Here are a few questions regarding FMC registered forwarder and documentation, raised by Kashan Faiz Sajjad..
I am a freight forwarder in Pakistan and not FMC registered, I have cargo destined for the US, and I ask my FMC registered agent in the US to issue their HBL. So is this workable? Is there any problem that I am going to face regarding this?
If your partner in USA is an FMC registered forwarder and you are issuing their bill of lading which is also registered by the FMC, it is perfectly alright.. In fact, for shipments to USA, only bills of lading approved by the FMC are allowed..
I am booking at origin on behalf of my contarct with the shipping line’s origin office, but issuing my foreign agents (destination agent) HBL with the cargo. What are the points that I should look at prior finalizing the agreement with my agent to avoid huge billing from thier side. Should I fix certain tariffs in the agreement itself?
On the USA trade with most shipping lines, it is very rare that they will allow you – a non FMC registered NVOCC – to be the holder of the service contract..
As far as i know usually the shipping lines will only enter into a service contract with an FMC registered forwarder/NVOCC.. You will have to work in conjunction with your agent on this one..
If I consign my cargo to my FMC agent in Florida where as cargo is for some other state, then is this ok?
As per my understanding, the FMC registration is national and does not relate to that state alone, so this would be in order..
What if I send the cargo on MBL only, whether it is prepaid or collect, on the name of direct shipper/consignee? Where is the FMC registered BL in this case?
If you are going to us the shipping lines MBL only, there is no involvement of your agent or any other forwarder or NVOCC in the USA..
Any shipping line that operates to the USA must be registered by the FMC as a Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs) or ocean common carrier and only then they can issue a bill of lading..
Open for comments.. As these questions are specifically related to USA, if anyone involved in Logistics/Forwarding/Shipping in the USA would like to improve on these answers please feel free to do so..