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Non-vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)


A freight forwarder, forwarder, or forwarding agent, also known as a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), is a person or company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution.[1] Forwarders contract with a carrier or often multiple carriers to move the goods. A forwarder does not move the goods but acts as an expert in the logistics network. These carriers can use a variety of shipping modes, including ships, airplanes, trucks, and railroads, and often multiple modes for a single shipment. For example, the freight forwarder may arrange to have cargo moved from a plant to an airport by truck, flown to the destination city, then moved from the airport to a customer’s building by another truck.

International freight forwarders typically handle international shipments. International freight forwarders have additional expertise in preparing and processing customs and other documentation and performing activities pertaining to international shipments.

Information typically reviewed by a freight forwarder includes the commercial invoice, shipper’s export declaration, bill of lading and other documents required by the carrier or country of export, import, and/or transshipment. Much of this information is now processed in a paperless environment.

The FIATA shorthand description of the freight forwarder as the ‘Architect of Transport’ illustrates the commercial position of the forwarder relative to its client. In Europe, some forwarders specialize in ‘niche’ areas such as rail-freight, and collection and deliveries around a large port.

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Logistics in Moving

What is Logistics

Logistics in Moving & Relocation

Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet requirements of customers or corporations. The resources managed in logistics can include physical items such as food, materials, animals, equipment, and liquids; as well as abstract items, such as time and information. The logistics of physical items usually involves the integration of information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security.

In military science, logistics is concerned with maintaining army supply lines while disrupting those of the enemy, since an armed force without resources and transportation is defenseless. Military logistics was already practiced in the ancient world and as modern military have a significant need for logistics solutions, advanced implementations have been developed. In military logistics, logistics officers manage how and when to move resources to the places they are needed.

Logistics management is the part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward, and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customer’s requirements. The complexity of logistics can be modeled, analyzed, visualized, and optimized by dedicated simulation software. The minimization of the use of resources is a common motivation in all logistics fields. A professional working in the field of logistics management is called a logistician.

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Roll-on-roll-off in Auto Transport

What is Roll-on/roll-off in Auto Transport

Roll-on/roll-off Car Shipping

Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro) ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter. This is in contrast to lift-on/lift-off (LoLo) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

RORO vessels have either built-in or shore-based ramps that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port. While smaller ferries that operate across rivers and other short distances often have built-in ramps, the term RORO is generally reserved for large oceangoing vessels. The ramps and doors may be located in stern, bow or sides, or any combination.

Types of RORO vessels include ferries, cruiseferries, cargo ships, barges, and RoRo service for air deliveries. New automobiles that are transported by ship are often moved on a large type of RORO called a pure car carrier (PCC) or pure car/truck carrier (PCTC)

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Moving Tips for a smooth move

Useful Moving Tips for an Upcoming Move

  1. Written Estimate– Always ask for written estimates from moving companies. It is your right to ask in writing.
  2. Binding Estimates– Your have the liberty to ask for binding estimates. Prices will not change at the end.
  3.  Non Binding Estimates– The estimate is likely to change from the initial price quoted.
  4. Compare– Get price quotes from at least four moving companies in your area. Always compare.
  5. Know your act– You have the liberty to request a detailed complaint report about your moving company from The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as per the Freedom of Information Act.
  6. Broker or a Mover? – Make sure as to who is doing your move. Ask the person representing the moving company, if he is working for the company directly. It could be a broker. Brokers will be providing you a non binding estimate. Brokers will be identifying a moving company for you and they are not allowed to provide estimates on behalf on any moving company.
  7. Loss and Claims– Moving companies must provide you a dispute settlement program in the event of loss or damage of your goods. Ask for it.
  8. Confirm payment method– In the case of a non binding estimate, reconfirm with the mover on the payment method he accepts at time of delivery. You could pay by cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card.
  9. Re Weighing– You are entitled for a reweighing of the truck with and without your items at the time of delivery.
  10. Movers Liability– Movers are required to provide you with the detailed explanation on the difference between actual insurance covered and the valuation. You need to know the moving company’s responsibility on loss and damage.
  11. Confirm dates– Check with your mover if he has the option of guaranteed pickup and delivery dates.
  12. Check what you sign– At the time of signing the contract make sure that the document is complete. The services promised and conditions determining the final amount at delivery including shipping information must be mentioned.
  13. Check your Company– Ask your moving company for references and also check them out on the internet.
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Packing Tips

Packing Tips and Ideas for a Big Move

Have a big move coming up? The first step in your preparation is to pack you items the right way. Start analyzing the thing that you need to pack. This will help you in estimating the number of boxes that you will be needing and their respective sizes. You will also be needing bubble wraps. You can also get this estimation done by your moving company. You could ask them to send someone over to take a look. Next you have two options, either you could buy the moving boxes and wraps from your moving company or acquire them yourself which is going to be cheaper.

You should start packing based on your move date. Begin with the items that you will not be needing in the next few days. Prioritize the items based on your daily usage. Entertainment items such as books,MP3’s magazines, DVD’s etc can make their way into the boxes.

Start naming the boxes as you pack them. Put labels on each of them with a short description on what it contains. Will save you a lot of time after relocating to your new home while unpacking.

Once you have acquired the desired number of boxes, start packing the small items first. Make sure that you don’t run out of bubble wraps for fragile items like glass and mirror. Other breakable items such as Flower vases and fragile decorative items can all be put into a single box with bubble wrap. If you have a lot of big furniture it is good to ask for help in moving them around and disassembling.

