Freight Forwarders

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About the Job

Research rates, routings, or modes of transport for shipment of products. Maintain awareness of regulations affecting the international movement of cargo. Make arrangements for additional services, such as storage or inland transportation.

It is also Called

  • Account Manager
  • Air Cargo Agent
  • Air Export Agent
  • Air Export Coordinator
  • Air/Ocean Export Clerk
  • Domestic Freight Forwarder
  • Export Coordinator
  • Export Freight Clerk
  • Export Freight Manager
  • Export Freight Specialist
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What They Do

  • Calculate weight, volume, or cost of goods to be moved.
  • Inform clients of factors such as shipping options, timelines, transfers, or regulations affecting shipments.
  • Prepare shipping documentation, such as including bills of lading, packing lists, dock receipts, or certificates of origin.
  • Complete customs paperwork.
  • Provide shipment status notification to exporters, consignees, or insurers.
  • Verify proper packaging and labeling of exported goods.
  • Prepare invoices or cost quotations for freight transportation.
  • Select shipment routes, based on nature of goods shipped, transit times, or security needs.
  • Keep records of goods dispatched or received.
  • Monitor or record locations of goods in transit.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $46,620 with most people making between $31,220 and $70,290

Outlook

0.52%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,350 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 1,420 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 7 openings due to growth and about 43 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.