A Freight Forwarder, Pt. 3 of 3

A Freight Forwarder, Pt. 3 of 3

7/21/2014 Umut Türker 1886 Times Read

Because it is a receipt and because it proves title, it can also be used as a negotiable document, and thus can be used as security for a loan.

 

All of this makes sense because getting from Point A to Point B is not the same as getting from Point A to Point B. If you wanted to move freight from San Francisco to Timbuktu then you would most likely utilize a plane. However, the freight does not mysteriously appear in the plane in San Francisco nor dematerialize in Timbuktu, going to the purchaser.

 

Even if you are in San Francisco then you would need a truck or trucks to transport the cargo from the warehouse to the airport. Very likely, the cargo is in warehouses further away, perhaps in Sacramento or Fresno. It is possible that the cargo has come from even further away, in which case a train may be involved. Again, the cargo did not materialize inside the train; trucks would have been required to move the freight to the train. Thus, someone would need to ensure that the cargo went from truck to train to truck to San Francisco Airport.

 

Perhaps some of the cargo is coming to San Francisco from Vancouver, British Columbia or Anchorage, Alaska in which case a ship may be involved. This is an additional thing that the freight forwarder has to consider and account for. Once he has done all of this then his job is only half-over as he has to consider offloading the freight in Timbuktu (although he will not have to worry about ships, as the country of Mali is surrounded by land).

 

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