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Do I need a freight forwarder?

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

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Many new importers wonder if they need a freight forwarder for their shipments. The key question is whether having a forwarder is beneficial. The answer is typically yes. Freight forwarders act as intermediaries between you and the carrier. Most carriers prefer not to deal directly with importers unless they handle large volumes, making forwarders essential.

A competent freight forwarder simplifies the shipping process, eliminating the need for you to make numerous calls to track your shipment. They also tend to be more cost-effective in the long run. Forwarders have established relationships and trust with various vendors, which you might not have. By leveraging these resources, they can offer valuable assistance.

While you could theoretically handle certain tasks yourself, like finding a drayage company or a Customs House broker, consider whether the potential savings outweigh the time and effort required. Often, it's more efficient to have a single point of contact (the forwarder) rather than multiple contacts (forwarder, broker, trucker).


Disclaimer: Please note that all information provided in this post is for reference purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. It is recommended that you consult with a qualified professional for specific inquiries or concerns. This website is not comprehensive and does not encompass all the necessary aspects of import procedures. 

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