Freight Forwarding Functions

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What is an International Freight Forwarder?

... "Once upon a time, people thought of customs brokers and freight forwarders as simply agents somehow linked to the shipping industry. Now, at last, these go-betweens are being given their due as crucial middlemen in making life easier for importers and exporters. .... Simply put, the freight forwarder is the cargo expediter. As intermodal transportation becomes more complex, the job of freight forwarder becomes more essential and difficult. He must coordinate the complexity of financial, transport and other service activities. For example, he will: - Arrange to receive export shipment for a client at any point of origin in the United States. - Arrange consolidations of less-than-container load lots.

- Arrange forwarding to seaboard of the cargo loaded aboard ship. - Arrange for insurance coverage.
- If necessary, arrange free domicile delivery abroad.
... Many forwarders offer the same service on air freight and are consolidators." ... Journal of Commerce, March 6, 1989

"Freight Forwarders can be thought of as travel agents for cargo shipped to overseas locations. Most employ highly skilled and knowledgeable staffs who search for the most economical means to ship your cargo. The myriad of documentation requirements and government formalities are the details commonly handled by the Freight Forwarder." ... International Trade Line of Balto. County Chamber of Commerce, January, 1992 issue

"An international freight forwarder brings together all the loose ends that must be coordinated if American products are to be shipped to foreign buyers in the course of our nation's international trade. They are both small and large firms that have been licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission as fit, willing and able to provide the expert know-how and expertise needed to arrange for the movement of cargo from inland points to foreign destinations with maximum speed and efficiency and...
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