Simply put, a freight forwarding company arranges importing and exporting services for their clients and the cargo that is being shipped. Freight forwarders typically act as the middlemen between the shipper and the transportation service by providing a range of international shipping services geared at arranging storage and shipping cargo for shippers, including inland transportation, preparation of shipping, export, and import documents, negotiating prices on container ships, offering cargo insurance for clients, loading, and rigging and dismantling services for high heavy equipment.
But why should shippers go with an intermediary international shipping company rather than simply deal with a transportation company? Using a freight forwarder is sensible because there are many complicated aspects of international transport that are bound to be confusing for shippers and may even make overpaying for a shipment a possibility for clients. A reliable freight forwarding company, however, can take care of most of the paperwork, regulations, and planning for shippers, with their knowledge of documentation requirements, transportation costs, overseas port procedures, and regulations.
With a freight forwarding company and reliable services, clients can expect to save money, transport their cargo overseas safely, and reduce their stress and worry about the international shipping process.