A freight forwarder is an agent that arranges logistical and transportation operations for worldwide shipments for companies or individuals.
The freight forwarder is often not directly responsible for the carriage itself but uses his expertise to arrange several freight forwarders and global freight forwarders to transport the freight from A to B.
The common modes of transportation that can be used by shippers are ships, planes, trucks, or trains. There are several factors you need to consider when making a choice when using a forwarding agent.
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Before even shipping your goods, you need to consider how they will be packaged to ensure that they are stored securely and shipped safely without damage. A good freight forwarder can provide specific assistance and advice on the most suitable mode of transport for your cargo.
The recommended means of transportation changed the packaging process. For example, shipments by boat are likely to be shipped in a 20 or 40-foot shipping container (depending on the size of the cargo), whereas air shipments will be shipped in smaller shipments that are molded/packed to fit on an airplane.
Most of the goods processed by freight forwarders are shipped internationally as imports or exports. You need to ensure that the shipper you are considering understands international law and the import and export process from your place of origin or destination.
Carriers with an extensive global network can contact local agents in the country or city of the initial destination or destination to ensure that cargo has been properly handled.