CERTIFICATE OF MANUFACTURE - A statement sometimes notarized by a producer, usually also the seller, or merchandiser that indicates the goods have been manufactured and are at the disposal of the buyer.
CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN - A specified document, required by certain foreign countries for tariff purposes, certifying the country of origin of the merchandise. Sometimes requires the signature of the Consul of the country to which it is destined.
CHARTER PARTY - A written contract between the owner of a vessel and the one (the charterer) desiring to empty the vessel, setting forth the terms of the arrangement, i.e., freight rate and ports involved in the contemplated trip.
COLLECT FREIGHT - Freight payable at destination provided the vessel delivers the goods as specified.
COMMERCIAL INVOICE - A statement of transaction between a seller and buyer prepared by the seller, and a description of the merchandise, price, terms, etc.
COMMERCIAL SET - Set of four “negotiable” documents that represents and takes the place of the goods themselves in the financing of the cargo sales transaction.
CL (Carload; also Containerload) - A shipment that fully occupies the space available in a railcar or cargo-carrying container.
COMMON CARRIER - Transporter who holds himself out to the general public for the transportation of goods over a definite route and according to a regular schedule.