A type of computerized, satellite connected communication system connecting the truck with its dispatch.


A restraint placed on an operation to protect the public against a health hazard. A ship may be quarantined so that it cannot leave a protected point. During the quarantine period, the Q flag is hoisted.


A wedge-shaped piece of timber used to secure barrels against movement.


1) The maximum number of items allowed, such as the number of carloads that can be moved at one time under a tariff’s rates

2) The minimum number of items required, such as to qualify for a discount rate

3) The quantity of goods that may be imported without restriction or additional duties or taxes.


Railroad terminal where containers are received or delivered and trains loaded or discharged. Originally, trailers moved onto the rearmost flatcar via a ramp and driven into position in a technique known as circus loading. Most modern rail facilities use lifting equipment to position containers onto the flatcars.


A movement where the load initiates at an origin rail ramp and terminates at a consignee’s door.


A movement of equipment from an origin rail ramp to a destination rail ramp only.

Rate Basis

A formula of the specific factors or elements that control the making
of a rate. A rate can be based on any number of factors (i.e., weight, measure, equipment type, package, box, etc.).

Rate Types/Per Mile

Charges based on the number miles from point “A” to point “B”

CWT: Charges based on a 100-weight basis.
Flat: Agreed upon rate – regardless of weight –or- mileage.
City-to-City: Rate based on the pick-up and delivery cities.
State-to-State: Rate based on pick-up and delivery states.
Radius: Rate based on a mileage radius from pick-up point.


Uncollected invoices from the shipper (consignor).


Person receiving the shipment at destination and including receiver’s agents, employees and independent contractors acting on behalf of the receiver. Person receiving vehicle may or may not be final destination.


The term Diversion can be used interchangeably with Reconsignment.

1) Any request for a change in the bill of lading, waybill, service order, or shipping documents, and is applicable to cars that are in HLS’s
possession, as a line haul carrier

2) Changing the consignee or destination on a bill of lading while shipment is still in transit.

Red Label

A label required on shipments of flammable articles.


Slang for a refrigerated trailer, container or freight car.

Related Points

A group of points to which rates are made the same as or in relation to rates to other points in group.

Revenue Hours

Number of hours a vehicle travels while in revenue service.

Revenue Miles

Number of miles a vehicle travels while in revenue service.

Revenue Service

A vehicle is in revenue service when the vehicle is available to the general public. Vehicles operated in free fare service are considered to be in revenue service.

Revenue Ton

A ton on which the shipment is freighted. If cargo is rated as weight or measure (WORM), whichever produces the highest revenue will be considered the revenue ton.

Revenue Ton-mile

The movement of a ton of freight one mile for revenue.


Removable Gooseneck – is usually a flatbed trailer connected by a gooseneck to the tractor.


The manner in which a shipment moves; i.e., the carriers handling it and the points at which the carriers interchange.

Route Miles

The length of a railroad line, regardless of the number of tracks.


An abbreviation for – Released Value Not Exceeding. Usually used to limit the value of goods transported. The limitation refers to carrier liability when paying a claim for lost or damaged goods.