Freight and Logistics

If you’re looking for a dependable, trustworthy freight forwarding company, you may be frustrated by the sheer number of options available to you on the market. It can be exceedingly difficult to find and identify a freight forwarding company that meets your needs.

The international freight market has changed out of all recognition in the last decade, with a wealth and
variety of transport providers to meet the needs of international trading companies which transact business on a worldwide basis.

For those new to importing and exporting there is no substitute for planning a strategy and obtaining advice. Member organizations may use the services the International Trade Council to advise on the movement of goods and to assist them in finding appropriate freight forwarders and shipping companies.

What is a Freight Forwarder?

Freight Forwarders are companies that specialize in all arranging the shipping and logistics of goods from the start to finish of the supply chain. Because the International supply chain involves so many different processes and parties in different countries, freight forwarders specialize in connecting services to streamline freight movements around the world. Freight forwarding companies are experts that have industry experience and understanding of all of the complex transport and logistics arrangements involved in global trade. They will act on the behalf of shippers to arrange services ranging from export documentation, international sea freight charges, customs clearance procedures, import duties/taxes, port handling fees, local trucking and marine insurance.

What Services Does a Freight Forwarder Provider?

Basically, freight forwarders will provide a wide range of services along the supply chain that will depend on your specific requirements. Some companies specialize as ocean freight forwarders or as air freight forwarders, or both. Their freight forwarding service will cover:

  • Export and Import customs clearance lodgments
  • Intermodal transport options – from road, rail, air and sea
  • Trucking container deliveries from port to door
  • Verified Gross Mass – Full Container weighing and certification
  • HS Code classification, import duties and taxes
  • Export documentation
  • International sea freight charges
  • Port service handling charges
  • Quarantine / Fumigation services
  • Marine insurance cover
  • Agents / office network in countries around the world
  • Specialized cargo movements
  • Other 3rd party services

Please contact the staff of the International Trade Council if you’re in need of assistance with your freight and logistics issues. We are here to help!