International Sales News - As Seen on TV Products

International news, issues, and trends for innovative consumer products in the direct response television industry (DRTV), as well as tips for export management & international product sales. This blog focuses on the As Seen on TV product category.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Freight Forwarders

What is a freight forwarder and why do you need one?
An international freight forwarder acts as an agent to an exporter moving cargo from "dock-to-door" to an overseas destination so the exporter does not have to worry about all the logistics details. They are licensed by the International Air Transport Association and the Federal Maritime Commission to handle air and ocean freight.
They provide many important services including:
  • Provide advice on exporting costs, such as freight costs, port fees, insurance fees, special document costs, and consular fees.
  • Prepare and file documents such as the bill of lading.
  • Suggest appropriate modes of cargo transport.
  • Reserve the necessary space on vessels, trains, aircrafts or trucks.
  • Communicate with overseas customs brokers to ensure compliance with customs regulations on goods and documents.

To find a freight forwarder you can check local business telephone listings or, you can visit the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association for information on their members.

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