Why Choose Freight Forwarding as Your Shipping Solution?
Understanding freight forwarding
Freight forwarding involves many activities related to freight, which can be summarized as follows: selecting the most suitable mode of transportation for customers; selecting the most appropriate carrier for customers and signing transportation contracts; organizing cargo consolidation; preparing relevant documents; assisting customers in meeting regulatory and letter of credit requirements; handling customs clearance; providing packaging advice to customers; arranging transportation insurance; handling warehousing and distribution business; supervising cargo during transportation, etc. Why is freight forwarding important?
Reasons for choosing freight forwarding
Assist customers in handling documents
If violations occur during transportation, it will be costly to investigate the reasons afterwards. Freight forwarders are responsible for arranging the entire transportation process and should be familiar with the transportation business process. They should take precautions in advance and, if necessary, inquire about specific requirements and restrictive regulations for certain goods from the relevant authorities. The reason for the delay in letter of credit often lies in textual errors, unclear expression or failure to meet the requirements of consular visas. Freight forwarders must ensure that the proofs of origin, packing lists or other documents comply with the relevant regulations, contractual terms and commercial practices.
Handle customs clearance on behalf of clients
When goods arrive in another country from one country, they must undergo a careful inspection by customs. In terms of the transportation of goods between EU member states, in order to prevent drug smuggling, illegal entry and violent acts, customs must also inspect the goods of member states to a certain extent. As for the import and export of goods between ordinary countries, it is naturally more stringent. Freight forwarders or their agencies should handle the inspection and customs clearance work for clients carefully.
Offer effective and reasonable advice
The packaging requirements for goods must not only comply with their own characteristics, but also adapt to the risk prevention of different transportation methods. Moreover, the provisions of different countries' laws are not completely consistent. For example, bulk cardboard boxes cannot be shipped from Singapore to Jeddah Port in Saudi Arabia in containers. Some goods that appear to be without problem, such as polishing paint and smoke agents, are actually treated as dangerous goods. Freight forwarders should have the "International Dangerous Goods Regulations" on hand to provide constructive advice to customers on packaging issues.
Handle various other business on behalf of clients
International transportation involves more transit links than domestic transportation, and the risk of cargo damage, cargo shortage, or delay is greater. Freight forwarders should determine the insurance scope for clients based on the possible risks and handle the insurance matters well. According to their agency networks, freight forwarders should consider and decide whether the transported goods are for immediate distribution or for temporary storage.