License
SDN — Specially Designated National
SDT — Specially Designated Terrorist
SED — Shipper's Export Declaration
SFSC — Shared Foreign Sales Corporation
SI — Significant Items
SIC — Standard Industrial Classification
SIES — Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (USA)
SITA — Society International de Telecommunications Aeronautique
SITC — Standard International Trade Classification
SL & C — Shipper's Load and Count
SLCD — Special Licensing and Compliance Division
SLI — Shippers Letter of Instruction
SNEC — Sub-Group on Nuclear Export Coordination
SQL — Structured Query Language
STELA — System for Tracking Export License Applications
STFPC — Office of Strategic Trade and Foreign Policy Controls (USA)

T

TAC — Technical Advisory Committee
TEU — Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit
TCP — Transmission Control Protocol
TCP/IP — Transmission Control Protocol over Internet Protocol
TDCC — Transportation Data Coordinating Committee (USA)
TEU — Twenty Equivalent Units
TDO — Temporary Denial Order
TIB — Temporary Importation Under Bond
T.I.R. CARNET — Transit International Router Carnet
TIR — Trailer Interchange Report
TOFC — Trailer On Flat Car
TPC — Trade Policy Committee
TS — Tariff Shift
TVA — Time Volume Agreement

U

UCC — Uniform Commercial Code (USA)
UNCTAD — United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UOM — Unit of Measure
UF&FCS — United States and Foreign Commercial Service (USA)
USCOO — United States Certificate of Origin
USITC — United States International Trade Commission

V

VAN — Value Added Network
VAT — Value Added Tax
VRA — Voluntary Restraint Agreements

W

W/M — Weight or Measurement
WA — Wassenaar Arrangement (USA)
WRO — Western Regional Office
WTO — World Trade Organization

 

DDTC General Acronyms

AECA

Arms Export Control Act

AG

Agreement

ASR

Annual Sales Report

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CN

Congressional Notification

DDTC

Directorate of Defense Trade Control

DoD

Department of Defense

DoS

Department of State

DN

Dual National

DSCA

Defense Security Cooperation Agency

DSS

Defense Security Service

DTAG

Defense Trade Advisory Group

DTCC

Defense Trade Control Compliance

DTCL

Defense Trade Control Licensing

DTCP

Defense Trade Control Policy

DTSA

Defense Technology Security Administration

EO

Empowered Official

EU

European Union

FMS

Foreign Military Sales

GC

General Correspondence

ITAR

International Traffic In Arms Regulations

LO

Licensing Officer

MDE

Major Defense Equipment

MLA

Manufacturing License Agreement

MTEC

Missile Technology Export Committee

MTCR

Missile Technology Control Regime

NASA

National Aeronautical and Space Administration

NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NDA

Non-Disclosure Agreement

NISPOM

National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual

NSA

National Security Agency

OEF

Operation Enduring Freedom

OND

Operation New Dawn (formerly Operation Iraqi Freedom)

RWA

Return Without Action

R&R

Repair and Replacement

SME

Significant Military Equipment

TAA

Technical Assistance Agreement

TCP

Technology Control Plan

TCN

Third-Country National

TTCP

Technology Transfer Control Plan

USG

United States Government

USML

United States Munitions List

WDA

Warehouse and Distribution Agreement