A Freight Forwarder or Forwarding Agent organises import and/or export shipments and works within the shipping and logistics sector. These shipments may be for individuals or for other companies such as manufacturers or retailers.
A Freight Forwarder will usually act as an agent rather than an active carrier. In this way, a Forwarding Agent is a third party (non-asset-based) logistics provider who works to dispatch shipments via asset-based carriers. Freight Forwarding positions involve booking and arranging space for shipments on carriers such as vessels, aeroplanes, trucks and trains. FIATA (the trade association for freight forwarding and logistics firms) defines a Freight Forwarder as an ‘Architect Of Shipping’ – and this shows the commercial position of a Forwarder in relation to their clients.
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