Freight forwarders are responsible for organizing and coordinating the transport of cargo from its point of origin to a specified end location. The freight forwarder manages contracts with manufacturers and uses all acceptable forms of transportation (such as trucks, ships, and airplanes) to ensure delivery is as quick and cost-efficient as possible. Freight forwarders are expected to negotiate for the most cost-effective carriers to move the cargo safely and efficiently; it is common for a forwarder to propose a bid to carriers to find the most suitable one to start the shipping process.
Freight Forwarder Tasks
Inspect equipment to prevent damage or injury.
Load and unload cargo from pallets and containers.
Communicate with customers picking up or dropping off cargo.
Perform freight transfers.