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Freight Forwarding

  How do we work with Freight Forwarders?

A freight forwarder, or forwarding agent, is a person or a company who, for a fee, organizes shipments for the shipper by liaising with carriers. A forwarder does not move the goods but acts as an agent in the logistics network.  Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs) are either Ocean Freight Forwarders (OFF) or Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCC) and are regulated by the Federal Maritime Commission.


An Ocean Freight Forwarder (OFF) is an individual or company located in the U.S. which:

  • arranges cargo movement to an international destination

  • dispatches shipments from the United States via common carriers and books or otherwise arranges space for those shipments on behalf of shippers

  • prepares and processes the documentation and performs related activities pertaining to those shipments


A Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) is:

  • a common carrier that holds itself out to the public to provide ocean transportation, issues its own house bill of lading or equivalent document, and does not operate the vessels by which ocean transportation is provided

  • a shipper in its relationship with the vessel-operating common carrier involved in the movement of cargo

Our brokers work with Freight Forwarders and Custom House Brokers, daily, to help facilitate the movement of goods into and out of the United States.  Whether it is clearing customs, arranging drayage, warehousing, transloading or domestic trucking, our brokers provide white glove service with outstanding communication. If you would like more information about Freight Forwarding, reach out to our team at Trident Logistics, LLC. We are always here for you.

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