Cargo or load was the generic term for anything being transported. It is often stored in a cargo bay and/or in cargo pods or cargo containers.
The Earth Cargo Service freighters transported their cargo in cargo modules attached to the ships. (ENT: "Fortunate Son", "Horizon")
The United Earth transport Arctic One had several sections for cargo, labeled "Cargo service". (ENT: "Regeneration")
The Ornarans T'Jon and Romas put their cargo, the drug felicium, higher than their own lives when transporting it aboard the Enterprise-D instead of theirselves. (TNG: "Symbiosis")
Cargo can refer to more than simply inorganic matter, however. Anything being transported is considered cargo and that can include sentient lifeforms. In 2368, an empathic metamorph named Kamala was cargo to the USS Enterprise-D before being disturbed from her cocoon early and then empathically bonding with Captain Picard. (TNG: "The Perfect Mate")
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