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After Moving – Settling at New Home

Once all your household items are unloaded at your new home and you see off the moving company’s truck driver, the stage 2 in your relocation process begins. After you have unpacked all your items and arranged them the way you want it, life seems a lot peaceful, but wait , not just yet. Settling Down at a new place can be a nerve-racking. New people, new surroundings, new life style, everything is going to be new. It does take a while to get used to the new place; however we can try to reduce the moving stress as much as possible. Getting acquainted with your neighbors and surrounding can be simple if you do it systematically.

First of all start looking out for your basic needs and the places where you can find them it makes life a lot easier.  For example, find your nearest grocery store or medical store. Start making friends, one friend can lead to another, so start talking! Ask the people who you get acquainted with for the things and shops you need. You can also use the internet. Google maps will be extremely handy during the initial weeks. Be it a short drive to the nearby theatre or a coffee shop around the corner, identifying the place before hand helps a lot.

It’s only the first week after your move that’s going to be rough and then you would be knowing what to look for and where making you more at ease. Start inviting the neighbors over for dinner or lunch.

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Moving on Short Notice

Moving on a Short Notice

We often come across instances when you need to relocate to a new place on the short notice. Reasons could be plenty such as a new job offer, or some other personal commitment. Moving to a new place on a short notice is definitely stressful but we can try to reduce the intensity as much as possible.

The simple and the quickest way to start is to hire a moving company especially if you are moving long distance. Get in touch with many moving companies in your area and get quotes. Ask for a full service move, where they come, do the packing, loading and unloading as well. This could be expensive but it’s worth it if you have the time constraint. Make sure that the delivery will be done on the stipulated date. Some moving companies have the tendency to accept pickups if you stay close by to their location even though they might not be having a truck going in towards your destination in the next few weeks. In such cases you might end up waiting for your household items at your new home. Be sure to check the reputation and reviews about the moving company on the internet before you sign the contract.

If you are not in a situation to find a household moving company or if you cant afford the high expense of going with a moving company then renting a truck can be a good idea. You will find a number of truck rentals  in your area and they don’t charge too much.

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cheap moving boxes

Where to get Cheap Moving Boxes when Relocating

Have a move coming up in the near future? You must start hunting for moving boxes.  It is the basic step in preparing yourself for your move, be it a local move or a long distance move. Your primary target should be to acquire as many as you can. Once you accumulate these boxes you are going to save a lot of time and stress in running around for them as your move date nears. Moving boxes  are so important to your household move.The first step is to enquire with neighbors and friends. There might be a few boxes lying around in their homes and they might be generous enough to give them away to you for free. You could also enquire for people who have moved in recently to your community and they might be more than happy to get rid of the boxes that they used to move in.

There might be a lot of grocery stores in your locality who would be willing to sell boxes at a cheap price. Off peak hours is the right time to visit these shops and it increases your chances of getting these boxes quickly. The next step would be to approach companies who sell moving boxes. You can also purchase them online. There are many websites out there who give you the option to choose the size and dimensions of the boxes based on your needs.

Start looking out for networking websites. You might find a lot of people wanting to sell their moving boxes at a very cheap price. Once all this is done, if you feel that you are short of moving boxes, don’t worry. Your moving company will be more than happy to sell them to you at the time of pick up. There are many moving companies who give free boxes along with the move. Ask for it when you get the price quote.

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How to find a good Moving Company

When we talk about household moving we have two options, one is to do it by ourselves which is by far the cheapest method and the other is to hire a moving company. Depending on you move type you can choose a local or a long distance moving company. Moving companies have different rates and vary in the services that they offer. For example a moving company may offer you free moving boxes and another moving company might give you free storage. It’s up to you to decide the company based on your requirement. Above all this the most important thing is the cost factor. You need to look out for a mover who is giving you a reasonable rate. Beware of moving companies who give you extremely cheap moving quotes as they might scam you in the end. It’ always good to compare rates with a few different companies. Try to have a mover come home and do a visual estimate. It will help you in determining how much it will exactly cost you for the move.

Searching online is the best place to look out for a moving company in your area. Once you get quotes from a certain number of relocation companies, the next step is to check the reputation. There are many websites out there who give ratings and reviews of top moving companies. Check them out. Bring it down to the company that has the least complaints. The Better Business Bureau and the US DOT websites are good places to check if you have trouble in finding moving company reviews. Once this is done, asks the moving company to give you references of people who they have moved in your area. You can also ask for references from friends and relatives on which moving company to choose.

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reduce Moving Cost

How to Reduce Moving Cost

Moving to a new place can be expensive and strenuous. We all can still take the stress factor but it’s the cost which kills us in the end. The best and simple way to move is to rent a truck or borrow one. You can seek the help of friends in packing, loading and unloading.

If you have a lot of items to move then you might consider hiring a moving company. If your move is within the state then you need to find a local mover in your state. On the other hand if  you are moving out of state then there are a number of long distance moving companies who can give you their price quotes. It will be good if you find a national moving company to do your move as they will be having a wider network.

Moving companies provide two types of estimates, binding and non binding. Try to go in for a binding estimate so that your price does not change at the time of delivery. A non binding quote is likely to change at the time of delivery. Avoid wasting time during the move, if you have all your items boxed and marked the movers will take less time to load. You can also try to get some cheap used moving boxes so that you need not buy new ones.

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