In a globalized market, freight forwarding entails the logistical arrangement, organization and monitoring of transported goods from a supplier and/or manufacturer to intended recipients, internationally. This includes:
The freight forwarding industry is represented by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), a non-governmental organization serving approximately 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms that collectively employ 8 to 10 million people within 150 countries. FIATA endearingly (and accurately) refers to its member forwarding and logistics firms as “architects of transport.”
Seamless importing and exporting of goods across international borders requires refined industry know-how. International forwarders possess the necessary expertise to prepare and process customs documents. Forwarders typically are tasked with reviewing the following:
International trade almost always mandates more than one mode of transportation to move a given parcel from its originating country to its final destination. This may comprise a combination of road, rail, sea, and/or air, all within a single supply chain. Forwarders book cargo space for shipments through each stretch of the journey, and coordinate all intermodal requirements on behalf of the shipper.
Forwarders know the value of a good carrier, and work hard to nurture mutually beneficial relationships with preferred steamship lines. With or without healthy working carrier relationships, savvy forwarders will still open their business to bids from various carriers, to ensure competitive freight rates for their shipments.
notification of any production or travel delays
any labor issues at ports involved with transportation
for extreme weather that could result in delays
warehousing, at home and abroad
shipments from multiple suppliers
any changes in delivery requirements
damaged equipment is inspected at the point of loading
estimated delivery times at each stage of intermodal transport
steamship line notices for disruptions
holidays and government actions in origin country
pertinent information regarding hazardous materials
Buyer issues a purchase order to the supplier.
Supplier drafts a packing list.
Supplier creates commercial invoice and prepares export documents required by origin country, including:
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