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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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Until the security issues surrounding air carriage can be drastically improved, cabotage and foreign ownership beyond a controlling interest or ownership approaching a controlling interest must be kept off of the EU-US or any other Open Skies negotiation table.
The statement said rights to cabotage -- the transport of cargo between two points within a country by a foreign carrier -- were excluded.
domestic liner shipping companies who must conform to Cabotage laws.
a recently established Salvadoran company, seeks new or used RO/RO Ferry Vessels for cabotage transport services between Port of Corsain (El Salvador), and Port of Corinto (Nicaragua), and between Port of Quetzal (Guatemala), Port of Corsain (El Salvador), and Port of Caldera (Costa Rica).
The money will be used by the National Vessel Financing Fund (NVFF) to both support local shippers and the country's controversial cabotage law, which reserves local trade for local companies.
Alianca cabotage services extend our services to additional Mercosur-region ports.
In fact, cabotage is specifically prohibited by statute in the U.
He said the demonstration was to demand the introduction of a Government rebate on fuel duty for essential users, such as road hauliers, and limits to the practice of cabotage.
Provision of maritime cabotage services in operational routes for which there has been no business interest in a declaration regular routing in accordance with the provisions of n.
Le trafic de marchandises au port de la capitale est domine par les echanges avec le cabotage national (32%), soit le trafic maritime entre les ports nationaux.
Furthermore, the strict implementation of the cabotage law since 1 January this year has limited the supply of available Indonesian flagged vessels, thus resulting in higher domestic charter rates.