Advantage #2: Better Rates on Consolidations and Other Types of Shipments
As a result of the role they play—as well as their logistics expertise—your freight forwarder may be able to help you find lower rates for your shipments.
For example, when it comes to consolidations, freight forwarders look for the right mix of freight to piece together a full container load. In many ways, it’s a little like a puzzle.
If you happen to be the missing piece of that puzzle, your forwarder may be able to offer you a lower rate for your shipment to complete the load and send it on its way.
For example, maybe a forwarder has a relatively heavy load nearly ready to go, but they still have available space—as long as the cargo is on the lighter side. If you’ve got a load of pillows to ship, a forwarder might offer you a good rate to move those pillows in their consolidation.
How to Choose a Forwarder for a Consolidation
- When it comes to consolidations, look for a forwarder that does a significant volume of business to your destination. Why?
- Consolidated shipments don’t move until the load is complete. If you’re working with a forwarder with low volume to your destination, you may experience delays waiting for your goods to move.
However, if you choose a freight forwarder with a specialty in a particular destination, it’s much more likely that the consolidation will be completed—and shipped—faster.
Your forwarder can also help you save across shipping modes. Forwarders work with multiple types of carriers—ocean, truck, rail, and air. They can help you spot when a change of mode might save you some money.
For example, many companies sourcing small shipments from China use ocean freight. However, after all of the ocean freight charges on a shipment, air freight and its flat-rate handling fee of $20 might prove the cheaper option. Your forwarder can simplify the math to help you make the right decision.