Following the sequential order of international trade operations, the freight forwarders perform the following functions:
- Advice on export costs, including freight costs, port expenses, consular fees, special documentation costs, insurance costs and merchandise costs.
- Planning the most appropriate route for a shipment, taking into account the perishable or dangerous nature of the goods, cost, transit time and safety.
- Reservation and contracting of the necessary cargo space on a ship, aircraft, train or truck.
- Advising and contracting insurance for transportation of the merchandise on behalf of the client and, if applicable, assistance in the event of an accident.
- Advice on the most appropriate way to transport cargo and carry out the procedures for packing, stowing and loading the merchandise.
- Preparation and presentation of Transport and Trade Documents required for export and import, such as the CMR, Bill of Lading, Airway Bill, etc.
- Handling with customs agents abroad to ensure that goods and documents comply with customs regulations.
- Acting as an intermediary in customs negotiations around the world to guide the cargo efficiently.
- Use of e-commerce, Internet technology and satellite systems to allow real-time tracking of the transport of goods.
- Advice on legislation affecting international trade, political and social situations (strikes) as well as other factors that may affect the movement of goods.
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