Logistics and Supply Chain Management Acronyms



3PL Third-Party (3rd) Logistics Provider


A/P or AP Accounts Payable
A/R or AR Accounts Receivable
ABC Activity-based Costing
ABI Automated Broker Interface
ABM Activity-based Management
ABP Activity-based Planning
ABS Automated Batch Screening
ACAS Air Cargo Advanced Screening
ACE Automated Commercial Environment
ACH Automated Clearinghouse
ACI Advance Commercial Information (Canada)
ACROSS Accelerated Commercial Release Operations Support System (Canada)
ACS Automated Commercial System
AD Anti-dumping
ADD Anti-dumping Duties
AEI Advance Electronic Information
AEO Authorized Economic Operator
AES Automated Export System
AFIP Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos
AFR Advance Filing Rules
AIES Automated Information Exchange
AII Automated Invoice Interface
AMS Automated Manifest System
AMWF Army Most Wanted Fugitives
ANSI American National Standards Institute
AOBRD Automatic On-board Recording Device
APEC Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
APHIS Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
API Application Program Interface
APS Advanced Planning and Scheduling
ARL Accounts Receivable Ledger
ARMAB Agency Revenue Management Advisory Board
ASN Advance Shipment Notice
ATA Air Transport Association
ATA American Trucking Association
ATAC Air Transport of Canada
ATD Advance Trade Data
ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
ATS Automated Targeting System
AVL Automated Vehicle Locator
AWB Air Waybill


B/L or BOL Bill of Lading
B2B Business-to-Business
B2C Business-to-Consumer
BI Business Intelligence
BIS Bureau of Industry and Security
BPM Business Process Management
BPR Business Process Reengineering
BSC Balanced Scorecard



C/I or CI Commercial Invoice
C/O or COO Certificate of Origin
CAAC Civil Aviation Administration of China
CAATSA Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
CADEX Customs Automated Data Exchange
CAED Canadian Automated Export Declaration
CAFTA Central American Free Trade Agreement
CAGR Compound Annual Growth Rate
CARM CBSA Assessment and Revenue Management
CBP U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CBSA Canada Border Services Agency
CCN Cargo Control Number
CETA Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
CFIA Canadian Food Inspection Agency
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFR or C&F Cost and Freight
CFS Container Freight Station
CGCVP Coast Guard List of Vessels Prohibited
CHB Customs House Brokerage
CLN Collaborative Logistics Network
CMV Commercial Motor Vehicle
COD Collect on Delivery or Cash on Delivery
COFC Container on Flat Car
COGS Cost of Goods Sold
CPG Consumer Packaged Goods
CPSC Consumer Protection & Safety Commission
CRM Customer Relationship Management
CSA Compliance, Safety, Accountability
CSA Customs Self Assessment
CSA Canadian Standards Association
CSCMP Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
CSR Customer Service Representative
C-TPAT Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
CVD Countervailing Duties
CWT Hundredweight


DC Distribution Center
DDTC Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
DFATD Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
DFO Department of Fisheries and Oceans
DFRL Design for Reverse Logistics
DFZ Duty Free Zone
DG Dangerous Goods
DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DIF Document Image Functionality
DimWt Dimensional Weight
DIS Document Image System
DN Daily Notice
DNL Do Not Load
DOA U.S. Department of Agriculture
DOC U.S. Department of Commerce
DOD U.S. Department of Defense
DOE U.S. Department of Energy
DOSCU Department of State Cuba
DOT U.S. Department of Transportation
DP Demand Planning
DPL Denied Persons List (formerly Denied Parties List)
DSL Dynamic Screening List
DSD Direct-to-Store Delivery
DVIR Driver's Vehicle Inspection Report


EAM Enterprise Asset Management
EAR Export Administration Regulations
EC European Community
ECCN Export Control Classification Number
ECCRD Electronic Commerce Client Requirements Document
ECS Export Control System
eCSD Electronic Consignment Security Declaration
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
EDIFACT Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transport
EEC European Economic Community
EEI Electronic Export Information
EFT Electronic Funds Transfer
EFTA European Free Trade Association
EIN Exporter Identification Number
ELD Electronic Logging Device
EMEA Europe, Middle East, Africa
ENS Entry Summary Declaration (EU)
EOBR Electronic On-Board Recorder
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPCSA European Port Community Systems Association
EPZ Export Processing Zone
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
EU European Union
EUMWF Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives
EUS European Union Sanctions
EXS Exit Summary Declaration (EU)



FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAST Fast and Secure Trade
FBL Freight Forwarder Bill of Lading
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FCL Full-Container Load
FCPA Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
FDA U.S. Food & Drug Administration
FDAWL Food and Drug Administration Warning Letter
FedEx Federal Express
FEI FDA Establishment Identifier
FEU Forty-foot Equivalent Unit
FF Freight Forwarder
FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
FIRMS Facilities Information and Resources Management System
FMC Federal Maritime Commission
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FOB Free on Board
FPA Free of Particular Average
FROB Freight Remain On Board
FSIS Food Safety Inspection Service
FSR Freight Status Request
FSVP Foreign Supplier Verification Programs
FTA Free Trade Agreement
FTC Federal Trade Commission
FTZ Free Trade Zone and Foreign Trade Zone
FWS Fish and Wildlife Service



