Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier (NVOCC)

A Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier (NVOCC) is a company that provides ocean freight services without owning, operating or chartering any vessels.

They provide international shipment and cargo transportation services between two points using the vessels of other carriers and utilizing their own bills of lading, booking systems, and rates to perform these services on behalf of importers, exporters, manufacturers, distributors, and shippers.

The NVOCC acts as an intermediary in the transport process. It serves multiple functions, such as:

  • Providing shipping documents such as commercial invoices and packing lists to customs authorities;
  • Preparing contracts with vessel operators;
  • Handling claims against carriers when goods are damaged or lost at sea;
  • Negotiating freight rates;
  • Overseeing the movement of cargo.

They are responsible for providing efficient, reliable, and cost-effective service to their customers.


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