A place for the loading and unloading of the cargoes of vessels, and the collection of duties or customs upon imports and exports.
A place, on the seacoast, great lakes, or on a river, where ships stop for the purpose of loading and unloading cargo, or for purpose of taking on or letting off passengers, from whence they depart, and where they finish their voyage. A port is a place intended for loading or unloading goods; hence includes the natural shelter surrounding water, as also sheltered water produced by artificial jetties, etc. The Baldhill, C.C.A.N.Y., 42 F.2d 123, 125.
@ foreign port
One exclusively within the jurisdiction of a foreign nation, hence one without the United States. But the term is also applied to a port in any state other than the state where the vessel belongs or her owner resides. Port other than home port.
@ home port
The port at which a vessel is registered or enrolled or where the owner resides
+ home port
In maritime law, the home port of a vessel is either the port where she is registered or enrolled, or the port at or nearest to which her owner usually resides, or, if there be more than one owner, the port at or nearest to which the husband, or acting and managing owner resides. But for some purposes any port where the owner happens at the time to be with his vessel is its home port. Under the shipping laws, every vessel has what is called her "home port," to which she belongs, and which constitutes her legal abiding place or residence, regardless of her actual absence therefrom.
See also port
@ port charges
@ port dues
@ port tolls
@ port charges, dues, or tolls
port charges, dues, or tolls
Pecuniary exactions upon vessels availing themselves of the commercial conveniences and privileges of a port. Christianssand Shipping Co. v. Marshall, D.C.Pa., 22 F.2d 192, 194
See also port of toll
@ port of call
Port at which ships usually stop on a route or voyage
@ port of delivery
The port which is to be the terminus of any particular voyage, and where the vessel is to unlade or deliver her cargo, as distinguished from any port at which she may touch, during the voyage, for other purposes
@ port of departure
The port from which vessel clears and departs upon start of voyage. As used in the United States statutes requiring a ship to procure a bill of health from the consular officer at the place of departure, is not the last port at which the ship stops while bound for the United States, but the port from which she cleared
@ port of destination
The port at which a voyage is to end.
In maritime law and marine insurance, the term includes both ports which constitute the termini of the voyage; the home port and the foreign port to which the vessel is consigned as well as any usual stopping places for the receipt or discharge of cargo
@ port of discharge
In a policy of marine insurance, means the place where the substantial part of the cargo is discharged, although there is an intent to complete the discharge at another basin
@ port of entry
One of the ports designated by law, at which a custom-house or revenue office is established for the execution of the laws imposing duties on vessels and importations of goods. Port where immigrants arrive. 8 U.S.C.A. No. 1221

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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