- When descriptive generic headings are used, "Nickel Group" as shown in the NMFC for example, it is understood to include all qualifying statements and notes referred to in the descriptive generic heading.
- The term "bill of lading" will also include and mean "shipping order" or "shipping label".
- The following definitions and explanation of terms will apply:
Agent – Person authorized to act on another’s behalf.
Absolute Minimum Charge (AMC) - The minimum charge after application of all pricing terms.
Any Quantity Or AQ - Any quantity of the same commodity or commodities less than the lowest of other stated minimum weights covered by the applicable class or commodity rates.
Assembler - Carrier
Assembly - The consolidation of small shipments into a composite truckload or other unit of volume for a freight consolidator.
Broker – A person other than a motor carrier or employee or agent of a motor carrier that as a principal or agent sells, offers for sale, negotiates for, or holds itself out by solicitation, advertisement or otherwise as selling, providing, or arranging for, transportation by motor carrier for compensation. 49 U.S.C. § 13102(2). Also a company that arranges for the truck transportation of cargo belonging to others, utilizing for-hire carriers to provide the actual truck transportation. However, the Broker does not assume responsibility for the cargo and usually does not take possession of the cargo. Brokers must register with the FMCSA by filing a Form OP-1. A broker can operate as an independent contractor, or could be an agent of the shipper or an agent of the carrier.
Business Days - Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
Business Hours - 8:00 AM to 5:00PM, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays except that the Consignee may designate its business hours to be other than 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM provided that such designation is made in writing in advance of delivery and that such designated hours include at least six hours all of which are between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Carrier - FedEx Freight, Inc.
Carrier's Equipment - Any motor truck or other self-propelled highway vehicle, trailer, semi trailer or any combination of such highway vehicles, operated by Carrier.
COD - Collect on Delivery
Component Part - Any part of a shipment separately received by Carrier whether or not such part is separately delivered by carrier; and any part of a shipment separately delivered by Carrier whether or not such part is separately received by Carrier.
Consignee - The person, firm or corporation shown on the bill of lading as the party to whom the property is physically delivered by Carrier.
Consignor - The person, firm or corporation shown on the bill of lading as the shipper of the property received by Carrier for transportation.
Consolidation - The combining of two or more LTL shipments at one point into a composite truckload or other unit of volume for transportation to another point.
Constructive Placement - The holding of a vehicle at a place other than the designated loading or unloading site due to the inability of Consignor or Consignee to accept the vehicle for actual placement after its tender.
Container Freight Station (CFS) - Locations where cargo or shipments may be loaded into a container, or locations where cargo or shipments may be unloaded from a container.
CPM – Rate in cents per mile per vehicle used, maximum weight 45,000 pounds per vehicle.
CPMP – Rate in cents per mile “doubles trailer” used, maximum weight 22,000 pounds per “doubles trailer”.
CPMS – Rate in per mile per set of two “doubles trailers” used, maximum weight 44,000 pounds per set.
CPMT – Rate in cents per mile per vehicle used, maximum weight 45,000 pounds per vehicle.
CWT – Rate in cents per 100 pounds.
DPP – Dollars per “doubles trailer” used, maximum weight 22,000 pounds per “doubles trailer”, subject to shipper load consignee unload.
DPS – Dollars per set of two “doubles trailers” used maximum weight 44,000 pounds per set, subject to shipper load consignee unload.
DPT – Dollars per vehicle used, maximum weight 45,000 pounds per vehicle.
Debtor - The person obligated to pay the optional and additional service fees and charges or freight charges to carrier, whether Consignor, Consignee, or other party.
Dimensional Weight – Rating provisions which require the calculation of a dimensional weight for rating purposes will be computed at the actual cube multiplied by the dimensional weight factor provided within the customer’s pricing agreement.
Distribution - The segregation and delivery of property from a composite truckload or other unit of volume.
DMWT – Dimensional weight
Domestic Forwarder – A company that arranges for the truck transportation of cargo belonging to others, utilizing for-hire carriers to provide the actual truck transportation. The Forwarder does assume responsibility for the cargo from origin to destination and usually does take possession of the cargo at some point during the transportation. Forwarders typically assemble and consolidate shipments at origin and disassemble and deliver shipments at destination. Surface Forwarders must also register with FHWA, and Air Freight Forwarders must register with the FAA.
Doubles Trailer – one trailer not to exceed 29 feet in length.
Exception Class – the establishment of an exception class removes the application of the class published in the NMFC for the same article(s), but only insofar as the exception class has express application. (Not to be confused with FAK.)
Export - Shipments originating from the 48 contiguous United States that are:
- Consigned to points outside the contiguous 48 United States and moved in part by an ocean or air carrier, or
- Consigned to ocean or air carriers for delivery outside the contiguous 48 United States, or
- Consigned to a warehouse and within 12 months consigned to points outside the contiguous 48 United States.
Extraordinary Value - Articles exceeding $50.00 per pound per package or a carrier liability exceeding $100,000 per incident per Shipper whichever produces the lesser charge.
FAK – Freight, All Kinds
FedEx Freight - FedEx Freight, Inc., formerly FedEx Freight East, Inc. and FedEx Freight West, Inc.
Foreign freight forwarder – The party arranging the carriage of goods including connected services and/or associated formalities on behalf of a shipper or consignee for Import or Export freight.
