|Shipping Definition for shipping clothing or textiles presented by Apparel Search|
Shipping is the transport of cargo between seaports by ships, typically large steel vessels powered by diesel engines or steam turbine plants. Many nations have built specialized naval ships to ensure the free movement of legitimate cargo; these "merchant navies" are essential to the world economy, carrying the bulk of international trade. The ships are also extremely expensive constructions themselves, being some of the largest man-made vehicles ever. The term originates with the shipping trade of wind power ships, and has come to refer to the delivery of cargo and parcels of any size above the common mail of letters and postcards.
Most cargo transport is by shipping rather than by air transport because shipping is cheaper. Air transport is usually reserved for products which must be sent within a certain time frame.
Shipping can more generally refer to the transport of freight ("shipments"), independent of the mode of transport. An example would be Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Shipping, where the primary mode of transport is by truck.
Types of ships involved
Aboitiz Transport System Corporation, Philippines
ARTEX Fine Art Serices
Canada Steamship Lines (CSL)
China Navigation Company (CNCO) of Hong Kong
Ship classification registers
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