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Importing & exporting are key components for many lucrative businesses. International shipping can present great business opportunities for you but may also seem daunting. The process & regulations involved in international trade may seem intimidating. However, you can be a popular international shipper without getting caught up in the logistics.

That’s what a freight forwarder is for.

This blog covers the basics of what a freight forwarder is, what a freight forwarder does, why you should use a freight forwarder,  even how to find a freight forwarder for those who are interested in international shipping, whether it is for import or export.

Here are the most commonly asked question about freight forwarding with their answers:

Fact of the  FREIGHT FORWARDER company?

freight forwarder is a Firm specializing in arranging storage & shipping of merchandise on behalf of its customers. It usually provides a full range of services including: tracking inland transportation, preparation of shipping & export documentation, warehousing/ Storage , booking cargo_space, negotiating freight cost, freight consolidation, cargo insurance, & filing of insurance claims. “Freight forwarding companies” usually send items under own bills of lading  & their agents or associates at the destination (overseas freight forwarders) provide document delivery, deconsolidation, &freight collection services. Also called forwarder.

That definition is a little wordy &sounds complicated, so let’s just do a basic definition as below

A freight forwarder is a company that arranges your importing & exporting of goods.

Function of A FREIGHT FORWARDER company?

There is a lot that goes into setting your “international shipping business”. While the freight_forwarder company handles the details of your international Moving, it is important to know what a freight forwarder does not do in order to understand what a freight forwarder actually does.

A freight forwarder company does not actually move your freight itself.

The freight forwarder acts as an intermediary between a shipper & various transportation services such sea shipping on cargo ships, trucking, expedited shipping by air freight, & moving goods by rail.

A freight forwarding service utilizes established relationships with carriers, from air freighters & trucking companies, to rail freighters &ocean liners, in order to negotiate the best possible price to move shippers’ goods along the most economical route by working out various bids &choosing the one that best balances speed, cost, &reliability.

“Freight forwarders company” handle the logistics of ‘shipping’ goods from one international destination to another, a task that would otherwise be a formidable burden for their client.

To comply with export documentation &shipping requirements, many exporters utilize a freight forwarder to act as their shipping agent. The forwarder advises &assists clients on how to move goods most efficiently from one destination to another. A forwarder’s extensive knowledge of documentation requirements, regulations, transportation costs &banking practices can ease the exporting process for many companies.

That leads us right into the next question.

the use of a FREIGHT FORWARDER company?

A good freight forwarding service can save you untold time & potential headaches while providing reliable transportation of products at competitive rates.

A freight forwarder is an asset to almost any company dealing in international transportation of goods, &is especially helpful when in-house resources are not versed in international shipping procedures.

There are too many advantages to using a ‘freight forwarder’. Here are a few listed:

  • A Freight agency handles “services” that are part of the shipping_business
    • Insurance
    • Customs Documentation
  • A ‘Freight Forwarder’ provides to consolidators and also individual:
    • Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier documentation
    • Bills of Lading
    • Warehousing
    • Risk Assessment &Management
    • Methods of International Payment
  • A Freight Forwarder insists on personal communication & great customer service.

Whether the firm is large or small, the weight of the cargo light or heavy, the freight forwarder will take care of cargo from “door to door” if requested to do so. This can include the correct filing of export documentation, all arrangements with carriers, packing, crating &storage needs. So, the small &medium-size exporter need not deal with many of the details involved with the logistics of exporting their goods. In addition, freight forwarders typically charge modest rates for their services & have access to shipping discounts. Given the years of experience &constant attention to detail provided by the forwarder, it may be a good investment.