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FMC Compliance for Ocean Forwarders & NVOs

T25u – FMC Regulatory Compliance for US Ocean Forwarders and NVOs Serving US Ports Training


Study Time (Hrs)


CE Credits (CCS & CES)


NOTE: You will be prompted to Register if you have not already done so. If you already have a login, please click “Proceed to Enrollment” on the next screen.

This class is designed for managers, supervisors, sales and full charge operations staff responsible for providing and marketing US Ocean Freight Forwarder & NVO services. It addresses the various regulatory requirements imposed by the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on ocean freight forwarders, NVOCCs (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers) and agents of foreign NVOs arranging or providing transportation via US ports, as well as Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs).


Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 14.5 hours or less and earns NCBFAA-registered students 13.5 CCS/CES continuing education credits.

  • FMC Regulatory Mission and Primary Methods
  • FMC Requirements for Ocean Carrier Tariff Publication; Exceptions to Tariff Applicability
  • Tariff Enforcement & Dispute Resolution; Shipper-VOCC Service Contracts
  • Regulation of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs)
  • Shipper-Forwarder Relationship
  • Forwarder-Carrier Relationship; Routing Ocean Cargo, Use of NVOCC Routings
  • Key Points Every Ocean Forwarder Employee Should Know about FMC Regulations
  • NVO Regulation & Tariff Filing
  • NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs)
  • NVO Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs)
  • NVOCC Bills of Lading
  • NVOCC Co-Loading
  • NVO Regulatory Compliance Summary & Checklist
  • Click here to view a detailed class syllabus

For those who are already a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) or a Certified Export Specialist (CES) registered with the NCBFAA, provide us with your CCS/CES ID number and you will automatically get continuing education credits upon the successful completion of a qualified course. To get your CE credits, follow these easy steps:


  1. Register for DB Schenker online training (if you haven’t already done so)
  2. Login with your user name and password, and you will be directed to your “My Page” section.
  3. Select “Update user record” on the right, enter your CCS or CES number in the “NCBFAA ID” field, and click Submit Update.

That’s it! Once you’re signed up, we’ll automatically send any CE credits you earn directly to the NCBFAA!

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