WHAT IS FREIGHT FORWARDING & DO YOU NEED ONE?
- Importing & exporting are key components for many lucrative businesses.
International shipping could present many problems for you and may also seem daunting.
- The process, paperwork, and regulations involved in international trade may seem intimidating however Global Overseas Direct can successfully handle all your international shipping needs without you getting caught up in the logistics of logistics.
- That’s where Global Overseas Direct are here for you and your business needs.
- Global Overseas Direct covers the basics of what a freight forwarder is, what a freight forwarder does, why you should use a freight forwarder, because we can handle all you’re international shipping needs, whether importing or exporting.
Here are the most commonly asked questions about freight forwarding and their answers:
WHAT IS A FREIGHT FORWARDER
& DO I NEED ONE?
A company specialising in arranging storage and shipping of merchandise on behalf of its shippers. It usually provides a full range of services including: tracking inland transportation, preparation of shipping and export documents, warehousing, booking cargo space, negotiating freight charges, freight consolidation, cargo insurance, and filing of insurance claims. Freight forwarders usually ship under their own bills of lading or air waybills (called house bill of lading or house air waybill) and their agents or associates at the destination (overseas freight forwarders) provide document delivery, deconsolidation, and freight collection services. (also called a forwarder).
We at Global Overseas Direct can handle any of the above for your business.
A freight forwarder is a company that arranges your importing and exporting of goods.
So what does that actually mean in terms of what a freight forwarder does?
WHAT DOES A FREIGHT FORWARDER
There is a lot that goes into arranging your international shipping. While the freight forwarder handles the details of your international shipping, it is important to know what a freight forwarder does not do in order to understand what a freight forwarder actually does.
A freight forwarder does not actually move your freight itself.
The freight forwarder acts as an intermediary between a shipper and various transportation services such as ocean shipping on cargo ships, trucking, expedited shipping by air freight, and moving goods by rail.
A freight forwarding service utilises established relationships with carriers, from air freighters and trucking companies, to rail freighters and ocean liners, in order to negotiate the best possible price to move shippers’ goods along the most economical route by working out various bids and choosing the one that best balances speed, cost, and reliability.
Freight forwarders handle the considerable logistics of shipping goods from one international destination to another, a task that would otherwise be a formidable burden for their client.
To comply with export documentation and shipping requirements, many exporters utilize a freight forwarder to act as their shipping agent. The forwarder advises and assists clients on how to move goods most efficiently from one destination to another. A forwarder’s extensive knowledge of documentation requirements, regulations, transportation costs and banking practices can ease the exporting process for many companies.
WHY SHOULD I USE A
A good freight forwarding service can save you untold time and potential headaches while providing reliable transportation of products at competitive rates.
A freight forwarder is an asset to almost any company dealing in international transportation of goods, and is especially helpful when in-house resources are not versed in international shipping procedures.
There are many advantages to using a freight forwarder. Here are a few listed:
- A Freight Forwarder handles ancillary services that are part of the international shipping business
- Customs Documentation etc
A Freight Forwarder provides to consolidators as well as individual shippers:
- Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier documentation
- Bills of Lading
- Risk Assessment and Management
- Methods of International Payment etc
A Freight Forwarder insists on personal communication and great customer service.
Whether the firm is large or small, the weight of the cargo light or heavy, the freight forwarder will take care of cargo from “dock to door” if requested to do so. This can include the correct filing of export documentation, all arrangements with carriers, packing, crating and storage needs. So, the small and medium-size exporter need not deal with many of the details involved with the logistics of exporting their goods. In addition, freight forwarders typically charge modest rates for their services and have access to shipping discounts. Given the years of experience and constant attention that Global Overseas Direct will provide for your business, it may be a good investment.
IS GLOBAL OVERSEAS DIRECT
THE FREIGHT FORWARDER FOR YOU?
You’re in luck! You’ve found one already.
This is the website of Global Overseas Direct Pty Ltd, a trusted freight forwarder since 1989.
We’ll be happy to help you with your international shipping needs.