In Gate Date

In Gate Date is also known as carrier's cutoff date

The date that the goods need to be at the port, preparing for departure. Typically, the cutoff date is two days prior to the Estimated Time of Departure (ETD).

For example, if you want the shipment to be on a vessel due to leave Wednesday, Jan 12; then the in gate date should be Monday Jan 10. During the two days between arrival at port and the ship’s departure, the carrier will process the paperwork and the port can check on the container(s) to make sure it complies with all regulations.