AsstrA’s New York office is now registered as an official sea carrier of US export and import cargo. For customers, this is another confirmation of AsstrA’s reliability as a logistics partner.
US Regional Director Viacheslav Tureiko talks about the process of obtaining an NVOCC license and the undeniable advantages it helps AsstrA provide to customers.
— What is the difference between Freight Forwarder and NVOCC licenses?
An NVOCC license holder can officially act as a sea carrier and issue HBL bills of lading after receiving cargo to be shipped by sea. An NVOCC license allows a company to act as the owner of record for cargo when working with maritime shipping lines. A NVOCC-licensed carrier may enter into direct service agreements with sea lines and take advantage of customized, preferential rates.
In the USA, a Freight Forwarder is responsible for ensuring proper, complete workflows for exporters and importers. That means staying compliant with all relevant rules concerning import and export processes on behalf of clients.
A company with both NVOCC and Freight Forwarder licenses can legally take full management of export-import cargo flows for customers in the USA and therefore provide them with highly competitive services.
— Viacheslav, what does the NVOCC license obtainment process look like?
Firstly, keep in mind that it is a complex, multi-stage process. The AsstrA team went through a series of registration procedures and provided a variety of information to prove our reliability as a logistics provider that complies with all necessary requirements. It was important to demonstrate to the Federal Maritime Commission that we can provide high-quality services. In addition, we need to meet certain financial requirements necessary for companies managing US export and import cargo flows.
As is widely known, US transportation safety requirements and anti-terrorism rules are among the most complex in the world. Having qualified, experienced staff is a prerequisite for being licensed in sea transportation. Our specialists were thoroughly vetted to make sure they have the competencies necessary for executing shipping processes in full compliance with US standards.
Secondly, in addition to proven compliance with the above requirements, it is important to have recommendations from several shipping lines as to our reliability as a business partner in this industry.
— How do customers win?
As an NVOCC-licensed sea carrier, official Freight Forwarder, and experienced cargo shipper, AsstrA NY can put clients’ minds to rest when it comes to handling:
- preparation of all necessary documentation,
- delivery of cargo to the port of departure,
- port procedures and ship loading,
- chartering and shipping,
- port and customs procedures at the port of destination,
- delivery of cargo to the door of the recipient.
AsstrA provides these services on every route. There is no need to find multiple partners to complete one shipment. Our customers receive competitive rates and a full range of logistics options in the USA.
This is possible thanks to our NVOCC license-enabled service contracts with maritime carriers, long-term experience with US cargo flows to both Europe and Asia, and direct working relationships with carriers throughout the United States. In addition, AsstrA NY Inc. is able to issue or own HBL bills of lading, which simplify clients’ financial transactions and guarantee the confidentiality of business information.
This way, clients get full control of door-to-door cargo deliveries and top-quality services from AsstrA’s professional teams located across Europe, the CIS, Asia, and the USA.