break-bulk

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break-bulk (not comparable)

  1. Of cargo, heterogeneous in size, shape, and handling requirements; neither bulk nor containerized.
    • 2006 Brian J. Cudahy Box Boats: How Container Ships Changed the World p. 9
      Break-bulk cargo is characterized by its multiplicity and diversity. ... In break-bulk service, a cargo ship might carry barrels of cooking oil, ... cartons..., bales ..., bags ..., and so on.

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