As an expert in supply chain management – A forwarding agent or freight forwarding company will manage and organize the shipment of goods from a manufacturer, market, customer or final point of distribution.
Job of a Freight Forwarding Company
The forwarding company will determine the best method of transportation based on cost, time of shipment and cargo being shipped. They may use containerized shipments by ocean, airplanes, trucks as well as railroads. It’s not unlikely, especially in the case of international shipments for the freight forwarder to use multiple carrier types. Like a conductor to an orchestra, the job of the freight forwarding company is to organize, schedule and oversee the process from point to point.
A freight forwarder will typically review the invoices, the shipper’s export declaration, bill of lading and all of the documents that are needed by the carrier as well as the country of export and import. Also any countries that are in transshipment. A reputable freight forwarding agent will understand and be aware of all of the necessary paperwork and can help avoid delays when shipping cargo freight.