Secure Great Rates, Reliability with a Licensed NVOCC Freight Forwarder
AIT Worldwide Logistics is a licensed Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) freight forwarder. Read on to learn more about the designation and its benefits for customers.
An NVOCC is an ocean carrier that transports goods under its own House Bill of Lading, or equivalent documentation, without operating ocean transportation vessels.
Instead of operating its own ship or fleet, an NVOCC leases space to sell from other ocean carriers, or Vessel Operating Common Carriers. One way to think of an NVOCC is a shipper to carriers and a carrier to shippers.
In some cases, a licensed NVOCC, such as AIT, may also operate as a freight forwarder.
Read on to learn more about AIT’s licensed NVOCC status and NVOCCs in general. Visit fmc.gov for more information.
Yes. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there are a number of differences between the two designations. As a licensed NVOCC, AIT delivers the benefits of both designations, such as the ability to offer a single point of service without having to utilize another NVOCC’s assistance when issuing documentation.
|AIT Worldwide Logistics||Freight Forwarding Only||NVOCC|
|Single Point of Service Capability||Yes||No||No|
|International Association Membership||International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association Membership (FIATA)||International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association Membership (FIATA)||
Do not have an international association
|Standard Documentation Format||Documentation follows FIATA standards||Documentation follows FIATA standards||
No standard format
|Relationship to Shippers||Agent||Agent||Carrier|
|Cargo Container Ownership||Manage or hold containers||Does not own or operate containers||
Manage or hold containers
|Warehouse Ownership||Owns and operates warehouses around the world||
Typically, owns and operates warehouses used for cargo
Typically, does not own and operate warehouses
|Global Cooperation||Coordinates with our global network to reduce costs and improve delivery time||Coordinates with freight forwarders around the world to reduce costs and improve delivery time||
Works independently and under their own responsibility
For a deep-dive into the subject, visit the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) resources at fmc.gov.
International regulations vary; however, prior to offering services in the United States, NVOCCs are required to:
- obtain a license from the FMC (46 CFR § 515.3) (if a U.S.-based company)
- submit proof of financial responsibility for payment of claims (46 CFR Part 515 Subpart C) (arising from its transportation-related activities)
- publish a tariff (46 CFR § 520.3)