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Backhaul (maritime)

The practice of hauling cargo along part or all of a return trip from a delivery destination to the origin point of a ship's voyage. Backhauling ensures that the optimum amount of goods is efficiently transported throughout the ship's journey. A backhaul is the opposite of a headhaul, which is the first part of the voyage from the origin port where the ship was initially loaded to its destination point.