Do I need a freight forwarder?
Updated: May 16, 2019
Do I need a freight forwarder? Many new importers wonders about whether or not it is necessary to have a forwarder for your shipment. The real question is really: should you have a forwarder. And the answer is yes, you should. (Read about what is Freight Forwarding here)
You need a forwarder because they’re the agent between you and the carrier. Carriers rarely deals directly with importers (unless they have large volumes), and this is where the forwarders comes into play.
A good forwarder will help you take care of everything so you don’t need to worry about calling around trying to figure out what is going on with your shipment. A good forwarder will also save you money in the long run. Forwarders have relationships with vendors that you don’t, they also have trust from people that you may not have. A good forwarder will use their resources to help you.
Theoretically there are things you can do yourself, things like finding a drayage company or a Customs Housebroker, but keep in mind that your savings may not be worth the time and effort you will have to put into it. It is easier to have only one contact (forwarder) instead of three (forwarder, broker, trucker).
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