Role of Clearing and Forwarding Agents

Role of Clearing and Forwarding Agents:


Export-import procedures are very complex and time-consuming. Therefore, every exporter should avail the services of Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) agent who are expert and well versed with the customs and shipment procedures. For smooth and timely shipment of goods, the exporter must appoint a competent C&F agent who is able to, inter alia, provide the following services:

Essential Services:

(a) Transportation of goods to docks and arrangement of warehousing at port.

(b) Warehousing facilities before the goods are transported to docks.

(c) Booking of shipping space or air freighting and advice on relative cost of sending goods by sea and air.

(d) Arrangement for loading of goods on board.

(e) Equipped with information on shipping lines and freight to different destinations, and various charges payable by exporters.

(f) Obtaining marine insurance policies.

(g) Preparation and processing of shipping documents, Bills of Lading, Dock Receipt, Export Declarations, Consular Invoice, Certificate of Origin, etc.

(h) Forwarding of banking collection papers.

Desirable Services:

(a) Storage facilities abroad, at least in major international markets, to warehouse the goods in case importer refuses to take delivery on any account.

(b) Can trace the goods, if shipment goes astray, through his international connections.

(c) Arrangement for assessing the damage to shipment enroute.

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