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The following are the list of abbreviations commonly used in business. These abbreviations include abbreviations used in Export, abbreviations in Import, list of antonyms in shipping trade, abbreviations used in freight forwarding business and commonly used terms in customs brokering. Popularly used abbreviations in banking, commonly using tax abbreviations and other list of generally used business terms are also included in this article. If you would like to add up more abbreviations to this article which is commonly used in your region, you may write at bottom of this article. Please make sure, you are adding only ‘commonly using abbreviations’ in business, as this category is meant for import and export.

F & D Freight and demurrage 

F&C-- Free and clear
F&F Furniture and fixtures
F. & C.C. Full and Complete Cargo
F.A.A. Free of All Average
F.A.F. Fuel Adjustment Factor
F.A.S. Free Alongside Ship
F.B.H. Free on Board at Harbour
F.D. Free Dispatch
F.D. & D. Freight, Demurrage and Defence
F.F.A. Free From Alongside
F.I.O. Free in and out
F.O.B. Free on Board
F.O.C. Free of Charge
F.O.D- Free of Damage
F.O.R. Free on Rail
F.O.S. Free on Ship
F.O.S. Fuel Oil Surcharge
F.o.s Free on steamer
F.O.T. Free on Truck
F.P.A. Free on Particular Average

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F.R. Federal Register
F.T.W- Free Trade Wharf
f/b/o For Benefit Of or For and On Behalf Of
F/B/O- -For benefit of
f/k/a-- Formally known as
F/L Freight liner
F/N Fixing Note
F/R Flat Rack shipping container
FA Free Alongside
FAA Free of All Average
FAA-- Field attorney advice
FABS-- Financial and business solutions
FAC Fast As Can
FAC Forwarding Agents Commission
Fac.- Facsimile
FACTA-- Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
FAF Financial Accounting Foundation
FAK Freight All Kinds
FAO - Food & Agriculture Organisation
FAQ--- Fair Average Quality
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
FAR-- Federal Acquisition Regulation
FAR- -Floor area ratio
FAS Free Alongside Ship
FASAB- -Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
FASAC-- Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council
FASB Financial Accounting Standards Board
FAS -Free Alongside Ship
FASIT-- Financial asset securitization investment trusts
FATF - Financial Action Task Force
FATP-- Federally authorized tax practitioner
FATS Foreign Affiliates Statistics
FAVR- -Fixed and variable rate
FBAR-- Foreign Bank & Financial Account (report)
FBCSI- -Foreign base company sales income
FBL Forwarders Bill of Lading
FBT - Fringe Benefit Tax
FC - Financial Conglomerate
FC & S free of capture and seizure
FCA - Free Carrier
FCA Foreign Currency Assets
FCA-- Farm Credit Administration
FCAs - Foreign Currency Assets
FCCB - Foreign Currency Convertible Bond
FCDC— Foreign controlled domestic corporation
FCFE-- Free cash flow to equity
FCF- -Free cash flow
FC-- Foreign corporation
FCI - Food Corporation of India
FCIC- -Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
FCL Full Container Load
FCNR(B) Foreign Currency Non-Resident (Banks)
FCNRA Foreign Currency Non-resident
FCNRD Foreign Currency Non-Repatriable
FCO Franco
FCO Full Corporate Offer
FCR Forwarder's Certificate of Receipt
FCR Freight Forwarders Certificate of Receipt
FCR--- Forwarder's Cargo Receipt
FCT Forwarders Certificate of Transport
FD (FDIS) Free Discharge
fd Free discharge, free docks, free dispatch or free delivery
FD Free Despatch
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FDAP- -Fixed or determinable annual or periodic (income, gains)
FDCPA-- Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
FDD Freight Demurrage Deadfreight
FDEDANRSAOCLONL Freight Deemed Earned Discountless & Non-Refundable Ship and Or Cargo Lost Or Not Lost
FDESP Free Despatch
FDI - Foreign Direct Investment
FDIC Federal deposit insurance corporation (of the United States)
FECA- -Federal Employees' Compensation Act
FED - Foreign Exchange Department
Fed Federal reserve bank (of the United States). US's central bank.
FEDAI - Foreign Exchange Dealers’ Association

