NAFTA CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN

A document that certifies that goods have originated in a specific country.

NATIONAL CUSTOMS BROKERS & FORWARDERS ASSOCIATION

An association that gathers and disseminates information to its member customs brokers and freight forwarders. (USA)

NATIONAL SECURITY

Any and all actions taken to protect the interests of a nation.  

NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTIVES

Mandates to work towards the protection of interests of a nation.

NESTED NET WEIGHT

1) Weight of article without packing and container. 2) Weight of entire contents of vehicle.  3)  Weight of cargo before containerization.

NO., NOS.

Number, Numbers

NO LICENSE REQUIRED

A general statement that a specific import or export item does not require a license.

NON-NEGOTIABLE

Not transferable from one person to another, and therefore, a document that has no value to another. 

NON-VESSEL OPERATING COMMON CARRIER

Cargo consolidator of small shipments in ocean trade, generally soliciting business and arranging or performing containerization functions at the port.

NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

The North American Free Trade Agreement agreed to by the U.S.A., Canada, and Mexico. NAFTA eliminates certain tariffs, promotes market access, and facilitates customs administration.  

NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED

A shipping term that indicates that the rate stated in a tariff applies to all commodities within a given commodity group, except those appearing under their own rate.

NOTICE OF ARRIVAL

A notice sent promptly to a consignee that advises that certain freight has arrived at destination port or airport.

NOT OTHERWISE INDICATED BY NAME

A term used to describe an item or commodity that is unclassified.

NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED

Tariff term used for unclassified commodity indicating that the rate stated in the tariff applies unless it is specified otherwise.

NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES

Any activity involved in the proliferation of nuclear devices.

NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION

A term used to describe the reduction or elimination of efforts towards nuclear armament.

NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION

Actions that contribute to the advancement of widespread nuclear armaments.

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

Regulates the transfer of nuclear facilities, materials and parts with unique nuclear applications.

NUCLEAR SUPPLIES GROUP

A group of nations that have agreed to guidelines for restricting the export or re-export of items with nuclear applications.