What do the SOC/COC slots mean in international shipping? And what is the difference?

In the shipping, we often say the shipowner, except for the shipowner there is a word box owner, that is, the owner of the container, also called box owners, that is, Container Owner. there is also a container box owners association Container Owners Association, the world’s container owners.

According to the owner is different, the container is divided into three categories, namely

1, SOC box shipper’s own container

The shipper owns the container, which can also be called self-contained boxes or cargo master boxes, own boxes, abbreviated SOC. with the corresponding COC boxes (carrier boxes). SOC space means that the shipping company only provides a space, does not provide containers, the shipper needs to find a suitable container for the consignment, and will submit the relevant information to the carrier and then arrange for container shipping.

2, OWC box OWC: one way container

That is, one-time box, one-way container (empty box does not have to return to transport), abbreviated OWC. destination port consignee with the box with the goods, and after unloading do not have to return the box, because the buyer and seller in the conclusion of the contract, the seller has been sold to the buyer as part of the price of goods box.

3、COC container Carrier’s Own Container

The literal meaning of the carrier-owned container carrier box, abbreviated COC. with its counterpart is the SOC box (cargo master box.) COC space means that the shipping company in addition to the shipper to put space, but also to the shipper equipped with a good container. The shipper takes the shipping order Shipping Order to the corresponding terminal yard to lift the empty box back and then you can arrange to load the container.

Next briefly introduce the three differences: SOC is not necessarily a one-time, not necessarily one-way, self-contained boxes may also be shipped back to the consignor’s hands. SOCs and COCs are usually physically identical, sharing markings such as CSC nameplates and Approved Continuing Inspection Program (or ACEP) certification.

The only difference between an SOC and a COC is which party owns it and is responsible for it. A shipper-owned container belongs to the shipper and is used over and over again to ship the same product. A carrier-owned container belongs to the carrier or logistics company and is leased to a consignee who does not have their own container. After delivery is complete, the COC is returned to the carrier, which then leases it to another customer. On the other hand, SOCs are returned to the shipper, who needs to store and maintain them independently of the carrier.

It is the price, generally speaking SOC space will be cheaper than COC space, but it depends on the usage of the space. If the shipper’s cargo volume is not much, only a few boxes of space, then the shipping company has to take extra care of these boxes, then there is no situation that SOC space will be cheaper. But if it is Wal-Mart, IKEA, such as the whole ship is almost its own SOC cabin, then the shipping company will also be happy to see such a situation, certainly SOC cabin will be cheaper.

In the operation above, if it is COC class that the shipper only need to rely on the release of the manifest and return the box single to the fixed yard to pick up the box / return the box; if it is SOC class, the shipper needs to find their own container leasing company to rent containers, and then the container information reported to the shipping company, to the destination port also need to store the container in the rental company’s designated site.

By cozyshipping.com JOJOSTAR


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