overland common point (OCP)

(shipping) A special rate concession made by shipping lines, rail carriers, and truckers serving the U.S. West Coast for export and import traffic intended to benefit midwest shippers and importers by equalizing rates to and from other coastal areas, and offering these Midwest companies a comparable alternative. The steamship companies lower their rates and their inland carriers pick up the terminal charges, which consist of handling charges, wharfage charges, and carloading or unloading charges. OCP rates apply to cargo shipped from or consigned to the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico and all states east thereof. OCP rates in Canada apply to the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

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