Industry Encyclopedia


Full Container Load (FCL)

VITA offers door-to-door international FCL ocean container freight services custom-tailored to suit your business needs. With top-quality customer service, web-based tracking, and a dedicated single point of contact handling your shipments, we are here when you need us. 


Less than Container Load (LCL)
We offer cost-lowering consolidation services by combining less than container load for smaller shipments. Our LCL services are for companies that don’t require an entire container to ship their goods. 


What is the difference between an NVOCC and a Freight Forwarder?


Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC)

Freight Forwarder (FF)

     Common carrier status under FMC regulations

       Not a common carrier

  • Serves as a shipper to the vessel operator
  • Only serves as an agent
  • Serves as the carrier to its shipper customer(s)
  • Does not issue the bill of lading
  • Shown as the shipper on the vessel operator’s Master bill of lading
  • Must identify the shipper on the master bill of lading:

Cargo owner is listed as shipper; OR 
“FF as agent for John Doe”