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

  • Transportation Technician
  • Transportation Clerk
  • Special Services Agent
  • Route Specialist
  • Relocation Coordinator
  • Ocean Transportation Intermediary
  • Ocean Freight Manager
  • Ocean Freight Forwarder
  • Ocean Freight Customer Relation Specialist
  • Ocean Forwarder
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What They Do

  • Review the environmental records of freight carriers to inform shipping decisions.
  • Recommend shipping solutions to minimize cost or environmental impacts.
  • Consider environmental sustainability factors when determining merchandise packing methods.
  • Arrange for transport, using a variety of modes, such as rail, short sea shipping, air, or roadways, to minimize carbon emissions or other environmental impacts.
  • Analyze shipping routes to determine how to minimize environmental impact.
  • Assist clients in obtaining insurance reimbursements.
  • Refer exporters to experts in areas such as trade financing, international marketing, government export requirements, international banking, or marine insurance.
  • Arrange for applicable duties, taxes, or paperwork for customs clearance.
  • Complete customs paperwork.
  • Obtain or arrange cargo insurance.

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

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $48,930 with most people making between $31,020 and $68,340

Outlook

1.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,200 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,520 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 32 openings due to growth and about 108 replacement openings for approximately 140 total annual openings.



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