Also known as a forwarding agent, a freight forwarder is an individual or company that organizes and facilitates cargo import and export. They arrange for the movement of goods from the manufacturer to the market or distributor and ultimately to the final customer. While a forwarder might not be responsible for the actual cargo shipping, they are the logistics experts organizing storage and freight shipping for the shipping companies.
So, What Does a Freight Forwarder Really Do?
A freight forwarder is not directly responsible for the cargo shipping process. They are intermediaries between various shippers and hauling services such as ocean transportation on cargo ships and moving goods by air, road, or rail. Other functions include:
Advising and Guiding the Shipper - A freight forwarder is vastly knowledgeable of shipping regulations, freight costs, banking options, and various challenges affecting the hauling process. They will advise their clients (the shipper) on various ways of easing the hauling process while negotiating with transportation agents on the transportation costs.
Securing The Freight Spaces On the Various Modes of Transportation - A freight forwarder plays a crucial role in helping the clients secure cargo spaces on ships, airplanes, trains, and trucks.
Enhances Packaging, Storage (Warehousing), And Distribution - A freight company arranges for packaging and sometimes provides packaging materials for efficient shipping. They also organize for warehousing and supply of freight to their different destinations.
Who Needs a Freight Forwarder?
A freight forwarder understands the ins and outs of international transportation, including the regulations, required documentation, and permits. Of course, these requirements and restrictions vary from one country to another, explaining why major importers and exporters choose professional freight forwarders as their logistics partners.
Freight forwarders also provide insurance services and handle the documentation required for customs clearance making the entire shipping process simple and straightforward.
As such, any company dealing with international transportation can benefit from these experts, making the process smoother and hassle-free. Let’s get started!
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