WALL BUMPERS: 12 to 18 inch concrete filled pipes located to the side of the dock opening for the purpose of protecting the building walls adjacent to the dock opening from the impact of a misaligned truck trailer.
WAND READER: A hand held bar code scanner which resembles a wand.
WAREHOUSE (bonded): A place used for the storage and custody of imported merchandise that is subject to duty until duties are paid or the goods are reshipped without entry from the import country. Also a public warehouse covered by a surety bond.
WAREHOUSE ACTIVITY REPORT: A report that details all activities occurring with the warehouse facility,. Items include merchandise arrivals, loading, unloading movements within the facility, etc..
WAREHOUSE ENTRY: A form declaring goods imported and placed in a bonded warehouse. Duty payments may not be required until goods are withdrawn for consumption.
WAREHOUSE RECEIPT: A form that contains information describing the merchandise received into the warehouse. It is a legal acknowledgment of responsibility for care of the goods.
WAREHOUSE SHIPPING ADVICE: A document that provides information concerning the status of shipments departing the warehouse.
WAREHOUSEMAN: A person who receives and ships goods and merchandise to be stored for hire.
WARRANT: A receipt issued by a public or bonded warehouse.
WAR RISK INSURANCE: Separate insurance covering for losses which result from any acts of war. This insurance is necessary during peacetime due to objects, such as floating mines, left over from previous wars.
WARSAW CONVENTION: An international multilateral treaty which regulates, in a uniform manner, the conditions of international transportation by air. It establishes the international liability of air carriers and establishes the monetary limits for loss, damage, and delay.
WAYBILL (W/B): A document accompanying merchandise while it is in transit.
WEATHER SEAL: A rubber or canvas covering extending from the dock face and surrounding a trailer's entrance on the side and top. They are designed to protect loaders from weather.
WEIGHT BREAK: Levels at which teh freight rate per 100 pounds decreases because of substantial increases in the weight of a shipment.
W.E.R.C.: Warehousing Education and Research Council, a professional organization that promotes and emphasizes education and idea exchange solely in the field of warehousing.
WHARFAGE: A charge assessed by a pier or dock owner for handling incoming or outgoing cargo.
W.I.N.S.: Warehouse Information Network Standards committee, formed to develop standards for six types of warehousing messages: shipping order, inventory status report, activity report, stock transfer receipt advice, shipping advice, and accept/reject advice.
W.P.A.: with particular average. An insurance term meaning that partial loss or damage to goods is insured.