28 August 2023

International freight forwarding - how does it work?

International trade is one of the most important drivers of economic development. It enables companies to expand into new markets and consumers to access a wider range of products and services. For international trade to run smoothly, international freight forwarding is essential.

International freight forwarding is a comprehensive service involving the transportation of goods from one place to another. It includes all activities related to the organisation and execution of transport, such as:

  • selection of the appropriate means of transport,
  • preparation of transport documentation,
  • securing the goods during transport,
  • insurance of the goods,
  • loading and unloading of goods,
  • settlement of transport costs.

Types of international forwarding

International forwarding can be divided into several types depending on the type of transport mode used to transport the goods. The following types of forwarding are distinguished:

  • sea forwarding,
  • rail forwarding
  • air forwarding,
  • road forwarding.

The benefits of international freight forwarding

International freight forwarding offers many benefits for companies and consumers. For companies, international freight forwarding allows them to:

  • reduce transport costs,
  • reduce delivery times,
  • increase delivery efficiency,
  • minimise transport risks.

For consumers, international forwarding enables:

  • access to a wider range of products and services,
  • lower prices of goods,
  • shorter delivery times.


International freight forwarding is an essential service for international trade. It enables companies to export and import goods efficiently and consumers to access a wider range of products and services.

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