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Questions to Ask a Freight Forwarding Company

A freight forwarding company is employed to handle all the logistics involved in shipping cargo from one location to another. If you’re interested in hiring a freight forwarding company, you should keep a few key considerations in mind.

  • How much is this going to cost?
    Many factors and logistics issues go into determining this. You need to know how much your shipment weighs, its dimensions, the types of containers it will be shipped in, and the destination where it will be sent. Many companies offer free rate quotes on their websites.

  • Are you properly licensed?
    In the U.S., any customs broker, an agent responsible for clearing cargo for import or export, should be licensed by the Department of Treasury. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) offers accreditation to freight forwarders involved in air cargo, while the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) licenses and regulates companies involved in ocean commerce.

  • What kind of insurance do I need?
    It isn't necessarily cheap, but because shipping cargo is never 100 percent safe, it's best to buy insurance. By law, carriers are generally responsible for the cargo they transport, but in certain cases they might not be held liable for damage to your goods. “All-risk” insurance expands your coverage protections significantly. It is even possible to obtain “war risk” insurance, covering damage sustained during acts of war. You may also wish to become familiar with the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act, which explains the rights and responsibilities of domestic carriers.

  • What aspects of freight forwarding do you specialize in?
    Because of the variety of vehicles used, not all companies perform every aspect of freight forwarding. Some ship cargo by air, some specialize in trucking containers across land, others employ ocean liners to transport cargo across the sea. Also, while many freight forwarding companies act as carriers as well, some do not.
  • Wrapit Express Crate and Ship
    Our reliable company is serving the local Indiana area with our freight forwarding services. Let our trusted logistics experts handle the transport or forwarding of your freight.
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   FREIGHT-FORWARDING IN/NEAR INDIANA
    Freight Co
    1 review: *****
    11120 Bluffton Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809
    (260) 478-2581 Write review for this local business

    "These people will steal from you. Check there credit score. d&b is 37 out of 100. Equifax is 8 out of 100. ..."
    Nissin International Transport
    1 review: *****
    3131 N Franklin Rd Ste H1, Indianapolis, IN 46226
    (317) 895-4000 Write review for this local business

    "great all around service and great personnel, best in Indiana ..."
    Unigroup Write review for this local business
    6633 E State Blvd Ste 100, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
    (260) 492-6000  
    Exel Write review for this local business
    6410 Ameriplex Dr, Portage, IN 46368
    (219) 764-8800  
    Wickman Worldwide Services Inc Write review for this local business
    420 Main St Ste 1212, Evansville, IN 47708
    (812) 424-4997  
    Kopf Trucking Write review for this local business
    18520 Us Highway 20, Goshen, IN 46528
    (574) 971-8689  
    The UPS Store Write review for this local business
    1290 E Ireland Rd Ste 500Y, South Bend, IN 46614
    (574) 231-1216  
    UPS Stores The Write review for this local business
    5776 Grape Rd Ste 51, Mishawaka, IN 46545
    (574) 273-8382  
    Old Dominion Freight Line Write review for this local business
    3825 William Richardson Dr, South Bend, IN 46628
    (574) 271-1463  
    All Freight Services Write review for this local business
    5311 Schneider Rd, Newburgh, IN 47630
    (812) 858-1000  
    Grain Train Inc Write review for this local business
    5845 Hirsch Rd, Evansville, IN 47715
    (812) 477-0088  
    Allied Systems Write review for this local business
    12502 Fogwell Pkwy, Roanoke, IN 46783
    (260) 672-2166  
    Outreach Logistics Write review for this local business
    25522 Dawkins Rd, Woodburn, IN 46797
    (260) 632-0001  
    Pappas Logistics Write review for this local business
    5474 Us Highway 6, Portage, IN 46368
    (219) 850-4246  
    Atlas Van Lines Agent Write review for this local business
    5260 Cleveland St, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (800) 444-6430  
    Freightliner Western Star of Evansville Write review for this local business
    325 Rusher Creek Rd, Evansville, IN 47725
    (812) 868-2700  
    Greyhound Bus Lines Write review for this local business
    4765 Hanson Rd, Madisonville, KY 42431
    (270) 821-3086  
    C W S Inc Write review for this local business
    411 Blaine St, Gary, IN 46406
    (219) 944-5315  
    U PS Supply Chain Solutions Write review for this local business
    1821 Clover Rd, Mishawaka, IN 46545
    (574) 255-3403  
    Freight Linerwestern Star of Evansville Write review for this local business
    325 Rusher Creek Rd, Evansville, IN 47725
    (812) 867-3582  
    Euro Trans LLC Write review for this local business
    223 E Mckinley Ave, Mishawaka, IN 46545
    (574) 855-2290  
    C H Robinson Worldwide Inc Write review for this local business
    6617 Brotherhood Way, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    (260) 470-4900  
    Exel Write review for this local business
    12747 Bluffton Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46809
    (260) 478-1558  
    Kopf Trucking Inc Write review for this local business
    18520 Us Highway 20, Goshen, IN 46528
    (574) 825-2152  

    Freight forwarding companies are agents. In general, they never physically touch the cargo they are in charge of. Instead, they use their clout to bring together trucking companies, airlines and ocean shipping.

    Most long distance goods are moved in containers. Forwarding companies work with each other and the shippers to allow businesses to combine their cargo within the same container. This results in a much cheaper shipping rate for small loads.

    Workers, thus, need to understand logistics. They also need to be able to handle import and export regulations. Employees have to be able to ensure goods clear customs properly. They maintain long term relationships with carriers.

    Most forwarders charge on a competitive quote basis, and salesmen need to be able to handle this as well as explain how their business works to the client company.

    Logistics experts are hired to handle and inform on routing, and to determine the specific needs of a shipment. They need to work out when it is worth paying extra to send goods by air. Keeping their own costs down is important as well as the rate charged to the client. Sending goods by sea is cheaper, but slower. It is often valuable for workers to speak more than one language, with eastern languages being particularly useful.

    As forwarders do not physically handle freight, they do not need their own vehicles or warehouses. However, they may broker deals with a warehousing company. They also may handle insuring shipments and other paperwork, such as that required for hazardous goods.

    Freight forwarders also hire administrative personnel who handle secretarial tasks.

    This is an important industry in the global economy and likely to continue to grow as companies globalize their sales and manufacturing.


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