From french fret, he freight is linked to rental of a means of transport . The term may refer to the rental price, the cargo being transported or the vehicle used.
The concept has different uses according to the country . In Spain , the freight is the price stipulated for the rental of a boat. In Argentina , the freight can be the transport of goods, the vehicle that transports packages or a riding horse. In Venezuela , Costa Rica and Guatemala , is known as freight to the value of the transfer of goods in a transport.
For example: "I have been waiting for the arrival of freight for three hours and I still don't have news", “We are going to have to hire a freight to make the move”, "The American company lost thousands of dollars since the freight used had no insurance", "I need some help with freight, I can't carry so much weight".
From a maritime commercial point of view it is established that the freight will have to be paid by the person receiving the merchandise, the recipient, when he takes care of it in what would be the area of the port of unloading. In this sense, it should be noted that in countries and cities that have a great maritime activity, freight becomes one of the most important commercial actions that exist.
Hence, it should be stressed that, in other places, the term freight is established to refer to a clause that is established in the documents of what would be the shipment of goods. In that what is ruled and records is that they will be paid at the time of receipt.
In addition to all this we should make clear the existence of what has been called freight insurance. It is used in the aforementioned maritime commercial field and refers to the insurance that is signed to cover damages and losses that loads may suffer during the voyage by ship that they carry out by sea until they reach their destination.
A dead freight It is an amount of money that is paid when the ship in question or the part of it that has been rented is not used.
In most Latin American countries, on the other hand, the freight forwarder is the person which is dedicated to transporting or moving goods or people in your vehicle: “My father is a freighter and drives a truck”, “This freighter is not serious: I had to carry eight baskets and he only gave me seven”.
However, we must not forget that in other places of the American geography, as is the case of the nation of Uruguay, there is another meaning for the term freight that now concerns us. Specifically, it is used to refer to a riding horse that is identified because it has very good qualities.
In Cuba On the other hand, a freighter is a prostitute who travels the streets in order to find clients. The notion of freight, therefore, refers to the customer of the freight forwarders.