What Does an Air Freight Agent Do?

When it comes to enlisting a shipping service to transport cargo, there are many people involved the task of making sure that the cargo reaches its destination on-time and intact. Air Freight Agents are one particular group of people who play a major role in transporting freight. Freight agents are responsible for the import and export of cargo by means of an airplane. They act on behalf of the airlines that pay them a fee for their service. Some air freight agents specialize within certain countries and others specialize in shipping items all over the world.

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Originally posted on July 20, 2015 @ 9:49 am

Value Added Air and Sea Freight Shipping Services

Transportation of goods by air is one of the most common choices for companies that need quicker conveying. Transportation of goods by air is a suitable option when the transfer of goods is urgent. Freight forwarders can assist you through the complicated air freight process. They not only help in picking a carrier but also arrange paperwork of the entire national as well as international air freight transaction. They also help coordinate the plan from pick up, warehousing, docking to delivery. They are committed to offer faster transit times and have a wide area network of carrier and service choices.

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Originally posted on July 13, 2015 @ 10:36 am

The Benefits of Sea Freight

Before the development of air cargo, sea freight was the primary means of international goods transit. The birth and growth of air cargo was a major development for world trade and opened the door to considerably higher levels of import and export for many nations. In the light of recent concerns about the environmental sustainability of air transport however, the justifiability of our current reliance on this mode of cargo movement is in question. The same concerns also apply to the proliferation of road based haulage and it’s sustainability.

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Originally posted on July 13, 2015 @ 10:01 am

How To Calculate Cubic Metres (CBM) When Shipping

Determining Cubic Metres or CBM is the first step you should take in determining how to ship your cargo. You don’t want to be shipping FCL cargo as FCL Groupage cargo nor do you want to be shipping FCL Groupage Cargo as FCL, unless obviously you have reached or exceeded the break-even point of your cargo which I teach in the section FCL vs FCL Groupage.

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Originally posted on July 8, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

Is it Better to Use Freight Forwarding Or to Do the Logistics Yourself?

By definition a freight forwarding supplier is a third party provider who takes care of all of the logistics involved in the shipment of goods from one place to the other. Your freight services provider will take charge of arranging for all of the carriers and transportation needed to get your goods to their ultimate destination. Typically, you would not use freight forwarding for a local or domestic removal as the logistics involved with such shipments are not as complicated as those involved with international freight – the same cannot be said for sending cargo overseas. When it comes to sending cargo overseas, it is best to rely on the expertise of a professional freight forwarder.

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Originally posted on July 1, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

Bill of Lading, a definition

A bill of lading (sometimes abbreviated as B/L or BoL) is a document issued by a carrier which details a shipment of merchandise and gives title of that shipment to a specified party. Bills of lading are one of three important documents used in international trade to help guarantee that exporters receive payment and importers receive merchandise. A straight bill of lading is used when payment has been made in advance of shipment and requires a carrier to deliver the merchandise to the appropriate party. An order bill of lading is used when shipping merchandise prior to payment, requiring a carrier to deliver the merchandise to the importer, and at the endorsement of the exporter the carrier may transfer title to the importer. Endorsed order bills of lading can be traded as a security or serve as collateral against debt obligations.
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Originally posted on July 1, 2015 @ 2:36 pm

Freight Forwarders Face New Challenges

With increases in fuel prices and a slowing economy worldwide, the international freight industry faces new challenges.

So what are the trends we are seeing in the international freight market and how will they affect the customer?

The global freight forwarding market stood at 116.8 billion Euros in 2007, growing by just under 11%.

This was the lowest level of growth seen by the international freight market for four years. The slowdown was caused mainly by the impact of the weak economy in the US on the freight market but, with the European economy now also showing signs of trouble, growth in freight is expected to slow still further this year and next.
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Originally posted on June 27, 2015 @ 9:35 am

International Freight – Eight Strategies For Success

As the Internet opens up global markets, more and more people are considering starting an import or export business and are looking into selecting a freight company for the first time.

This can be baffling as the world of international freight is highly complex and the newcomer needs to be aware of some of the pitfalls associated with freight forwarding.

The main role of all freight services companies is, of course, to help importers and exporters transport their goods. But with varying requirements in each country and with many different transport options and routes to choose from, it is vital that you choose the right freight company to suit the specific needs of your business.
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Originally posted on June 24, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

Freight Containers Classification

The pattern of cargo reception and shipment has changed with the use of the freight containercontainer, box or LO/LO (lift on/lift off). The use of containers, which started more than 40 years ago, in intercontinental traffic is now available in most seaports worldwide.

In the 1960’s, many seaports either had inadequate container facility or none at all. Consequently, export shipments often relied on conventional (break-bulk) vessels. The cargoes were placed alongside a vessel for hoisting on board. The stevedores (longshoremen) were often employed to carry cargoes on and off the vessel. The loading and unloading of vessels consumed too much time, which caused dockside bottlenecks and delayed shipments. With the increased use of containers, the congestion was decentralized. The problem of congestion was transferred from the docks or piers to the container freight stations or terminals.
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Originally posted on June 15, 2015 @ 2:38 pm