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A comparison between NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier) and freight services, showing the differences and similarities between the two.
09 Feb

Navigating the Logistics Landscape with Precision

An NVOCC, or Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier, is a type of freight forwarder that does not own or operate any vessels, but instead acts as an intermediary between shippers and carriers. NVOCCs consolidate small shipments from multiple customers into full container loads for ocean shipping. They also handle documentation, customs clearance, and other logistics services.

On the other hand, freight forwarders are companies that specialize in arranging the storage and shipping of goods on behalf of their shippers. They may use a variety of carriers, including air, ocean, rail, and trucking companies, to move their customers’ freight.

The main difference between NVOCCs and traditional freight forwarders is that NVOCCs have their own bill of lading and can issue their own house bills of lading, while traditional freight forwarders do not have this capability. This means that NVOCCs have more control over the transportation process and can offer more competitive rates to their customers.

Overall, both NVOCCs and traditional freight forwarders play a crucial role in the global supply chain, helping to move goods efficiently and cost-effectively from one location to another.