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What are Freight Forwarders?

By Edited Jun 2, 2016 0 0

People from all over the world are regularly and frequently sending goods from place to place. It can be something simple such as a small parcel or package to a friend or family member. It can be a larger load, such as the contents of a home being moved to a new home in a different location. It may even be a more complex consignment of goods such as commercial freight that has to be transported from a manufacturer to retail outlets or even exported to another country. Companies that deal with the transportation of goods ranging in a whole variety of sizes and levels of complexity are known as freight forwarders.

Freight forwarders have many different aspects of the transportation industry to deal with for each new consignment of goods, regardless of the size, destination or level of complexity. They exist because in most cases of goods transportation, there is a complex system of paperwork, planning and the delegation of the many appropriate types of transportation. So when a customer contacts a freight forwarding company to handle their particular request, they are assured of all aspects being taken care. This includes ensuring the most efficient use of resources and the complete coverage of all documentation and logistics to produce a competitive price for the customer while generating a profit for the company.

The relationship between a customer and the freight forwarder is professional and efficient, as the customer provides all the necessary information regarding the nature of the items they wish to be transported. This will include their collection point, size, estimated weight, value, whether fragile or not to the destination or delivery point and the most convenient times for collection and delivery. The freight forwarder will then take all that information and then produce a schedule and a price that is agreeable to the customer.

Behind the scenes, the freight forwarding company is responsible for allocating the most efficient resources to get the job done with the least cost to maximise their own profits. This will include designating the size of transport vehicle, the estimated time of transport, fuel costs, driver wages, the cost of additional loaders and packers where necessary and the logistics of planning the shortest route from door to door and if it requires transfer from road to rail then rail to road or if an international transportation is required, then road or rail to ship and ship to rail or road. They will also be responsible for all required documentation and for providing freight forwarders insurance that will cover the goods for loss or damage while in transit.

Should you ever decide to have any goods transported from place to place, it may seem, at first glance, a more economical option to do everything yourself, but unless you are experienced in this, you risk missing one or more important points that could prove costly in the long run. This is why so many people place their trust in the services of a reputable freight forwarding company to ensure their good are collected, transported and delivered intact and in timely fashion for a fair price. Freight forwarders also provide peace of mind, which is an equally important consideration when it comes to the safe delivery of your personal or valuable goods.



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