FMC License #20440
A professional freight forwarder should be able to properly obtain the best rates it can on behalf of the client and should also be able to recommend the best routings as well. Using all available resources and networks, the forwarder should coordinate all aspects of the shipment in order to save both time and money to the client. Forwarders have advantages due to the large volume of outbound freight that they handle on a regular basis. Individuals or companies acting on their own behalf usually find it easier to book through a forwarder not only because of the forwarder's available advantages, but also because the forwarder creates a "one-stop shopping" scenario for its client. Ocean freight forwarders must be licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).
The forwarder also must stay up-to-date with the latest export regulations and other regulations affecting cargo movement including foreign government documentation, hazardous materials requirements, United States Government regulations, special packaging or handling rules, and any export licensing requirements that may be applicable.
Many forwarders provide specialty services to better assist clients' operational needs. Forwarders arrange for storage, pick-and-pack operations, consolidations, and inland transportation. This is what is known in the trade as true door-to-door service. Whether it be the initial quotation of freight rates or the preparation of pro forma invoices, a good freight forwarder will be with you every step of the way until your shipment arrives at its destination in satisfactory condition.
- BILLS OF LADING
- SHIPPER'S EXPORT DECLARATIONS (SED's)
- CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN
- FREIGHT BOOKINGS
New exporters that would like specific information on a particular country of destination should check out Shipping Digest for the latest information, contacts, and primary importing requirements for every country in the world.