FXF - FedEx Freight
FXFC - FedEx Freight Canada, formerly Watkins Canada Express (WCEP).
FXFE - FedEx Freight, Inc., formerly FedEx Freight East, Inc.
FXFM - FedEx Freight de Mexico
HGB – Household Goods Carriers Bureau Agent
Holidays (Canada) - New Year's Day, Good Friday, St. Jean Baptiste (Quebec Only), Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday Canada, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, or any other day generally observed as a holiday by the Carrier at the point where the service is performed. When a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as a holiday.
Holidays (Mexico) - New Year’s Day, Constitution Anniversary, Benito Juarez Anniversary, Easter, Labor Day, Independence Day, Revolution Day, Change of Federal Government, Christmas, or any other day generally observed as a holiday by the Carrier at the point where the service is performed.
Holidays (US / Offshore) - New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, or any other day generally observed as a holiday by the Carrier at the point where the service is performed. When a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as a holiday; when a holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be considered as a holiday. (Hawaii only) – King Kamehameha Day; (Puerto Rico only) – Three Kings Day, Good Friday, Constitution Day.
ICC – Interstate Commerce Commission or its successors
Import - Shipments originating outside the 48 contiguous United States that are:
- Consigned to points within the contiguous 48 United States and moved in part by an ocean or air carrier, or
- Consigned from ocean or air carriers for delivery within the contiguous 48 United States, or
- Consigned to a warehouse and within 12 months consigned to points within the contiguous 48 United States.
IMS - Intra Mexico Shipment
Intrastate - Origin and destination points reside within the same state.
Interstate - Origin and destination points do not reside within the same state.
Logistics - Logistics as used herein shall be defined as any Broker, Freight Forwarder, Third Party Logistics Provider or Agent of Shipper.
LTL - Less than truckload. A quantity of freight weighing less than 20,000 pounds and occupying less than one pup, and whose rate or rating is subject to a minimum weight of less than 20,000 pounds, or is less than TL.
LTL Class Rates – Means class rates with a stated minimum weight of less than 20,000 pounds.
LTL Commodity Rates – Means Commodity Rates with a stated minimum weight of less than 20,000 pounds.
Lumper - A Lumper service is a third party service that provides loading and/or unloading services at a customer’s or consignee’s facility.
Minimum Charge Floor (MCF) - The minimum charge after application of all pricing terms.
Multiple Shipment Minimum Charge (MSMC) - When more than one shipment is tendered at one time and place or a single shipment is tendered at carrier's service center, the shipment will be subject to the Multiple Shipment Minimum Charge.
Net Charge - Net dollar amount billed to the debtor after reduced rates or charges through the application of governing discounts, allowances, commodity rates, exception ratings, or any other reduction have been applied.
NMF – National Motor Freight Traffic Associations, Inc., Agent
NMFC – National Motor Freight Classification
Palletized Shipment - A shipment tendered to and transported by carrier on pallets (elevating truck pallets or platforms or lift-truck skids, with or without standing sides or ends, but without tops).
Port - The geographic area covered by the applicable Port Authority.
Power Equipment - Any gasoline, diesel, electric or gas driven equipment including electric powered cranes and lift truck equipment.
Pup - One trailer not to exceed 29 lineal feet of loading space.
Rate - A charge per unit of measurement
RVNX - Released value not exceeding
Set - Two trailers each not exceeding 29' lineal feet of loading space.
Shipment - Except as otherwise provided in this tariff, a shipment consists of a quantity of freight tendered to a carrier by one consignor at one place at one time for delivery to one consignee at one place on one bill of lading.
Single Shipment Minimum Charge (SSMC) - When a single shipment is tendered at one time and place, the shipment will be subject to the Single Shipment Minimum Charge.
Straight Truck - A two or three axle vehicle ranging from 12 to 24 feet in length, propelled by mechanical power and used on a highway in transportation, with cab (driver compartment) separate from the cargo compartment and with or without liftgate.
TL - Truckload. A quantity of freight weighing 20,000 pounds or more, or occupies one pup or more, or whose TL rate or rating is subject to a minimum weight of 20,000 pounds or more.
TL Class Rates – Means Class rates with a stated minimum weight of 20,000 pounds or greater.
Trailer - One unit of equipment not exceeding 29 lineal feet of loading space.
Vehicle – wherever the term “vehicle” or “vehicles” is used, such terms will have reference to either a trailer which does not exceed 53 feet in length or 2 trailers, each of which does not exceed 29 feet in length.
Wharf - Any wharf, berth, pier, quay, landing or other structure to which a vessel may make fast and that area or structure (other than a public utility warehouse) immediately adjacent, which is used for transit storage, loading, unloading, assembling, or distribution of goods or merchandise.
Will Call - Any shipment where there is a request to pickup freight at Carrier’s service center.
You / Your – The shipper/sender, recipient and their agents, servants, employees, and any other person or entity having or claiming an interest in a shipment.
(0000) – A number in parentheses following a description of an article or in this tariff indicates the item in which the article is described in the national Motor Freight Classification series.
(p000) – When the letter “p” precedes the National Motor Freight Classification item number, it indicates that only a portion of the NMFC item is reflected.
"*" shall denote all forms of changed, including cancellation.