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1. The transportation of passengers and goods within the same country.
2. Law or policy protecting transporters of passengers and goods within a country from competition from foreign carriers.

[French, trade and navigation in coastal waters, especially those belonging to a single country, from caboter, to sail along a coast, perhaps from Spanish cabo, cape, from Latin caput, head; see cape2.]


1. (Nautical Terms) nautical coastal navigation or shipping, esp within the borders of one country
2. (Aeronautics) reservation to a country's carriers of its internal traffic, esp air traffic
[C19: from French, from caboter to sail near the coast, apparently from Spanish cabo cape2]


(ˈkæb ə tɪdʒ, ˌkæb əˈtɑʒ)

navigation or trade along the coast.
[1825–35; < French, derivative of caboter to sail coastwise]


the act of navigating or trading along a coast.
See also: Ships, Trade
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cabotage - the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders
right - an abstract idea of that which is due to a person or governmental body by law or tradition or nature; "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"; "Certain rights can never be granted to the government but must be kept in the hands of the people"- Eleanor Roosevelt; "a right is not something that somebody gives you; it is something that nobody can take away"
2.cabotage - navigation in coastal waters
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
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W Olorundare, who handed over the suspects to the EFCC, said that they were arrested for allegedly operating illegally in Nigerian waters against the provisions of Nigerian Cabotage Trade Law.
In the same vein, a maritime law expert, Mr Mike Igbokwe, SAN commended the Dr Dakuku Peterside led Management of NIMASA and added that the essence of the Cabotage regime is beginning to unfold, as it intends to ensure 100 per cent participation of Nigerians in its Cabotage trade.
The coastal cabotage trade is 30% cheaper than going by truck," says cargo company exec Pavan, whose shipments have increased tenfold.