Aside from being one of the oldest professions, freight forwarding is best known for being one of the most complexed. The complexities are due to the wide variety of carriers that are used in conjunction with each other for each individual shipment—land, air, rail, or sea.
If you’re involved with importing and exporting goods on a regular basis, then you probably have a freight forwarding company that you use to help you with your logistics. Freight Forwarders, also known as NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers), can offer shippers incredible value and service. But how do you know where to find the best freight forwarder for your specific needs? The secret is to do your research.
When looking for a freight forwarder, the first thing you need to consider is what type of freight you will be shipping. Freight can generally be divided into two categories: containerized and break-bulk. Containerized freight is shipped in standard-sized containers, while break-bulk freight is not.
If you’re shipping containerized freight, then you will need to find a different company than if you were shipping break-bulk. The reason for this is that containerized freight requires the use of a vessel and break-bulk requires the use of a land-based transportation system. When it comes to ships and trucks, these two types of freight require different types of equipment.
Once you have determined the type of freight you will be shipping, it’s time to start looking for a freight forwarder. But how do you know which one is right for you? One way to find out is by reading online reviews. Another way is to contact your local Chamber of Commerce and ask for a list of freight forwarders that have been members for at least 5 years.