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LANDING COST is the initial charges for landing imported goods, such as those for receiving goods from dockside vessels or from barges to lighters. They may also cover wharfage or delivery from the dock to land conveyance or warehouse.

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BROKER is an individual or firm that acts as an intermediary between a buyer and seller, usually charging a commission.

INVESTMENT CENTER is the responsibility center within an organization that has control over revenue, cost, and investment funds. It is a profit center whose performance is evaluated on the basis of the return earned on invested capital, e.g. corporate headquarters or a division of a large decentralized organization.

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