Freight vs. Cartage

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Freight and Cartage is that the Freight is a goods or produce transported and Cartage is a transporting of goods or materials by road or rail.

  • Freight

    In economics, cargo or freight are goods or produce being conveyed – generally for commercial gain – by water, air or land. Cargo was originally a shipload. Cargo now covers all types of freight, including that carried by train, van, truck, or intermodal container. The term cargo is also used in case of goods in the cold-chain, because the perishable inventory is always in transit towards a final end-use, even when it is held in cold storage or other similar climate-controlled facility.

    Multi-modal container units, designed as reusable carriers to facilitate unit load handling of the goods contained, are also referred to as cargo, specially by shipping lines and logistics operators. Similarly, aircraft ULD boxes are also documented as cargo, with associated packing list of the items contained within. When empty containers are shipped each unit is documented as a cargo and when goods are stored within, the contents are termed as containerised cargo.

  • Cartage

    Haulage is the business of transporting goods by road or rail. It includes the horizontal transport of ore, coal, supplies, and waste, also called cartage or drayage. The vertical transport of the same with cranes is called hoisting.

  • Freight (noun)

    Payment for transportation.

    “The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.”

  • Freight (noun)

    Goods or items in transport.

    “The freight shifted and the trailer turned over on the highway.”

  • Freight (noun)

    Transport of goods.

    “They shipped it ordinary freight to spare the expense.”

  • Freight (noun)

    Cultural or emotional associations.

    “A wedding ring is small, but it has massive emotional freight.”

  • Freight (verb)

    To transport (goods).

  • Freight (verb)

    To load with freight. Also figurative.

  • Cartage (noun)

    The transport of goods by cart; carting

  • Cartage (noun)

    A charge made for such transport

  • Freight (noun)

    goods transported in bulk by truck, train, ship, or aircraft

    “a decline in the amount of freight carried by rail”

  • Freight (noun)

    the transport of goods by truck, train, ship, or aircraft

    “the truck-based system can outperform air freight at distances of up to seven hundred miles”

  • Freight (noun)

    a charge for transport by freight

    “a bill indicating that the freight has been paid”

  • Freight (noun)

    a freight train

    “I can hear the regular wail of the twelve o’clock freight from my house”

  • Freight (noun)

    a load or burden

    “these warm winds deposit their freight of moisture in showers of rain”

  • Freight (verb)

    transport (goods) in bulk by truck, train, ship, or aircraft

    “the metals had been freighted from the city”

  • Freight (verb)

    be laden or burdened with

    “each word was freighted with anger”

  • Cartage (noun)

    the conveyance of something in a cart or other vehicle.

Oxford Dictionary

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