What is Freight Forwarding?

Mar 27, 2024

At EFS Global we have a number of different freight forwarding companies offering Air, Sea, Road & Rail Freight. These include: AFI UK, Andante Freight, Brad Trans international, CS Brunt, EFS Logistics and FWD. Freight forwarding is a vital service for international trade, but many people are not aware of what it entails and how it benefits businesses. In this post, we will explain what freight forwarding is, how it works, and why you should consider using a freight forwarder for your next shipment.

What is freight forwarding?

Freight forwarding is the process of arranging the transportation of goods from one place to another, using various modes of transport and carriers. A freight forwarder is a company or an individual that acts as an intermediary between the exporter or importer and the shipping company, airline, rail or road haulage company. A freight forwarder can handle all aspects of the logistics, such as:

  • Booking cargo space and negotiating rates with carriers.
  • Preparing and processing export and import documents, licenses, and customs clearance.
  • Packing, loading, and unloading goods.
  • Insuring and tracking shipments.
  • Arranging storage and delivery at the destination.

How does freight forwarding work?

Freight forwarding can be divided into several stages, depending on the type and complexity of the shipment. Here are some common steps involved in freight forwarding:

  • The exporter or importer contacts the freight forwarder with the details of the shipment, such as the origin, destination, weight, volume, value, and nature of the goods.
  • The freight forwarder provides a quote for the service, including the transport costs, fees, taxes, and duties.
  • The exporter or importer accepts the quote and confirms the booking with the freight forwarder.

The freight forwarder would then:

  • Arrange the transport from the origin to the port or airport of departure and prepare the necessary documents and paperwork for export.
  • Book the cargo space with the carrier and load the goods onto the vessel or aircraft.
  • Monitor the shipment and provide updates to the exporter or importer.
  • Arrange the customs clearance at the port or airport of arrival and pay the duties and taxes on behalf of the exporter or importer.
  • Arrange the transport from the port or airport of arrival to the destination and deliver the goods to the exporter or importer.

Why use a freight forwarder?

 Freight forwarding can offer many benefits to businesses that trade internationally, such as:

  • Saving time and money: We have the expertise and connections to find the best routes, rates, and carriers for your shipment. They can also handle the complex paperwork and regulations involved in cross-border trade, saving you time and hassle.
  • Reducing risks and liabilities: We can ensure that your goods are properly packed, labeled, and insured, and that they comply with the local and international laws and standards. They can also help you resolve any issues or disputes that may arise during transportation, such as delays, damages, or losses.
  • Providing flexibility and scalability: We can handle shipments of any size, frequency, and urgency, and can adapt to the changing market conditions and customer demands. They can also offer a range of value-added services, such as warehousing, distribution, and consolidation.

If you are looking for a reliable and professional freight forwarder for your next shipment, please contact us today. We have the experience and resources to handle your cargo with care and efficiency, and to deliver it to your desired destination on time and on budget. We look forward to hearing from you soon.