A Freight Forwarder, Pt. 2 of 3

A Freight Forwarder, Pt. 2 of 3

7/20/2014 Umut Türker 2495 Times Read

Continues from Part I -

1) Arranging appropriate packing, taking account of climate, terrain, weight, nature of goods and cost, and the delivery and warehousing of goods at their final destination;

2) Negotiating contracts, transportation and handling costs;

3) Arranging insurance and assisting the client in the event of a claim

4) Utilising e-commerce, internet technology and satellite systems to enable real-time tracking of goods

5) Working closely with customers, colleagues and third parties to ensure smooth operations to deadlines;

6) Maintaining current knowledge of relevant legislation, political situations and other factors that could affect the movement of freight.


The FreightArea.com blog post definition goes on to mention "common carrier". A common carrier is called so only in common law countries, such as the United States (except for Louisiana and Puerto Rico), Canada (except for Quebec), United Kingdom (except for Scotland), Ireland, India (except for Goa), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and many other places (primarily small island nations).


A common carrier is referred to as "public carrier" in civil law countries (most of the rest of the world). There are other countries that follow a combination of these systems, such as: the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malta and others. In such places, common carriers are often referred as simply "carriers". Regardless, a common carrier "is a person or company that transports goods or people for any person or company and that is responsible for any possible loss of the goods during transport. A common carrier offers its services to the general public under license or authority provided by a regulatory body". 


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Finally, the definition includes the term "bill of lading" A bill of lading is most commonly used "as a receipt issued by the carrier once the goods have been loaded onto the vessel. This receipt can be used as proof of shipment for customs and insurance purposes". Perhaps more importantly, it confers title to the freight to the purchaser. In this way, it is as important a concept as is provenance in the fine arts industry. It shows that the specific item or items in question are actually owned by the named person, company or corporation.