break bulk meaning

  "break bulk" in a sentence
1. To open the hold and take out a portion of the cargo
2. To begin to use goods supplied in bulk

Loose cargo, such as cartons, stowed directly in the ship's hold as opposed to containerized or bulk cargo.


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  1. the moorings also handle most of hong kong s break bulk cargo
  2. Break bulk cargo needs to be water resistant and heavy duty.
  3. In the 1960s, container trade overtook traditional break bulk shipping.
  4. Before containerization, goods were usually handled manually as break bulk cargo.
  5. Break bulk cargo also suffered from greater theft and damage.

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