: Essentially secures the business of various exporters and importers and has the ability/facility to
- storage the cargo belonging to the clients at their warehouse (usually all big forwarders have their own warehouses)
- negotiate freight rates with the shipping line to cover the interest of their clients
- prepare bills of lading and associated shipping/negotiating documentation (F178, Certificate of Origin, etc)
- MAY or MAY NOT also do Customs Clearance
- almost viewed by clients as an alternative shipping line
is someone who
- Arranges transportation whether road, rail or sea with a carrier, either on behalf of the shipper, consignee or freight forwarder..
- Outsources all the activities associated with the transportation such as transport, insurance..
- Brokers generally do not own their own bills of lading like some Freight Forwarders may do..
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