The Freight Forwarder

                                                              The Freight Forwarder
      Because this is an important part of your business we will go into more detail of why it is important to use a freight forwarder.
For starters this is a specialized field and you’re in the business to make money. It would take a number of years to learn all the skills necessary to do the job of Freight Forwarder. You will make more money if you concentrate on marketing your products.
      Your freight forwarder will tell you if there are any restrictions on products. They will give advice. All your documentation for custom clearance will be handled by them and they can even arrange storage for your goods. They will also tell you how much duty has to be paid or if the product has a tariff concession which means you can import it duty free. There is usually a tariff concession if the products you intend to market are not manufactured in this country.
Make sure that you have been quoted all the cost by your freight forwarder. Below is a list that should be included in the quote.
 Freight
 Custom Clearance
 Insurance
 Insurance Certificate
 Documentation fee
 Delivery to premises

 Import Terminal Fee
A freight forwarder is the person who will take care of all your freight, insurance and custom clearance forms. Basically, they do all the work for you. These people are very important to your business, so make sure you choose a good company.
 
A freight forwarder is a person who takes care of the important steps of shipping the merchandise. This person quotes shipping rates, provides routing information, and books cargo space.
Freight forwarders prepare documentation, contract shipping insurance, route cargo with the lowest customs charges, and arrange storage. They are valuable to you as an import/export agent, and they are important in handling the steps from factory to final destination.
They can be found by looking in the yellow pages or by personal referrals. Find someone who can do a good job for you. You'll need someone who you can work with, since this may become a long-term business relationship.
You'll need the help of a freight forwarder when you make up the total price quotation to the distributor. Not only do you include the manufacturer's price and your commission - usually added together, but you need to include dock and cartage fees, the forwarder's fees, ocean freight costs, marine insurance, duty charges, and any consular invoice fees, packing charges, or other hidden costs.
Be especially careful when you prepare this quotation. It certainly isn't professional to come back to the distributor with a higher quote including fees you forgot. You might go over the price quotation with your freight forwarder to be sure nothing is overlooked.
Usually the quotation is itemized into three main categories of cost of goods, which includes your commission; freight charges from destination to destination; and insurance fees.
Give a date the quotation is valid to, which should be the same as the date given on your quotes. You may also include information about the products, including any new sales literature.22
charges, and any consular invoice fees, packing charges, or other hidden costs.
Be especially careful when you prepare this quotation. It certainly isn't professional to come back to the distributor with a higher quote including fees you forgot. You might go over the price quotation with your freight forwarder to be sure nothing is overlooked.
Usually the quotation is itemized into three main categories of cost of goods, which includes your commission; freight charges from destination to destination; and insurance fees.
Give a date the quotation is valid to, which should be the same as the date given on your quotes. You may also include information about the products, including any new sales literature.
A formal letter that accompanies the price quotation should push for the sale. You can inform the distributor of the shipping date as soon as the order is received and confirmed by a letter of credit. Send the letter and price quotation by registered mail to be certain of its delivery.
 





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