Freight Forwarding is one the most important business in the world, it provides the transportation of goods for companies all around the world and also improves a country’s economy.
In this post, we try our best to educate you on 5 things you may not know about freight forwarding.
Who is a freight forwarder?
Freight forwarders are responsible for the transportation of goods from one destination to another. Freight forwarding companies strategically organize the entire shipment process for businesses who wish to transport their goods. They act as the intermediaries between the shipper and transport provider, they negotiate with various carriers to gain the most cost-effective, safe, and fastest route. A freight forwarder offers the following services:
- Tracking inland transportation
- Handling shipping and export documents
- Reserving cargo space
- Negotiating freight costs
- Consolidating freight
- Cargo insurance
5 facts you don’t know about freight forwarding
1. Product restrictions
When it comes to freight forwarding some products have shipping restrictions. Freight forwarders observe strict regulations and are incapable of shipping some goods to certain areas, particularly by air or sea. The list of prohibited goods varies from state to state. Freight forwarders are generally restricted from shipping the following products:
- Dangerous goods (including toxic products and flammable liquid)
- Drugs (both recreational and prescription)
- Perishable goods (depending on the delivery type)
- Sharp objects.
2. Shipping delays
Freight forwarding companies are not responsible for shipping delays. Shipping delays are caused by various factors ranging from bad weather, unexpected change of route, delay from the port, breakdowns, etc. As frustrating as it can be, it is important to note that the freight forwarder is not responsible for the delay and will be working tirelessly to resolve it. Freight forwarders try their best to avert these delays by partnering with serval transport carriers and choosing the best means to transport your cargo.
3. Keeping your papers up to date
Most businesses find it difficult to keep their custom papers up to date, because of the stress involved and the huge amount of money required to get a new document done. It is important to keep all your goods transport papers intact and updated, before trusting your goods in the hands of your freight forwarder. Your freight forwarder can only advise you but you must get your documents updated. This will help mitigate the risk of your goods getting seized by customs and ensure that the banks release your funds.
4. Establish a good working relationship with your freight forwarder
The freight forwarding company you sign up with is responsible for your precious cargo and for the safe delivery of your goods. You must maintain a good working relationship with them. When deciding on which freight forwarder to use you must choose a company you can trust and rely on. Make sure the freight forwarder you pick is experienced and has good customer support in place. Make sure they send regular shipment updates throughout the process.
Freight forwarding is the most important aspect of any business. We hope we have been able to educate you on freight forwarding. For more inquiries, leave us a comment down below and we will get you an answer as soon as we can.
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