When do I need a Freight Forwarder?
What is a freight forwarder?
To comply with export documentation and shipping requirements, many exporters utilize a freight forwarder to act as their shipping agent. The forwarder advises and assists clients on how to move goods most efficiently from one destination to another. A forwarder’s extensive knowledge of documentation requirements, regulations, transportation costs and banking practices can ease the exporting process for many companies. The Federal Maritime Commission licenses U.S. forwarders for ocean operations, and some U.S. forwarders are affiliated with global organizations like the International Air Transport Association.
How can I find freight forwarder?
Freight forwarders are located in most metropolitan areas. Local business telephone listings often feature a freight forwarder or transportation heading. Additionally, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America will provide exporters with information on their members. They can be reached at:
1200 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 466-0222
Privately operated forwarder listing services can be useful when looking for a local forwarder. The following websites have listings:
Disclaimer: For customers using a freight forwarder, TruPar.com will be excluded from any legal obligation once the freight forwarder signs for the receipt of the goods.