The main purpose of a Freight Forwarder or Forwarding Agent is to arrange cargo movements to destinations overseas. In this role you could be involved in all modes of transport including air, sea, road and rail freight.
An International Freight Forwarder will have specialist expertise relating to preparing and processing documentation for international shipping.
A Forwarding Agent will typically review documentation such as commercial invoices and shipper’s export declaration Bills of Lading.
A Freight Forwarder or Forwarding Agent will also look at any other documents required by the carrier or the country of import or trans-shipment, including HM Customs documents – which are produced digitally, creating paperless working methods.
The role of Freight Forwarder or Forwarding Agent involves working with others’ and so being able to communicate clearly and being very organised is essential.