Gateway - Industry–related: A point at which freight moving from one territory to another is interchanged between transportation lines.
GATT - Abbreviation for “General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.” A multilateral treaty to help reduce trade barriers between the signatory countries and to promote trade through tariff concessions. The World Trade Organization (WTO) superseded GATT in 1994.
GBL - Abbreviation for “Government Bill of Lading.”
GDSM - Abbreviation for “General Department Store Merchandise.” A classification of commodities that includes goods generally shipped by mass–merchandise companies. This commodity structure occurs only in service contracts.
General Order (G.O.) - When U.S. Customs orders shipments without entries to be kept in their custody in a bonded warehouse.
Generator Set (Gen Set) - A portable generator which can be attached to a refrigerated container to power the refrigeration unit during transit.
Global Maritime Intelligence Integration (GMII) - It is within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, with the mission to ensure government–wide access to maritime information and data critical to intelligence production and to serve as the focal point and oversight agent for maritime specific information issues.
Go–Down - In the Far East, a warehouse where goods are stored and delivered.
Gooseneck - The front rails of the chassis that raise above the plane of the chassis and engage in the tunnel of a container leading to the connection to tractor.
GRI - Abbreviation for “General Rate Increase.” Used to describe an across–the–board tariff rate increase implemented by conference members and applied to base rates.
Gross Tonnage (GT) - Applies to vessels, not to cargo, (0.2+0.02 log10V) where V is the volume in cubic meters of all enclosed spaces on the vessel. Since 1994, it replaces “Gross Registered Tonnage.” An approximate conversion ratio is 1NT = 1.7GT and 1GT = 1.5DWT.
Gross Weight - Entire weight of goods, packaging and freight car or container, ready for shipment. Generally, 80,000 pounds maximum container, cargo and tractor for highway transport.
Groupage - A consolidation service, putting small shipments into containers for shipment.
GVW - Abbreviation for “Gross Vehicle Weight.” The combined total weight of a vehicle and its container, inclusive of prime mover.