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What is a freight forwarder?

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The process of shipping goods between countries can be challenging and time consuming, involving transport by ocean, air or road. Shipping internationally can also add other complexities such as customs requirements.

You can use the services of a freight forwarder to bring goods into the UK or EU and to send goods to customers abroad. They can manage the entire door to door process including customs clearance for you, some services a freight forwarder will be able to offer are:

  • Arrange origin collection from the manufacturer or warehouse where goods are being held to the port or airport of departure
  • Documentation guidance such as how to complete commercial invoices/packing list, submission of customs entries
  • Arrange international shipment bookings by ocean, air and road
  • Offering marine transit insurance
  • Final mile delivery.


So why use a freight forwarder?

  • Experience – trust the experts, freight forwarders are highly experienced professionals who can handle your shipments efficiently
  • Cost – Freight forwarders can often negotiate better rates with carriers due to the volume of freight they move
  • Peace of mind – using the right provider can remove all worry of shipping internationally with the freight forwarder able to provide regular updates on routings/delivery times.


How much will it cost?

Freight forwarding costs will vary considerably depending on several factors, some being the mode of transport, size of shipment as well as the origin and destinations.

It is recommended that you obtain a quote or hold set rates with a provider before booking so you know your costs and liability, if you are importing or delivering overseas under DDP terms it is also recommended that you get an estimate for the taxes you may be liable for as well.


Crossborder Logistics are ideally placed to help with all your shipping requirements and will guide you through the whole process to ensure you are utilising the best methods for your international shipments. Please get in touch with the team today to discuss in more detail.