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Friday, July 2



Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid-19th century


The right to operate sea, air, or other transport services within a particular territory.

Examples of Cabotage in a sentence

"The cabotage laws within China are fairly strict."

"The government passed new cabotage directives after the change in leadership."

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About Cabotage

This word developed from the French “caboter,” meaning “to sail along a coast.”

Did you Know?

Cabotage used to only refer to transportation and trade along the French coastline. In the 1700s, the French restricted trade so only their own ships could do so in their ports. This right was eventually considered “cabotage,” too, and over time, other countries adopted this and expanded the concept to include other transport services within their borders.

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