WAREHOUSE

A place for receiving, storing and manipulating goods and merchandise. 

WAREHOUSE RECEIPT

A receipt issued by a warehouse listing goods received for storage.

WASSENAAR ARRANGEMENT

An arrangement ratified by 33 member countries which sets forth export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.

WASTAGE

Loss of goods due to handling, decay, leakage, shrinkage, etc..

WAYBILL

Document containing a description of goods that are part of a common carrier freight shipment.  Shows origin, destination, consignee/consignor, and amount charged.  Copies travel with goods and are retained by originating/delivering agents.  Used by carrier for internal record and control, especially during transit.  Not a transportation contract.

WAYBILL DESTINATION

The final destination of a shipment as noted on the waybill.

WEIGH STATION

Permanent station equipped with scales where motor vehicles transporting goods on public highways are required to stop and obtain gross vehicle and/or axle weights.  

WEIGHT OR MEASURE

A unit by which a good or commodity can be classified so that rate, tariffs, taxes and other regulations and constraints can be applied.

WESTERN REGIONAL OFFICE

An Export Administration outreach office located in California that is responsible for counseling exporters throughout the Western United States. (USA)

WET GOODS

Liquids.

WHARF

A landing place by the waterside in a harbor or river for loading or unloading cargo. Loading/discharging terminal built parallel to stream/shore line.

WHARFAGE

A charge assessed by a pier or dock owner for handling incoming or outgoing cargo. A charge for handling traffic or decking vessels at wharf.  The charges assessed by pier personnel for the handling of incoming or outgoing cargo.

WIREFRAME

The network graph of mode specific interconnecting legs.

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

The premier international organization that seeks to establish global rules of trade between nations.  The WTO helps trade flow smoothly, freely, fairly and predictably.