A freight forwarder is a business that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer to a customer or final point of distribution.
Freight forwarders specialize in lowering costs and facilitating the logistics of transportation.
What does a freight forwarder do?
The freight forwarder is an intermediary between a shipper and the final point of distribution. While the freight forwarder does not actually move the freight itself, the freight forwarder arranges various transportation services such as ocean shipping on cargo ships, road transport, and expedited shipping by air freight.
A freight forwarder utilizes established relationships with carriers, from air freighters and trucking companies, to ocean liners, in order to negotiate the best possible price to move shippers’ goods along established trade routes by working out various bids and choosing the best path that optimizes speed, cost, and reliability.
Freight forwarders typically handle ample amount of logistics of shipping goods from one international destination to another, a task some companies view as a formidable or too complex.