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Default Shipments by train ??

The word shipment came up in a lesson today and I explained it as a delivery of goods. "Yes," said the student "but by sea, obviously?"

Offhand I wasn't sure. Do we use shipment more generally, or is it actually restricted to water transport?
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Default Re: Shipments by train ??

Without looking it up i'd say it was okay.
Otherwise, what about consignment?

The consignment arrived by train.
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Default Re: Shipments by train ??

By pure chance, after writing the original post I went to the Amazon site to look at some books. And noted that they talk about stuff being shipped. But presumably they don't necessarily send it by boat - ???

Yes, I agree with Clive that consignment/consigned is an alternative. But shipped/shipment seems more usual - in fact I've just done a googlebattle and it's come out : shipment - 47.7 million; consignment 9.2 million. No contest!
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I'll take it on the chin like a man. :-)
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Default Re: Shipments by train ??

A search at dictionary.com gives the following definitions for shipment, amongst others:

- goods carried by a large vehicle
- a load of goods sent by sea

And this for the verb "to ship"

- to put or take on board a ship or other means of transportation; to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.

So I think we can safely use "to ship" and "shipment" to refer to other means of transporation too!
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Default Re: Shipments by train ??

I'll chime in and say that I think it's standard to refer to sending goods through a variety of mediums as shipping or shipment.

Everything says 'shipping and handling' for listing additional charges when you buy an item.
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