First of all, there are customs brokers and freight forwarders.
What’s the difference between them, and what skills do they require?
Both assist in the journey freight makes from supplier to their customer.
But freight forwarders deal primarily with the A to B routing of the goods.
They make sure there is a straightforward pathway, either by air or ground, for the goods to arrive in a timely fashion.
They carefully watch over the passage of the goods, and the required paperwork en route, so the items can cross borders and other jurisdictions while remaining in compliance with regulations that will not hamper their delivery time.
In contrast, a logistics broker’s responsibility is to ensure the goods clear the regulatory process when a shipment arrives at a border or port of entry, such as the rates of duty, and applicable taxes and fees for imported merchandise.
Together, the two roles provide an efficient logistical solution - which is defined as a detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation - to meet a client’s needs.
As a result, both logistics jobs, as a logistics broker and freight forwarder, are detail-orientated and require someone who is skilled at sorting matters while adhering to a set schedule.
While the industry has many facets to learn, the basic skill sets of being orderly and detailed are the foundation from which you can build a successful career.
SPI Logistics can help you determine if you fit the bill as a freight forwarder or customs broker, both of which are in constant demand in the fast-moving age of transporting goods.
For more information about the world of freight delivery and customs brokerage, visit SPI Logistics at their website, www.spi3pl.com and learn more about how they can get you involved.