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Freight Forwarding

freight forwarding

Freight forwarding is the process of organising the shipment of goods from one place to another. A freight forwarder is a company that specialises in this. They don’t move the goods themselves. Instead, they use their expertise to arrange the best means of transport.

A freight forwarder offers several key services:

1. Advice and Planning: They advise on the best route and method of transport. This includes road, rail, air, or sea.

2. Paperwork: They handle customs documents and shipping paperwork. This is vital for smooth transport.

3. Warehousing: They might offer storage solutions before or after transit.

4. Cargo Space Booking: They book the necessary cargo space on ships, planes, or trucks.

5. Insurance: They often provide insurance for your goods during transit.

6. Tracking: They track your shipment, giving you updates.

Common Terms in Freight Forwarding

1. Bill of Lading A document issued by a carrier to acknowledge receipt of cargo.

2. Consignee – The person or company receiving the goods.

3. Customs Broker – A professional who assists with customs clearance.

4. Incoterms International commercial terms defining the responsibilities of buyers and sellers.

5. LCL and FCL – Less than Container Load and Full Container Load, respectively.

More Fulfilment Terms

Last mile delivery describes the final leg of a product's delivery process from the supplier to the consumer.
First mile delivery refers to the initial stage of the delivery process, where the items are collected from the seller and transported to the courier's warehouse or directly to the distribution centre.

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