Freight Forwarding- A glance…
In a more succinct explication, freight forwarding is the process taken to transport goods, commodities, products or even services from one place to another via an agent who is addressed as the freight forwarder. A freight forwarder can also be called a non-vessel operating common carrier. The role of the forwarder or a forwarding company is to organize shipments for big companies, businesses and corporate individuals. Ensuring that shipments are progressively conveyed from the desk/custody or the manufacturer to the warehouse of the marketer or final consumer.
Experienced forwarders are swift to take professional actions, contract with as many carrier as possible to ensure swift delivery of haulages (though a forwarder does not really do the physical transportation of goods, but only sees to adequate dispatch and safe delivery of goods under his care).
Finding a Freight Forwarder
If you’re a business owner who engages mostly in inter-country business transaction, outsourcing for a reliable and reputable freight forwarding company is recommended. The rewards are inestimable even as it remains beneficial to the growth of your business.
In search of a freight forwarder? below are some advantageous tips to choosing a dependable forwarder out of the select few out there.
Experience is the best teacher, when you hire a freight forwarder with experience, there are 70% to 85% chances that you would not incur any damage on your haulage. At least a minimum of 15 to 25 years is cool enough to consider, especially if you have big businesses in hand. Experienced forwarders are expert, they’re renowned in the industry (due to the longevity in the field), plus they’re also respected. All this comes together to ensure swiftness, ascertained cost of freight delivery and reduces damage.
Be sure to ask after the number of channels a freight forwarder uses to haul his clients freights. Some forwarders are skilled enough to link up with carriers that use a variety of shipping modes for freight distribution. Including ships, airplanes, trucks, and railroads, and in most cases, a multiple channel for a one shipment. With regard to your haulage destination, a forwarder drafts out a plan of transportation for you. For example, a forwarder may arrange for a cargo through ship to a particular destination, then loaded on board an airline to another destination, before being conveyed by truck to the final destination of the business owner. This is a perfect example of a channeled forwarding service.
Your forwarder should have a network of agents across a good number of countries, probably where your business operates. Be sure to ask your company about this, since it is very important in local handling of international shipment. If the network falls out of your destination country, then there is every possibility that you will encounter challenges in your quest to receive your haulage upon arrival.