Forwarder: Transport Architect
freight forwarder is popularly known as the "Transport Architect."
Ocean freight forwarders are licensed by the Federal Maritime
Commission (FMC). International air cargo agents are accredited by
the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).
forwarder professional advises clients of the best rates, routing and
mode of transporting goods to or from any area in the world. Using
the vast resources at their disposal, forwarders find the "right
match" of services available so that products are moved by the most
timely and cost-effective means. The large volume of freight handled
by forwarders gives them advantages not always available to either
individual shippers or integrated carrier.
forwarder is also aware of the ever-changing regulations affecting
cargo movements, such as foreign documentation requirements, hazardous
materials rules, U.S. government regulations, special packaging or
handling restrictions, and any applicable licensing provisions.
services to fit the clients' operational needs are the forwarder's
specialty. Forwarders coordinate arrangements for storage, pick-and
-pack operations, consolidations or full-container movements as well
as inland transportation to provide clients with true door-to-door
service. From assisting with initial quotations or preparation of
pro-forma invoices, the banking clients documents for collection, the
full-service, professional freight forwarder is the most reliable
partner one can have in international trade.
Source: The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of