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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 Southfield area. Making sure your freight gets where it needs to go with our forwarding service.
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    Troy Freight Expediting LLC
    2136 Burdic Dr, Troy, MI 48085
    Do you need quick and reliable transporting? Our freight company is proud to offer same day door to door delivery. We can handle importing, exporting, freight hauling, equipment transportation and more.
    (248) 879-6110
    A SAP Express and Logistics
    28825 Highland Rd, Romulus, MI 48174
    ASAP Express and Logistics, Inc. is your one-stop-shop for all your expedited non-standard and scheduled freight. We manage and provide both asset and non-asset based ground and air transportation.
    (734) 946-2052
    H.O.G. Transport
    3850 Jefferson St, Carrollton, MI 48724
    H.O.G. Transport is a cargo carrier serving Saginaw, MI. Our trucking company treats your cargo with care.
    (888) 324-5579
    UPS Store The
    29488 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073
    (248) 548-8178
    Advance Package Delivery Service
    402 S Stephenson Hwy, Royal Oak, MI 48067
    (248) 546-4444
    Nippon Express Travel U S A Inc
    26200 Town Center Dr, Novi, MI 48375
    (248) 735-1728
    In Transit Freight Group
    2855 Coolidge Hwy, Troy, MI 48084
    (248) 430-5311
    Seastar LLC
    14311 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
    (313) 943-3614
    Meest Michigan
    26799 Ryan Rd, Warren, MI 48091
    (586) 757-0767
    Lna Global LLC
    9001 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
    (313) 544-4000
    Manna Freight Systems Inc
    28265 Beck Rd Ste C21, Wixom, MI 48393
    (248) 468-2404
    Zap IT Express
    14333 E 10 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48089
    (586) 498-5911
    D J Whelan and Company Inc
    100 S Summit St, Detroit, MI 48209
    (313) 843-0250
    Deluxe Video Services Inc
    32500 Van Born Rd, Wayne, MI 48184
    (734) 728-4747
    D S V Air & Sea Inc
    2365 S Haggerty Rd Ste 200, Canton, MI 48188
    (734) 398-7671

    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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