What is a Freight Forwarder?
What does a freight forwarder actually do?
A freight forwarding service utilizes established relationships with carriers, from air freighters and trucking companies to rail freighters and ocean liners, in order to negotiate the best possible price to move goods along the most economical route by working out various bids and choosing the one that best balances speed, cost, and reliability.
Why should I use a freight forwarder?
Knowing the shipping companies, the documentation, and the customs laws of various countries is their job. That means a good freight forwarding service can save you time and potential headaches while providing reliable transportation of products at competitive rates.
Advantages of using a freight forwarder include:
- The ability to handle ancillary services that are part of the international shipping business, such as
- Customs Documentation
- A Freight Forwarder provides to consolidators as well as individual shippers:
- Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier documentation
- Bills of Lading
- Risk Assessment and Management
- Methods of International Payment