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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.]
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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]
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(ˈkæb ə tɪdʒ, ˌkæb əˈtɑʒ)

navigation or trade along the coast.
[1825–35; < French, derivative of caboter to sail coastwise]
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the act of navigating or trading along a coast.
See also: Ships, Trade
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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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Dakuku said the judgment was 'yet another landmark attempt by the judiciary to set the record straight and boost implementation of our Cabotage law, while generating opportunities for jobs.'
BARRING OUTSIDERS There is a need to repeal or amend the draconian Act and come up with a Cabotage Law.
Industry leaders here welcomed the federal government's RM150 million allocation to address price discrepancies between east and west Malaysia, but said this fell short of abolishing the cabotage policy they have long asked to be ended.
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10668, or the liberalized Cabotage Law, will allow foreign-flagged vessels to call at Philippine ports and enable importers and exporters to load cargoes in foreign ships going in and out of the country.
Republic Act 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act, and Republic Act 10668 or Foreign Ships Co-Loading Act (Cabotage Law) aims to liberalise the investing environment and level the playing field for local and foreign businesses, Aquino said at the presidential palace.
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.