Ocean Transportation Intermediary

An Ocean Transportation Intermediary is either an ocean freight forwarder or a non-vessel operating common carrier

Ocean Freight Forwarder

An Ocean Freight Forwarder is an individual or company in the United States that dispatches shipments from the United
States via common carriers and books or otherwise arranges space for those shipments on behalf of shippers.  Ocean
freight forwarders also prepare and process the documentation and perform related activities pertaining to those


An NVOCC is a common carrier that holds itself out to the public to provide ocean transportation, issues its own house bills
of lading or equivalent document, but does not operate the vessels by which ocean transportation is provided, and is a
shipper in relation to the involved ocean common carrier

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