For trade to take place across nations there must be a fluid system that allows for the safe and affordable transportation of products among these nations. With the different trade laws that apply in the different sovereign states around the world, traders, and all who wish to transport products between countries are faced with the challenge of understanding these laws and facilitating the required documentation. Even with this understanding of the customs regulations, much more is involved in freight transportation. This includes the different aspects of product handling like packaging and transportation conditions. International freight forwarders are concerned with the details of transporting cargo from port to port.
==How Port to Port Transit Works==
In order to move cargo from one port to another, international forwarders engage with global carriers who avail different transportation means like air and sea freight. They partner with them to gain the space they require for the cargo. With movement from one country to another, clearance is required to gain access to another country. Documentation like the Certificate of Origin and the Commercial Invoice are just some of the documents an international forwarder will get. They will also get the bill of lading if they are using sea freight or the airway bill for air freight, which is a testimony of the goods on board.
==Other Services Offered==
While document processing is an important part of a freight forwarder’s job description, he has other responsibilities that ensure the cargo is kept in good condition from port to port. A forwarder ensures that the cargo is free of pests and diseases by fumigating it. He is also responsible for ensuring the cargo is securely stored at the point of departure and entry. Packaging is also an important part of an international freight forwarder’s responsibilities as it ensures the cargo is secure throughout the haul. Different packaging like containerization ensures that cargo is transported in a secure environment. A forwarder works in favor of the client to ensure that they get the most affordable way to move cargo from one part of the world to another.