For a business, making plans to trade internationally can lead to significant rewards, but it is understandably a very daunting decision, and it is not without risk, so seeking help and assistance where possible is advisable.
When it comes to importing and exporting goods, a Freight Forwarder can provide guidance and practical assistance to help you through all the intricacies of shipping from one country to another. This is of particular relevance to businesses who are new to international trade, and who may not have any in-house experience or knowledge of the processes involved.
Here are just some of the areas where a Freight Forwarder can provide assistance for you:
Transport of Goods
The primary role of a Freight Forwarder is to help businesses transport their goods or consignments from one country to another. Many Freight Forwarders will specialise in a particular service area or mode of transport (air, sea, rail or road), but ultimately, they should advise on the best routes, modes of transport and suitable carriers, to reflect your specific requirements.
Freight Forwarders can help keep costs down, by consolidating large numbers of consignments bound for one destination or country. This can reduce freight charges for individual traders, especially smaller organisations or SME’s who may have more sporadic orders for export.
For many individuals starting out in international trade, the whole area of customs can be a bit overwhelming and is normally worthwhile seeking professional advice and assistance. Your Freight Forwarder should be able to advise accordingly on most areas of customs procedures, often in partnership with a dedicated customs agent.
Ensuring the right paperwork is completed and correct protocols are followed is particularly significant when exporting to, or importing from countries such as Norway and Iceland, who are outside of the EU.
Although your Forwarder may not be able to offer insurance themselves, based on the level of risk involved with your shipment, they should be able to advise on the level of cover required so as to limit any loss incurred, in the event of an accident or problem.
Advice and Information
At Trans Europe Express, we feel very strongly that the most important service we provide for our customers is the reassurance of personal advice, backed up by years of experience in the shipping industry. Whether it is a quick chat over the phone, or a meeting in person, having a strong level of trust is essential, as the success of the relationship can impact so much on the success of your business.