Freight Forwarding and International Trade

By Kristin Hanel

The world has never been smaller. Globalization has transformed the world we live in ways we could have never predicted. Aside from simply globalization, new inventions in transportation, communication, etc, have made the world a lot smaller.

With these changes has come an evolution in businesses. The world economy is highly competitive and now based off of international trade, transcending borders and cultures.

As a result, transporting goods across nations has become a vital part of countless business. To stay competitive, business must find advantages wherever they can find one. Freight forwarding companies are generally hired to be in charge of delivering goods all across the world.

Most freight forwarding companies set up a network of agents that allows them to not only transport goods from one country to another, but also and perhaps more importantly, transport those goods internally to a country as well.

These internal points and network of agents, allow business to transport their goods confidently and within the time frame told to eagerly awaiting customers. Aside from transporting goods, freight forwarding companies also usually have track and transpiring capabilities for sensitive products.

For example, many have refrigeration trucks keeping food fresh over the long journey. Others too have even more advanced and specialized modes of transportation to assure safe arrival of the goods.

Globalization is increasing, not decreasing. With it the likelihood that freight forwarders will continue to be an important part of the world company. Of course, to trade internationally, someone has to move the goods.


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