Freight forwarders come under the spotlight in this particular post on the subject of the actual transportation and logistics side of the industry. Its a topic that many people are unsure of mainly because of the lack of readily available information for the average person. Here I’ll be looking at what the role of the freight forwarder is in the grand scheme of things when it comes to the process of transporting goods, packages or other forms of freight from one place to another.

The main role of the freight forwarders then is to assimilate all the information that is presented to them by the customer concerning the details of their personal circumstances. This will include the addresses of collection and delivery of the goods, the size, weight and nature of the goods, their value both in monetary terms as well as in sentimental terms, their susceptibility to breakage or damage through fragility, if any dangerous chemicals or substances are involved and whether the goods are material or live as in the case of pets or livestock.

Once all the information has been collated they will then proceed to calculate the distances that will be travelled, the most suitable form of transportation from both an economical as well as timing factor, the cost of said transport including fuel and vehicle costs, driver, packer, loader and any warehousing costs as well as insurance costs and documentation needs.

They will come up with a figure for the transportation cost as well as a time schedule for collection and delivery that will be reasonably accurate and cost effective while still leaving a margin for profit for the freight forwarding company. Should the customer accept the quote, then the move is scheduled and all the worry and headaches are taken on by the freight forwarders so the customer can relax with peace of mind that their goods will be in safe hands and will arrive at their destination on time and intact.

In short, that is the role of the freight forwarders in the transportation industry. More information may be obtained from this article at Freight Forwarders – What Are They

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