A Freight Forwarder, Pt 1 of 3

A Freight Forwarder, Pt 1 of 3

7/19/2014 Umut Türker 2869 Times Read

I learn so much here at FreightArea.com.


I learn so much and I am inspired to learn even more. Recently, I came across this post defining "freight forwarder". I think that the author was referring solely to trucks or ground transportation, or perhaps to a specific aspect of freight forwarding, because what I have learned since is more general.


Regardless, Wikipedia states that a freight forwarder is a person or company that organizes the transportation of cargo from the manufacturer to the purchaser. It goes on to clarify that a freight forwarder is not the actual transporter but acts as an expert in the supply-chain management.


A United States government website states that a freight forwarder is an agent for the exporter and provides many useful and services such as:


1) Advising on the costs of export including freight handling fees, insurance costs, port charges, costs of special documentation and consular fees.

2) Preparing and filing required export documentation such as the bill of lading and routing appropriate documents to the seller, the buyer or a paying bank;

3) Recommending the most appropriate mode of freight transport (such as truck, train, plane or ship) and making arrangements to pack and load the freight;

4) Reserving the necessary cargo space on the means of transport; and

5) Ensuring that the goods and documents comply with customs regulations by making arrangements with overseas customs brokers.


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Perhaps most concisely and easily, a freight forwarder is an agent who works with all parties involved to organize the best means of the transportation of goods.


Another website gives an extensive listing of the duties of a freight forwarder, including: