What is Freight Forwarding?
Freight forwarding refers to the organization and management of tasks involved in the shipment of commercial goods from point of origin to destination, typically on behalf of importers, exporters or other business. Freight forwarders, such as Unifreight International Ltd., co-ordinate the safe, efficient, cost-effective and legal transport of cargo between countries.
Most business owners who import or export goods do not have an in-house staff dedicated to this specialized and complex function. On the other hand, freight forwarders have the knowledge, skills and technology to navigate the logistics and customs regulations of different countries. They ensure that cargo arrives on time, at the right destination and in good condition.
Freight forwarding companies provide a range of services, including:
- packing advice and assistance
- cargo tracking
- preparation and supervision of shipping and customs documentation in both countries of origin and delivery
- planning routes
- finding space on reliable carriers and negotiating fees
- verification of insurance
Freight forwarders usually ship under their own bills of lading or air waybills. Their associates at the destination provide document delivery, deconsolidation and freight collection services.
To successfully transport cargo internationally, freight forwarders must have the right tools and relationships to manage the process and any potential problems. A freight forwarding company has the expertise, contacts, and technology necessary to navigate these complex logistics. This frees up the client’s staff to focus on core business operations.