Who is an NVOCC Operator and difference between a freight forwarder and NVOCC

NVOCC = Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier is ALMOST the same as a  Freight Forwarder in terms of his activities.. However there are some differences which separate these two entities..

  • The NVOCC can and sometimes do own and operate their own or leased containers whereas a Freight Forwarder does not..
  • In certain countries like USA, the NVOCC operators are required to file their tariffs with the government regulatory bodies and create a public tariff..
  • NVOCC is in certain areas accorded the status of a virtual “carrier” and in certain cases accepts all liabilities of a carrier
  • A Freight Forwarding company can act as an agent/partner for a NVOCC..

Apart from the above major differences, all other activities between these two entities are similar to each other.. NVOCC is basically a “carrier to shippers” and “shipper to carriers”.. You can read more about this in my previous post reg the back to back bill of lading (http://shippingandfreightresource.com/2009/11/23/what-is-a-back-to-back-shipment/)


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27 thoughts on “Who is an NVOCC Operator and difference between a freight forwarder and NVOCC

  1. Abdel says:

    I need to understand when is a container considered as Over weight ? OW and will incur insto additional surcharge beacuse of this. As per standars info there are limits / max weight declare per each box type / size but I noticed for example that a 20GE hast a limit of 30,000 pound but carriers charged me for overweight over 27Tons. why is that and what are those limits for OVER weight?

    1. Hello Abdel, I will respond to this as a post for others also to know..

  2. Jagdish Bisht says:

    what is F178, Certificate of Origin ?

  3. Gustavo says:

    I will be starting as a Customer Service Representative for a local freight consolidator. I would like to learn as much as I can about the shipping industry. I’m very eager to learn.