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What Does a Freight Forwarder Do?

Importing and exporting are key components for many lucrative businesses. International shipping could present great business opportunities for you, but may also seem daunting.

If you have not heard the term “freight forwarder” before, you may be a little confused. Is it a shipping company? A distribution manager? An importing and exporting partner? A commercial freight forwarder is none of these things — but it takes on some of the responsibilities of all of them.

Here’s what you need to know about using an international freight forwarder for your business-to-business shipping.

The process, paperwork, and regulations involved in international trade may seem intimidating. However, you can be a successful international shipper without getting caught up in the logistics of logistics.

That’s what a freight forwarder is for.

This blog covers the basics of what a freight forwarder is, what a freight forwarder does, why you should use a freight forwarder, and even how to find a freight forwarder for those who are interested in international shipping, whether importing or exporting.

Why should I use a freight forwarder?

A freight forwarder is not required for importing or exporting goods. However, because importing and exporting can involve so much documentation and so many regulations, and these regulations and the required documentation can vary from country to country, many of the most successful importers and exporters use a commercial freight forwarder to be their logistics partner.

Knowing the shipping companies, the documentation, and the customs laws of various countries is their job. They know it all so you don’t have to. That means a good freight forwarding service can save you untold time and potential headaches while providing reliable transportation of products at competitive rates.

A freight forwarder is an asset to almost any company dealing in international transportation of goods, and is especially helpful when in-house resources are not versed in international shipping procedures.

For more information on how you can boost your warehousing or supply chain business, contact our friendly team at 010 595 4934.

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