When navigating the rough waters of ocean freight transportation, one of the most difficult daily activities for non vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) and freight forwarders is tracking and managing the many complexities of ocean carrier contracts. What makes this issue particularly compelling is the fact that the contract information forms the cost basis for NVOCCs and freight forwarders. Given the myriad of factors that can impact contract details at any given time – from price fluctuations to fuel surcharges – collecting, managing and disseminating information on a day-to-day basis can be a daunting task. In today’s web-based world however, NVOCCs and freight forwarders are realizing that global visibility into information in real-time is rapidly becoming a critical component driving cost-effective, profitable business and quoting decisions.