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Ocean Freight Forwarder and NVOCC

Since, 1977, Schumacher has been the premier ocean freight forwarder and NVOCC. From international vehicle shipping to overseas moves, we can handle all ocean freight needs. With over 40 years of experience, we can offer the best ocean shipping rates no matter the good or service. 

Learn about ocean freight forwarding and NVOCC services below and start your international shipment today!

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What is an Ocean Freight Forwarder and NVOCC

Ocean Freight Forwarder

Ocean freight forwarders are specialists that facilitate ocean freight, generally via container. An ocean freight forwarder does not necessarily need to interact with the shipment itself to complete it from door to door. By using a global network, they can move goods worldwide from any location.


NVOCC stands for Non-vessel Operating Common Carrier. What this means is the company provides all the ocean carrier services other than providing the ship. To list, some of the duties include issuing a bill of lading, buying services from carriers, and operating FMC guidelines. In short, NVOCCs do everything other than own or operate the vessel. Without one, individuals will not be able to get cargo space for your goods from carriers.

What is the Difference

To start, every NVOCC is a freight forwarder, but not every ocean freight forwarder is an NVOCC. An ocean freight forwarder does not necessarily book the shipping line, where an NVOCC needs to take a more active role in the ocean shipment. It is actually possible for companies to be both, so they can offer you the full range of benefits. When operating like this, a company does not need to go through third-parties with shipments. They facilitate both the logistics around the shipment and the shipment itself. This is good for customers as the rates and services are all provided by the same company. 

How Much Does Ocean Freight Forwarding Cost

There are many different factors that affect the price of ocean freight forwarding. Some of these details include the service chosen, type of good, and origin/destination. As an example, a car shipment will be vastly different than a two bedroom house even with everything else the same. For this reason, our representatives create custom quotes for each shipment.

Get the cost for your ocean freight shipment by using out our Online Quote Form

Ocean Freight Forwarding Services

When shipping with Schumacher we offer a few different shipping services:

  • Shared Container Ocean Freight
  • Less than Container Load (LCL)
  • Sole Use Container Ocean Freight (FCL)
  • Roll on/ Roll off for Vehicles

Shared Container Ocean Freight

Our most popular ocean freight service is the shared container. With this service, your goods are loaded into a container with others going to the same destination. Our volume and experience allows us to offer this service to 80+ countries worldwide. This is the best value since you split costs and only pay for the space you need. Less than container load is similar to this service, but the goods are loaded with other companies as well. Our shared containers are Schumacher customers only which gets you a better value than most LCL shipments.

Private Container Ocean Freight

Once you reach capacity or need shipping to a particular country, a private container becomes the way to go. Our most popular containers are 20 and 40 foot containers that hold 1000 and 2000 cubic feet respectively. We also offer access to specialty containers in some circumstance, but one of our representatives would guide you if necessary. This service has a faster completion time and also gives you a wider range of options for destinations.

RoRo for Vehicles

Roll on/ roll off service is when a vehicle is rolled into the belly of the ship, then rolled off at the destination. This service is only offered from the East Coast, but is necessary for some vehicles such as large RVs or commercial autos. When shipping vehicles that do not fit in a container, RoRo will allow you to still ship them via ocean freight. Though we will need to transport the vehicle by land to the East Coast.

Start Your Ocean Freight Shipment with Schumacher

Since 1977, Schumacher Cargo Logistics has offered premier international ocean freight and NVOCC services from anywhere in the USA. With over 40 years of experience we have developed the processes to remove the hassle from your shipment overseas. Start today and see why SCLUSA is the best ocean freight company for all types of international shipments.

Fill out our Online Quote Form and start your move overseas today!

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.