Forwarder

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Forwarder

Acts as a travel agent for cargo. A forwarder specializes in arranging the transport and completing required shipping documentation. Some are affiliated with NVOCC services. In the United States they are licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission.

Forwarder

A company that arranges transportation services for importers and exporters. A forwarder prepares the appropriate documents, contacts and arranges services from the companies that actually transport goods, and handles insurance matters. In other words, a forwarder handles the large number of details associated with international transportation so the importer and/or exporter do not have to do so themselves. It is also called a freight forwarder. See also: NVOCC.
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Air freight forwarders are ranked by total metric tons and ocean freight forwarders are ranked on container shipments measured in 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs.
In 1980, licensed ocean freight forwarders were permitted to have their own in-house NVO services, thus generating a surge of new NVO operators and leading to confusion as to what the differences were between the two.
[section] 14706; ocean freight forwarders, which are not carriers, as per 46 USC [section] 1702 (17)(A); and airfreight forwarders, which are "indirect carriers" that are subject to the same liability laws as airlines.
Kirby requires changes in the way importers deal with ocean freight forwarders. Two bills of lading were critical to that case.
Note 3: Ocean freight forwarders are not carriers, as they do not issue their own bills of lading.
The Supreme Court ruled that the ocean freight forwarder acted as the shipper's agent when it entered into the second bill of lading, therefore the shipper was bound by the terms of that bill of lading.

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