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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Freight Forwarding: Choosing the Best Partner

Choosing the best freight forwarding partner is the important factor to withstand in this competitive world. Here some useful information to select the freight partner.
Security, price and compliance rank high plays an important role while choosing an international as well as domestic freight forwarder. Nowadays auctions are getting more popular with the freight contracts. While decision making it includes factors like IT support, value, and service capability are considered.

Here listed some of the tips to select the freight forwarder:

  • Analyze the overall requirements:
Look at the exports, distribution, imports and brokerage. Find your main objectives and compare the responses of the freight forwarder. has more than 1 million logistics service provider, So that you can select your own comfortable freight forwarder by comparing them. Think about the total cost and decide yourself whether you need a small or a large partner for your needs. 

Look at the necessary coverage to support the business, information technology, reporting needs and customer service.

  • Internal management:
Get about the internal management buy in from the service provider. It is the one which supports the decision of your internal organizations.

  • Go with negotiating table:
Keep the demand ready and specify the objectives, as well as identify a start date. Keep the information on density and commodities and terms of sales.

  • Do some homework:
It is important to research about the freight forwarders which you interested in. Learn about their financial strength, local office and coverage. Refer to learn about the freight forwarders without any hidden charges.

  • Get in touch with forwarders:
It is important to maintain a relationship with the service provider to get the best shipping solutions for your needs.

Refer the current RFQ and offer terms and condition and sample agreements you desire. has the facility to subscribe the quote at free of cost.

  • Be selective
Provide RFQ’s to the qualified provider which you pre screened.

  • Set the time frame:
Find the reasonable time for forwarders to reply the RFQ. To provide comprehensive Reponses sets a question and answer at least 3 weeks for the freight forwarders.

  • Narrow the choices:
Analyze the RFQ and also invite the forwarders who meet your requirements and have a regular conversation to address them in a better way. Listen the presentations and raise your questions to get a clear idea.

  • Negotiate and make the choice:

Select the comfortable, reasonable freight forwarders and appoint a team to get your job done and set a time frame for the work. 


  1. I agree. It is really important to choose a freight forwarder for your company who makes your business operations easier and more effective. And these factors are certainly essential before you go for a freight forwarding company as these ensure its reliability.

    1. Make sure the freight forwarder has good customer service. - actually doing a background check to freight forwarding service provider should be done first so that you will find it more convenient to do some transaction with the freight provider.

  2. Agree . We know that logistics provider must meet our demand and ofcourse our client. Global cargo service is a key to a success for each Freight Forwarder . Hope our company in Indonesia will meet your standart . Regards.

    1. International freight forwarder is crucial to the ultimate success of any business that has to import or export cargo on a regular basis. The last thing any business needs is for shipments to be late, get lost or arrive in poor condition.

  3. Thanks for sharing these tips, I will use them to choose the best Domestic Distribution Services Provider.

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