Freight forwarding is a global business that is earning multi-billion dollars. From simple documents to large parcels, forwarding companies have their own ways and networks in delivering packages
to every place in the world. These parcels can be industrial raw materials or personal packages. A freight forwarder can be a company or an individual that
organizes and arranges the delivery and forwarding of parcels. Such serves as the third-party or agent that serve as liaison between the cargo carriers and the clients. In addition, they make
sure that all the necessary legal requirements like custom duties and tariffs are paid. They also provide a tracking system and insurance coverage.
Some forwarding companies perform their operation on a small-scale basis. In most cases, their clients are those people who may send personal parcels and documents. Some of these things include greeting cards, post cards, personal stuffs like gadgets and clothes, and other gift items. In some cases, there are freight companies that operate on large scales basis. This means that these companies exclusively serve suppliers and manufacturers and they often accept parcels which are in bulk. There are instances that these companies have their own carrier which may includes cargo ships and airplanes. In addition, they are concerned with commerce and trade-related parcels. The shipment also includes finished materials as well as raw products. Most of these forwarding companies focus on a specific market sector- from sugarcanes up to chocolate bars and metal ores up to cars.
Most of the time, freight forwarding businesses a nonasset-based logistics services. It means that they manage the shipment of the parcels in order to ensure a safe and efficient delivery. To
ensure efficiency, it involves speed of the delivery and its cost-effectiveness. A freight forwarding company is the one that contacts different warehouses and carriers. They make sure that it is
always the shortest route being taken at the shortest time with the lowest cost. In most cases, it takes many carriers before the parcels would be delivered. This mostly becomes true when it
comes to international shipments. From the point of origin, the parcel may be shipped via airplanes, trucks, small boats, cargo ships, and motor bikes.
Freight forwarders are also concerned about documentation aspects, as well as transporting and securing parcels, and warehousing. Without this documentation, parcels might be easily get lost. In fact, it is the most crucial part of the business. In addition, the parcels might be delivered to the wrong address or might confused and mislabeled with other parcels. Included in the documentation aspect is the encoding of the details of the shipment like the names of the sender and the receiver, their respective addresses, and the type of the item. Legal documentation is also involved in this one. Virtually, all freight forwarding companies have their own specialized computer system that stores all the data which are related to the parcels and tracks the shipments in real time. Having an experienced and knowledgeable freight forwarder would be able to provide the necessary tools to succeed in a competitive market.