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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.
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    Our full service shipping company deals with all aspects of logistics, including freight forwarding in the local San Francisco area. Making sure your freight gets where it needs to go with our forwarding service.
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    Gard Logistics
    260 Oriente St, Daly City, CA 94014
    A leading-edge non-asset based freight forwarding and logistics company. We leverage our relationships with the leading domestic and international cargo carriers to offer our clients the best!
    (415) 349-8069
    STAT Logistics
    24213 Clawiter Road, Hayward, CA 94545
    Specializing in air freight, ocean freight and 3PL warehousing, our freight forwarding team of logistic specialists are dependable and professional.
    (510) 783-7355
    Sky2c Freight Systems Inc
    Fremont, California, CA 94538
    International shipping, Domestic Shipping, Freight Forwarding, Warehousing, Trucking, Consolidation, Door to Door Delivery & Pickup Services, Heavy Lift Transportation and Special Project Handling,
    (800) 353-5128
    Cargo One
    703 Market St Ste 1510, San Francisco, CA 94103
    (415) 593-9991
    Martin Button Inc
    55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 777-2000
    Pacocean Forwarding
    388 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94111
    (415) 956-1446
    North American Van Lines
    901 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
    (415) 934-1600
    Nippon Express Travel USA Inc.
    8 California St Fl 8, San Francisco, CA 94111
    (415) 782-1278
    Impex Services Internatl. Freight Forwarders-Chb
    221 Main St Ste 500, San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 227-0896
    International Support System
    220 Sansome St Ste 1090, San Francisco, CA 94104
    (415) 352-5350
    100 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94111
    (415) 659-4079
    Nippon Express Travel USA Inc.
    535 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
    (415) 391-0547
    Arpin Van Lines
    1250 Van Dyke Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
    (415) 822-4000
    Shippers Express
    211 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 444-6866
    Pacific Transload Systems
    737 Bay St, Oakland, CA 94607
    (510) 893-5420

    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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