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What is the difference between freight forwarder and a shipping company?

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A freight forwarder is an agent hired by importers, exporters or other companies to organize the reliable, efficient and cost-effective transportation of goods. They keep goods and cargo moving around the world through a combination of transportation by road, rail, air, and sea. A freight forwarder’s expertise lies in logistics, varying national customs, insurance, and laws ensuring customers receive their goods. A freight forwarder must be both precise and responsive, using efficient problem-solving skills to meet their customers’ expectations. Contrarily, a shipping company is responsible for transporting an item from one place to another place via various transportation modes like rail, sea or air. The shipping company will receive the consolidated cargo cleared for export and move it to the destination port or to any intermediate port to be picked up by another shipping company. The shipping company hands the cargo over to the freight forwarder once reached the final destination.In general, freight forwarder ships the packages via Shipping Company.


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