NVOCC Services

Curious to know what or who is NVOCC, or just want to learn how AFL’s NVOCC shipping solutions works? This page is a great place to start.

What is a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier or licensed NVOCC?

A non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) is a shipping company or an individual that provides vessel sea freight services but does not own or operate the vessels. One of the most important things to know about any NVOCC freight forwarding company is they are responsible for planning shipments. They work directly with shipping carriers to successfully get your cargo exported. For example, a NVOCC freight forwarder will help you prepare and process relevant shipping documents, negotiate rates with various shipping lines as well as receive and deliver cargo to international locations. A license from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), a US federal agency that regulates ocean-based transports in the US, is required before a company or broker can operate as a NVOCC. The certification requires that the company or individual has a minimum of 3 years of experience handling shipments and 6 references from clients. But keep in mind that a non vessel operating common carrier is not to be confused with a freight forwarder.

Benefits of doing business with a licensed NVOCC freight forwarder vs freight forwarder only


NVOCCs can provide better shipping rates than freight forwarders because they usually have direct contracts with shipping lines by booking large quantities of space from the ocean carriers that own or operate shipping vessels.


Because of their industry knowledge about making and filing proper shipments documentation for customs, NVOCCs are faster at getting your cargo cleared at the port of departure without hassles or delays.


From preparing and filing shipping documentation to moving your cargo from the port of departure to the destination port, NVOCCs have a robust network of partners which helps eliminate needless customs and shipment delays.


A NVOCC shipping line or carrier would have the required resources to efficiently handle shipment documentation for customs. With their experience, They can advise and suggest proper and necessary corrections that will get your cargo approved with the US customs.

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Get answers to some of the frequently asked questions about our NVOCC freight forwarding services.
Unlike traditional freight forwarders who act as agents of shipping carriers, NVOCC companies such as AFL have direct contracts with the shipping lines. Therefore, we are able to do more in terms of getting your cargo delivered to the port of destination successfully. For example, a NVOCC shipping carrier like AFL will help you with shipment documentation for US customs, provide you with insurance coverage (if requested), help you make a claim with an insurance provider when needed, and solve any shipment issues that arise. Please contact AFL today to find out about the shipping solutions we can offer you
Getting a NVOCC service provider to work with is never a problem as there are several out there. Finding an experienced and reliable NVOCC freight forwarder, however, can be difficult. But you already found AFL! Just get an instant quote and let’s get started. Here, we have years of experience helping shippers get their car and auto supplies exported from the United States to their desired destination. Contact us today to see the ways we can help you.
With our direct relationship and contracts with various shipping lines as a NVOCC freight forwarder, we are able to negotiate better rates. So it actually costs less to ship with us than it costs to ship with a traditional freight forwarder.
We cover your car from the pickup location to the port of departure. As soon as it is handed over to the port then the car's safety is their responsibility. We strongly recommend getting marine insurance to mitigate loss in the event of the unfortunate. Keep in mind that AFL, as an NVOCC, can assist you in getting your money back in the case of the unfortunate by filing an insurance claim.
Bill of lading Is a legal document issued by a carrier to a shipper, which specifies the type of a shipment, the origin and destination points of the cargo, and other related details. Usually, this document is issued by a VOCC or carrier that owns the shipping vessels. However, a NVOCC license from the FMC also allows NVOCC freight forwarding companies to issue a bill of lading or an equivalent document.