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How Does Freight Forwarding Work?
A freight forwarder is a company that acts as a specialized middleman between the shipper and the carrier. They arrange the entire shipping process (including storing the goods) and choose the transportation method and path that best optimize cost, reliability, and speed. Transportation methods include road transport, rail freight, sea/ocean freight, and air freight. Freight forwarders typically transport cargo under their own bills of lading and take care of all the necessary documents. Freight forwarding uses single or multiple carriers—from truck to rail to plane to sea—in order to move freight from point A to point B.
Most freight forwarders are Authorized Economic Operators (AEO). The benefits for the freight forwarders are they make border processes quicker as they are pre-approved and viewed as low risk. This can reduce border delays or if there are border disruptions. Freight will resume quicker, which can be especially important for perishable goods. Each country has its own eligibility criteria and application process.
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