What is a Freight forwarder?
A freight forwarder, forwarder, or forwarding agent, also known as a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), is a person or company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution. Forwarders contract with a carrier or often multiple carriers to move the goods. A forwarder does not move the goods but acts as an expert in the logistics network. These carriers can use a variety of shipping modes, including ships, airplanes, trucks, and railroads, and often multiple modes for a single shipment. For example, the freight forwarder may arrange to have cargo moved from a plant to an airport by truck, flown to the destination city, then moved from the airport to a customer’s building by another truck.
International freight forwarders typically handle international shipments. International freight forwarders have additional expertise in preparing and processing customs and other documentation and performing activities pertaining to international shipments.
Information typically reviewed by a freight forwarder includes the commercial invoice, shipper’s export declaration, bill of lading and other documents required by the carrier or country of export, import, and/or transshipment. Much of this information is now processed in a paperless environment.
The FIATA shorthand description of the freight forwarder as the ‘Architect of Transport’ illustrates the commercial position of the forwarder relative to its client. In Europe, some forwarders specialize in ‘niche’ areas such as rail-freight, and collection and deliveries around a large port.
How can WCS help my business?
By employing WCS as your freight forwarder of choice, you open up your business to the full scale of the global economy. Our extensive network of partners and trading professionals offers you an invaluable resource to leverage on your behalf when doing international business. We not only ship your goods, we secure and insure the financial well being of your global transactions. WCS is your exclusive liaison and guiding hand to the benefits, pitfalls and perils of doing business throughout the world. We act on your behalf to make sure your supply chain is efficient and fluid at all times.
How is WCS different than other “forwarders”?
The big 10 shipping conglomerates and carriers are way too large, poorly trained and clumsy to offer maximum efficiency and savings. World Class Shipping is a medium sized boutique freight forwarder with the agility and professionalism to take on the most challenging logistics projects on your behalf. Our staff of industry leaders and innovators is on call to offer our customers and partners both cost savings and highly personalized service during each phase of the shipping process. Whether you are exporting or importing, WCS is an industry leader in customer service and satisfaction..worldwide.
How can WCS save me $$?
Large freight conglomerates and carriers are way too large, poorly trained and clumsy to offer maximum efficiency and savings. World Class Shipping is a boutique freight forwarder with the agility and professionalism to take on the most challenging logistics projects on your behalf. Our staff of industry leaders and innovators is on call to offer our customers and partners both cost savings and operational improvements along every step of the supply chain.