What is an NVOCC Service Arrangement (NSA)?

An NVOCC Service Arrangement or NSA is a: written contract between an NVOCC and their shipper customer for ocean freight transportation.  Since 2005, Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) may use NSAs to comply with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission’s tariff regulations. NVOCCs that use NSAs are exempt from filing NSA rates in their FMC tariffs, however […]

Why would I use an NVOCC Service Arrangement (NSA)?

NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs) are a great option to consider using for:   negotiated customer-specific rates,  long-term rates, e.g., annual rates, and  rates with customized surcharges, assessorials, or terms.  NSAs are generally considered best for long-term rates because surcharges can float with your tariff rules. This means that surcharges in effect in your tariff rules at […]

Do I have to renew my FMC Registration?

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission requires that NVOCCs renew their registration every three years. You will be contacted by the FMC via email (oti@fmc.gov) to provide renewal information and provided with an online portal logon. You will have to reconfirm all basic business information initially reported on your FMC Form-65 when you first registered with […]

How do I renew my FMC Registration?

You will receive an email from the FMC with renewal information from oti@fmc.gov. The renewal process is online and requires that you confirm or update key details from your FMC registration documents (Form FMC-65). To complete this FMC Renewal you have two options. Self-Renewal:  Complete the FMC Renewal by yourself and send DPI a copy […]

How much does it cost to renew my FMC Registration?

There is no FMC Fee for renewal processing. If you request DPI to handle your renewal reporting, our fee is US$ 50. Whether you self-renew or use DPI to handle your renewal, if you have changed your company’s head office address, contact information (phone, fax, email), or primary contact, you must also update your FMC […]

How do I know when I need to renew my FMC Registration?

Each registered NVOCC is provided a renewal date at the time of FMC Registration. You can check this date by looking up your organization’s registration on FMC’s official list of Registered NVOCC at https://www2.fmc.gov/oti/NVOCC.aspx. About thirty days before your renewal is due, DPI will send a reminder message. You will also receive a renewal message […]

What does the renewal email from FMC look like?

The renewal email from the FMC will have login information for the FMC’s online registration renewal portal. The email will be sent from oti@fmc.gov with the subject FMC65 Registration Renewal Notice. The email will look like this. If you would like DPI to handle your renewal, you must forward the FMC email containing your login […]

What if I don’t receive a renewal email from FMC?

You will be contacted by the FMC via email about 30 days prior to your renewal date. This email will be sent from oti@fmc.gov to the contact email provided to the FMC at the time of your FMC registration. We recommend checking your spam and junk mail filters in case the message was screened by […]

How is an NVOCC Service Arrangement (NSA) different from Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) and tariff rates?

An NVOCC Service Arrangement (NSA) is a written contract between an NVOCC and their shipper customer for ocean freight transportation.  An NSA is a customer-specific rate agreement which requires signatures of both the shipper customer and NVOCC before they may go into effect. NSAs may contain customized surcharges, assessorials, or terms. NSAs are generally considered […]

Do shippers have to accept NSAs?

Yes, NSAs must be signed by both the shipper customer and NVOCC before they may go into effect. NSA Amendments may be agreed to via email, so long as this is stated in the initial NSA. Amendments must also be agreed to before they may go into effect. For more on DPI’s NSA Services, click […]