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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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The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has launched plans to buy 100 new cabotage vessels in partnership with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
In his own presentation, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside said that talks between the agency and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) are in advanced stage over provision of 100 brand new cabotage vessels for indigenous operators in the oil and gas sector.
With the enactment of [these laws] and their implementing rules and regulations, erstwhile cabotage restrictions have been lifted.
In his speech, Aquino noted the importance of the Philippine Competition Act and the amendments to the Cabotage Law, which were among the priority measures in the Congress.
But the representatives from the shipping sector cited the need to first address restrictions posed by the cabotage law and the Philippine Constitution.
S'agissant du cabotage national (transport par mer de marchandises de port en port), Rezal a indique qu'il pourrait egalement contribuer au desengorgement des ports commerciaux, ajoutant qu'il est meme possible d'opter pour le cabotage international en assurant des liaisons a destination notamment des pays du Maghreb et de ceux de la rive nord de la Mediterranee.
Cabotage implementation in 2013 for offshore operations support vessels of 5000 BHP and higher, including Platform Support Vessels and Dynamic Positioning vessels, means that all our fleet is now fully covered under the cabotage law.
This conference aims to come up with solutions on how to improve the EU's cabotage rules (transporting goods between two towns in one member state by a carrier registered in another member state).
Summary: TRIVANDRUM - The relaxation granted in cabotage restrictions in the DP World operated International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam in Kerala's commercial capital of Cochin has enthused trading community.
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Advocates in the European Commission and Parliament said a liberalised cabotage market would help bring down haulage costs but also cut traffic and pollution by reducing the number of transcontinental truckers returning home with empty rigs.