• Cargo is not related to the phrase "car - go!" but means instead something that is transported or carried (somehing in transit), wheras to "ship" something somewhere means to move it, and a ship (as in boat) is so named because it is good at this, therefore a shipment can travel by road, and a lorry can carry a cargo, in addition to the other way around. In short, the terms were developed before they were applied to the methods of transport we now use them for.
  • The same reason you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.
  • because whoever came up with the idea was welsh
  • Sorry, but it is also called a shipment when it goes by ship. Cargo could also be used to describe a ships whole load, not just the individual shipments on the ship. When people organise the movement of items to other places the words used to describe these movements are often inter-changeable. I found that 'commercial invoice' and 'proforma invoice' mean the same thing, 'overnight' & 'priority' are the same, 'off-peak' & 'standard' are also the same. People use whatever words they are more comfortable with, or whatever is standard in their industry.
  • Isn't 'shipment' the action or quantity of shipping goods, freight, cargo etc? Check it out: and
  • For the same reason driving on parkways and parking on driveways is allowed.
  • Same reason that we have noses that run and feet that smell.
  • The same reason that students and dying equals "studying". English is funny like that.
  • Why is it that you can only ask questions that have been repeated here dozens of times?

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