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The Association is a nonprofit shippers' association,
as defined by the Shipping Act of 1984, of non-vessel-operating
common carriers (NVOCCs), with tariffs and surety bonds
on file with the United States Federal Maritime Commission.
Currently, the NAAA is comprised of over 30 individual
member NVOCCs active in all global trade lanes. In response
to the formation of the "super-conference" the Trans-Atlantic
Agreement (TAA) in 1992, the NAAA was created to provide
its members with competitive ocean freight rates and
services. Subsequently, each shipping season the NAAA
has signed service contracts and various transportation
programs with member lines of the Atlantic conference.
Presently, the Association is actively participating
in all North Atlantic trade lanes with the Trans-Atlantic
Conference Agreement (TACA), TAA's successor conference,
and select independent carriers. The NAAA is comprised
of small, medium and large-sized NVOCCs, and collectively
ships tens of thousands of TEUs on the Atlantic. NAAA
cargo represents one of the largest portions of total
traffic moving between the US and Europe. When other
trades are considered, NAAA volume triples on an annual
Over the past few years, the NAAA has expanded its
scope of operations to include additional trade lanes
outside of the traditional North Atlantic. The decision
to enter new trade lanes reflects the general membership?
desire to utilize the shippers' association to the fullest
extent possible under the 1984 Act in securing the most
favorable freight rates and services available. This
also reflects the need for NVOCCs to provide quality
service and rates on a global basis to their shipper-clients.
Just as carriers are developing consortia, alliances,
and "talking agreements" to compete in the ever-changing
world of ocean shipping, NVOCCs realize that multi-trade
services are a necessity.
Presently, the Association is active in the following
- Transatlantic (conference and non-conference);
- East Coast of South America (non-conference);
- West Coast of South America (non-conference);
- North/South Asia (outbound F.A.K. and F.C.L. non-conference)
; Mediterranean Trades (non-conference);
- Middle East (non-conference);
- and US-Australia/New Zealand (conference contract
A Board of Directors, which is comprised of individual
member NVOCCs of the NAAA, governs the Association.
The Board presently consists of seven (7) members charged
with the responsibility of overseeing the policy-making
and general operation of the Association. The Association
has a long history of negotiating and securing service
contracts with conferences and lines on behalf of the
member NVOCCs. This relationship-building is mutually
beneficial, since the conference/line is able to secure
a typically large volume commitment, and the Association
is able to obtain desirable rates and services. The
NAAA believes these long-term relationships with carriers
and conferences results in stability in a particular
trade and a sense of professionalism between our two
segments of the ocean shipping industry.
In terms of participating as a member in the current
shipping season, please be aware that, in accordance
with Association by-laws, members may only participate
in a service contract or a time volume rate ("TVR"),
if they were members at the time of execution, and the
member had formally enrolled in such service contract
or TVR(s) with the NAAA. This is subject to application
by the Board. In view of this, please note that participation
in the current shipping season is not guaranteed. However,
the Board has decided to review applicants on a case-by-case
basis which may be of interest to the Association's
activities in terms of service contracts and TVRs outside
in "developing markets," such as the NAAA activities
in the South America trades, outbound or inbound Asia,
or US-Australia/New Zealand, or additional trade lanes.
Further, please be aware that ultimate and final action
on all applications is at the discretion of the Board
To that end, we are enclosing for your review and
completion an application form, which must be returned
to our office along with a nonrefundable Processing
Fee of $500. The Association will only review those
applicants who have submitted a completed application
form and have returned all requested materials.
Again, please note that the membership policy is solely
the result of Board decisions.
Since possible membership will be viewed in conjunction
with potential contribution in all transportation programs
which the NAAA participates, both at the present and
in the future, please forward all required material
to our office as soon as possible. The NAAA has closely
monitored the ocean shipping regulatory reform discussion
and believe that the NAAA is able to provide members
of all sizes with valuable services and access to contracts
whatever form "deregulation" ultimately takes. Ocean
shipping reform will impact all members of the association?nd
all segments of the shipping community. Therefore, the
NAAA is carefully reviewing all applications for membership.
In general, membership is determined by:
- a valued "transportation-related reason" for admitting
the individual company at the time of its application,
which may include expansion of the NAAA's operations
into additional trades, or filling a vacancy in the
general membership; and
- financial stability as demonstrated by the individual
company? statements, as well as outside sources,
such as Dun & Bradstreet. Again, all confidential
business information is not disclosed to any Board
member, or other member of the Association; proprietary
information is reviewed by this Office only to determine
financial standing of a company. We are willing to
discuss membership review and consideration in more
Should you have additional questions regarding the
application process, please contact our office for further
explanation. We look forward to exploring possibilities
between the NAAAI and your company.
Please download the application statement and accompany
shipper questionnaires and return them to the NAAA.