Descartes assists ocean carriers and intermediaries in meeting requirements across a variety of compliance initiatives including the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) Shipping Act. The FMC licenses U.S. based and international Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs), requires bonds of both U.S. and foreign based OTIs, as well as, proper tariff publication by U.S. and foreign based ocean common carriers. It regulates rates, charges, classifications, rules and regulations contained in tariffs of U.S. based carriers and those controlled by foreign governments and operating in U.S. trade lanes. The agency also reviews tariff publications under the access and accuracy standards of the Shipping Act, assures proper application of rates, charges and rules as published in tariffs and service contracts of ocean common carriers.
Vessel Operating Common Carrier (VOCC) – U.S. based
Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) – U.S. based
Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) – Foreign based
Ocean Freight Forwarder (OFF) – U.S. based