Definition of shipping in US English:



  • 1Ships considered collectively, especially those in a particular area or belonging to a particular country.

    ‘the volume of shipping using these ports’
    • ‘Over 250 were built there and deployed to protect allied shipping in the Battle of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Other shipping in the area, for example, took advantage of the chaos to wash out their own fuel tanks with sea water.’
    • ‘The good news is that the world's busiest shipping lanes should see to a fair number of them.’
    • ‘Deliberate moves should be made to upgrade the Point Lisas port, leaving a minimal about of shipping at Port of Spain.’
    • ‘The updated charts, once produced, will benefit both military and commercial shipping, enabling them to navigate safely through the shallow seaways.’
    • ‘Moreover German trade, a major reason for interest in the area, provided shipping for the conquest.’
    • ‘The French government then required Portugal to close her ports to British shipping and to declare war on Great Britain.’
    • ‘Only when ports cannot be cut off does attacking shipping at sea become necessary.’
    • ‘And he revealed the crew was already finding out what shipping was in the area in case they needed rescuing.’
    • ‘The Germans could use the base to attack British shipping in the area and disrupt the British use of the Suez.’
    • ‘It is in full view of most of the town of Dover, and has uninterrupted views of shipping in the Straits of Dover.’
    • ‘The warship has now returned to Portsmouth after months with one of NATO's permanent task groups, checking shipping for any signs of terrorist activities or support for terrorist groups.’
    • ‘The Athenian war fleet was reduced to twelve ships - barely enough to protect her shipping.’
    • ‘Malin Head Radio broadcast a Mayday relay to all shipping.’
    • ‘There was something as massive and significant as the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway which re-directed much shipping away from Eastern ports.’
    • ‘Shetland Coastguard and Orkney Harbours are broadcasting warnings to all shipping in the area.’
    • ‘In the 18th century our shipping and ports made us the greatest trading nation in the world.’
    • ‘Terrific storms, heavy seas, and frightful squalls make the waters in this area hazardous for conventional shipping.’
    • ‘Besides, if Somalia was key to securing shipping through the area, why did we leave after the Black Hawk Down disaster?’
    • ‘The bill establishes a maritime security framework that is vital to the security of our ports and maritime shipping.’
    sending, posting, mailing, transmittal, consignment
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    1. 1.1 The transport of goods by sea or some other means.
      • ‘Tellingly, commercial shipping appears not to receive the same degree of attention or scrutiny.’
      • ‘Coastal shipping was also important for many decades after European settlement, along with river transport.’
      • ‘High-profile brand offerings combined with quick shipping of the actual samples makes this site one to watch.’
      • ‘The shipping industry in India is internationally competitive and is capable of further growth.’
      • ‘The worst drought across the Midwest in 17 years is now threatening commercial shipping.’
      • ‘Japan will also shoulder costs for any shipping in Japan, bringing the total of Japan's assistance to about 120 billion yen, the official said.’
      • ‘Even including the cost of shipping, you can save money.’
      • ‘They are expected to cite the fear that shipping wine from California to a consumer's doorstep will boost underage drinking.’
      • ‘Merchant marine Britain's dependence on merchant shipping was an economic fact which total war heavily underlined.’
      • ‘In 1940, the U-boats started to take a real toll against merchant shipping.’
      • ‘The review's key proposal was special tax arrangements for New Zealand coastal shipping.’
      • ‘Transportation and shipping have slowed to ensure no further spread of the snake.’
      • ‘After all the winery's profits are exponentially greater with direct shipping.’
      • ‘The upswing in the shipping industry is encouraging more carriers to list in Hong Kong.’
      • ‘Since then, the company has diversified its interests, which include shipping and property.’
      • ‘Direct shipping could reduce costs by as much as 50%, and direct air routes by two-thirds, says Chang.’
      • ‘Still, to deter underage drinking, the states that allow direct shipping require an adult signature upon delivery.’
      • ‘Lack of security for low-flying aircraft complicates shipping and transportation too.’
      • ‘Direct shipping from western ports would avoid possible contamination and cut transport charges.’
      transit, transportation, conveyance, traffic, carriage, freight, freightage, shipment, haulage, delivery, distribution, carrying
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    2. 1.2US A charge imposed by a retail company to send merchandise to a customer.
      ‘statues were available at $20 plus $4 for shipping and handling’
      • ‘Perhaps we should add some shipping and handling costs to that - it just does not seem high enough.’
      • ‘The cost of that program is about $160.00 including shipping and handling.’
      • ‘The company is looking at cutting costs in areas such as shipping and packaging of products, as well as warehousing efficiencies.’
      • ‘The price of the garden is $129.95, plus shipping and handling of $19.95 and sales tax, if applicable.’
      • ‘Look at something like free super saver shipping - our free shipping on orders over $25.’
      • ‘The price is $44.95, including shipping and handling, and you can pay by credit card or money order.’
      • ‘This is because when I told my t-shirt guy how much I was charging for each shirt, including shipping, he was aghast.’
      • ‘These fees typically cover shipping and handling of materials, assignments and examinations costs.’
      • ‘Yeah, I paid for the expedited shipping.’
      • ‘Actually, this is my site and I don't make any money off of the shipping and handling fee.’
      • ‘Even when it comes to paying the shipping and handling fees, remember that you are not paying for the gas to driving across town, the parking and the lost time spent getting there and back.’
      • ‘The cost will be approximately $1500 for 20 panels, which includes overnight shipping, if necessary.’
      • ‘A brand new cam for $40 might be good but when the shipping is $12, not so much any more, is it?’
      • ‘Add $20 for regular shipping and handling or $35 for express delivery.’
      • ‘The shipping and tax module fulfils almost all the major requirements.’
      • ‘Members will also gain overnight shipping for $3.99 per order.’
      • ‘Returns are possible, minus shipping, handling charge and a 10% fee.’