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NVOCC & Freight Forwarder: What’s the Difference?

The logistics industry has a language all its own—and keeping your terms straight could help you secure better rates when shipping cargo.   We’ll show you how by breaking down exactly what it means to work with an NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier). Although working with an NVOCC might seem similar to working with a freight forwarder, there are a few key differences that can have a big impact on your bottom line.   We’ll also explain why working with an NVOCC can mean better customer service, more options for moving cargo, and more ease in your future freight projects rather than shipping direct with...

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Container Types & Sizes: Your Guide to the 10 Most Common Shipping Containers

Today, shipping containers are the standard method for moving cargo. However, that wasn’t always the case. Containerized cargo is a relatively recent invention. In fact, the first voyage of a ship holding containerized cargo traveled from Port Newark, New Jersey to Houston, Texas in 1956. By the end of the 20th century, 90% of the world’s trade cargo was moving in containers. The transportation industry owes this massive transformation to innovators like Malcolm P. McLean, who started his career as a truck driver and ended it as a shipping magnate, and Keith Tantlinger, who helped McLean standardize these containers and invented the features that helped...

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