Freight forwarding

What is a freight forwarder?

A freight forwarder is a service company that arranges the shipment of goods to specific destinations. There are national forwarding companies that transport the cargo by truck within Germany or to neighboring countries. But there are also numerous international freight forwarders who transport cargo across continents, using means of transport such as ships, airplanes and railroads.

In Germany, freight forwarders usually work in accordance with the German Freight Forwarders' Standard Terms and Conditions. The services of the forwarders, as well as their rights and obligations are precisely defined in this set of rules. For some years now, however, the trend has also been for freight forwarders to increasingly act as service providers in the logistics sector.

Advantages of a freight forwarder:

  • Time saving
  • Security
  • Expertise


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