Freight Forwarder

What is a Freight Forwarder and what can they do for your business in regards to imports and exports? Below is explanations to both of those questions. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call/email us and we'll be happy to answer them for you.

As a US Freight Forwarder, we perform both exports and imports for shipping ocean and air freight from and to the USA. However, in respect to dealing with an International Ocean Freight Shipping Company the shipper should understand responsibilities of freight forwarders on his/her international ocean/air freight shipment depending on service selected: export or import and country which the freight forwarder represents.

Nowadays, international ocean/air freight carriers throughout the world are governed by a variety of the global international ocean/air freight industries standards and regulations. They also adopted and extended the rules promulgated by international ocean freight carriers organizations. In general, international ocean freight shipments are regulated regardless of country of origin and destination in safety, environmental protection, documents turnover, customs procedures, commercial practices, cargo liability, and other issues.

However different international ocean freight carriers in different countries have different approaches to ocean freight tendering at their origins and destination stations. Knowing basic details of local rules in countries of origin and destination gives you an advantage to plan your international ocean freight shipment and forecast shipping costs related to it.

U.S. OTI - Ocean Transportation Intermediaries or Ocean Freight Forwarders mostly concentrate on the U.S. Importing and Exporting Regulations and handle issues related to Export and Import ocean freight procedures in the USA. They also provide general details related to cargo tendering outside of the USA along with information for ocean freight carrier's handling station's agents overseas.

In respect to dealing with a U.S. Ocean Freight Forwarder on shipping ocean freight from or to the US, the shipper should be prepared to deal directly with an international ocean freight carrier/carrier's agent, which will handle cargo on shippers' behalf as soon as cargo is out of the U.S. Commerce zone.

Information about international ocean freight carriers agents should be available:
Shipper's responsibilities on commodity and shipping documents submitted to an international sea freight Import and Export shipment Here is a list of commonly used shipping documents required to be submitted to an international ocean freight shipment: In respect to U.S. Customs, all Commercial Invoices (and Valued Packing Lists) must be in English and show: Additional Documents Depending on Commodity and Country of Origin Used in the Ocean Freight Industry:
Storage/demurrage at destinations on international ocean freight shipment.

In several days before your international ocean freight shipment will arrive to the destination port of entry, your consignee(recipient) should receive a notification(arrival notice). As a rule it will be an arrival notice faxed or emailed to the consignee by the agent of international ocean freight shipping company used on your sea freight shipment. Otherwise it can be a phone all or mail from the international shipping company's destination agent. Make sure that contact information of consignee initially provided in your booking request and transferred to your international ocean freight bill of lading is correct and valid.

Act promptly. Your free storage time at a destination warehouse is limited. Depending on destination ocean freight carrier's station policy it varies between 7 to 14 days. Thereafter storage/demurrage may increase total shipping cost for your international ocean freight shipment dramatically.