FEDERTESSILE - Italian Textile Foundation


FEER Fundamental equilibrium exchange rate.
FEI Financial Executives International
FEI-- Financial Executives Institute
FEMA Foreign Exchange Management Act
FEMA- -Federal Emergency Management Agency
FERC-- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FERS- -Federal Employees' Retirement System
FEU Forty foot Equivalent Unit (40’ shipping container)
FEU-- -Forty Feet Equivalent Units
FF&E- -Furniture, fixtures and equipment
ffa Free from alongside or free foreign agency
FFA-- Foreign financial account
ffi for further instructions
F-- Fiduciary
FFIEC- -Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
FFI -For Further Instruction
FFI- -Foreign financial institution
FFO -Funds from operations
FFP Food for Peace Office (United States).
FGA Free of General Average
FHA-- Federal Housing Administration
FHEX Friday Holidays EXcluded. (Muslim Countries)
FHINC Friday Holidays INCluded. (Muslim Countries)
FHLB --Federal Home Loan Bank
FHLMC- -Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
FI - Financial Institutions
FI Forwarding Instruction
FIA- -Federal Insurance Administration
FIATA - International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association
FIB Free In Bunker
FICA Federal Insurance Contribution Act
FICA tax Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax
FICA-- Federal Insurance Contributions Act
FIEO - Federation of Indian Export
FIEs Foreign-Invested Enterprises
FiFI Fire Fighting

FIFO First In First Out 

FI-- -Free In
FII Foreign Institutional Investor
FIIs - Foreign Institutional Investors
FILO- Free in Liner Out
FinCEN-- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
FINO- Financial Inclusion Network Operation
Finra-- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
FIO & stowed Free in and out -chartererpays for cost of loading and discharging cargo plus stowing
FIO Free in and out -chartererpays for cost of loading and discharging cargo
FIOST Free In and Out Stowed and Trimmed
FIOT Free In/Out and Trimmed.
FIPB - Foreign Investment Promotion Board
FIR First Information Report
FIRE-- Filing information returns electronically
FIRPTA- -Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980
FIS Free Into Store
FISC-- Foreign International Sales Company
FIS- -Foreign information system
FISIM Financial Intermediation Services
FISMA- -Federal Information Security Management Act
FIT Federation of International Traders
FIT Free In Trimmed
FIT-- Financial institutions tax
FITL - Funded Interest Term Loan
FITPP-- Fractional interest tangible personal property
FITW-- Federal income tax withholding (sometimes FIT)
FIU-IND - Financial Intelligence Unit-India
FIV-- Future income value
FIW Free In Wagon
FIX Financial Information Exchange
FIXING Chartering a Vessel
FL Financial leverage
FLAS Foreign Liabilities and Assets
FLATPACKING Cargo to be presented stacked and secured as an integral unit.
FLCCs - Financial Literacy and Credit Counseling
FLC-- Farm labor contractor
FLEP- -Forest Land Enhancement Program
FLIC Forwarders local import control
FLP Family Limited Partnership
FLRA Federal Labor Relations Authority
FLSA- -Fair Labor Standards Act
FLT Full Liner Terms
FMB Federal Maritime Board (USA)
FMC Federal Maritime Commission
FMCG - Fast Moving Consumer Goods
FMCS- - Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
FMD - Financial Markets Department
FME Force Majeure Excepted
FMHA-- Farmer's Home Administration
FMLA-- Family and Medical Leave Act
FMOC-- Federal Open Market Committee
FMR-- Fair market rent
FMRR- -Financial management rate of return
FMS-- Financial Management Service
FMV-- Fair market value
FNA-- Financial needs analysis
FNMA-- Federal National Mortgage Association
FO (IFO) Fuel Oil
FO (IFO) Fuel Oil/Intermediate FO
Fo For orders, free out terms
FO Firm Order
FO Free Out
FOA--- FOB Airport
FOB - Free on Board
FOB & C-- -Free on Board and Commission
FOB Freight On Board
FOC Free Of Charge
FOD Free Of Damage
FOF - Flow of Funds
FOFFER Firm Offer
FOF- -Fund of fund
FO- -Field operations
FO-- Foreign to occupation
FOG For Our Guidance
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FOK- -Fill-or-kill order
FOMC Federal open market committee (of the United States).
FOMC- -Federal Open Market Committee
FOQ Free On Quay
FOR Free On Rail

