What is a Freight Forwarder?
A freight forwarder is a company that receives and ships goods on behalf of other companies.
“The freight forwarder chooses whether to ship a consignment by road, by rail, or by sea”
A freight forwarder, forwarder, or forwarding agent, is a person or company that organises shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution.
International freight forwarders specialize in facilitating international commerce. They can handle intermodal transportation needs for many businesses at once, and their experience and knowledge can make them powerful assets for your business.
Freight forwarders do not physically take possession of goods. The commercial position of the forwarder relative to the supplier and recipient is more like an intermediary between customers and individual carriers. This role is very important when dealing with the complex combination of local and international transportation routes between a supplier, the ports, and the recipient’s warehouse or fulfillment center.
Freight forwarding looks different around the world depending on each country’s main modes of transportation and their role in international trade. However, many use a combination of rail and truck routes to get the goods to an air or sea port. With many years of experience, freight forwarders can choose a route that minimizes the risk of delays and gets goods to their destination without damage.
The additional expertise of a freight forwarding company can help with customs clearance and other potential obstacles to global trade. Even if you’ve dealt with these obstacles on your own before, they change regularly.
At Roxy Fast Freight we use our expertise and vast network of carriers to get you the best shipping rates possible, so contact us today to let us help you get your items where they need to be.