GATEWAY

Point at which freight is interchanged/interlined between carriers, or at which a carrier joins two operating authorities provision of through service.

GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFF AND TRADE

A multi-lateral trade agreement enacted with the purpose of unifying trade and Customs procedures worldwide.  

GENERAL AVERAGE

A loss that affects all cargo interests on board a vessel, including the vessel itself.  A vessel owner declares a vessel under General Average when the common good of the shipping parties involved will benefit through sacrifice of the goods on board.

GENERAL EXPORT LICENSE

Any of various export licenses covering commodities for which validated export licenses are not required.  No formal application or written authorization is needed to ship exports under a general export license.

GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES

A widely known preferential trade agreement that provides free or reduced rates of duty to beneficiary developing countries in an effort to assist their economic growth.

GENERAL LICENSE

A license which grants permission to export non-strategic goods to specified countries, without having to obtain a validated license.

GODOWN

The name given to storehouses and warehouses in the Far East.

GROSS WEIGHT

The weight of a container plus cargo.

GROUPAGE

A service providing facilities for small consignments to be consolidated and transported in a container.

GUARANTOR

One who makes a guarantee.

GUARANTY

A contract to see performed what another has undertaken.