A freight forwarder, forwarder, or forwarding agent, also known as a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), is a person or company that organizes shipments for individuals or corporations to get goods from the manufacturer or producer to a market, customer or final point of distribution. Forwarders contract with a carrier or often multiple carriers to move the goods. A forwarder does not move the goods but acts as an expert in the logistics network. These carriers can use a variety of shipping modes, including ships, airplanes, trucks, and railroads, and often multiple modes for a single shipment. For example, the freight forwarder may arrange to have cargo moved from a plant to an airport by truck, flown to the destination city, and then moved from the airport to a customer's building by another truck.
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Incoterms® are a set of rules which define the responsibilities of sellers and buyers for the delivery of goods under sales contracts for domestic and international trade. They are published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and are widely used in international commercial transactions. The most recent version of Incoterms®, Incoterms® 2010, was launched in September 2010 and became effective January 1, 2011.

The two main categories of Incoterms® 2010 are now organized by modes of transport. Used in international as well as in domestic contracts for the first time, the new groups aim to simplify the drafting of contracts and help avoid misunderstandings by clearly stipulating the obligations of buyers and sellers.

Group 1. Incoterms® that apply to any mode of transport are:

  • EXW Ex Works
  • FCA Free Carrier
  • CPT Carriage Paid To
  • CIP Carriage and Insurance Paid To
  • DAT Delivered at Terminal
  • DAP Delivered at Place
  • DDP Delivered Duty Paid
Group 2. Incoterms® that apply to sea and inland waterway transport only:
  • FAS Free Alongside Ship
  • FOB Free on Board
  • CFR Cost and Freight
  • CIF Cost, Insurance, and Freight

Source: (http://www.export.gov/exportbasics/eg_main_017485.asp)

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  • 20’ container - approximately 25 cubic meters / 16,800 kg
  • 40’ container - approximately 55 cubic meters / 20,000 kg
  • 40’ high cube (HQ) container - approximately 65 cubic meters / 20,000 kg
  • 45’ container - approximately 80 cubic meters / 20,000 kg
* Figures provided are only estimates. Every carrier’s weight limit is different so please consult us and we would be glad to check for you.
LCL shipments must first be delivered to a container freight station (CFS) warehouse for the container to be consolidated with other shipments, usually a week before the container can be brought to the port of departure. After the container is full, it is delivered to the port to be loaded onto the vessel. After the vessel arrives in the port of arrival, the container will be unloaded from the vessel and delivered to another CFS warehouse to be devanned. Expect LCL shipments to take approximately 2-3 weeks longer than an FCL shipment.

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