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Important Terms in Freight Forwarding

Freight forwarding is an essential part of the logistics involved with contemporary international trade, but it's not an area the average citizen knows much about. If you're attempting to employ a freight forwarding service, many companies offer free rate quotes on their websites, but first you should familiarize yourself with the terms and concepts used in the industry. What follows is a list of the most commonly used terms that might trip up the casual reader.

  • Freight Forwarder - An individual or company responsible for arranging shipments of containers from one party to another, domestically or internationally. A forwarder handles all logistics issues and ensures compliance with the law. They may or may not also act as a carrier.
  • Carrier - A company responsible for dispatching vehicles to transport cargo from one location to the other. This can be accomplished by sea, land, air, or any combination of these.
  • Customs Broker - An agent in the U.S., licensed by the Department of Treasury experienced in all aspects of customs clearance issues, including import and export licenses.
  • Customs Bond - Required by the U.S. Customs Service to ensure payment from importers. Also called surety bonds, these come in two types, single entry and continuous. The relatively cheap single entry bond covers a single transaction; the quite costly continuous bond covers all transactions by an importer at all U.S. ports during a one-year period.
  • Customs Entry - A form required for all containers entering the U.S., describing all incoming goods and all fees associated with it.
  • Cartage - The act of hauling goods from one location to another. This can encompass every method from trucking cargo on land to transporting via airplane.
  • Liner - A type of ship employed to transport large amounts of cargo across the ocean.
    Wrapit Express Crate and Ship
    Our full service shipping company deals with all aspects of logistics, including freight forwarding in the local Florida area. Making sure your freight gets where it needs to go with our forwarding service.
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    Interworld Freight Inc
    8225 Nw 80th St, Miami, FL 33166
    Fully logistical door-to-door freight forwarding service with accurate and up-to-date cargo management. Immediate solutions to your cargo needs thru trustworthy information, transportation, on-time deliveries and invoicing.
    (305) 599-2115
    1040 Collier Center Way, Naples, FL 34110
    We are transportation company offering air, ocean, trucking and same day and next day service. We specialize in caravanning freight to and from trade shows for various associations and organizations.
    (239) 591-8590
    Great Cargo Usa Corp
    2500 N W 79 Avenue Suite 122, Miami, FL 33122
    We are an international freight forwarding doing business with Central and Latin American and some countries in Europe.
    (786) 306-6274
    Uniworld International Inc
    7901 Kingspointe Pkwy Ste 22, Orlando, FL 32819
    Offering International Shipping of Containers, Autos & Boxes.
    (407) 370-0012
    Herco Freight Forwarders
    7950 Nw 77th St, C-4, Medley, FL 33166
    Exporting and importing of cargo customs clearance inland
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    (305) 888-5191
    User Review: "Very good company to work with and very good service thanks for the help"
    UPS Store The
    1581 W 49th St, Hialeah, FL 33012
    Packaging, Mailbox Services, Mailing and Shipping Services, DHL, UPS, USPS, Freight Shipping, Packing and Moving Boxes, Copy and Print Services, Notary Services, and More.
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    (305) 825-4111
    User Review: "I have never received such great service or attention in any store in hialeah. I rent a mailbox at this store for ..." - Jackie (FL)
    Able Cargo Transit
    30901 Suneagle Drive, Mount Dora, FL 32757
    We are a full service provider for all your national and global transportation needs. We ship single pallets of freight and multiple truckload shipments. We have flatbeds, vans, refers, step decks, and other specialized equipment.
    (800) 841-2253
    Beluh International Services
    5507 N.w 72 Ave, Miami, FL 33166
    Offering freight transportation by air, ocean, or ground, for both local or international deliveries available.
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    (786) 294-6297
    User Review: "Great service fast, prompt and effective. I was afraid of my package not getting to south america on time def. Would use..." - patrick (FL)
    Pak Mail Beachside
    505 Beachland Blvd Ste 1, Vero Beach, FL 32963
    At Pak Mail Beachside, we are here to help with all of your packing and shipping needs as well as printing, faxing, copying, and more with expert advice.
    (772) 231-0021
    Beluh International Services,
    7735 Nw 64 St , Suite 2, Miami, FL 33166
    Our international company provides freight forwarding services for national and international customers. We have an international courier, broker and also province import/export buyers & agents.
    (786) 290-8015
    APX International
    2315 Nw 107th Ave M1-28, Miami, FL 33172
    We're a unique company because we're the only approved ocean carrier by the Federal Maritime Commission or Ocean Common Carrier & only TSA approved Indirect Air Carrier offering door-to-door services.
    (877) 597-0258
    International Freight Exchange
    140 Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33062
    Freight forwarder providing services for ocean freight, airfreight, delivery, and trucking to practically any destination. Vehicle transport and moving services are included.
    (800) 882-0652
    Bhw Logistics
    25053 Sw 18th Ave, Newberry, FL 32669
    We are a logistics company that can ship your items quickly. Our carrier rates are low for your convenience. Our services are available to you and your company, so talk to one of our agents to set up an account with us.
    (727) 458-9044
    Aldo Moving
    Miami, FL 33101
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    (305) 254-0507
    User Review: "They knew what they were doing and very nice people. Very good price not expensive at all. Got the job done fast." - alex (FL)
    ACI Cargo
    2716 Nw 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33166
    ACI Cargo Inc, is an international freight forwarder with capabilities of handling heavy cargo projects either via ocean or air.
    (305) 418-4104

    Freight forwarders do not actually move freight. Rather, they act as an agent and intermediary, assisting companies in finding the right shipping service for their needs. Using a freight forwarder simplifies logistics. The company will handle arrangements with all of the required transport companies for any trip. They have arrangements with trucking companies and air cargo businesses alike. Freight forwarders may also help with import and export regulations and clearing customs. They may also offer advice on logistics and help determine the best route and whether goods should be moved by air or sea. They are often particularly important when it comes to ocean shipping. Although their services are not cheap, they ensure that the client gets a good deal from all of the carriers and does not have to worry about the costs associated with handling their own shipping. Costs such as vehicle maintenance and container rentals can all be handled by the forwarding company and the carriers it works with. Freight forwarders may have standard rates, but often offer services on a competitive quote basis. They often develop long term relationships with specific carriers and airlines. These relationships can allow them to get cheaper service, although they do take their own markup. Using a freight forwarder to handle cargo shipping, however, is worth it for many companies in terms of the time saved. They also often deal with insurance, warehousing and risk assessment. They are particularly useful when a business lacks the in-house resources to understand the varying regulations that affect long distance and international freight.
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