FOREX foreign exchange 

FORWARD Toward the bow of the ship
FOT Free On Truck
FOV Free On Vehicle
FOW First Open Water
FOW Free On Wharf
FP & FF - Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
FP -C Flash pointcelsius
FP Floating (open) marine policy/fully paid
FP Floating open cover marine insurance Policy
FP Free Pratique. Clearance by the Health Authorities
FP&A Financial Planning & Analysis
FPA Free of particular average (obsolete)
FPAAC-- -Free from Particular Average American Conditions
FPAA- -Final partnership administrative adjustment
FPAEC-- -Free from Particular Average English Conditions
FPA-- -Free from Particular Average
FP-C Flash Point Celcius
FPHCI-- Foreign personal holding company income
FPH-- Foreign personal holding company
FPI Foreign Portfolio Investment
FPL-- Federal Poverty Level
FPLP- -Federal Payment Levy Program
FPM- -Flexible payment mortgage
FPO Follow on public offer
FPS - Focus Product Scheme
FPSO Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit
FR Federal Register
FR First Refusal. First attempt at best offer that can be matched
FR Freight Release
fr& cc Free of riots and civil commotions
Fr. wa. Fresh water
FRA Forward Rate Agreement
FRA- -Full retirement age
FRANCO FREE all charges paid to arrival
FRB- -Federal Reserve Board
FRBM - Fiscal Responsibility and Budget
FRBs - Floating Rate Bonds
FRCP- -Federal Rules of Civil Practice
FREE DESPATCH If loading/discharging achieved sooner than agreed, there will be no freight money returned.
Free Ex Ins FREE of any EXtra INSurance (Owners)
FREE EXINS Free of any Extra Insurance (Owners)
FREE OUT Free of discharge costs to owners. Includes seafreight only.
FREEBOARD The minimum vertical distance from the surface of the water to the gunwale
FRF French Franc
FR-- Federal register
FRI Forest Research Institute
FRL - Full Reservoir Level
FRLs - Fiscal Responsibility Legislations
FRN Floating Rate Notes.
frof Fire risk on freight
FRS- -Federal Reserve System
FRT Freight

Frt Fwd- Freight Forward 

Frt PP- Freight Prepaid
FRV-- Fair rental value
FS Fuel Surcharge
FS IRS Fact Sheets
FS Italian Railways
FSA-- Field service advice memoranda
FSA-- Flexible spending arrangement; Farm Service Agency; Office of Federal Student Aid


FSAT-- Financial status audit techniques
FSB - Financial Stability Board
FSC-- Foreign Sales Corporation
FSE - Feline Spongiform Encephalopathy
FSF - Financial Stability Forum
FS-- Financial statement; Forest Service
FSI Forest Survey of India
FSI-- Free standing insert
FSLG-- Federal, state and local government
FSLIC- -Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation
FSLRC – Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission
FSO Fund for Special Operations (IDB)
FSP-- FASB Staff Position
FSR- -Financial strength rating
FSS Farmers’ Service Societies
FST - Financial Sector Technology
FTA Free Trade Agreement
FTA Freight Transport Association or Free Trade Agreements
FTAA Free Trade Area of the Americas
FTA-- Federal Tax Application
FTAP-- Funding target attainment percentage
FTAs- -Fraud technical advisers
FTCA- -Federal Tort Claims Act
FTC-- Federal Trade Commission
FTCS Fast Track Clearance System
FTD FiTted
FTD-- Failure to deposit (penalty)
FTD- -Federal tax deposit
FTE- -Full time employee
FTF- Failure to file
FTHBC First time homebuyer credit
FTI Federal taxable income
FTL Full Trailer Load
FTP Foreign Trade Policy 2004-09
FTP Failure to pay
FTP Federal tax payment
FTS Fast Track Settlement
FTZ Free Trade Zones
FTZ Foreign Trade Zone or Free Trade Zone
FUTA Federal Unemployment Tax Act
FVCIs Foreign Venture Capital Investors
FV Field visit
FVO Fair value option
FWAD Fresh water Arrival Draft
Fwd Forward
FWDD Fresh Water Departure Draft
FWG First Working Group on Money
FWT Federal withholding tax
FX Foreign exchange market
FX Foreign Corporation
FY Fiscal year.
FYE Fiscal year end
FYG For Your Guidance
FYI For Your Information

 The above are the list of abbreviations commonly used in business. These abbreviations include abbreviations used in Export, abbreviations in Import, list of abbreviations in shipping trade, expansions used in freight forwarding business and commonly used terms in customs brokering. Popularly used abbreviations in banking, commonly using tax abbreviations and other list of generally used business terms are also included in this article. If you would like to add up more abbreviations commonly used in your region, you may write such enlargements below. Please make sure, you are adding only ‘commonly using abbreviations’ in business, as this category is dealt with international trade.


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