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Hague Protocol

Amendment of the Warsaw convention at the Hague, september 28, 1955 (aircargo).

Hague Rules

International convention for the unification of certain rules, relating to Bills of Lading (1924). These rules include the description of responsibilities of ocean carriers.

Hague-Visby Rules

Set of rules, published in 1968, amending the Hague Rules.

Half Height Container

An open top container, fitted with or without soft or hard cover, 4'3" in height.

Handling Instructions

Indication how cargo is to be handled.

Handling Service

Service concerning the physical handling of cargo.


Place of shelter for vessels. Most of the time used as an indication for the geographical location.

Harmonised System

Abbreviation: H.S.

A numeric multi purpose system, developed by the Customs Cooperation Council, for the classification of goods with its six digit it covers about 5000 descriptions of the products or groups of products most commonly produced and traded. It is designed for customs services, but can also be used for statistics, transport purposes, export, import and manufacturing.

Hatch Cover

Watertight means of closing the hatchway of a vessel.

Hatch Way

Opening in the deck of a vessel through which cargo is loaded into or discharged from the hold and which is closed by means of a hatch cover.


The road carriage of cargo between named points. Synonym: Cartage.


Road carrier.

Header Board

See bulkhead (roadcargo).

Heated Container

Thermal container served by a heat producing appliance. Containers of this type have type code 22.

Heavy Lift

Single commodity exceeding the capacity of normal loading equipment and requiring special equipment and rigging methods for handling.

Heavy Lift Vessel

A vessel specially designed and equipped for the carriage of heavy cargo.


The process of solving problems by evaluating each step in the progress, searching for satisfactory solutions rather than optimal solutions. It comprises a form of problem solving where the results are determind by experience or intuition instead of by optimalisation.


The area served by a certain port.


Loading condition of a vessel in such a way that the centre of the vessel is slightly raised (archwise in the centre).


The space below the deck of a vessel, used to carry cargo.

Home Port

The port of registration of a vessel.

House Address

Place of receipt respectively delivery (name and address) in case of carrier haulage.

House to House Transport

The transport of cargo from the premises of the consignor to the premises of the consignee. Synonym: Door to Door Transport, Point to Point Transport. Note: In the US the term Point to Point Transport is used instead of the term Door to Door Transport, because the term house may mean customs house or brokers house, which are usually located in the port.


See Harmonised System.


The central transhipment point in a transport structure, serving a number of consignees and/or consignors by means of spokes. The stretches between hubs mutually are referred to as trunks.

Huckepack Carriage

See Piggyback.


Outer shell of a vessel, made of steel plates or other suitable material to keep water outside the vessel.


Taking care of a vessel's non cargo related operations as instructed by the master or owner of the vessel.