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Role of freight forwarders

Published: 04 Aug 2009 22:24:00 PST

by Tekle Sebhatu


Hi, could you tell me how to get into freight forwarding? What criteria or qualifications do I need to do this? Thanks.


A freight forwarder is an agent who handles export shipments for a fee. Freight forwarders play a very important role for exporters. Here are few of the many activities that you will conduct as a freight forwarder:

  • International documentation and packaging
  • Carrier and routing information
  • Export license assistance
  • Marine insurance rates and coverage
  • Warehouse and distribution services
  • Hazardous materials shipping compliance information

You should check with your local government authorities on what is required to be a freight forwarder in your country.

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