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Chapter 35. Shipping > Consolidating

Consolidating

Read the following description. Try to picture what is happening to the shipments step-by-step. Pay attention to the words in italics.

Carla's Cargo Company had its cartage trucks pick up shipments from twenty-one different companies in Chicago that were going to various cities. Carla's driver took all the cargo to the dock and grouped them according to their destination cities. Four large boxes and nine smaller ones were going to consignees in Los Angeles. The dockworkers loaded the 13 pieces into a container, making a single consolidated shipment, or consolidation, going to Los Angeles. They made a list, or manifest, of all the pieces that went into the container, including the waybill numbers of the shipments, the weight of each piece, and other information. Then they took the container to the airport and sent it to Los Angeles via an airline. In Los Angeles their drivers picked it up, took it to their dock, checked to make sure that all the pieces listed on the manifest had arrived in good shape, and then sorted out the boxes for the cartage drivers to deliver to the various consignees.


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