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Business English Abbreviations

Abbreviation Full form
a/c account
acct account
Advt. advertisement
ASAP as soon as possible
attn. (for the) attention (of)
B2B business-to-business
B2C business-to-customer
B2E business-to-employee, business-to-employer
B/E bill of exchange
B/L bill of lading
cc carbon copy
cf. compare
cfr. cost and freight
cif cost, insurance, freight
cip carriage and insurance paid to
C/N credit note
c/o care of
cod cash on delivery
Corp. Corporation
cpt carriage paid to
cwo cash with order
D/A documents against acceptance
ddp Delivered duty paid
ddu Delivered Duty Unpaid
des delivered ex ship (...named port)
DN debit note
D/P documents against payment
enc(s) enclosure(s)
EXW ex works (from a named place)
fob free on board (to a named port of shipment)
for free on rail
Inc Incorporated (US)
LTD. limited
L/C letter of credit
p&p postage and packing
p.p. per procurationem
pto please turn over
re with reference to, regarding
RRP recommended retail price
SAE stamped addresses envelope
VAT Value Added Tax
ZIP (code) Zone Improvement Plan (US)