Ocean Freight – NVOCC Groupage Shipments
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Today we are focussing on NVOCC Groupage shipments and how this can be a good option for smaller businesses.
NVOCC stands for Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier. An NVOCC offers shipping and transportation services without operating its own vessels. Instead, an NVOCC consolidates small shipments from multiple customers into a single container, which is then transported on a vessel.
Groupage shipments, also known as LCL (Less than Container Load) shipments, refer to the practice of combining multiple small shipments from different customers into a single container. With groupage shipments, each customer’s cargo is consolidated with others to utilise container space more efficiently and reduce shipping costs.
Here’s how the process typically works for NVOCC groupage shipments:
Cargo Collection: The NVOCC collects individual shipments from various customers at different locations. These shipments can be small enough to fit into a container.
Consolidation: The NVOCC consolidates these smaller shipments into a single container at its warehouse or container freight station. This process involves careful packing and securing of the cargo to ensure safe transportation.
Documentation: The NVOCC prepares all the necessary shipping documentation, including bills of lading, commercial invoices, packing lists, and any other required paperwork.
Transport to Port: Once the container is loaded and sealed, the NVOCC arranges for the transportation of the container to the port of departure. This can involve various modes of transportation, such as trucks or trains, depending on the location and logistics requirements.
Customs Clearance: At the port of departure, the NVOCC completes the necessary customs clearance procedures for the container. This includes providing the required documentation and paying any applicable customs fees or duties.
Ocean Transportation: The NVOCC arranges for the container to be loaded onto a vessel operated by a shipping line. The vessel then transports the container to the port of destination.
Customs Clearance and Delivery: At the port of destination, the NVOCC or its local agent handles the customs clearance process, including submitting the required documentation and paying any duties or fees. After customs clearance, the container is transported to the final destination, either by the NVOCC or a local delivery agent.
Cargo Distribution: The NVOCC ensures the distribution of the individual shipments to their respective consignees or recipients.
NVOCC groupage shipments are a cost-effective solution for small to medium-sized shippers who don’t have enough cargo to fill an entire container.
By consolidating multiple shipments into a single container, you can benefit from reduced shipping costs and improved efficiency in the transportation process. Please contact us if this sounds like it would work for your business.