After I published the post how to import from China and other Far East Asian countries, I received numerous emails with questions regarding freight forwarding companies.
I always recommend the services of freight forwarding companies especially to newbies. It saves you a lot of hassle and your precious time which you can otherwise invest in your business. I have listed three companies here which, in my opinion, are some the best companies out there. You are, by no means, restricted to these three as there are hundreds of such companies in the USA, UK and Europe offering professional services. At the end of this post, I will also provide a link to a directory where you can find FF companies in alphabetical order.
Woodland Group is a global company providing specialist logistic service throughout the world. A network of offices around the world supports their global services. They offer a highly personalized service with reasonable prices.
As a forwarding company, they offer an excellent service taking care of the documentation, loading, shipping, unloading, warehousing and delivery up to your door.
It does not matter whether you want full load containers (CFL) or less than container loads (LCL), Woodlands Global caters to all types of customers. So you do not have to worry about the volume.
They have offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Paris.
They have a state of the art website and you can make all types of enquiries by browsing their site online. They are also member of the X2 Elite which is the worldwide network of elite independent forwarders.
This is a licensed NVOCC- Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier – freight forwarder. They handle all aspects of ocean transport in several countries of the world.
They professionally handle all the formalities and details related to importing. They deal with all legal requirements expeditiously. They operate one of the fastest services. They can even pre-clear through customs to ensure on-time arrival at the specified destination.
Global Forwarding offers a worldwide sea, land and airfreight service from offices in the North America, Europe and Asia. As part of the Hecny Group, they have access to over 270 logistics partners (through owned offices and agents) enabling them to reach most parts of all major markets, and negotiate very competitive rates
Custom brokerage needs expertise. It is one of the major blocks in importing goods from abroad. You will have to spend a lot of time in clearing the goods from customs and the task becomes complicated if you are not familiar with the whole process and documentation. Global Forwarding have multilingual expert staff operating clearance departments. They have years of experience operating in global freight forwarding in countries throughout Asia, Europe and the USA.
Check out the following free directory I promised in the beginning of this post.