Who is forwarding agent?
When importers or companies send their products to another nation, they have several obligations that they should be aware of in order to prevent any unpleasant issues. A freight forwarder, also known as a forwarding agent, is responsible for coordinating and organizing the shipping or transportation of goods for people, businesses, or importers. An easy way to put it is that the responsibility of a freight forwarder is to manage the transportation of products from one location to another.
What is Freight Forwarder’s duty?
A freight forwarder assists you in a variety of ways, including arranging transportation, selecting the most efficient route in order to save time and money, obtaining insurance, selecting the appropriate packaging depending on the shipment in question, organizing the storage and/or distribution of freight, and a variety of other activities.
All these activities must be carried out under guaranteed conditions that, in addition to ensuring that the freight reaches its original destination in acceptable condition, should also make sure that no damage occurs to any of the parts involved in the shipment, as well as ensuring that the process is always efficient and profitable. A freight forwarder’s role is to work on behalf of importers, exporters, and other businesses in order to organize the transportation of international freight in a safe, efficient, and economical way using any mode of transportation.
Advantages of using freight forwarder
• Providing recommendations and guidance at all costs in order to offer a more competitive and productive option is our mission. These expenditures include freight prices, port and customs fees, consular fees, special paperwork fees, insurance fees, and freight management fees.
• Paperwork needed for the exportation of freight, such as a bill of lading and the appropriate documentation for the seller, buyer, or any other third party engaged in the process, is prepared and presented.
• Advice on the most appropriate method of freight transportation, as well as the implementation of processes for the packing, stowage, and loading of the freight are provided. Furthermore, one of the most crucial differences of a forwarding agent is that if a shipment’s weight does not allow it to fill the available transportation capacity (trailer or container TEU), the agent will be responsible for putting together a full combined load with other consignments in order to reduce the transportation costs.
• In addition to taking care of the storage and/or distribution of the freight, and in certain cases, even utilising the door-to-door approach, cargo space reservation on a ship, aircraft, railway, or truck is needed.
• It also takes care of the paperwork with customs agents in other countries to verify that the goods and papers conform with the laws of the country in which they are being sent. This streamlines the administrative processes and streamlines the process. This is due to the fact that the forwarding agency is responsible for everything associated with an overseas shipment.