GAAP Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GAGI Government Agency Goods Item
GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GB/L Government Bill of Lading
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GIS Geographic Information System
GoC Government of Canada
GPS Global Positioning System
GRI General Rules for the Interpretation
GST Goods and Services Tax (Canada)
GTIM Global Tariffs and International Mapping
GTM Global Trade Management


HACCP Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point
HAWB House Air Waybill
HazMat Hazardous Materials
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
HOS Hours of Service
HS Harmonized System/Harmonized Schedule
HST Harmonized Sales Tax (Canada)
HTS Harmonized Tariff Schedule
HVS High-value Shipment


IATA International Air Transport Association
ICC Interstate Commerce Commission
ICS Import Control System
IFTA International Fuel Tax Agreement
IFTA Israel Free Trade Agreement
IID Integrated Import Declaration
IMDG International Maritime Dangerous Goods
IMO International Maritime Organization
Incoterms International Commercial Terms
ISF Importer Security Filing
ISO International Standards Organization
ITA International Trade Administration
ITC International Trade Commission
ITMR International Trade Management Revision
ITN Internal Transaction Number
IVR Interactive Voice Response
IVRS Interactive Voice Response System


JCPOA Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
JIT Just in Time
JOC Journal of Commerce


KC Known Consignor
KPI Key Performance Indicator



L/C or LOC Letter of Credit
LCL Less-than-Container Load
LPCO Licenses, Permits, Certificates and Others
LSP Logistics Service Provider
LTL Less-than Truckload
LVC Logistics Visibility and Control
LVS Low-value Shipment


MASP Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (Europe)
MAWB Master Air Waybill
MFCFR Monetary and Financial Code France
MID Manufacturer Identification Code
MOT Modes of Transportation
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPF Merchandise Processing Fee
MRM Mobile Resource Management
MRN Movement Reference Number (EU)
MRP Material Requirements Planning
MYCFT Malaysia Countering Financing of Terrorism


NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
NAICS North American Industry Classification System
NCTS New Computerized Transit System (EU)
NDA Non-Disclosure Agreement
NACCS Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NMFC National Motor Freight Classification
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NNTL Netherlands National Terrorism List
NORBL Norwegian Black List
NRA Negotiated Rate Arrangement
NRP Narcotics Rewards Program
NSA NVOCC Service Arrangement
NVOCC Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier
NZWA New Zealand Wanted to Arrest List


OBL Ocean Bill of Lading
OCR Optical Character Recognition
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OFAC Office of Foreign Assets Control
OGA Other Government Agency
OMC Office of Marine Conservation
OMS Order Management System
ORM Other Regulated Material
OS&D Over, Short and Damaged


PACT Pre-Load Air Cargo Targeting
PAPS Pre-Arrival Processing System
PARS Pre-Arrival Review System (Canada)
PCS Port Community Systems (EU)
PEP Politically Exposed Persons
PGA Participating Government Agency
PHAC Public Health Agency of Canada
PLACI Preloading Advance Cargo Information
PN Prior Notice
PO Purchase Order
POD Proof of Delivery
POE Port of Entry
POM Purchase Order Management
POP Point of Purchase
POS Point of Sale
PPD Prepaid
PRECISE Preloading consignment information for secure entry
PST Provincial Sales Tax (Canada)


QA Quality Assurance
QC Quality Control
QM Quality Management
QMS Quality Management System



RA Regulated Agent
RFI Request for Information
RFID Radio Frequency Identification
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Quotation
RLF Remote Location Filing
RMD Release on Minimum Documentation
RNS Release Notification System
RODS Records of Duty Status
ROI Return on Investment
ROO Rules of Origin


SaaS Software as a Service
Standard Carrier Alpha Code 
SCE Supply Chain Execution
SCM Supply Chain Management
SED Shipper's Export Declaration
SEM Strategic Enterprise Management
SIC Standard Industrial Classification
SIMP Seafood Import Monitoring Program
SKU Stock Keeping Unit
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLI Shipper's Letter of Instruction
SME Small and Medium Enterprises
SOA Statement of Account
SOLAS Safety of Life at Sea
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SOW Statement of Work
SOX Sarbanes Oxley Act
SPI Special Program Indicator
SPL Sanctioned Party List
SRM Supplier Relationship Management
SSCC Serial Shipping Container Code
SSE Shanghai Shipping Exchange
STB Single Transaction Bonds
SWI Single Window Initiative


T's & C's Terms and Conditions
TCCU Technical Commercial Client Unit
TEU Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit
TFTEA Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act
TIB Temporary Importation under Bond
TL Truckload
TM Transportation Management
TMS Transportaton Management System
TOFC Trailer on Flat Car
TQM Total Quality Management
TRCAN Transport Canada
TRWTL Turkey’s Most Wanted Terrorist List
TSA Transportation Security Administration
TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act
T-TIP Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
TTB Tax and Trade Bureau


UCC Uniform Commercial Code
UCC Union Customs Code (Europe)
UCR Unique Consignment Reference
UKPTG United Kingdom Proscribed Terrorist Groups
UNSC United Nations Security Council
UPC Uniform Product Code
UPS United Parcel Service
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USPS United States Post Office



VAN Value-Added Network
VAR Value-Added Reseller
VAT Value-Added Tax
VGM Verified Gross Mass
VM Virtual Machine
VPN Virtual Private Network


WCO World Customs Organization
WM Warehouse Management
WMS Warehouse Management System
WTO World Trade Organization



XML eXtensible Markup Language
YM Yard Management